Want to teach your child about Canada? Do you want them to learn about Saskatchewan? Check out all of our fun and educational Saskatchewan unit study activities!
SASKATCHEWAN UNIT STUDY
For social studies this year, we’re studying Canada! I previously shared our month-long studies of various provinces including:
I’m stunned at how much we’ve learned about Canada so far. Since this series has been so well received I thought I would share our recent homeschool unit study about the province of Saskatchewan! It was a month full of terrific books and fabulous educational experiences!This family did a Saskatchewan unit study in their homeschool! Check out all of the fun and educational activities they did to learn about this province! #homeschool #canada #Saskatchewan Click To Tweet
The bulk of our planning came from The Canadian Adventure Online Edition. I added some other elements to the curriculum, such as various read-aloud books and a related artist study.
SASKATCHEWAN READ-ALOUD BOOKS
As I’ve mentioned many times before, we start our day with Morning Time. This peaceful way of easing into our day is something I cherish. At this time, I read aloud to my children from a variety of books. Since we were studying Saskatchewan, I carefully selected books that were related to this province.
Our read aloud books were from The Barr Colony Adventure series:
Both books are historical fiction novels about a family’s immigration and settlement in Saskatchewan in the early 1900’s.
L is for Land of the Living Skies was another great book. This series has been a delightful addition to our homeschool social studies curriculum!
There’s a poem that weaves through every page of the book related to each letter of the alphabet. The rhyming text is fabulous for young children with low attention spans. But there’s detailed information about the province on each page as well.
By reading this book, we learned so much about the province of Saskatchewan! We read about 1-2 letters of the alphabet per day throughout the month.
Canada Close Up: Saskatchewan was another great non-fiction book. We’ve actually enjoyed all the books in this series. The book is full of photos and it gives us additional information about the province. We read 1-2 chapters per week throughout the month.
Heartland: A Prairie Sampler was a gorgeous book full of beautiful artwork by Saskatchewan artist, Yvette Moore. The book describes various aspects of prairie life and even includes recipes for Saskatoon Pie and Bannock.
We watched many videos during the month. Most of the videos were provided by links through The Canadian Adventure Online Edition. The videos were beautiful and many times it felt like we were seeing and experiencing the sights of Saskatchewan.
We also appreciated the additional videos about the RCMP.
Every month we study an artist who pairs well with the province we’re exploring.
This month we studied Allen Sapp. He was born in the late 1920s on the Pheasant Reserve in north central Saskatchewan (which is located near North Battleford). Many of his paintings depict aboriginal and prairie life.
The Allen Sapp paintings that we studied were:
- Pow Wow Singers
- Nokum Resting
We discussed Allen Sapp’s artwork in detail and my girls memorized the names of each piece of art.
Two Spirits Soar is a fabulous coffee table art book full of Allen Sapp’s artwork.
We did various activities throughout the month. The girls did map work about the province. They also worked on memorizing and recognizing:
- Regina – the capital of Saskatchewan (we also learned that Regina means Queen in Latin)
- The provincial flag
- Provincial flower: The Western Red Lily
- The provincial bird: The Sharp-tailed Grouse
As usual, we wrapped up our study of the province with collages. I had gathered tourist guides and my girls cut out pictures that they felt depicted what they had learned about Saskatchewan. It’s always an enjoyable and educational activity.
Our month-long Saskatchewan unit study was fabulous. We learned so much from the experience! I can’t wait to study our next province, the one where we live… Alberta!
Psst – If you’re curious about doing an in-depth study on Canada, I can’t say enough good things about The Canadian Adventure Online Edition. Make sure to check it out!