Nelson Social Studies helps your students develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to encourage participation in their local and global communities. Cultivate responsible, active citizens by helping your students think about who they are, where they come from, and the world they live in.


Key Features

Saves You Time

Aligned to the 2013 Ontario Social Studies Curriculum, this series focuses on inquiry, social studies thinking concepts, citizenship, and spatial skills in one comprehensive resource.

Flexible Format

Nelson Social Studies is delivered in two modules per grade to match the strands of the curriculum. Each module includes everything you need to teach the unit.

Blended Print and Digital

Available in both print and digital formats to suit a range of classroom environments.


Grades 1–6

Nelson Social Studies is delivered in two modules per grade, for maximum flexibility. Each module includes a Student Book, a set of Activity Cards, a Teacher’s Resource, and the option of additional online material.

Unit 1—Heritage and Identity (Strand A)
Unit 2—People and Environments (Strand B)

Each grade in this series includes:

Big Books / Student Books


One Big Book / Student Book per unit to match the curriculum strands

Teacher’s Resource


One Teacher’s Resource per unit.

  • Unit and Chapter Planning Charts and Inquiry Tasks
  • Comprehensive Lesson Plans
  • Assessment Rubrics and Success Criteria
  • Includes CD with modifiable Blackline Masters

Activity Card Kit


One Activity Card kit per unit

  • 2–3 cards per chapter (6 copies of each) stored in a sturdy box
  • Support and extend inquiry strategies, social studies thinking concepts, and spatial skills
  • Designed for use individually or in small groups

Online Teaching Centre


Your subscription of the Online Teaching Centre provides you access to both units including:

  • Interactive Student eBooks
  • Interactive Whiteboard Activities
  • Videos
  • Weblinks
  • Image Galleries

View the series resources below