Social Studies

2019-2020 - LEARNING OUTCOMES (Grades 5 and 6)


Kayak in the (Home) Classroom

Across the country, provinces are closing schools due to the spread of COVID-19. This means that parents, guardians, families, and friends are transitioning to having children at home and wondering about continuing their education. The following links may help you make this adjustment a little smoother:

• Check out the digital issues of Kayak: Canada’s History Magazine for Kids and their complementary educational resources. These lesson plans are designed for students in grades 2-7.

• Don’t forget about the Kayak Kids’ Illustrated History Challenge! Students between 7 and 14 years of age are invited to create their own illustrated story based on a moment in Canada’s history.

• Discover a collection of over 1000 Young Citizens videos! Much like an evening news report or short documentary. [While voting is now closed, you can still watch the videos!]


Over 80 New Student Videos Explore Key Moments in Canadian History

The discovery of insulin. The inspiring journey of Robert Bondar. The first female doctors in Canada. The evolution of the postage stamp. Immigration over time. The importance of Truth and Reconciliation. The legacy left by artist Emily Carr.

These are just a few of the topic explored by students like you participating in the 2019 Citizens Program – a national contest that see young Canadians create engaging and inspiring history videos, while vying for a trip to Ottawa to attend the Canada’s History Forum.

Visit and vote for your favourite videos from those submitted for the contest.


Canada’s Great Women
In a perfect world, these thirty women would be household names in Canada. But for too long history textbooks have focused on great men, to the exclusion of all others.  
Learn about these women




Black people have lived in what is now called Canada since the 1600s. From that time until the early 1800s, hundreds were forced to come here as enslaved people.

After slavery was abolished in Canada in 1834, thousands of people of Africa descent from the United States, the Caribbean, Africa, and other parts of the world chose to come to Canada at different times for different reasons.

For 400 years, Black men and women have contributed to all areas of Canadian society. They have fought for Black people to be treated with fairness and equality, a fight that has benefited all Canadians regardless of their ethnicity.

This edition of Kayak (Canada’s History Magazine for Kidsshares some amazing stories and examples of the ways Black Canadians helped build and shape our country

Every February, Canadians are invited to participate in Black History Month festivities and events that honour the legacy of Black Canadians, past and present.

The 2020 theme for Black History Month is: "Canadians of African Descent: Going forward, guided by the past.” Visit: 



National Flag of Canada Day (Jour du drapeau national do Canada), commonly known as Flag Day, is observed every year on February 15 to commemorate the inauguration of the Flag of Canada on that date in 1965. 



Words matter. Canadians speak more that 200 different languages. And if you have a group of 100 of us, about 20 would speak at least one language besides French or English. Get to know some of the stories of language that go back as far as anyone remembers. Get to know Canada’s polyglot history. (Kayak, Dec. 2019)



Sports are not just for serious athletes. Many sports have been inspired by the skills and activities required to survive (hunting, tog-of-war, running) or have been adapted due to injuries (wheelchair basketball).

Some originated with First Peoples, while others were introduced by British or French troops stationed in North America in the 1700s and 1800s, and spread to the rest of the population.

In Kayak (Canada’s History Magazine for Kids)’s SPORTS STORIES issue (December 2017), you will find stories about Canada’s favourite sports and the people who played them. There are lots of ways you can stay active and have fun - like swimming and biking in summer, cross-country skiing and skating in winter. Hopefully this issue will inspire you to get moving.



Rights and Responsibilities 
Canadian citizenship comes with a variety of privileges. Using this article from the “About Canada” issue of Kayak, students can explore what it means to be a Canadian citizen and some of the rights and responsibilities that come along with it.

As soon as children can say, “That’s not fair!” they are ready to talk about their rights and freedoms. Developed by the Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust, this website is filled with videos, lessons, and games that get students to think critically about what it means to in a democracy.

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