In Grade 4, your child learns about the following five themes:
Geography of Canada
Living in Canada
Living in Manitoba
History of Manitoba
Learning experiences help children consider the consequences of their actions, respect differences, and interact fairly with others. Children have opportunities to create questions and express reasoned opinions that are based on information and evidence. They also learn about their responsibility for the environment as they explore what it means to be citizens in their community, Canada, and the world.
To find out more about what you child is learning, we encourage you to talk to the teacher. The department has also developed Curriculum Essentials posters that provide an overview of the knowledge, processes and skills for this subject area. You may also wish to refer to the Manitoba Curriculum Framework of Outcomes.
Assessment in Social Studies is based on the themes and topics in the tab WHAT MY CHILD IS LEARNING. Your child’s progress will be reported under three areas of learning:
The teacher will report on your child’s progress in these areas three times a year.
The information from each report helps you to support your child’s learning. You can use it to talk with your child and your child’s teacher about results, strengths, challenges and what your child will be doing next.
Kayak, Canada’s History Magazine for Kids
Family Education, website with resources, activities, crafts for at home
About Canada and Canadian culture, website of Canadian Heritage
Eco-Kids, a Canadian environmental website
Canadian Museum of History (formerly Civilization)
Aboriginal peoples of Canada, website of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (select Kids’ Stop)
Canadian Geographic Kids Atlas online
About Canada, Government of Canada website (select Play, Teach and Learn, and select topic or theme)
Activities to do with your children in the community
Visit museums and historic sites
For example, the Manitoba Museum, Lower Fort Garry, the Forks, community parks and landmarks.
Participate in cultural events
For example, the Festival du Voyageur, Culture Days in Manitoba, Canada Day celebrations, National Aboriginal Day, Heritage Day, international days.
Activities to do with your children in the home
Talk to your children about current events, the calendar and time, look at maps and globes, look at pictures of other times and places, share stories of communities and people working together.
Here are some questions that are often asked about Social Studies:
If you have a question that isn't answered here, you can ask your child's teacher or use the comment form on the left of the page.
Grade 4 children demonstrate active democratic citizenship when they
Grade 4 children use critical thinking skills whey they