Grade 8 Social Studies

Grade 8 social studies includes both history and geography. In the history component, students focus on the development of Canada from the 1860s to 1914, with a focus on Canadian Confederation, the opening of Western Canada, and the changing nature of Canadian society as forces such as industrialization and urbanization came into play. Geography explores human patterns – the interaction between people and their environment, with an emphasis on global themes such as migration and sustainability. Skill development focuses on writing, speaking, debating and the ability to synthesize information and think critically. Specific reading and study strategies are taught, as are research and technology skills. Program highlights include integration with other subjects as we design websites, create board games and create history games such as “Confederation Ball” in physical education.