Resources by Subject → Social Studies, History & Geography

The Ontario Curriculum: Elementary

Here you’ll find curriculum documents spanning Kindergarten to Grade 8. The achievement charts provide guidelines for assessing students’ work.

The Ontario Curriculum: Elementary

Poverty Discussion in the Classroom

“As teachers, we can bring the topic of poverty forward and build it in to language, history, social studies, or health classes, for example. When our students understand the value of eliminating poverty, they can creatively engage in school community social action projects to effect positive change.”

Poverty Discussion in the Classroom

Chinese Canadian History

This site has a timeline of Chinese migration, segregation, integration, and impact on Canadian history. It is a beginning source that can used to engage students in understanding the diversity of Canadian history and the impact of systemic racism and prejudice.

Chinese Canadian History

CBC Digital Archives

A rich library of past CBC video footage and radio content that support a range to topics including the environment, civil unrest, biotechnology, racism, sports, and youth. The teacher’s section with learning materials to support the use of the CBC archives in the classroom. There is also a French language site.

CBC Digital Archives

The African Canadian Literature Project

A resource for teaching about the African Canadian in Language and Social Studies/ History classrooms experience through select African Canadian literature sources.

The African Canadian Literature Project

Enemy Aliens: the Internment of Jewish Refugees in Canada, 1940 – 1943

A teachers’ guide developed by the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre to facilitate student engagement with historical context, artefacts and testimonies featured in the “Enemy Aliens” exhibit.

Enemy Aliens: the Internment of Jewish Refugees in Canada, 1940 – 1943

African Canadian Roads to Freedom

This resource provides teachers background information on African-Canadian heritage and culture in the Greater Essex region and is connected directly to specific learning expectations in the Ontario Social Studies/History and Geography curriculum.

African Canadian Roads to Freedom

Internment and Redress: The Japanese Canadian Experience

This resource guide for teachers supports the teaching of the experiences of Japanese Canadians in internment camps in British Columbia during the Second World War.

Internment and Redress: The Japanese Canadian Experience

Ontario Elementary Social Studies Teachers Association

The OESSTA has developed a range of inquiry-based learning lesson plans to support the new Social Studies, History, and Geography curriculum including environmental education, language arts, math, spatial skills, and financial literacy.

Ontario Elementary Social Studies Teachers Association

Black History Month Resource, Toronto Star Classroom Connection

This FREE Black History Month resource will help educators and students to gain knowledge about the history and contributions of African civilizations and people of African descent in Canada while using media literacy skills as a vehicle to explore various aspects of Black history.
This guide will also help teachers and students to develop a critical understanding of the socio-historical context of the history of Black Canadians. Through an exploration of the African civilization of Nubia, aspects of Canada’s Black history, and learning about remarkable individuals who have contributed to uncovering and preserving African stories or improving the lives and outcomes of Black Canadians.

Black History Month Resource, Toronto Star Classroom Connection