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Grade 5 Social Studies

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Jump-up. Caribbean Carnival in Canada!

Series: African Rhythms
In this animated film, Sophie learns about some of the culture and traditions of her new neighbour, Lisa, who recently arrived in Canada from the West Indies. This video contains an example of a story within a story as Lisa relates a legend from her culture while preparing to celebrate the Jump-u...

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The Cora Player

Series: African Rhythms
This program provides an example of visual storytelling where viewers construct meaning through images, rather than relying on dialogue. The story is of a young couple in love. Difficulties in their relationship arise due to differences in social class and acceptance within each other's family. M...

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Sticks and Stones

Children in families who follow nontraditional gender roles are often the target of put-downs by their peers. In this documentary, young Canadian children, ages 5 to 12, discuss the problems they face and make it very clear that educators, parents, and other children need to act positively to mak...

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Lights, Camera, Action

In this episode, film star Adam Beach mentors T-Bear and Talon as they make videos celebrating Treaty Days in Wapos Bay. Raven feels left out with everyone so busy preparing for the celebrations, but her Kohkum helps her to understand that she needs to think of the needs of the community and to t...

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Harry Jerome: The Fastest Man on Earth

Canadian athlete Harry Jerome overcame racism to reach the height of track-and-field success. When an injury ended his career, Jerome continued training and went on to achieve one of the greatest comebacks in sports history. This short film is a condensed version of the feature documentary Mighty...

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Hannah's Story

Hannah Taylor sees her first homeless person in Winnipeg at the age of five. Hannah constantly thinks and worries about the man - where is he staying and what he is eating. When Hannah turns eight, she establishes the Ladybug Foundation, Inc. Hannah speaks to politicians, business leaders, studen...

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Our Mother Earth

Mother Earth has been neglected and is in desperate need of care and attention. In this DVD program, young people from around the world bring Earth's plight to the forefront. The Earth is emitting a silent scream and humans are not listening to the language of nature. The young people in the prog...

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An Introduction to the House of Commons (MPTV)

This program describes how Canada's government works. Filmed on location in Ottawa, students learn about the members of parliament and the basic structure and functions of the House of Commons. There is an interactive quiz at the end of the program. A teacher's guide is available.

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Understanding Canadian Government

This program provides examines the federal and provincial governments. The hosts discuss the differences in government structures, the powers that each have, and the roles that each play in Canadian democracy.

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Remembrance Day

This video examines the history of Remembrance Day. The first Remembrance Day was held in 1919 to commemorate the end of the First World War. This video includes footage of scenes in the air, at sea and in the trenches. There are voice excerpts from Churchill and Hitler, a reading from the poem I...

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The Rockies

Geologists search for clues of massive tectonic shifts that reverberate through the continent, forcing the mountains up out of the plains. Bends and cracks reveal the growth pangs of the mountain building era.

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The Great Lakes

This episode tells the story of the changes in the geology and landscape of the vast central area of North America. In recent geologic history, five interconnected freshwater lakes are formed. We explore a long vanished mountain range, the remains of a tropical salt-water sea and trace the story ...

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The Canadian Shield

Geologic time has shaped the Canadian Shield into a complex ensemble ranging over millions of square kilometres. The geography of the Shield has been surveyed from North to South, and yet its underground world still leaves much to be explored. The Canadian Shield is one of the last frontiers of h...

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The Atlantic Coast

This episode tells the story in three dramatic chapters of how tectonic upheaval pummelled and pounded eastern North America until the shape we recognize today finally emerged. The discovery of fossils provides proof of how North America and Africa were once bound together. Tectonic movement lies...

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The Appalachians

From studying the sediment deposits at Anticosti Island, to rebuilding the history of one of the most significant mass extinctions (443 million years ago), scientists are piecing together elements that continue to shape this diverse region. Scientists reveal the fractures in this active earthquak...