Social Studies Unit Plan: First Nations People and Early European Explorers Camille Rutherford
Due Date: Thursday, February, 22, 2007
Table of Contents
Unit Plan Overview
Lesson # 2 – Introductory/Pre Contact (3 periods)
Lesson # 3 – European Explorers - Vikings (1 period)
Lesson # 4 – European Explorers – 16th and 17th Century (3 periods
Lesson # 5 – European Explorers Review and Quiz (1 period)
Lesson # 6 – Post Settlement Conflict (1 period)
Lesson # 7 – Building a Trading Post (2 periods)
Lesson # 8 – Building a Trading Post (2 periods)
Lesson # 9 – Modern Day Issues (3 periods)
Physical Education Connections
Lesson # 1 – Aboriginal Games (1 period)
Lesson # 2 – Aboriginal Athletes/Lacrosse (1 period)
Lesson # 3 – Lacrosse/Quiz (2 periods)
Unit Plan Resources
Students will learn about the main characteristics of North American First Nation culture, including the close relationship of the First Nations peoples with the natural environment. They will investigate the motivating factors for early European exploration and the prevailing attitudes of the explorers. They will also examine the positive and negative effects of interactions between the Europeans and First Nation peoples, from first Viking contact to the time of permanent European settlement in the early seventeenth century. -Ministry of Education
The purpose of this Heritage and Citizenship unit for grade six students is for them to become knowledgeable about the North American First Nation People as well as the European settlers that inhabited Canada in the early seventeen hundreds. This unit is a continuation of previous learning from the Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum and is an important part of Canadian National Identity. It is imperative that the students continue to develop their essential knowledge and skills through engaging historical investigation that will lend itself to further development in social studies success.
To meet the overall expectations that include describing the characteristics of First Nations cultures across Canada, including their close relationship with the natural environment; the motivations and attitudes of the European explorers; and the effects of contact on both the receiving and incoming parties, the students will use a variety of different resource and tools to investigate different historical perspectives about the positive and negative effects of early contact, as well as analyse examples of interaction between First Nation peoples and European explorers to identify and report on the effects of cooperation and the reasons or disagreements between the two groups.
Throughout the six week unit (20-50minute classes) , students will be provided with a number of hands on learning experiences that will facilitate the development of inquiry/research and communication skills. The unit will commence with a field trip to St. Marie Among the Hurons in Midland ON, where the students will gain an understanding of aboriginal life to provide context for the upcoming unit. The students will undertake a research assignment in which they will orally present on a selected European explorer. They will be required to create a model of an early trading post, and the unit will culminate in a debate that centers upon current issues stemming from First Nation and European contact.
Lesson One (1 period)
Students will be introduced to the topic of First Nations and European Explorers through a field trip to St. Marie on the Huron, located in Midland, Ontario. During this excursion, students will gain first-hand...
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