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Overview

Students will learn about the opening of the Canadian West, modes of transportation, the immigrant experience, and the history of Canada, by examining primary-source material. You may wish to adapt the suggested activities to your specific class and/or curriculum needs.

Learning Objectives

These activities will help your students to

  • identify various aspects of the pioneer experience: economics, transportation, geography, social history;
  • gain an understanding of the challenges and hardships of life as a pioneer;
  • make connections between historical events such as settling the West, and the coming of the railway, and how these events shaped Canada as we know it today;
  • communicate ideas, interpret information and identify various viewpoints using a variety of primary-source materials (including advertising);
  • demonstrate reasoning and critical thinking, cooperative learning and research skills and learn practical applications of mathematical skills.

Curriculum

History
Grade 4 (Alta., Man., Que., P.E.I.)
Grade 5 (Alta., Man., N.W.T., Nun.)
Grade 6 (Man., P.E.I.)

Pioneer Life
Grade 4 (Alta., Sask., Man., P.E.I, N.S.)
Grade 5 (Man., Que.)
Grade 6 (Man., Ont., Que., N.S.)

Geography
Grade 4 (Alta., Man., Ont., Que., N.B., P.E.I.)
Grade 5 (B.C., Yukon, Alta., N.W.T., Nun., Que., P.E.I., N.S.)
Grade 6 (Que., P.E.I., N.S.)

Maps
Grade 4 (B.C.)

Transportation
Grade 4 (Man., N.B., N.S.)
Grade 6 (Man.)

Social Studies
Grades 4-6

Language (Reading, Writing, Oral and Visual Communication)
Grades 4-6

Mathematics (Computation, Measurement, Graphing, Budgeting)
Grades 4-6

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