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What are all these flyers about!
The Program of Studies mentions that Social studies provides opportunities for students to develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge that will enable them to become engaged, active, informed and responsible citizens. In these resources, students will develop attitudes such as appreciating and respecting multiple
perspectives, including Aboriginal perspectives that shape Canada's political, socioeconomic, linguistic and cultural realities. They will do this by looking at the textbooks - Voices of Canada and/or Our Land Our People, Lean Alberta and the Mavericks website. The textbooks and websites emphasize critical thinking through stories and voices of people that help students understand multicultural perspectives.
Furthermore, students will engage in critical thinking, inquiry and creativity which are some important skills that students need to learn in Grade 5. Voices of Canada, the textbook is dedicated to helping students understand the inquiry process. They do this by taking students through the steps such as Planning, Retrieving, Processing etc. The students are also encouraged to perform their tasks creatively and collaboratively as the book suggests creating a poster, discussing or reflecting about their own life.
Moreover, Students will understand the unique nature of Canada and its land, history, complexities and current issues and build on their previous knowledge by indulging in the history of Canada with the help of sites such as Lean Alberta and Mavericks. These sites have old photographs and biographies of people that lived in the past. Students will also be able to build on their understanding by playing games on BrainPOP and interacting with Apps such as the National Geographic world. They will also read fictional literature which will allow them to see how human beings view themselves over time and learn more about cultural diversity and further one's identity.
Rating Scale I used to rate these resources
An object is rated superior for explanation of subject matter only if all of the following are true:
1) The object provides comprehensive information so effectively that the target audience should be able to understand the subject matter.
2) The object connects important associated concepts within the subject matter. For
example, a lesson on Aboriginal history makes connections with people in that region from the past and from the present. It should not simply show tell the basic facts of the region.
3) The main ideas of the subject matter addressed in the object are clearly identified for the learner and are connected with the Program of Studies.
An object is rated strong for explanation of subject matter if it explains the subject matter in a way that makes skills, procedures, concepts, and/or information understandable. It falls short of superior in that it does not make connections among important associated concepts within the subject matter. For example, a lesson on history may fail to make connections with the real life examples of today and just talk about the people of the past.
An object is rated limited for explanation of subject matter if it explains the subject matter correctly but in a limited way. The content is not sufficiently developed for a first-time learner and the explanations are not thorough and would likely serve as a review for most learners.
An object is rated very weak or no value for explanation of subject matter if its
explanations are confusing or contain errors. There is little likelihood that this object will contribute to understanding.