Early Canada: Canadian Crusoes

⭐ Primary, Junior

Based on a true story. On a warm June day, children wander away from their home into the deep woods and become totally lost. Luckily they meet First Nations people who teach them the skills needed to live alone. But will they ever find their way back home? Sing and play the songs, and learn the Friendship Dance. In the visual arts studio the students make quilt blocks.

Arts Curriculum Links


A1.1 Imitate movements found in their natural environment in a variety of ways and incorporate them into a dance phrase
A1.2 Use dance as a language to represent ideas from diverse literature sources, with a focus on time and energy
A1.3 Create dance phrases using a variety of pattern forms
A1.4 Demonstrate how dance elements can be used to create and expand the movement vocabulary within different sections of a larger pattern


B1.1 Engage in dramatic play and role play, with a focus on exploring themes, ideas, characters, and issues from imagination or in stories from diverse communities, times, and places
B1.2 Demonstrate an understanding of how the element of time and place can support the development of role
B1.3 Plan and shape the direction of a dramatic play or role play by building on their own and others’ ideas, both in and out of role
B1.4 Communicate feelings and ideas to a familiar audience (e.g., classmates) using audio, visual, and/or technological aids to support or enhance their drama work


C1.1 Sing, in tune, unison songs, partner songs, and rounds, and/or play accompaniments from a wide variety of cultures, styles, and historical periods
C1.2 Apply the elements of music when singing, playing an instrument, and moving
C1.3 Create compositions for a specific purpose and a familiar audience
C1.4 Use the tools and techniques of musicianship in musical performances

Visual Arts

D1.1 Create two- and three-dimensional works of art that express personal feelings and ideas inspired by the environment or that have the community as their subject
D1.2 Demonstrate an understanding of composition, using principles of design to create narrative art works or art works on a theme or topic
D1.3 Use elements of design in art works to communicate ideas, messages, and understandings
D1.4 Use a variety of materials, tools, and techniques to respond to design challenges

Cross Curriculum Info

Social Studies

Strand A. Heritage and Identity: Communities in Canada, 1780-1850

A1. Compare ways of life among some specific groups in Canada around the beginning of the nineteenth century, and describe some of the changes between that era and the present day
A3. Identify some of the communities in Canada around the beginning of the nineteenth century, and describe their relationships to the land and to each other

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