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Primary Junior Social Studies Teacher Resources

Here you will find teacher and classroom resources to support The Ontario Curriculum: Social Studies, Grades 1 to 6 (2018).

Videos in the Library Collection

Community Traditions and Celebrations: Past & Present

Community traditions and celebrations: past and present

This video is in the On-Core collection.

"Canada is a land made up of people from all over the world. As a result, many different traditions are celebrated throughout the country. Students learn that a tradition is something that has been done by people in a family or group for a long time. In this new, fun-filled Canadian-produced program, a naive robot stumbles upon some traditional decorations. Due to his inquisitive nature, we are taken on a journey through exciting traditions and celebrations found throughout Canada. Many of Canada's traditions like Halloween and Thanksgiving come from Europe where our early settlers came from. Others like National Aboriginal Day are from Canada's First People - First Nations, Metis and Inuit. Other traditions such as Ramadan and Diwali have been brought to Canada more recently."

Lights for Gita

lights for gita video

This video is from the National Film Board of Canada.

"This animated short is the story of Gita, an 8-year-old girl who can't wait to celebrate Divali - the Hindu festival of lights - in her new home in Canada. But it's nothing like New Delhi, where she comes from. The weather is cold and grey and a terrible ice storm cuts off the power, ruining her plans for a party. Obviously, a Divali celebration now is impossible. Or is it? As Gita experiences the glittering beauty of the icy streets outside, the traditional festival of lights comes alive in a sparkling new way."

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Family Song | Sesame Street

Family Song | Sesame Street

"What is a family? A family could be a your brothers and sisters and mom and dad. It could be your grandma and grandpa and aunts and uncles. Family could even be your friends. Your family really is just the people you love."

CFAC's 4th Annual Multicultural Canada Day Celebration @ Yonge Dundas Square

CFAC's 4th annual multicultural canada day celebration at Yonge Dundas Square

"The Community Folk Art Council has proudly produced is 4th Annual Multicultural Canada Day Celebration at Yonge Dundas Square in Toronto, Canada on July 1st, 2010."

Kids Show and Tell - Family and Culture

Kids show and tell - family and culture

The HiHo kids show and tell each other about objects of significance from their culture and families.

Types of Family Structures

Types of family structures video

"Family structure has changed dramatically over the last 50 years. The "Leave it to Beaver" family is no longer the standard, and several variations on family have been created. There are six specific types of family structures identified by society today."

Hair Love


"Hair Love, an Oscar®-winning animated short film from Matthew A. Cherry, tells the heartfelt story of an African American father learning to do his daughter’s hair for the first time."

Birthdays Around the World


"Children around the world have different birthday parties. Let's see what they do!"