Grade 7 Social Studies | My Child in School | Manitoba Educatio
MY CHILD IN SCHOOL – Informed Parent, Involved Parent


What your child is learning

In Grade 7 your child learns about the following four themes:

World Geography

  • mapping the world
  • physical regions of the world
  • population trends

Global Quality of Life

  • universal human rights, quality of life in developed and less developed nations
  • citizenship and democracy; personal actions and choices
  • global distribution of power, wealth and justice
  • international agencies and global cooperation

Ways of Life in Asia, Africa or Australasia (one community study)

  • elements of societies and cultures
  • the natural environment
  • history, politics, and the economy

Human impact in Europe or the Americas (one community study)

  • geography
  • environmental impact, consumerism, and sustainable development
  • urbanization
  • historical influences
  • living in the global village

Learning experiences help students respect diversity, collaborate, resolve conflicts peacefully, and make personal decisions that consider others and the environment. Students interpret and use maps and globes. They formulate questions, conduct research, evaluate information sources from diverse perspectives, and draw conclusions based on evidence. Students focus on culture, quality of life, sustainable development, and global citizenship.

To find out more about what your child is learning, we encourage you to talk to the teacher. You may also find helpful information on the Curriculum Essentials posters, which are interactive PDFs, designed for teachers that provide an overview of the knowledge, processes, and skills for this subject area.

The first page gives an overview of what your child will be learning, grouped into big ideas so that the curriculum is easier to understand. The letter and number codes correspond to the curriculum learning outcomes. The arrow at the top of the page highlights the skills and competencies, which are described in more detail on the third page. These should be integrated throughout the teaching and learning of social studies. The second page organizes the specific learning outcomes by the six general learning outcomes, along with a more detailed description of what your child will learn and the categories found on the provincial report cards regarding assessment.

You may also wish to refer to the Social Studies - 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

  • The World Today: Its People and Places, student textbook, Portage and Main Press
  • People and Places 7, student text, Nelson Thomson Publishers 

For additional print resources, consult the Bibgrlioaphies by grade level.

Suggested websites
Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Material World and other books by Peter Menzel
Geography and Maps
Earth Observatory Experiments from NASA
National Geographic Education’s Families zone
United Nations Cyberschoolbus
UNICEF Canada, Students zone  
Media Smarts, Canada’s Centre for Digital and Media Literacy   
CIA World Factbook  
Mennonite Central Committee for children
UN High Commission for Refugees, Kid Zone
UN online video games

Frequently Asked Questions

How do Grade 7 students demonstrate citizenship?

How do Grade 7 students demonstrate critical thinking?