What are the most unique features of the community?
This challenge involves students in reviewing the information, pictures and records produced during their study of the three communities (Inuit, Acadian and Prairie) to determine the most unique qualities of each community. Begin by reading aloud a book that explores the special things about a place or thing (e.g., If You're Not From the Prairie, A Prairie Alphabet, C is for Chinook or The Important Book). Recall with students the many things they have learned about the three communities and together develop criteria for a "unique feature" (e.g., makes a big difference in the community, is rarely found in other communities, is special). Ask students to review the various aspects about each community in light of these criteria. You may want to adapt the chart and strategies for Considering Options (Support Material) to structure and assess this activity.
Ask students to write a few sentences identifying the three most unique qualities of each community and to give reasons for their choices. Students might select or draw pictures of these features. You may want to adapt the chart and strategies for Justifying My Choice (Support Material) to structure and assess this activity. Assemble the identified unique features and rationale for each on a bulletin board or chart paper. Help students to identify the diverse ways in which each community has developed its own unique identity.