Grade 8 Social Studies

Ce site est une collection de ressources qui appuient les programmes d'étude de la 6e à la 9e année de la Saskatchewan.

A to Z Teacher Stuff is a teacher-created site designed to help teachers find online resources more quickly and easily. Find lesson plans, thematic units, teacher tips, discussion forums for teachers, downloadable teaching materials & eBooks, printable worksheets and blacklines, emergent reader books, themes, and more.

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Grades 3-8 students will have a blast playing these math, geography and language arts games!  They can choose to play alone or online with students around the world.

Academic Skill Builders
Contains a collection of lesson plans, articles, visuals, and multimedia resources to support social studies teachers in all parts of Canada. Teachers can build their own libraries of resources to support their teaching.

A 4-page pdf assignment for students to create a photo album with fictionalized text, based on late 19th and early 20th century photos from Library and Archives Canada.  Students are required to include copyright/credit information.

An Early Canadian Photo Album

Just as the title says...  Artists, Biblical characters, Explorers, Filmmakers, Singers, and more!

Bubbabrain is a question and answer review game that would work very well on an interactive whiteboard.  You can either choose from user-created questions or create your own.  Both words and images are supported.

A 2 or 3 day lesson plan that presents the history of the Cold War through Canada's involvement in its major events. 

CBC's "A Timeline of Cold War Events"

Lots and lots of information on Canada.  Neat crossword puzzles and quizzes, too!  A list of topics is just over 2/3 of the way down the page.

This site is about the history of Canada through the words of the men and women who shaped the nation. Built around the Government Documents collection of the Early Canadiana Online collection, it integrates narrative text with links to primary source texts.

This site is has been designed for students and teachers of Canadian studies, history and law, but will also be useful to researchers and anyone else interested in Canada's past. It includes:

Canada in the Making - Constitutional History

Students will learn more about the people who have made Canada one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. They will use a variety of organizers (student handouts) to help them collect and organize data from a number of primary and secondary documents.

Canadian Settlement

Student Handouts relating to citizenship from the past Saskatchewan Grade 8 Social Studies curriculum.

Student Handouts

Select over 100 city or country destinations anywhere on these Global Sites and you'll be sent on an exciting interactive journey. When you return check out the vast selection of travel related information. This includes Traveling Tips, World Maps, World Times, Travelers Warnings, Health Information, World Weather Forecasts, World Restaurant Guides, Hostels, Specialized Travel Newsgroups plus additional sources of information.

City & Country Tours around the World

Flags from around the world are available in 3 sizes for you to print and use with your students.

Colouring Book of Flags

This site was written for young people ages 9 to 13 who are learning about how Canada came to be a country. It is also for anyone else who wants to learn more about Confederation.

Confederation for Kids

Browse this timeline of war and conflict across the globe.

Conflict History
 A collection of media pieces (illustrations, animations, games, movies) for Math, Science, Social Studies and Language Arts.  These would be great with an interactive whiteboard!

General facts and a brief description of the world's countries.

Countries of the World

This is a one-page document that outlines a country research project.  Students are asked to research people, art, currency, geography and more and present their findings as a display, powerpoint or scrapbook.

Country Project

In this activity, students will research a political event that took place the year they were born and create their own political cartoon using a computer-based Draw program. This will open as a Microsoft Word document.

Create a Political Cartoon

Student Handouts relating to culture from the past Saskatchewan Grade 8 Social Studies curriculum.

Student Handouts
Cyber Nations is the most popular persistent browser-based nation simulation game on the Internet. Create a nation and decide how you will rule your people by choosing a government type, a national religion, tax rate and more. Build your nation by purchasing infrastructure to support your citizens, land to expand your borders, technology to increase your effectiveness, military to defend your interests, and develop national improvements and wonders to build your nation according to your choosing.

Cyber Nations

Eduweb develops award-winning digital learning games and interactives about art, history, science, and technology.  Their mission is to "create exciting and effective learning experiences that hit the sweet spot where learning theory, digital technology, and fun meet." 


Eduweb Interactive Learning Games

This site is about the fur trade in Canada and how it led to the exploration of the country and the formation of the oldest and largest company in Canadian history: Hudson's Bay Company. In fact, the history of the fur trade, Hudson's Bay Company and the exploration of Canada are so intertwined that they can not be separated.

Exploration: The Fur Trade and Hudson's Bay Company
Use the interactive map to find countries listed.  This game has two levels: easy and hard.

Find Country
From the CIA's World Factbook, this site shows the flags of the world and has descriptions of the flat and the country.

Flags of the World
Choose your grade level and subject to access flashcards to test your knowledge of that area.  This is an American website so you may have visit other grade levels for any Saskatchewan subjects that are not listed for your grade level.

Select the appropriate age of your students and choose from a variety of Mathematics, Geography, Art, Science, Language Arts, etc. games.

FunBrain Game Finder

This project has students using two different programs that are very user-friendly and extremely helpful.  The idea behind the project is to get students to analyze and compare information about 7 dfferent countries and then reflect their findings in graphs.  It will take about 3 - 5 computer classes.  This is a high interest activity for the students.  


GeoDart is a geography trivia game where users answer geographical questions by placing darts in the correct locations on the map.  You can build your own GeoDart game and use any questions on any map with this site.

GeoDart Game Maker
Reach the World's GeoGames and the world geography mapping rubric are powerful teaching tools that turn world geography instruction into an interactive, assessment tool for the classroom. GeoGames allows players to construct an accurate rendition of Planet Earth's major geographic features, and then print out a map. It is easy to set up for the individual student or the entire class.


These web-based student learning activities are based on the Ontario curriculum and are formatted to be "printer -friendly" so they can be used as recording sheets by students as well as providing direct links to the web pages.

Topics included are the Metis, Immigration, Klondike Gold Rush, Industrial Revolution, Suffrage, etc.

Grade 8 History

Welcome to The Historica-Dominion Institute, the largest, independent organization dedicated to Canadian history, identity and citizenship.  The Historica-Dominion Institute's mandate is to build active and informed citizens through a greater knowledge and appreciation of the history, heritage and stories of Canada.  Lesson plans, brief videos, games and more!

Historica-Dominion Institute

Listed on this site are fun history games and animations organized around broad historical periods.  Most of the games are for students ages 10-16.

History Games and Animations

Action, Interactives, Puzzles, Quizzes, and Downloadable games on this website are all history-based. Games

Activities for every grade level that deals with the Holocaust.

Holocaust Activities

A selection of articles, lesson plans, images, and more about the Holocaust.

Holocaust Resources

Debating is a structured contest of argumentation in which two opposing individuals or teams defend and attack a given proposition. The procedure is bound by rules that vary based on location and participants. The process is adjudicated and a winner is declared. Debating is a foundational aspect of a democratic society and thus reflects the values of Canadians.

Instructional Strategies Online - Debates

Here are some links that can be powerful whole-group instructional tools when used on an interactive whiteboard.  These are grouped by subject area and subdivided by grade levels.

Interactive Whiteboard Links

Search by inventor, invention, category, or time period for articles on that topic.

Invention and Inventors

KidsPast is the fun way to explore history.  We are who we are today, because of those who have gone before us.  There is an online history textbook, games and quotes from your favourite historical figures!
No matter what your grade level or subject area, Learn Alberta's website has many resources for you.  You can find resources by grade, subject, keyword, media type, audience, language or learning resource type. 

Great click-and-drag puzzles to test your knowledge of world features, continents, and countries!

Map Puzzles

An online quiz for students to test their knowledge about the map of Canada.

Map of Canada Quiz

Blank maps of Canada and its provinces that you can print.

Maps of Canada and Provinces

This method of research is used to walk an entire class through the research process at the beginning of the year.

Micro-Research Model

Through research, students will gain insight into the significance of Saskatoon's Montgomery neighbourhood street names and their relationship to World War I & II.  This is a Microsoft Word document.

Montgomery Historical Research Project

Activities, Experiments,Games, Stories, News, Animals, Pictures ~ all are found on this site.

National Geographic Kids

This site has been categorized by grade to make your search easier. The lessons are online based and weave nicely with the curriculum in both science and social studies.

Lesson Plans and Activities

Printable maps of any location.  You can choose detailed or basic maps, with country borders on or off.

Printable Maps from National Geographic
This website displays daily newspapers' front pages in their original, unedited form.  This is a terrific site to get the local "scoop" on the happenings in the world!


Find links to newspapers and news media. Discover the most extensive newspaper and news media guide on the internet.

Newspapers - Newspaper & News Media Guide

Interesting facts about Canadian and world events.  There is also a "For Teachers" section that has education materials for Grades 6-12. 

On This Day in History

Busy teachers are always looking for new teaching ideas and ways to save time. The Saskatoon Public Schools OLC has compiled a list of online resources that their teachers have created or recommended. 

Online Learning Centre Resources 

High-quality world and historical maps designed for educational use.  With some maps, you can choose a blank edition or one with labels.

Outline Maps

Pics4Learning is a copyright-friendly image library for teachers and students. The Pics4Learning collection consists of thousands of images that have been donated by students, teachers, and amateur photographers. Unlike many Internet sites, permission has been granted for teachers and students to use all of the images donated to the Pics4Learning collection.

Pics4Learning - Tech4Learning

A 5-page pdf document from Library and Archives Canada that has students researching three of Canada's prime ministers.

Prime Ministers of Canada

Browse and download lessons and demonstrations made for the Smartboard!

SMART Exchange

The StarPhoenix, your online source for Saskatoon news, sports, business, crime, entertainment, classifieds, horoscopes, weather, and more.

Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Teaching Resources, Student Activities, Reproducibles, and more! | Teachers

The Science Learning Network (SLN) is an online community of educators, students, schools, science museums and other institutions demonstrating a new model for inquiry science education.  There is a list of resources developed by SLN museums.

Science Learning Network: Home

Hundreds of lesson plan ideas for all ages of learners.

Lesson Plans

Stat Planet can be used to create thematic maps based on a variety of development indicators from the fields of education, health care, and economics. Stat Planet can be used online in your browser or you can download Stat Planet. Stat Planet can also be used by students to make inferences as to the reason for inequities between countries and regions of the world. After making those inferences students can conduct research to investigate whether or not they were correct.

Stat Planet

Great for Smartboard users!  Create seating plans, make jeopardy-style review games, make board games and more.

This teacher has gathered some Notebook 10 games and demonstrations for a variety of upper elementary classrooms.

Teachers Love Smart Boards
Choose an area of the world and test your knowledge of capitals, countries, etc.

Test Your Geography Knowledge

This is a limited annotated list of quality websites for Canadian social studies educators, and those interested in Canada, carefully examined for their quality and use.

The Canadian Social Studies Super Site

The Geography Zone has been created to help spread geographical awareness and an understanding of the places and cultures across our world in an exciting and dynamic atmosphere. Here you can find The Geography Challenge, the world's largest online geography contest, as well as tons of the geography tools and facts to help make you a geography expert.

The Geography Zone

Track news articles on any topic across the world, all in real time!

Track this now

Have you ever wondered what life in Saskatoon would be like if treaties had never been concluded with First Nation peoples?  How would life for you, your family, and your community be different?

In order to understand the present we must first travel back to the time of the treaties to find out their origins and contents. Then we must return to the present to see how their loss would affect you and your community.

Treaty Six And You

A collection of activities, lessons, quizzes, and more that focus on the UN's involvement with human rights, poverty, world hunger, cleaner oceans, and more.

United Nations Cyberschoolbus

The University Archives constitutes the official "memory" of the University and represents the accumulated experience of an educational community that has contributed greatly to the history and development of the province.

University of Saskatchewan Archives

A 4-page pdf file that challenges students to make generalizations about life in Canada in the late 19th or early 20th century by searching the Library and Archives Canada site for appropriate pictures.

Using Pictures to Read the Past

Take a Virtual Field Trip to one of many locations. A great enhancer to any classroom.

Virtual Classroom Field Trips

In the role of a soldier, students write journal entries about daily life on the front.

Life at the Front

In this introductory activity, students listen to war interviews with soldiers and analyze their effectiveness.

The War Effort at Home

Welcome to the tours of Paris.

Would you rather visit Paris walking around on your own, or do you prefer a historical guided tour with comments? Or maybe visit the Catacombs?

WebMuseum: Paris: Tours

Just as the title suggests, this is a site to narrow down the search for webquests.  There are a variety of webquests, all categorized to correlate with the Ontario Curriculum in 2007.

Webquest Locator
"What Kind of World...?" is an education programme designed to teach youth about the United Nations System and global issues from a Canadian perspective.  It draws links between local and global issues, and highlights the role of Canada in the UN and the UN in daily life.

What Kind of World...? programme

In this introductory activity, students explore the site to gather some first impressions of the Cold War era and its impact on Canadian society and politics.

What Was the Cold War About?

Great one class lesson on directions and listening.

Where Am I? mapping activity

Welcome to The World Almanac for Kids Online!

Millions of kids read The World Almanac For Kids every year. Now the bestselling book has a companion Web Site -- The World Almanac For Kids Online. So dive in and explore. You might even get smarter.

World Almanac for Kids

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