Key Social Studies Curriculum Connections to the Sir Sam Steele Collection “At a Glance”: Grades 4 7


- demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles of democracy by exploring and reflecting upon the following questions and issues



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6.1.2 - demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles of democracy by exploring and reflecting upon the following questions and issues:  

- What is democracy (i.e., justice, equity, freedoms, representation)? (C, PADM)

- What are the rights and responsibilities of citizens living in a representative democracy? (C, PADM)

- How does Canada's justice system help protect your democratic and constitutional rights? ( C, PADM)

6.1.6 - analyze how individuals, groups and associations within a community impact decision making of local and provincial governments by exploring and reflecting upon the following questions and issues:  

- How can individuals, groups and associations within a community participate in the decision-making process regarding current events or issues (i.e., lobbying, petitioning, organizing and attending local meetings and rallies, contacting elected representatives)? (C,PADM)




6.S.1 - develop skills of critical thinking and creative thinking:  

- assess significant local and current affairs from a variety of sources, with a focus on examining bias and distinguishing fact from opinion 

- critically evaluate ideas, information and positions 

- re-evaluate personal opinions to broaden understanding of a topic or an issue 

- generate original ideas and strategies in individual and group activities 

seek responses to inquiries from various authorities through electronic media

6.S.2 - develop skills of historical thinking:  

- use primary sources to interpret historical events and issues 

- use historical and community resources to understand and organize the sequence of historical events 

- explain the historical contexts of key events of a given time period 

- use examples of events to describe cause and effect and change over time 

6.S.4 - demonstrate skills of decision making and problem solving:  

- propose and apply new ideas, strategies and options, supported with facts and reasons, to contribute to decision making and problem solving 

- consider multiple perspectives when dealing with issues, decision making and problem solving 

6. S.7 - apply the research process:

- determine reliability of information filtering for point of view and bias 

- formulate questions to be answered through the research process 

- draw and support conclusions based on information gathered to answer a research question 

- include references in an organized manner as part of research 

- formulate new questions as research progresses 



access and retrieve appropriate information from the Internet by using a specific search path or from given uniform resource locators (URLs) 

use a variety of technologies to organize and synthesize researched information 

reflect on and describe the processes involved in completing a project 

6.S.8 - demonstrate skills of oral, written and visual literacy:  

- express opinions and present perspectives and information in a variety of forms such as oral or written presentations, speeches or debates 

- express reasons for their ideas and opinions, in oral or written form 

- listen to others to understand their perspectives 









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