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Comparing Then and Now

This modelling the tools is incorporated into critical challenges at grade 4, however, it can be adapted for use at all grade levels.



The detailed activities that follow help students decide whether or not earlier times were as good as people say they were. Students interview two or more adults who were the students' age 50 or more years ago and then use this information to compare quality of life in earlier times and the present. After sharing their findings and discussing the implications, students decide whether or not, for young people, things were better in the old days than they are today. The strategies and support materials can be used as is, or adapted for other purposes such as conducting a general interview with an adult, community Elder or leader; or comparing specific aspects of a historical period or event, culture, economic policy, or land use, then and now. As an extension, students compare toys or school experiences.


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