Grade 5 Social Studies | My Child in School | Manitoba Education
MY CHILD IN SCHOOL – Informed Parent, Involved Parent


What your child is learning

In Grade 5 students learn about the following four themes:

First Peoples

  • origins, connections to the land, cultures and governance
  • daily life and culture, natural resources, trade
  • early European exploration

Early European Colonization (1600-1763)

  • exploration, settlement, and colonization
  • Nouvelle-France
  • daily life and influence of the environment
  • trade and conflict

Fur Trade

  • life during the fur trade
  • rise of the Métis and the Red River Colony

From British Colony to Confederation (1763 to 1867)

  • early immigration; United Empire Loyalists
  • Confederation
  • sharing the land: relationships among Europeans, First Peoples and the Métis
  • citizenship then and now

Learning experiences help students to respect diversity and collaborate with others. Students formulate questions, conduct research, and draw conclusions based on information and evidence. They learn about the enduring importance of the past as they explore what it means to be a citizen 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.

How your child is assessed

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:

  • Knowledge and Understanding:
    What does your child know and understand about the social studies themes and topics?
  • Research and Communication:
    How does your child gather, organize and share ideas in social studies? 
  • Critical Thinking and Citizenship:
    How does your child apply social studies learning as a citizen in her/his community, Canada, and the world?


Activities to do with your children in the community

Visit art galleries, museums and historic sites. Here are just a few examples:

Participate in cultural events such as:

Make travel a learning experience
If you have opportunities for family travel near or far, prepare in advance using maps, pictures, stories and other types of research. While travelling, explore local sites and culture, take pictures, talk or write about experiences, share observations and memories.

Activities to do with your children in the home
Talk to your children about current events, look at maps and globes, look at artwork from various times and places, share stories of family and community history, read historical fiction, watch historical films.

Books and prints
People and Stories of Canada to 1867, student textbook, Portage and Main Press For additional print resources, consult the Bibliographies by grade level.

Suggested websites
Kayak, Canada’s History Magazine for Kids
History Trek, McGill University (links to other history websites)
The Canadian Encyclopedia
Historica Canada, Heritage Minutes
Kids’ Stop,  Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
Canadian Museum of History
(formerly of Canadian Museum of Civilization)

Atlas of Canada Maps from Natural Resources Canada  
Kids’CBC parents zone
Canada, A People’s History
(CBC history videos)

Frequently Asked Questions

How do Grade 5 students demonstrate citizenship?

How do Grade 5 students demonstrate critical thinking?