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Social Studies

How to Use These Resources

TVO Learn is designed to meet each student where they are on their learning journey. Learning Activities are comprehensive and require guided instruction from an adult, while Resources for Learning, Apply the Learning prompts and Vocabulary lists work well to reinforce specific skills or to enable independent exploration of a subject. Use these helpful tips to get the most from TVO Learn.

Curriculum Overview

In Grade 1 Social Studies, students will examine various roles, relationships, and responsibilities, how and why these may change, and how they are connected to one’s identity, culture, and sense of self. They will develop their appreciation of the need to treat all people, as well as the environment, responsibly and with respect. Students will also examine their local community, its characteristics and services, and how it meets the needs of the people who live and work there and develop an understanding of the social and environmental responsibilities of citizens as well as various levels of government. 

Students are provided with opportunities to explore various topics which will enable them to develop an understanding of the interactions within and between diverse communities, including First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities and students’ own communities. Students will be introduced to the inquiry process, and will use this process when conducting various investigations. They will study the impact of colonialism, what effect it continues to have today, and of the rights and responsibilities associated with citizenship.  

The social studies curriculum is divided into two strands:

  • Heritage and Identity: Our Changing Roles and Responsibilities
  • People and Environment: The Local Community

Interested in learning more? View Curriculum PDF
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Learning Activities

Learning Activities provide opportunity for deeper exploration of a subject. Organized by grade and topic (or strand), students should be guided through each Learning Activity by an adult. Before clicking on a topic to prepare for or begin this guided instruction, be sure to read these helpful tips about how to get the most out of TVO Learn.

Please note: To access the learning activities, visit this page with a computer or tablet.

Resources for Learning

Chosen by TVO educators, these resources support the curriculum outlined above. Review the below list of options along with the activities. Then, read, watch, listen or play to build understanding and knowledge.

Complete the suggested activities using these resources and other TVO resources.

Apply the Learning

Choose from the following to consolidate learning across all curriculum strands.

  • What do you know about your family’s history? Who might help you to find some of the information you need to learn more about your family as well as yourself? What role does an Elder play in your community?

  • Why is it important to respect others? How do we show respect for others?

  • Think about your role at school compared to your role at home. Why do you think your role at school is different from your role at home? In what ways might your responsibilities at home change as you get older?

  • How would you describe the park nearby? What in your opinion makes a park a good one? Are there things that all parks have? Why are parks considered to be important for communities to have? What role might they play?

  • In what ways can people in a community work together to meet the needs of everyone in the community?

  • What are people’s responsibilities within their community? What might happen if people did not meet their responsibilities?

  • Think about all the roles you have in your life. What are some of the roles you have at home, at school, and in your neighbourhood?

  • Create your own definitions for 10 of the words in the vocabulary list.


Review this list of vocabulary associated with the curriculum. Practice spelling, research definitions, and find these vocabulary words when engaging with the TVO resources or completing learning activities.

Students should understand and be able to apply these words in context.







local community 



natural environment 





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