Social Studies Grades 7 to 9 - some online interactives to help support your curriculum

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Grade 7

Towards Confederation

A Journey into Time Immemorial
A virtual exhibit that contains interactive demonstrations of traditional life and video interviews with today's elders.

Canadian Women of Innovation
Explore some of the great discoveries made by Canadian women.

Nametau innu: Memory and knowledge of Nitassinan
A website created to share 'Innu reality, heritage and living culture', continuing the tradition in which 'elders pass on their skills and knowledge to younger generations'. There are four sections: First steps, Innu Daily Life, Innu World and Glossary.

War of 1812: Interactive Map and Timeline

War of 1812: Trivia Game

LearnAlberta: The War of 1812
An interactive map of 19th century North America presents a geographical view of the major events and battles of the War of 1812. The movements and size of the American and British troops and of Tecumseh's Native Alliance are shown for each major event.

The Mavericks
'Explore History through Artifacts - Examine over 700 artifacts, historic photographs, documents and maps that help tell Alberta's story' (from site introduction)

1759 - From the Warpath to the Plains of Abraham
Get a tour through the history of the conflict from four perspectives, the French, the British, the Canadians and the Native Americans.

Fathers of Confederation
An activity that asks you to find the common elements linking five men who are often considered the Fathers of Confederation.

Canucklehead Quiz
The site has dozens of quizzes to test your Canuck knowledge. (Answer quickly or points start dropping off.)

Virtual Museum of New France
Lots of information about the everyday life in New France including the 'filles du roi', Natives in New France, and pictures of Québec.

Library and Archives Canada - The Anti-Slavery Movement in Canada
The Anti-Slavery Society of Canada, part of the international abolitionist movement, explored in this exhibition.

Today in Canadian History
Choose a date and this site will tell you what interesting things have happened in Canadian history on that date.

Stories of Conne River: Aosamiaji'jij Miawpukek
A pretty website that follows the journey of Muinji'j and his grandfather. They're going out to trade furs and bring back supplies to their community. Many activities to try.

Cariboo Goldrush Game
An adventure game that explores the B.C. gold rush of the 1860s.

History in a Box
A virtual museum exhibit by the Calgary Science School with digital collages showing important moments in Canadian history.

Dig Down, Dig Back
A virtual excavation representing an actual dig along the Bonnechere River in the Ottawa Valley.

Empire of the Bay (PBS)
The story of the explorers and merchants of the Hudson's Bay Company. There are maps, profiles of the people involved, a timeline and a simple quiz.

Forging the National Dream
An interactive site describing the building of the CNR (Canadian National Railway).

Canada by Design
Why was Ottawa selected as our capital?

The Canadian Train Game
A cross-Canada tour of railroad history.

Building Montreal
A Flash game about the settlement of Montreal. (Requires registration - no cost.)

Canada-Germany Migration
An exhibition resulting from collaboration between museums and schools in both Germany and Canada.


Following Confederation

Letters From the Trunk
A virtual train station in Western Canada contains a trunk with historical letters, maps, posters and images. Great multimedia-rich environment.

Voting in Canada: How a Privilege Became a Right (CBC Archives)
You can check out audio and video files at the CBC. 'In Canada's early days, only a select group of privileged men could vote. Now it's a fundamental right for all Canadians over 18.' (from site introduction_)

Explore a History of the Vote in Canada
From the Canadian Museum of Civilization - a view of the past, present and future of the electoral process in Canada.

In Search of the Canadian Car
You can check out all the amazing cars that have been designed by Canadians. What makes a car Canadian? (From the Canadian Science and Technology Museum)

Klondike - The Rush for Gold
The 1898 gold rush brought people from all over the world to the Yukon. An interactive game takes students through the process of getting to the Yukon and beginning the search for gold including those who started businesses to cater to the gold seekers and prospectors along the way.

Sir Sanford Fleming: The Knight of Time
An in-depth study of Sir Sanford Fleming.

Made in Canada: Canadian Inventions that Have Changed our Lives
Students choose an invention, put the invention together and when it is properly built, some information about the invention will show up.

House of Innovation
Find out how many items in a regular home have been invented by Canadians.

From Blacksmiths to Blackboards
Students can explore a virtual village in late 19th/early 20th century Québec. Students click on a building to see how the inhabitants live and work.

Back to Batoche
Explore the 1885 Métis settlement, play games and learn facts.

The Military Museums - Mural of Honour
Virtually explore the mural (physically located in the foyer of the Military Museums in Calgary). It's made up of 240 separate images in a 20 x 12 foot mosaic.

Confederation Time Line Game
Put a provincial flag into the correct year that it joined Confederation to officially become a province of Canada.

A Tale of Perseverance: Chinese Immigration to Canada
From the CBC Archives, explore the history of Chinese immigrants with video clips of building of Canada's railroad in the 1880's.

The Mavericks
'Explore History through Artifacts - Examine over 700 artifacts, historic photographs, documents and maps that help tell Alberta's story.' (from site introduction)

LearnAlberta: Railways and Immigration
A map of Canada (including overlays of Aboriginal cultural environments, Aboriginal treaty boundaries, major population centres and geographic features) along with a timeline slider (1867 to 1914) with corresponding changes in political boundaries, the construction of the national railway...

Canucklehead Quiz
Dozens of quizzes to test your Canuck knowledge. (Answer quickly or lose points.)

Delgamuukw - A community struggle for aboriginal title
'This exhibit explores Gitxsan governance through a 20-year community event that became known...as the Delgamuukw land title action...defining the relationship between Gitxsan ayookw (laws), adaawk (oral histories) and daxgyet (chief's authority) and Western society's laws.' A quiz is included.

Agriculture in French Manitoba
Explore more than a hundred years of rural and farming life in Manitoba. Students can look at the cultural, technical, economic and scientific aspects.

Census Families: 1921 to 2006
A narrated slideshow from Statistics Canada.

The Anti-Slavery Movement in Canada - Library and Archives Canada
A short-lived anti-slavery society in Canada.

Today in Canadian History
Choose a date and find out what interesting things happened in Canadian history on that day.

Pioneer Life
A collection of photographs about pioneer life in Western Canada.

Winds of Change: Reforms and Unions
A web tour at the McCord Museum taking a look at the changes brought about in Canadian life by such things as the industrial revolution and the expansion of the railway.

Human Rights in Canada: A Historical Perspective
Some key court cases and laws that have shaped human rights in our country since 1900. There are lesson plans for teachers, too.

Framing Canada: A Photographic Memory
Images from Collections Canada looking at Canada's history.

Go West! Settling Canada's Prairies
Another interactive site from McCord Museum, this one describes the history of Prairie settlement in Canada.

Lethbridge: Coal City in the Wheat Country
A narrated slide show about the history of the city of Lethbridge.

Operator, May I help you? - Bell Canada's 125 years
The Bell Telephone Company of Canada was founded in 1880. Examine its history and the history of the development of the country's telephone industry.

Canada in a Box
A virtual exhibit from the Museum of Civilization that looks at the art on cigar boxes to gain insight on the history of Canada.

History in a Box
A virtual museum exhibit by the Calgary Science School with digital collages showing important moments in Canadian history.

Dig Down, Dig Back
A virtual excavation representing an actual dig along the Bonnechere River in the Ottawa Valley.

Science and Technology (CBC Archives)
Video and radio clips about the challenges facing scientists today and yesterday, as well as educational activities.

Discoveries and Innovations (National Research Council)
'For more than 90 years, NRC scientists have been improving the lives of Canadians and our economy through exciting discoveries and innovative research.'

Forging the National Dream
An interactive site describing the building of the CNR (Canadian National Railway).


First among Equals: The Prime Minister in Canadian Life and Politics
Explore the role of the Prime Minister. The categories of the site are 'Alone at the Top', 'The Path to Power', 'Leading Canada', 'Private Life' and 'Afterward'. There is a profile of each Prime Minister as well as some of their speeches.

CN Images of Canada Gallery
A photo collection of agriculture, aviation, railways, marine services, natural resources, people, communication and computers, road transport, structures and scenic views. A look at the history of Canada in images.

First People Crossword

Back to Batoche
'This is an interactive tour on the culture and history of past and present Batoche.' (from site)

The Canadian Train Game
A cross-Canada tour of railroad history.

The National and Empire Program - A weekday in 1938
Explore the CBC Archives to look at life in 1938 by reliving the media of the time.

Canada-Germany Migration
An exhibition resulting from collaboration between museums and schools in both Germany and Canada.




Grade 8

Renaissance: Europe

Renaissance Connection
'Explore Renaissance art and history in the Art Explorer. Trace modern innovations back to the Renaissance with the Time Telescope, then create your own future innovation in Innovations 1400-2000... Hire an artist to create a work of art that gets you noticed as a Patron of the Arts...'

Children of Victorian Britain
Learn about the life of children in the Victorian times. You have a choice of learning activities and games.

Smarthistory - Renaissance in Italy and the North
A multi-media web book about art history. This chapter focuses on the art of the Renaissance. Periods before and after the Renaissance are also available.

Elizabethan Spying Game
See if you can crack the code that incriminated Mary, Queen of Scots, and discover the secret message it was meant to convey. The game takes you into the world of Queen Elizabeth 1 and her secret service.

The Tudors
Find out about the Tudors. See real documents and objects from Tudor times. Test your skills with the games.

A Journey Through the Renaissance
An excellent introduction to the 'golden era' that lets you explore the exciting times from many perspectives.

Renaissance and Florence
Learn more about Renaissance Florence and some of the colourful characters that lived during this fascinating time in history.

The mechanical weaving machine
In the fifteenth century, Leonardo designed an incredible mechanical weaving machine which has been recreated and shared for you to explore here.

National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci - Milano
Perhaps the most informative web resources on Leonardo da Vinci's machines and inventions. (In English as well as Italian)