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Immigration to Canada After Confederation | Paper and Digital

Immigration to Canada After Confederation | Paper and Digital

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Learn about the immigrants that came to Canada during the Third Wave (1890s-1910s). Students learn about travelling to Canada, timelines, and how immigrants lived in early Canada. The activities include writing, reading, drawing, presenting, collaborating in groups, and working individually, with only moments of prep.

Start by seeing what students already know about immigration with a simple writing activity.

Through reading accounts from immigrants, students will explore the challenges and sacrifices immigrants made in the hope of a new life in Canada during the beginning of the twentieth century.

Finally, students will learn about travelling by ship to Canada and quarantining at Grosse Île (Canada's first quarantine station).

This historical resource includes:

  • teacher lesson plans with modifications for differentiation
  • seven reading passages from the perspectives of the immigrants who came to Canada from a variety of countries and for a variety of reasons.
  • a Google Slides version of the reading passages.
  • graffiti activity to see what students know about immigration in general.
  • timeline activity with background information for the different immigration waves from the Great Migration until present day.
  • planning guide.
  • marking guide.
  • reading passages about traveling by ship and Grosse Île including charts and tables.
  • student examples.
  • answer keys and suggested answers.
  • ideas to accommodate a variety of strengths or weaknesses in reading.

If you teach in Alberta, be aware this resource was written for the old Social Studies Program of Studies. It has not been reviewed or adjusted for the new Alberta social studies curriculum which is being piloted in the 2024-25 school year. To learn about how we plan to address the changes, visit our site

This task aligns with:

  • Social Studies Alberta Program of Studies Grade 5. We recommend this resource for Grade 5+ based on the reading level and content.

Ninja Note: To access the digital version, download the PDF and use the link in that file.

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