With Canada Day just around the corner, I thought now might be a good time to plan a Canadian history lesson block. Not sure what a lesson block is? Read this post. It’s been on my mind for a while and I’m actually pretty excited about it.
Discovering Canada by Robert Livesey & A.G. Smith is a wonderful series written on the history of Canada. These books will form the backbone of our Canadian History Lesson Blocks. They are filled with interesting stories and activities that your child can do.
Just add a blank lesson book for recording artwork and writing assignments. Add narration or written summarizations, some good living books and a few hands-on projects. You could use the project ideas in Robert Livesey’s book and throw in various writing assignments like writing a story as if they are living through events at that particular time in History.
My Planning Process:
When I plan a new lesson block I follow a simple 3 step system.
I have chosen to focus on New France for this lesson block. The history of Acadia.
-Choose interesting books. Stay away from everything dry and dull. Textbooks are guaranteed to kill the love of learning in your child.
This book will be the backbone of our studies.
Now choose some living books that teach history in an engaging way. Like these ones:
- The King’s Daughter by Martel Suzanne
- Madeleine Takes Command by Brill, Ethel C.
- A Question of Loyalty by Barbara Greenwood
- Dear Canada: Banished From our Home by Sharon Stewart
- Dear Canada: Footsteps in the Snow by Carol Matas
- Dear Canada: With Nothing but Courage
2. Choose Projects
If you glance through Discovering Canada New France by Robert Livesey and A.G. Smith you will find many project ideas. I usually take those ideas and adapt them. The projects we will do in Our New France Block are as follows.
- A colonial meal of stone-ground whole wheat bread, various seafood such as mussels, crabmeat, sturgeon or lobster. We won’t use all of these just whatever is available when we do our lesson block. Add some colonial vegetables like corn, squash, beans, and cabbages.
- A feather Quill pen and write a letter to a friend with it. This may be a good time to review some French and perhaps write the letter in French.
- A model Fort with popsicle sticks and cardboard
- Make and play the conquering North America Game found in the book
3. Choose Art
Throughout the lesson block which may last from 4-6 weeks I will also assign independent art projects.
- A title page in their blank lesson book for New France
- Draw the various costumes that would have been worn in New France
- Draw a map of New France and surrounding areas
- Illustrate the various summaries assigned throughout the lesson block.
I will continuously assign writing projects throughout the lesson block. Assignments will include written narrations or summaries of some of the historical events they are reading. You could assign a book report on one of the books they have read or some creative writing or poetry.
I will also be planning Canadian history lesson blocks lesson on Canada’s Black Heritage, Fur Traders, and our Native American people. I am truly looking forward to a hands-on exploration of our country next year.
What lessons are you currently planning? What process do you follow when planning your lesson blocks? I would love to hear about it. Let us know in the comments below:)
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