Social studies - Gr. 4.2: The stories: histories and people of Alberta

General Outcome: Students will demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the role of stories, history and culture in strengthening communities and contributing to identity and a sense of belonging. (from Alberta Education)
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FICTION:When 15-year-old Adam, who is a summer volunteer at a dinosaur dig in Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park in southern Alberta, learns someone is stealing fossils from the site, he and his friend Jamie are determined to discover who it is.

When Adam, who is a summer volunteer at a dinosaur dig in Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park in southern Alberta, learns someone is stealing fossils from the site, he and his friend Jamie are determined to discover who it is.

Fur Trade: Shaping an Identity:  Teacher’s Program Guide from the Glenbow Museum

Fur Trade: Shaping an Identity: Teacher’s Program Guide from the Glenbow Museum

Hyena in petticoats : the story of suffragette Nellie McClung

Hyena in Petticoats: the Story of Suffragette Nellie Mcclung, by Willow Dawson.

FICTION:Living on the western Canadian prairie in the nineteenth century, Sweetgrass, a fifteen-year-old Blackfoot Indian girl, saves her family from a smallpox epidemic and proves her maturity to her father.

FICTION:Living on the western Canadian prairie in the nineteenth century, Sweetgrass, a fifteen-year-old Blackfoot Indian girl, saves her family from a smallpox epidemic and proves her maturity to her father.

FICTION:Marty Chan, a Chinese boy in a French Canadian town in rural Alberta, begins to suspect that he is an alien because he feels so different from everyone else.

Marty Chan, a Chinese boy in a French Canadian town in rural Alberta, begins to suspect that he is an alien because he feels so different from everyone else.

FICTION:Tess and her family are living through hard times living on the Prairies and must collect malongo (cow pats) to burn for heat.

FICTION:Tess and her family are living through hard times living on the Prairies and must collect malongo (cow pats) to burn for heat.

FICTION:Todd and his grandfather prepare for the sale of the farm and its contents by telling stories about life there and making scarecrows.

FICTION:Todd and his grandfather prepare for the sale of the farm and its contents by telling stories about life there and making scarecrows.

When Lawrence's father goes overseas with the Canadian Army during the Second World War, the young Cree boy struggles to grow up while wrestling with the meaning of war. With Papa gone, Mama raises the children alone. Traditional foods such as wild meat and fish are scarce, and many other foods are rationed.Angry about the changes and confused about the future, Lawrence misses his father and his teachings about their natural way of life.

When Lawrence's father goes overseas with the Canadian Army during the Second World War, the young Cree boy struggles to grow up while wrestling with the meaning of war. With Papa gone, Mama raises the children alone. Traditional foods such as wild meat and fish are scarce, and many other foods are rationed.Angry about the changes and confused about the future, Lawrence misses his father and his teachings about their natural way of life.

FICTION:It is 1915. Endless stretches of grassland against a boundless sky are all Sam Ferrier sees when he and his father arrive in Curlew, Alberta, to build a new house for their family. He wonders why his restless father would move them to this lonely, barren place, so different from Iowa. But after the house gets built and the family joins them, Sam gradually discovers that there is much more to the prairie than he realized.

Canadian Living Books: Ticket to Curlew and Wings to Fly by Celia Barker Lottridge

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