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Grade 5 and 6 Curriculum Connections

Heritage Fairs are fun to do, but, ultimately, we still have to connect what we do to the government curriculum. Donna Dawson, one of our committee members, has done much of that work by pulling together some of the curricular outcomes for Grade 5 and 6 English and Social Studies. Many of the broad themes apply from Grades 4-11, but the parts drawn from the ELA Draft Curriculum are specific to Grade 5 and 6.

When your students participate in a Heritage Fair, whether you are working to achieve curricular outcomes from the current SST and ELA curricula or working on phasing in the new ELA curriculum, their projects meet a wide variety of curricular connections.  The comprehensive list for all current curricula can be found on the Red River Heritage website

Please find below the Grade 5 & 6 General Learning  Outcomes met for the current Social Studies, and ELA curricula:

Social Studies – Grades 4-11

  • Identity, Culture, and Community
  • The Land: Places and People
  • Historical Connections
  • Global Interdependence
  • Power and Authority
  • Economics and Resources

English Language Arts – Grades 4-11

GO#1 – Explore thoughts, ideas, feelings and experiences

GO#2 – Comprehend and respond personally and critically to oral, literary, and media texts

GO#3 – Manage Ideas and Information

GO#4 – Enhance the Clarity and Artistry of Communication

GO#5 – Celebrate and Build Community 

ELA Draft Curriculum 2017: (being phased-in by most school divisions):

Heritage Fair projects could be a part of rich learning experiences  and as such, there should be evidence of all four of the Practices as listed below. The four practices are interrelated and work in unison. Teachers are encouraged  to aim for making sure there is evidence of learning in all four Practice areas.

  • Language as Sense Making
  • Language as System
  • Language as Exploration and Design
  • Language as Power and Agency

Some highlights from the Practices would include:

  • using visual, multimedia, oral, and written communication competently, appropriately, and effectively for a range of purposes
  • helping students know/co-construct what and why they are learning and doing something (e.g., big ideas, practices of ELA, essential or inquiry questions, points of progression and learning goals, exemplars)
  • teaching and learning for “deep understanding” (including using questions for deeper understanding as a focus)
  • making meaning of ideas or information received (when viewing, listening, and reading)
  • creating meaning for themselves and others (when speaking, writing, and using other forms of representing)
  • accessing, using, and drawing upon a variety of strategies depending upon the task and purpose, and having metacognitive conversations internally and with others
  • engaging in inquiry learning

Manitoba Education and Training. (May, 2017). Draft English language arts document to support initial implementation. Retrieved from

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Have you tried a museum?

One great place to start researching your project is at a museum. Museums have unique artifacts, papers and stories that you’ve likely never heard before.

Many museums are happy to have kids visit, and, time permitting, may be able to help them with their research. However, you really need to contact the museum first, and to help you out with that the Association of Manitoba Museums has put together a list of the Museums in Manitoba and how to get in touch with them.

Whether you go in as a class, or it’s just one student visiting, a museum is a great place to inspire love of our history and heritage.

A presentation!

Projects without backboards

A lot of projects come to the Red River Heritage Fair very artistically arranged on a backboard and set up very much like, well, a science fair display. Did you know you don’t have to set up your project that way?

  1. Audio projects. You can record your project and present it as an audio file. Maybe it’s Microphonean interview with a historical figure. Maybe it’s a bit of on the spot live recording courtesy of some time travel. Try a program like Audacity to record, and throw in some sound effects from Free Sound, and top it off with some royalty-free background music from Incompetech.
  2. Video projects. What could be more fun than creating a script about a historical event, dressing up in costume, collecting props and telling your story in a video? There’s plenty of great online video editing sites like WeVideo or you can use a free desktop program like Open Shot.
  3. Website. Build a website to present your story. The new Google Sites makes creating a pretty decent website pretty easy. Go to to get started, or if you’re a Google Apps school you’ll need to talk to your IT person to make sure Google Sites has been enabled.
  4. Choose your own adventure. This is a great type of story that kids like to read. Imagine creating one about a historical event and thinking through how it might have gone if different decisions had been made at certain point. If someone had chosen a different path, how would it have turned out? For that kind of counterfactual thinking, Twine is a great place to create your presentation. It’s gone an online version, and versions to run on either a Mac or PC. And even if you create it online, you can download your work and play it on your computer without wifi, just in case your Internet connection fails.

The Red River Heritage Fair is turning 15! Let’s do something different!

For the 25th Anniversary of Heritage Fairs in Canada and the 15th Anniversary of the Red River Heritage Fair we would like to challenge you to go back in time in Canadian History. 

Over the past few years there have been many anniversaries of historic events and a few are coming up in the near future;  War of 1812,   Selkirk Settlers Arrival  1814, Peguis Selkirk Treaty 1817,  Arrival of Provencher 1818,  the Underground Railroad 1860’s, 150th Anniversary of Manitoba becoming a province 1870 , the First World War, Vimy 1914 – 1918, Votes for Women 1916, the Winnipeg General Strike 1919 and many more.  These are a few suggested topics for the 2018 Red River Heritage Fair.

Unique Ways to present projects

Try something different to create a Heritage Fair project. It doesn’t have to be done on a backboard.

Swap Cards (Trading Cards)  Create a  series of trading cards similar to hockey cards. Include a picture of the person or event and detailed information about their significance related to the Canadian Historical event.  A minimum of 9 cards (up to 12+) to identify the Canadian historical person, event or place

Illustrated Story/Graphic Novel Create an Illustrated Story/Graphic Novel about a Canadian historical person/figure, event or place.  We suggest it should be at least 8 to 10 pages with a introduction, story line and conclusion.  Web Option:

Timeline Create an illustrated timeline of an Canadian historical person/figure, event or place. For each episode n time, be sure to include a title of the event, description, date and visual. Web Option:

Character Presentation Create an autobiographical presentation. Become the historical figure.  Be able to describe what the person did in Canadian history, dress and speak as you are the character

Website Create a web-based website for a Canadian historical person or event. We have wifi at the Duckworth Centre so you can shop off your site on a laptop. One possible website builder:

Physical Figure  Create an image of the person you are researching. Use your imagination to create a sensory figure. For each “sense” describe what the person would say, think, feel, hear, see, etc. Make sure the information is historically accurate.  Use previous events building up to the actual event, the current event and what transpired after the event.

Face Book Page Create a Face Book page for a Canadian historic figure using either paper or a web-based template. Check out

X-Ray Poster  Produce a large poster of a Canadian historical figure (the entire body) and add flaps for main body parts. Under each flap write historical evidence about the person. For example, under the head flap, write where the person was born and what the person is famous for. Under the foot flap, write about where the person has been, under the mouth flap write what the person has said. Be sure to include at least 8 flaps; Head, mouth, heart, chest, 2 hands, 2 legs.


Use this list or create something you might like to do or use your own inspired imagination to complete your presentation. Celebrate our 15th birthday by creating a wild, wacky, and unique project to be proud of.

Have fun with history!

We look forward to seeing your project…


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