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Project 1

Grade 5 The First Inhabitants and After the European Settlement

Created by Tom Flight, Grade Five teacher, St. Andrews School, St. Andrews, Manitoba
Lord Selkirk School Division

Overview:

These lessons focus on the content available from the St. Clements Heritage website. Information and materials are presented in PowerPoint slides with activities promoting historical thinking concepts. It is intended that the students and the teacher have a dialogue based on the information and questions/activities embedded in the slides. Through this, students are exposed to historical thinking concepts.

  • Historical Significance
  • Primary Evidence
  • Continuity and Change
  • Cause and Consequence
  • Taking Historical Perspective
  • Understanding Ethical Dimensions of History
The First Inhabitants: Early Aboriginal Settlements in present-day St. Clements

St. Clements has evidence of early pre-European settlement by First Nations peoples. Geography has played a significant role in where and how people lived. Students are led through a series of lessons/slides presenting information about early settlement in the area. Through the lens of historical thinking, students are encouraged to think deeply about how life was influenced by the environment and other people.

View and/or download the Early Settlement PowerPoint Presentation: Grade 5

Download Archaeological Dig Activity (PDF, 3 pages)

First Peoples Settlement After the Arrival of the Europeans

The post-contact PowerPoint presentation and discussions focus on gathering information to determine how, or if, the First Nations peoples should have helped the Europeans, ignored them or turned them away.

As presented in this unit, the decision is based on the information from the website. However, teachers can use other sources and experiences to broaden the focus of this question.

For further information and guidance, it is recommended to review the information provided in the Grade 5 social studies curriculum guides for both Manitoba and the Northwest Territories.

View and/or download the First Peoples Settlement After the Arrival of the Europeans PowerPoint Presentation: Grade 5

Manitoba Social Studies Outcomes

  • KL-014 Describe the impact of the ice age on the land.
  • KL-015 Locate on a map of Canada the major physical regions,vegetation zones, and bodies of water.
  • KL-016 Locate on a map of North America the traditionalterritories of First Peoples.
  • KL-017 Describe practices and beliefs that reflected First Peoples’ connections with the land and the natural environment.
  • KI-005 Describe characteristics of diverse First Peoples cultures before contact with Europeans.
  • KE-050 Describe various ways in which First Peoplescommunities interacted with each other.Examples: trade, cooperation, conflicts…

Overview

These lessons focus on the content available from the St. Clements Heritage website. Information and materials are presented in power point slides with activities promoting historical thinking concepts.

  • Historical Significance: Why is this something we care about today?
  • Evidence: What sources do we use and how do we interpret this information?
  • Continuity and Change: What remains the same and what has changed?

St. Clements has evidence of early pre-European settlement by First Nations peoples. Geography has played a significant role in where and how people lived. Students are led through a series of lessons/slides presenting information about early settlement in the area.

Through the lens of historical thinking, students are encouraged to think deeply about how life was influenced by the environment and other people. The information presented is from the St. Clements Heritage website. It is intended that the students and the teacher have a dialogue based on the information and questions/activities embedded in the slides. Through this, students are exposed to historical thinking concepts.

An additional activity, an archaeological dig, is intended to give students the experience and an introduction to how primary sources are used to create a “story” about life in the past. This activity has been adapted from lessons developed by the Archaeological Institute of America.

The post-contact power point presentation and discussions focus on gathering information to determine how, or if, the First Nations peoples should have helped the Europeans, ignored them or turned them away. As presented in this unit, the decision is based on the information from the website. However, teachers can use other sources and experiences to broaden the focus of this question.

For further information and guidance, it is recommended to review the information provided in the Grade 5 social studies curriculum guides for both Manitoba and the Northwest Territories.

Due to content restrictions for the site, teachers are encouraged to supplement this activity with their own resources, such as pictures and worksheets on how the buffalo (bison) was used by the people.

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Project 2

Grade 4 History of Manitoba

Created by Carmen Rohne, Grade Four teacher, Mapleton School, Selkirk, Manitoba
Lord Selkirk School Division

Overview:
This unit is tied together through the use of a Smartboard presentation that guides the teaching, learning and activities. It includes such strategies as reader’s theatre, timelines, photos, links to other sites, discussion questions and research starters.

  1. Smartboard presentation: History of Manitoba (Download here, 134 MB)View, save and interact with SMART Notebook files online at no charge here: http://express.smarttech.com/#
  2. Historical Significance Cards 

Click link to download:

  1. Multiple IntelligenceActivity Cards (download all cards here)
  • Naturalist: Bison Parts Kit, 1 page, download
  • Interpersonal: Bison Parts Shopping List, 1 page, download
  • Bodily-Kinesthetic: Dress Up, 4 pages, download
  • Verbal-Linguistic: Write a Letter, 1 page download
  • Visual-Spatial: Create a collage or Mural, 1 page,
  • Bodily-Kinesthetic: Cabin or Teepee Design, 3 pages, download
  • Mathematical-logical: Venn Diagram, 3 pages, download
  • Musical: Song or Poem, 1 page, download
  • Intrapersonal: Significant Historical People and Events, 1 page, download
  1. History of Manitoba Worksheets (download all worksheets here)
  • Aboriginal Place Names in Manitoba, 11 pages, download
  • The Bison (diagram), 1 page, download
  • Explorers of Canada, 9 pages, download
  • Settlers Letter, 1page, download
  • Chief Peguis and his Band: Friend to the Selkirk Settlers, 2 pages, download
  • Thanadelthur: The Peacemaker, 2 pages, download
  • Researching Louis Riel, 2 pages, download
  • Map of Manitoba, 1870, 1881, 1912, 4 pages, download
  1. History of Manitoba Resources: Selkirk area (download)

    Field Trip Activities

    1. Selkirk and Area Heritage Driving Tour

      Route and information about each site found on the St. Clements Heritage website: https://stclementsheritage.com/index.php/visit-our-heritage
      Places to stop:

      • St. Clements Church
      • Selkirk Lift Bridge
      • Dynevor Indian Hospital
      • St. Peters, Dynevor Anglican Church
      • Bunn House
      • Captain Kennedy House
      • St. Andrews Church and Rectory
      • Little Britain United Church
      • Lockport Museum
    2. Lower Fort Garry
    3. Festival du Voyageur – Fort Gibralter
    4. Visits from Aboriginal Elders and/or spokespeople

Social Studies Resources

  1. Social Studies Curriculum
  2. Hands On Social Studies – by Jennifer Lawson
  3. Buffalo Box – Student Support Library

Language Arts Connections

  1. Dear Canada – Footsteps in the Snow: The Red River Diary of Isobel Scott, Rupert’s Land, 1815 by Carol Matas (entry notes on SMART board lesson)
  2. Aboriginal Picture books and novels – Student Support Library

Basic French Connections

  1. Festival du Voyageur – History of the Voyageur in Manitoba.
    DREF 200, av. de la Cathédrale, local 1040, Saint-Boniface (Manitoba) R2H 0H7, Tél. : 204 945-8594 ou 1 800 667-2950; Téléc. : 204 945-0092,Courriel : dref@gov.mb.ca

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