BC Social Studies Grade 4 Full Year Bundle

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Grade 4 – British Columbia (BC) Social Studies Curriculum – First Peoples and European Contact. This product was created to cover the elaborations and big ideas in the British Columbia (BC) Social Studies Grade 4 Curriculum – First Peoples and European Contact.


There are 224 activity sheets that cover the learning standards in the social studies curriculum. This unit contains readings, assignments, hands-on activities, fill in the blanks, multiple choice, true/false, and more!


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Some of the concepts that are covered:

  • First Peoples in British Columbia
  • European explorers: John Cabot, Jacques Cartier, Samuel de Champlain
  • BC explorers: James Cook, Alexander Mackenzie, George Vancouver
  • Hudson’s Bay Company
  • Trading posts in British Columbia
  • Mapping: plotting trading posts in BC
  • Activity – Trading post prices: Made Beaver currency
  • Fur trade alliances – French and Indigenous relationships
  • Beaver Wars
  • First Peoples contact with Europeans
  • Europeans learning from the Indigenous – Scurvy
  • Metis – Voyageurs (fur traders)
  • Metis – Intermarriages between First Peoples and Europeans
  • Smallpox disease affecting Indigenous populations
  • Colonial wars – Seven Years’ War, Battle of the Plains of Abraham, Pontiac Wars
  • First Nations loss of land – Numbered Treaties
  • Indian Act
  • Residential Schools
  • First Nation Reserves
  • Introducing horses to North America
  • Potlatch Ceremony and the banning of the potlatch
  • Activity – making Haida masks
  • Activity – hosting a classroom potlatch
  • Assignment – Creating a Journal about life as a European settler or Indigenous community member
  • Population changes in British Columbia
  • Fraser River Gold Rush – Boom/Bust
  • Oregon Boundary Dispute
  • Confederation – Joining Confederation
  • Should BC join Confederation?
  • Expansion of Canada – Purchase of Rupert’s Land
  • Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR)
  • Westward Expansion – Why move west?
  • Living in a Soddie
  • Activity – Making a Soddie
  • History of your local community
  • Physiographic regions of Canada
  • Natural resources in Canada
  • Jobs in Canada based on natural resources
  • Climate and landforms in different physiographic regions
  • 2 Unit Tests
  • Answer pages for all activities


This is a comprehensive unit that will save you hours of planning! It has been tested and found effective in helping students achieve the learning standards in the social studies curriculum.