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Hands-On Social Studies for Ontario, Grade 3

An Inquiry Approach

By Jennifer E. Lawson
Categories: Education, Elementary
Series: Hands-On Social Studies for Ontario
Imprint: Portage & Main Press

Softcover, coil bound : 9781553795131, 265 pages, July 2014
Ebook (PDF) : 9781553799528, 265 pages, June 2021

A custom-written social studies resource for Ontario's grade 3 curriculum.


Filled with a year’s worth of classroom-tested hands-on, minds-on activities, this resource conveniently includes everything both teachers and students need.

The grade 3 book is divided into two units:

Communities in Canada, 1780–1850
Living and Working in Ontario


  • focuses on the goals of the Ontario Social Studies curriculum
  • adheres to the Growing Success document for assessment, evaluating, and reporting in Ontario schools
  • builds understanding of Indigenous knowledge and perspectives


  • includes the five components of the inquiry model
  • opportunities for self-reflection and activating prior knowledge
  • authentic assessment for, as, and of learning
  • social studies thinking concepts, guided inquiry questions, and learning goals
  • support for developing historical thinking skills
  • access to digital image banks and digital reproducibles (Find download instructions in the Appendix of the book)