CATS Curriculum Connections
The activities in the Kids’ Guide project were created by elementary classroom teachers with LITERACY and SOCIAL STUDIES curriculum expectations in mind. Because curriculum expectations vary across Canada, they are listed in general terms.
As a participant, you can choose activities you feel will best help your students achieve the learning goals you have identified during this stressful time of covid19.
Some of the activities provide student with an opportunity to learn and further develop specific skills, while others provide students with an opportunity to develop and apply different concepts.
- LITERACY: Expository and Descriptive writing: view and respond to community features, label artwork; Narrative Writing (community events, story-writing); Oral Speaking Skills (describe artwork, photographs, or images).
- SOCIAL STUDIES CONNECTIONS: Heritage & Identity (Family & Community Traditions); People & the Environment (Our Local Community, Communities in Canada, (Province + Territories of Canada); Spatial Skills (Map Reading)
- LITERACY: Expository and Descriptive writing: view and respond to community features, label artwork; Narrative Writing (Story Writing, community events, family stories); Oral Speaking Skills (describe artwork, photographs, or images).
- SOCIAL STUDIES: Heritage & Identity (communities in Canada, past and present; People & the Environment (Province + Territories, and Physical regions of Canada), Spatial Skills (reading & creating a map, compass directions, relative location)
- LITERACY – Expository and Descriptive writing: view and respond to community features; Narrative Writing (Creating strong questions, community events, family stories); Oral Speaking Skills (Interview a community member; describe artwork, photographs, or images).
- GEOGRAPHY – Place & Location, (Political, Physical, & Cultural Regions of Canada), Spatial Skills (Creating a Map, Compass directions, Relative and Absolute Location)
- HISTORY opportunities: Change & Conflict (Communities of Canada, Indigenous communities in Canada)
- MATH opportunities: Measurement (Distance, Area & Perimeter)
- A DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP & SAFETY (essential)
- Online Safety guidelines for students
- Parental consent requirements for posting online works
- Understanding Copyright and using Creative Commons works
- B THE ARTS (optional).
- We are focussing all of our attention on helping students to achieve Literacy and Social Studies/Geography curriculum expectations. However most activities involve The Arts in some way.
- Visual Arts (both with or without technology): picture making with different medium, photograph, videography, etc. An emphasis on creative expression and individual perspective.
- Music: recording songs and music of the local community, or information about them
- Drama: enacting a cultural or historical event from the local community
- Dance: sharing different cultural dances from the local community