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Social Stuides! Take some time to explore an area in Social Studies, or a passion area every day.  You can use the learning outcomes as a guide, or just go where your passions take you.  Learn something cool every day and share it with your family. 

Sun West families have access to Learn360 and Pearson E-Text as well for this area.  

If you find there are too many resources to sort through, you can filter the results using the “Filter Resources” area on the left side of the screen.  Select “Education Level” to narrow your results to a specific education level.   (Please note - for the purposes of this site these "Education Levels" are used when filtering - Lower Primary = K-2, Upper Primary=3-5, Middle Years=6-8, High School=9-12)

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10 ideas for digital end-of-semester final projects
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Final projects can help students summarize and review content from the entire semester. Plus, they can create fantastic products with what they've learned!

Projects let students take what they’ve learned, put it all together and show off a little of their own creativity and personality.

Options include:
1. Create a website
2. Create a screencast video
3. Make a single multimedia webpage
4. Connect with a cause
5. Create an infographic
6. Create a series of podcasts
7. Do a genius hour-style project
8. Create an annotated collection
9. Tell it as a story
10. Make an explainer video

Subject:
Agriculture Studies
Arts Education
Computer & Digital Technologies
Education
English Language Arts
Health Education
Physical Education
Math
Practical & Applied Arts
Science
Computer Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Ditch That Textbook
Date Added:
05/17/2021
123 Homeschool4me
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Homeschool Worksheets have over 1 million pages of FREE worksheets for toddler, preschool, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6th grade, 7th grade, and 8th grade students in K12. The free educational printables cover alphabet letters, math, language arts, history, geography, and more.
All the free homeschool worksheets on this site can be accessed by subject or grade level. Just click on any of the category thumbnails see that category of free printables.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Math
Science
Social Studies
Geography
History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Homework/Assignment
Simulation
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
123 Homeschool4me
Date Added:
03/18/2020
150+ Educational Shows on Netflix
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This site offers an extensive list of programs for students available on Netflix on topics such as:
Animals
Earth & Nature
Space
History
Documentaries
Entertainment
Geography
Food/Nutrition/Health
Mystery

Subject:
Arts Education
Education
English Language Arts
Health Education
Physical Education
Math
Practical & Applied Arts
Career & Work Exploration
Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Andrea Rigler
Homeschool Hideout
Date Added:
03/25/2020
1812 Virtual Exhibition
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The Canadian War Museum have a list of “Online Exhibitions”, one of which is a website that can take you through the War of 1812 from four different perspectives, showing how Americans, Brits, Canadians and Indigenous peoples experienced the war.

Subject:
Native Studies
Social Studies
History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Reading
Author:
Canadian War Museum
Date Added:
03/18/2020
40 Best Social Studies Websites for Kids and Teachers to Learn
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If you’re looking for some of the best social studies websites, here is a terrific list. We Are Teachers has compiled a list of things that are not only informative, but also fun and interactive. They have categorized over 40 best social studies websites as follows:
`Best Sites for Social Studies Lessons
`Best Sites for Virtual Museum Tours
`Best Sites for Virtual Field Trips
`Best Sites for Games and Simulations

Although some of the content is American, there are still lots of options for teachers, parents and students who live in Canada!

Subject:
Social Studies
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Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Game
Homework/Assignment
Lesson
Simulation
Author:
We Are Teachers
Date Added:
01/19/2021
5 Clue Challenge
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"All over the world, people live in diverse regions, and climates with different animals, plants, and interesting nuances. As I have traveled the world working with teachers and students, I have tried to bring experiences back to my own classes. Below you'll find short videos where you will get 5 clues to guess a location, animal, or person. Some videos were created by me as I traveled. Others were submitted to me by teachers and children from around the globe. Your mission is to do research and figure out the answer to each challenge in as few clues as possible. Have fun! "

Can you guess where he is?
Can you guess what animal it is?

Subject:
Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Michael Soskil
Date Added:
12/12/2019
7 Excellent Free Timeline Creation Tools for Teachers
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This is a set of free tools for teachers to create awesome timelines, including:
1. TikiToki - TikiToki is a great application for multimedia timelines making . It allows its users to create stunning animated timelines. TikiToKi is very easy to use and above all its basic version is completely free .
2. Time Glider - This is a web tool that lets you create, collaborate on, and publish zooming/planning interactive timelines for free. It is like Google Maps but for time.
3. OurStory - Ourstory enables you to write stories, tag friends, and add media to collaborative timelines either privately or in public.
4. Capzles - lets you create rich media experiences with videos, photos, music, blogs and documents.
5. Read Write Think - Read Write Think has a beautiful timeline tool that allows users to add project labels and easily create timelines.
6. Xtimeline - Xtimeline is a free web-based timeline that you can use to easily create and share timelines with pictures and videos.
7. TimeToast - TimeToast is another great tool that allows you to create timelines and share them on the web. The process only takes a couple of minutes and is very simple to use.

Subject:
Education
Social Studies
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Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Education Technology and Mobile Learning
Date Added:
02/08/2021
Aboriginal Literatures in Canada - A Teacher's Resource Guide
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CC BY-NC-SA
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Aboriginal Literatures in Canada: A Teacher’s Resource Guide serves a double purpose: to encourage the teaching of Aboriginal literature in English high school curricula across the country because Aboriginal students deserve to be taught texts they can relate to and, because non-Aboriginal students should be educated about Aboriginal culture, history and contemporary life through the richness of Aboriginal writing with its innovative uses of the English language. Various works of Aboriginal literature are included.

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Native Studies
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson
Reading
Unit of Study
Author:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
05/11/2021
Active History – History Matters
Unrestricted Use
Public Domain
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"ActiveHistory.ca is a website that connects the work of historians with the wider public and the importance of the past to current events. It developed from the conference “Active History: History for the Future” at Glendon College in September 2008. We define active history variously as history that listens and is responsive; history that will make a tangible difference in people’s lives; history that makes an intervention and is transformative to both practitioners and communities. We seek a practice of history that emphasizes collegiality, builds community among active historians and other members of communities, and recognizes the public responsibilities of the historian. "

Teachers: Copy and paste this link into a browser for classroom resources http://activehistory.ca/papers/#4 or click "Features" from the top menu and select "Classroom Resources" to get started.

Subject:
History
Material Type:
Primary Source
Date Added:
09/01/2021
Activities for kids learning from home.
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Discover activities for preschool to grade 12.
*Daily plans
*Social Studies
*Reading & Writing
*Emotional Well-Being
*Math
*Arts
*DIY
*Science
*Fitness
*Life Skills
*Family Fun

Subject:
Arts Education
Educational Technology
Language Education (ESL)
English Language Arts
Health & Fitness
Math
Life Transition
Science
Social Studies
Emotional Wellness
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Common Sense Media
Date Added:
05/25/2021
Agriculture Educational Resources - Ag in the Classroom
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Ag in the Classroom has hundreds of resources that will assist students, parents and teachers in meeting curriculum outcomes in a FUN, ENGAGING way! Simply use this search tool to find ones that will get you and your students learning about the great things they have to offer!

Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the "AG in SK Game Show"
A competitive and interactive quiz game that tests your student's knowledge about agriculture. It is a fun and engaging way to challenge students to see who knows the most about how our food is made, agriculture, and much more, in a classroom or at home. With beginner, intermediate, and expert levels it can be used for a variety of different age levels.

Subject:
Agriculture Studies
English Language Arts
Health Education
Indigenous Perspectives
Career & Work Exploration
Food Studies
Science
Environmental Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Agriculture in the Classroom
Date Added:
04/07/2020
Agriculture in the Classroom Manitoba
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Check out Manitoba's Agriculture in the Classroom resources and activities which include hundreds of bilingual resources, lesson plans, free downloads, learning kits and more. You can filter by grade, resource type (Fun Stuff, Learning Activities, Online Game, Reference, Resource Kit, Student Activity Sheet, Teacher's Guide, Video), subject (Art, Career Exploration, ELA, English, FAL, Food and Nutrition, Geography, Health, Math, Physical Education, Science, Social Studies, Technology) and language (English, French).
This is a great companion resource to the AITC SK materials found at https://resourcebank.ca/courses/agriculture-educational-resources-ag-in-the-classroom.

Subject:
Arts Education
Educational Technology
English Language Arts
Health Education
Physical Education
Math
Practical & Applied Arts
Career & Work Exploration
Food Studies
Science
Social Studies
Geography
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Diagram/Illustration
Game
Homework/Assignment
Lesson
Primary Source
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Unit of Study
Author:
AITC
Date Added:
04/27/2021
Air Canada enRoute
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Curate your own exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario; swim with African penguins at the San Diego Zoo; travel back in time at the Louvre; visit the Canadian Museum of History; blast into outer space with NASA. This site offers all of these opportunities for your student to experience.

Subject:
Arts Education
Science
Social Studies
History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Air Canada
Date Added:
04/02/2020
Anti-Racism Films - NFB
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This playlist features films that confront racism. They are a small selection of films from the NFB collection that look at instances of racism in Canada, and support dialogue on equality and diversity.

Subject:
Education
Health Education
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
National Film Board
National Film Board Of Canada
NFB
Date Added:
02/22/2021
Ask Dr. Universe
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Ask Dr. Universe is a science-education project from Washington State University. Kids can send Dr. Universe any question they may have about history, geography, plants, animals, technology, engineering, math, culture, and more.

Subject:
Educational Technology
Math
Science
Social Studies
Geography
History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Jaime Chambers
Washington State University
Date Added:
03/27/2020
Best 4th Grade Websites & Activities for Learning at Home
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Fourth graders are independent explorers, full of ideas and opinions. They have an impressive skill set and are ready to go deeper. With that in mind, we’ve gathered together learning links and fun activities that will help kids build skills in literacy, math, science, and social studies—plus some just for fun! This list of 4th grade websites and activities is something kids can easily do at home with their families.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Math
Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Elizabeth Mulvahill
We Are Teachers
Date Added:
10/01/2020
Best 5th Grade Websites & Activities for Learning at Home
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Fifth graders are on the brink of adolescence. They are curious, capable, and ready to tackle the world. With that in mind, we’ve gathered together learning links and fun activities that will help them build skills in literacy, math, science, and social studies—plus some just for fun! This list of 5th grade websites and activities is something kids can easily do at home with their families.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Math
Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Elizabeth Mulvahill
We Are Teachers
Date Added:
10/01/2020
Best First Grade Websites & Activities for Learning at Home
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First grade is an adventure! Kids are excited to learn and always ready for more. With that in mind, we’ve gathered together learning links and fun activities that will help kids build skills in literacy, math, science, and social studies—plus some that are just for enjoyment. This list of first grade websites and activities is something kids can easily do at home with their families.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Math
Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Elizabeth Mulvahill
We are teachers
Date Added:
10/01/2020
Best Kindergarten Websites & Activities for Learning at Home
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It’s fun to be five! Here is our list of favorite kindergarten websites and activities that kids can enjoy at home with their families. We’ve gathered together learning links and fun activities that will help kids build skills in literacy, math, science, and social studies—plus some that are just for enjoyment.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Math
Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Elizabeth Mulvahill
We Are Teachers
Date Added:
10/01/2020
Best Second Grade Websites & Activities for Learning at Home
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Second graders are full of curiosity and enthusiasm for learning. Parents can supplement any education with these amazing second grade websites and activities kids can enjoy at home with their families. (They won’t even know they’re learning!) These learning links and fun activities will help kids build skills in literacy, math, science, and social studies—plus we included some that are just for enjoyment.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Math
Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Elizabeth Mulvahill
We Are Teachers
Date Added:
10/01/2020
Best Third Grade Websites & Activities for Learning at Home
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Third graders are curious, capable and eager to share their ideas. With that in mind, we’ve gathered together learning links and fun activities that will help kids build skills in literacy, math, science, and social studies—plus some just for fun! This list of third grade websites and activities is something kids can easily do at home with their families.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Math
Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Elizabeth Mulvahill
We Are Teachers
Date Added:
10/01/2020
Best of History Web Sites
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Best of History Web Sites, created by EdTechTeacher, is an award-winning portal that contains annotated links to over 1200 history web sites as well as links to hundreds of quality K-12 history lesson plans, history teacher guides, history activities, history games, history quizzes, and more.

Subject:
Social Studies
History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Homework/Assignment
Lesson
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
EdTechTeacher
Date Added:
01/19/2021
Black Communities in Canada: A Rich History
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Now more than ever is the time to consider the realities of Canadian-Black communities. Explore our collection of films by distinguished Black filmmakers, creators, and allies. We’ve selected a group of NFB films that portray the multi-layered lives of Canada’s diverse Black communities. The incredible stories of strength, courage and perseverance in the face of adversity that these films present are not often found in mainstream history books. Black communities and cultures have been part of Canadian history from its earliest days, but sadly, their contributions and the lessons they can teach are rarely studied at the elementary or secondary level in schools.

Subject:
Arts Education
Social Studies
History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
National Film Board
National Film Board Of Canada
NFB
Date Added:
02/22/2021
The Boxwood Project
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The AGO’s collection is searchable on their website, but some exhibits stand out more than others.
One gem on the website right now is The Boxwood Project, which contains countless photos of exquisitely tiny gothic carvings, accompanied by not just one scientific analysis showing how researchers figured out how the beads were made, but numerous essays on the topic.
Another feature is an interactive website compiling around 3,000 photographs taken by Henryk Rozencwaijg-Ross of the Jewish ghetto in a Polish city during the Holocaust. Visitors to the webpage are encouraged to use the “Build My Collection” function to curate their own exhibit out of the photographs and share it with others.

Subject:
Arts Education
Visual Arts
Social Studies
History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Homework/Assignment
Simulation
Author:
Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
Date Added:
03/18/2020
CK-12 Foundation
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"CK-12 Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing access to high quality educational materials for K-12 students all over the world. We offer free high-quality, standards-aligned, open content in the STEM subjects. By providing these free resources, CK-12 is working toward educational equity for all."

Subject:
Education
Math
Computer Science
Social Studies
Geography
History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CK-12 Foundation
Date Added:
03/16/2020
Canada's History Magazine Lesson Plans
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Lesson plans to support learning about Canadian History.
Highlights:
- Treaties
- Treatment of minorities
- Expo '67
- World War I & II
- Gold Rush
- New France
- Historical Consequences
- Red River Settlement

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Treaty Education
Social Studies
History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Lesson
Primary Source
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Canada's History Society
Date Added:
11/20/2018
Carmen Sandiego
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Lead the new generation of curious explorers!

Create a well-rounded education with free lessons, activities, games and more! From social studies to world languages to SEL, Carmen Sandiego inspires curiosity in every subject.

Lead students through over 100 classroom activities inspired by the new Netflix series.

Travel the world with Carmen and our partners at Google Earth and Google Expeditions.

Resources, lessons, games and activities!

Select Resources and then you can filter by grade K-12 or activity type!

Subject:
Arts Education
English Language Arts
Math
Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Date Added:
06/25/2019
Communities PBL
Conditional Remix & Share Permitted
CC BY-NC-SA
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All humans and everything made by humans have disappeared without a trace from Ireland. The students will need to do decide on where they are going to build 3 communities based on the following:

i. What is daily life like in Ireland?
ii. What are the needs and wants of a community?
iii. What resources are found in Ireland?
iv. How are communities interdependent?
v. How does climate and environmental factors affect where people live?
vi. How does available natural resources affect where people live?
vii. How can wealth be distributed between communities?

Subject:
Education
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
10/23/2018
Cool Kids Facts - Fun Facts For Kids
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Cool Kid Facts gives your child access to educational videos, pictures, quizzes, downloadable worksheets, and infographics. They can use these to learn about geography, history, science, animals, and even the human body.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Science
Social Studies
Geography
History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Cool Kids Facts
Date Added:
03/27/2020