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K-8 CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS
With education a provincial and territorial mandate across the country, the following curriculum connections are provided for K-8 teachers as ideas to consider.
There are no specific topics or curriculum connections mandated within this project.
As always, teachers are in the best position to decide how the Kids’ Guide to Canada project can be used as an engaging learning tool to meet their local curriculum expectations and student needs.
Key Connections – Our Local Community, Family culture and traditions; Community celebrations, festivals, and traditions, Personal heritage and identity, Community histories; Recording local elder’s stories, Indigenous people in North America; First Nation, Métis, and Inuit languages, cultures, values, beliefs, and human rights issues; Rights and responsibilities of citizenship; Political Geography of Canada, Physical Regions of Canada, Sense of place, map reading skills; Canadian and World Trade.
Key Connections – Place and location, Mapping skills; Climate, physical, and political regions of Canada; Natural resources;Canadian and World Trade; Human cultures; Human migration; Environmental interrelationships and issues, Geographic literacy and inquiry skills.
Key Connections – Community Histories, Family and community traditions, Personal heritage and identity, Indigenous people in North America, First Nations, Stories of local elders; Interrelationships, Perspective, Citizenship, Conflict and Change, Historical literacy and inquiry skills.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE / LITERACY
Key Connections – Reading Skills,Writing Skills, and Oral Communication Skills, and Media Literacy (Digital Citizenship, Safe and Ethical use of connected technologies, E-portfolios, etc.)
Key Connections – First Nation, Métis, and Inuit nations, languages and cultures; Local and cross-Canada Indigenous history; Treaties and Treaty lands; Residential Schools; Issues: human rights, water, food security, education, health care, etc.; Indigenous sense of place and relationship to the environment; Spiritual values and beliefs; First Nation, Inuit, and Métis games, art, music, drama, and dance.
Key Connections – Plants and Animals, Habitat Studies, Wildlife Conservation and Preservation, Humans and Environmental Issues, Citizen Action
Key Connections – Listening Skills, Writing Skills, Reading Skills, and Oral Communication Skills, Intercultural Awareness of French communities across Canada
■ Music – Traditional and contemporary music and songs across Canadian cultures
■ Dance – Traditional and modern dance from different cultures
■ Visual Arts – exploring different media and styles for personal expression; photographic composition, Canadian artists and artistic styles
■ Drama – Role-play and portrayal of historical events, Canadian playwrights and plays, Canadian video and film productions
Key Connections – participating in traditional cultural games from different groups in the country, looking at sports from different communities, lacrosse, hockey, Northern Games.
Key Connections – Healthy Living in different communities across Canada; Healthy Eating, Diet, Food Costs and Security Issues, Life Style Issues (stress, bullying, 24 hr darkness, diets, physical activity vs sedentary, lack of internet, etc.); Safety Issues, Traffic, Transit
Key Connections – Belonging and Contributing: developing connectedness and relationships to others, and contributing as part of a group, a community, and the natural world; Roles and relationships in the community, and contributions to the world around them
Problem-Solving and Innovating: making meaning of their world by asking questions, testing theories, solving problems, and engaging in creative and analytical thinking; the innovative ways of thinking about and doing things that arise naturally with an active curiosity, and applying those ideas in relationships with others, with materials, and with the environment
LEARNING SKILLS, CHARACTER EDUCATION,
■ 21st Century/Global Competencies: Critical Thinking, Problem-solving and Decision-Making; Communication; Collaboration, Co-operation and Leadership; Creativity and Innovation, Citizenship.
■ Character Development: Empathy, Respect, Responsibility, Kindness + Caring, Honesty, Fairness, Perseverance, Integrity, Citizenship.
■ Religion: Religious values and beliefs, the role of religion in Canadian history; Celebrations – the calendar and liturgical year; Living a moral life – freedoms, rights, responsibilities, and following the law; Living in solidarity – social justice and respecting people of other faiths
■ Ethical Citizenship: Social, Cultural, Global and Environmental Responsibility
■ Entrepreneurial Spirit: Lifelong learning, personal management, and well-being; Digital and Technological Fluency
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