Unit Plan: Orange Shirt Day
Social Studies / Grade K-7
Stories and traditions about ourselves and our families reflect who we are and where we are from.
Our rights, roles, and responsibilities are important for building strong communities.
Local actions have global consequences, and global actions have local consequences.
Learning about indigenous peoples nurtures multicultural awareness and respect for diversity.
Interactions between First Peoples and Europeans lead to conflict and cooperation, which continues to shape Canada’s identity.
Canada’s policies and treatment of minority peoples have negative and positive legacies.
Systems of government vary in their respect for human rights and freedoms.
- Identity and Human Rights
Students will keep considering…
- Why does it matter to learn about Orange Shirt Day?
Teacher will monitor progress:
Teachers can monitor progress through ongoing formative assessment including but not limited to:
- Class discussion
- Engagement with material
How will teachers and their students reflect on and evaluate the completed project?
- What aspects of the unit went well?
- What did students struggle with?
- What did you struggle with?
- What would you add/revise the next time you taught this unit?
- Were there any unintended outcomes?
- Were students engaged?
*Note: The lessons in this unit are multidisciplinary, and include Language Arts and Visual Arts
- Honouring residential school survivors and those who attended.
- Why is Orange Shirt Day important?
- Why does Orange Shirt Day matter?
In this unit, students will learn about the importance of Orange Shirt Day and about honouring residential school survivors.
This outline lesson can be broken down into separate lessons at the Elementary level but is broad enough to be expanded on for older students high school.
Related Big Ideas
The Big Ideas consist of generalizations and principles and the key concepts important in an area of learning. The Big Ideas represent what students will understand at the completion of the curriculum for their grade. They are intended to endure beyond a single grade and contribute to future understanding.
The set of abilities that students use to impart and exchange information, experiences and ideas, to explore the world around them, and to understand and effectively engage in the use of digital media
The knowledge, skills and processes we associate with intellectual development
The set of abilities that relate to students’ identity in the world, both as individuals and as members of their community and society
Curricular Competencies & Content
Curricular Competencies are the skills, strategies, and processes that students develop over time. They reflect the “Do” in the Know-Do-Understand model of curriculum. The Curricular Competencies are built on the thinking, communicating, and personal and social competencies relevant to disciplines that make up an area of learning.