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Hands-On Social Studies for Ontario, Grade 5

An Inquiry Approach

by (author) Jennifer Lawson

Portage & Main Press
Initial publish date
Aug 2020
Social Science
  • Spiral bound

    Publish Date
    Aug 2020
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Jun 2021
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 18
  • Grade: 12


Filled with a year’s worth of classroom-tested hands-on, minds-on activities, this resource conveniently includes everything both teachers and students need.

The grade 5 book is divided into two units:

First Nations and Europeans in New France and Early Canada
The Role of Government and Responsible Citizenship


  • focuses on the goals of the Ontario Social Studies curriculum
  • adheres to the Growing Success document for assessment, evaluating, and reporting in Ontario schools
  • builds understanding of Indigenous knowledge and perspectives


  • includes the five components of the inquiry model
  • opportunities for self-reflection and activating prior knowledge
  • authentic assessment for, as, and of learning
  • social studies thinking concepts, guided inquiry questions, and learning goals
  • support for developing historical thinking skills
  • access to digital image banks and digital reproducibles (Find download instructions in the Appendix of the book)

About the author

Jennifer Lawson, PhD, is the originator and program editor of the Hands-On series published by Portage & Main Press. Jennifer writes, teaches in the faculty of education at the University of Manitoba, and is a local school board trustee. She is also one of the founders of Mission to Mexico, an organization that works with and provides supports to schools in some of the most impoverished communities in Puerto Vallarta. Jennifer is a former classroom teacher, resource and special education teacher, consultant, and principal. She lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with her husband, Barry, and sons, Devon and Jeremy.

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