One Region, One House

Students will observe the movements of settlers and establish connections between the characteristics of settler houses and the regions they occupy in this lesson.

Created by Manon St-Hilaire Governor General's History Awards Winner 2014 recipient of the Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching

Posted March 25, 2021

This lesson is based on the digital “Settling in Canada” issue of Kayak: Canada’s History Magazine for Kids (March 2020).

Lesson Overview

Referencing the “Settling in Canada” article, students will observe the movements of settlers. They will also establish connections between the characteristics of settler houses and the regions they occupy.

Time Required

two 30-minute periods

Historical Thinking Concept(s)

  • Identify continuity and change
  • Analyze cause and consequence

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Show on a map the movement of settlers from their countries of origin to the regions of Canada where they settled.
  • Establish the correlation between the regions occupied by the settlers and the houses they built.

Background Information

History has always been concerned with the position of human beings in space and time. Exploration and migration have shaped, and still shape, how people live. This is also the case in Canada, where you can meet many peoples from here and elsewhere. This lesson focuses on the people who left Europe to start a new life in Canada between 1613 and 1898.

Lesson Activity

Activating: How will students be prepared for learning?

Give students Sheet A. Using various reference tools (map, atlas, etc.), have students trace the migratory journey of the six families presented in the “Settling in Canada” article on pages 11 to 16. This will allow them to locate the regions that will be studied in the next lesson.

Acquiring: What strategies facilitate learning for groups and individuals?

In pairs, have students locate the clues in the text to establish the benefits and challenges of the regions where the houses are presented on pages 17, 18, and 19. Check students’ understanding by asking questions to each group.

Applying: How will students demonstrate their understanding?

Give students Sheet B. Students who have identified the relevant information during reading will be able to establish correct land / house correlations.



Extension Activities

  • Have students locate events related to settling in or immigration to Canada on the Citizens Challenge Interactive Map. Alone or in teams, students will share their discoveries. The teacher may have students complete a media or oral presentation, or simply share their findings in a group discussion.

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