Geography/Social studies

Brazilian Rainforest

Throughout the six challenges in this unit, students take on the role of investigative journalists in researching the issues surrounding the Brazilian rain forest as seen through the eyes of different stakeholder groups. Detailed suggestions support students in thinking critically as they keep a reporter’s log, identify the issues and underlying interests, analyze photographs, prepare graphic displays and eventually produce a video documentary or a live audio-visual presentation on their findings.

Managing Our Natural Wealth

The first four of eight challenges in this unit introduce Canada’s natural resources. Students determine the two most important resources found in their homes. In a game planning a trip across Canada, students plot latitude and longitude coordinates, learning the Canadian provinces and territories, and their capital cities, and the most valuable resources in each area. Students decide which resource industries Canada should further develop and what this might involve. The final four challenges focus on forestry, fishing and mining in British Columbia. Students learn of problems facing each industry and propose environmentally and economically sound solutions.

The Resourcefulness of the Inuit

The 11 challenges in this unit celebrate the cultural uniqueness and resourcefulness of the Inuit both past and present. Students infer from drawings how the Inuit traditionally met their basic needs and the challenges they faced. They then examine modern-day life and what we can learn from the Inuit. Included in these activities is a simulated general store where students purchase the clothing and supplies needed for a trip to the Arctic. Three supplementary literature-based challenges further explore the resourcefulness of the Inuit.

History/Social studies

Legacies of Ancient Egypt

In the nine challenges in this unit, students explore the wonders of Ancient Egypt by creating a museum exhibition. The activities include deciphering drawings of various aspects of Egyptian civilization; deciding on the most significant similarities and differences between Ancient Egypt and present-day Canada; researching and designing exhibits about the wonders of Ancient Egypt; developing ads in media of their choice to promote the exhibition; and deciding on the most impressive legacy of Ancient Egypt.

Selected Challenges in Social Studies – Intermediate/Middle School

The focus of this collection of 13 challenges is intermediate/middle school social studies. Themes include ancient civilizations, Canadian history, the Canadian north, "Canada Present", and media. Critical challenge topics include Roman gladiators, the Cariboo Gold Rush, travel in the Arctic, and the role of TV in our lives.

Available in PDF format only.

Social studies

Active Citizenship: Student Action Projects

This TC² print resource provides a framework for elementary and secondary teachers to guide students in planning and implementing a social action project. Students learn to clarify the problem, agree on a solution, plan a course of action and implement and evaluate the action.

Caring for Young People’s Rights

The seven challenges in this resource foster understanding of the nature and range of basic human rights and appreciation of the importance of protecting these rights. Human rights are personalized through real-life profiles of young people in a variety of developing countries. Students then translate the shortfalls in these young people's daily lives into statements about the rights that everyone needs in order to enjoy a minimum quality of life. Students assume the role of development director in planning a project to secure the rights of the young people they have been reading about.

The student materials for this publication are available in French.

La protection des droits de la jeunesse :
Feuilles reproductibles en français

est une unité conçue pour aider les élèves à l’école élémentaire et secondaire à comprendre et à réfléchir à l’importance des droits fondamentaux de la jeunesse autour du monde. On utilise une variété de pays défavorisés pour personnaliser les droits de la jeunesse. Les élèves identifient les lacunes dans la vie quotidienne de ces jeunes afin de déterminer les besoins qui assurent une qualité de vie minimale. Les élèves assument le rôle de directeur d’un projet de développement visant à garantir les droits de la jeunesse.

Gratuites avec l’achat de la ressource anglaise. Les notes pédagogiques qui expliquent comment utiliser les fiches d’information, les tableaux, les documents et les grilles d’évaluation ne sont pas disponibles en français. Il faudra consulter la version complète en anglais afin d’utiliser efficacement les fiches reproductibles ci-jointes.