In Grade 3 Social Studies, students are introduced to some of the diverse communities which existed in Canada between approximately 1780 and 1850. Students will explore what life was like for different groups of people during that time period and will compare the lives of these people to those of present-day Canadians. They will use primary sources such as journals, letters, maps, and paintings to investigate how people in early Canada responded to challenges in their lives. Students will explore the relationship between the natural environment, land use, and employment opportunities, and how different uses of land and resources affect the environment.
Through social studies, students are provided with opportunities to explore various topics that will enable them to develop an understanding of the connections within and between diverse communities, including First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities as well as students’ own communities. They will develop an understanding of personal, cultural, and national identities and of various contributions to Canada. They will also look at the impact of colonialism and the rights and responsibilities associated with citizenship.