Ontario Social Studies: Grade 6 Communities in Canada, Past and Present


Explore grade 6 communities in Canada, past and present, with this comprehensive inquiry-based unit. Covering 12 detailed lessons, this unit meets Ontario curriculum standards and engages students with activities like wonder walls, knowledge circles, and escape learning games. Dive deep into Canadian history and discover untold stories and connections that shaped our nation. Perfect for a dynamic and interactive classroom experience.

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Do you have to teach Grade 6 Communities in Canada – past and present? Teach Ontario Social Studies to your Grade 6 students. In this engaging inquiry unit, all about Communities In Canada Past and Present, students will learn about the various communities throughout history that have shaped Canadian society. This inquiry-based unit meets the curriculum standards for Grade 6 Social Studies with the Ontario Curriculum Strand B.


Ditch those basic workbooks and finally engage your students in real learning that has them thinking, questioning, and invested in the various ways different groups and communities have shaped Canada. Explore beyond what is typically found in outdated textbooks and look at Canadian history through the lens of discovery of untold stories and connections to the people and places that impact us today.


This full unit covers all of the expectations through 12 detailed Inquiry-Based Lessons and activities that will engage even students and teachers who are new to using Inquiry in their classrooms. The final culminating activity will have your students apply what they have learned about various communities and dig deeper through choice and supported investigation.


Utilizing best practices in teaching and learning this Grade 6 Communities in Canada unit will have you

⭐  easy to follow lesson plans that outline your prep, lesson, opportunities for assessment, accommodation and modification suggestions for IEP and ELL students

⭐  Background information for the teacher ( just in case you are not a science major and may need a refresher)

⭐  constructing a wonder wall to guide your students’ questions and learning

⭐  conduct knowledge building circles

⭐  gamify your classroom through escape learning games and role play

⭐  leveraging digital to conduct research using a curated source of student-friendly information


Grade 6 Communities in Canada Lesson Overview

1 – Wonderwall – Canadian Identity and Canadian Communities

2 – Discover Core Canadian Values

3 – Immigration Patterns in Canada Throughout History

4 – What was life like for Indigenous people pre-contact with Europeans?

5 – Communities in Canada 1600-1800

6 – Treaties: Indigenous People and the Government of Early Canada

7 – Impact of Treaties

8 – Important People and Their Communities

9 – Impact of the Indian Act

10 – Communities of the Early 1900’s

11 – The Canadian Identity Today

12 – Immigration Over Time

13 – Inquiry Project: Biographical Sketch


Finally, engage your students with a look at the history of the People of Canada that goes beyond basic boring printable workbooks. History should be engaging and tell the story of the people that shaped our nation.


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FAQ: More About This Grade 6 Communities in Canada Product

♦ I’ve never made an inquiry. Will this be right for me?

Inquiry is more than a project. It is a way to leverage student voice and choice to engage and inspire deep learning.  This unit and the other supports provided to you by Madly Learning will help you implement more inquiry-based teaching in your classroom.  The lessons are clearly laid out and will help you transition from a traditional learning model to a more inquiry approach. 


♦”Does this product align to my curriculum standards?

This unit is aligned with the Ontario curriculum and meets all of the expectations of the


♦ How do I use this product with my special education and English Language learners?

This is a hands-on unit and is easily differentiated to meet the needs of complex learners.  Narrowing the focus to simply understanding the big ideas reduces the complexity of the activities in this unit while also allowing students to participate in modified activities at grade level for science.  Many reading and research materials are available online and can be supported by using digital reading software.  Because this unit is student-centred and inquiry-focused, it is easier to differentiate the content and product produced by the students by increasing or decreasing the complexity of level and depth of understanding.


Is this in French – No.  Madly Learning does not produce products in French.  (We have in the past, and it did not work). We are unable to ensure and maintain quality products in a language we do not speak.  We do not intend to translate this or other products into French.


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Ontario Social Studies: Grade 6 Communities in Canada, Past and Present