Let's Explore the Past

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Learning Outcomes

By the end of this activity, learners will:
  • Develop an understanding of the importance of intergenerational knowledge that is passed down
  • Learn what artifacts are, and their importance to historical and cultural values
  • Reflect on their own family histories, and share with the class something of great historical or cultural significance within their own family

Curriculum Connections

Grade 1 Social Studies: Heritage and Identity: Our Changing Roles and Responsibilities (A2.6, A3.2)
Grade 2 Social Studies: Heritage and Identity: Changing Family and Community Traditions (A1.1, A1.2, A1.3, A2.1, A2.2, A2.4, A2.5, A2.6, A3.4, A3.6, A3.7)
  • People and Environments: Global Communities (B3.8)
Grade 4 Social Studies: Heritage and Identity: Early Societies To 1500 CE (A1.2, A1.3, A1.4, A2.1, A2.2, A2.5, A2.6, A3.2, A3.3)
Grade 6 Social Studies: Heritage and Identity: Communities In Canada, Past and Present (A1.2, A2.6, A3.1, A3.8)

Length of Activity

120 minutes

Materials List

  • Internet-enabled device
  • Two objects of cultural and historical value (e.g., an eel spear, and spruce root basket are used here)
  • KWL Chart Let’s Explore the Past
  • Learners’ object from home

Online Lesson Format