Resources and Activites for Social Studies – Secondary Cycle 1

Objective: To build social awareness in order act as a responsible informed citizen – AKA – be nice to everyone, love your neighbor as yourself and do unto others as you would want them to do unto you!

Evaluation – School report cards simply list “Geography, History and Citizenship”. There is no breakdown of competencies.


  • To understand the organization of a society in its territory
  • To interpret change in a society and its territory
  • To be open to the diversity of societies and their territories

What’s taught in school

History and Citizenship Education

  • First Settlements
  • Early Civilisations
  • Ancient Greece
  • Ancient Rome
  • Middle Ages -Influence of Religion
  • Middle Ages – Middle Classes and Trade
  • Renaissance and Reformation
  • European Explorers
  • American and French Revolution
  • Industrial Revolution
  • Imperialism and Colonization
  • Civil Rights and Freedom

Activites – History and Citizenship – list 2-3 activites

  • Visit museums, collect the free brochures, take a photo and make a scrapbook
  • Write a play act out some of the scenes from the resouces
  • Write an imaginary diary or letter-back-home from a citizen of this era
  • Compare life “now and then”. Write about it or make a scrap book of drawing or pictures
  • Draw a cartoon story-board of life in an event in this time period
  • Interview a museum curator. Make a recording of questions and answers (Ask permission, of course)
  • Imagine yourself as an inventor in the past and create a “vision board” of the future
  • Find or draw maps of the routes of explorers
  • Use Google Earth to explore ancient worlds
  • The last Sunday of May most museums in Montreal are open to the public free of charge.
  • Join a historical fiction book club, read a novel and research topics of interest that arise in the book.

Free Resources – History and Citizenship – list 2-3


  • Urban territory – cities, natural hazards, heritage buildings
  • Tourist, forest, energy-producing, and industrial regions
  • Agricultural territory
  • Native territory
  • Protected territory

ActivitesGeography – list 2-3 activites

  • Create a Google Site, Powerpoint, or scrap book of photos of one or more terrritory. Add some captions or short paragraphs
  • Compare heritage cities (cities with a lot of ancient architecture) Quebec City, Cairo, Mexico, New York, Sydney (or choose your own)
  • Draw or screenshot maps
  • Compare populations density in different regions
  • Compare living in a city vs. suburb vs. rural – housing, transport, shopping, work, visiting friends, free time
  • Visit a native reserve. Research native culture and traditional activities
  • Talk about or document natural hazards – floods, fires, earthquakes, hurricanes
  • Locate tourist regions in Quebec and elsewhere and identify similar and contrasting characteristics
  • Visit a protected area such as the bird sanctury at Lachine Rapids. Bring your camera and identify some of the protected species
  • Visit a farm (or several) and experience seasonal activites – apple picking, maples sugaring, sheep shearing etc

Free Resources – Geography – list 2-3

Book List – check my Amazon booklist for other recommendations. Updated regularly. Ask your library or school board to order these.

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