Outcome Chart - Alberta - Social Studies Grade 5

This outcome chart contains Media literacy learning expectations from the Alberta social studies curriculum, with links to supporting resources on the MediaSmarts site.

Canada: Shaping an Identity

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the events and factors that have changed the ways of life in Canada over time and appreciate the impact of these changes on citizenship and identity.

Lessons that meet grade Five expectations

“He Shoots, He Scores”: Alcohol Advertising and Sports - Lesson

Activity One: Looking Through the Lenses - Lesson

Activity Two: Whose Lenses? How Mass Media Portray Global Development - Lesson

Activity Three: Adjusting the Focus - Lesson

Elections and the Media - Lesson

How to Analyze the News - Lesson

Media Literacy for Development & Children’s Rights - Lesson

News and Newspapers: Across the Curriculum - Lesson

Once Upon a Time - Lesson

Violence in Sports - Lesson

What Students Need to Know about Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy - Lesson

Who’s on First?  Alcohol Advertising and Sports - Lesson

What’s in a Word? - Lesson

Stay on the Path Lesson One: Searching for Treasure

Stay on the Path Lesson Two: All That Glitters is Not Gold

Stay on the Path Lesson Three: Treasure Maps

Stay on the Path Lesson Four: Scavenger Hunt

Media Minute Introduction: What is media anyway?

Media Minute Lesson 2: Media are constructions

Student Tutorial (Licensed Resource)

Passport to the Internet: Student tutorial for Internet literacy (Grades 4-8)

Skills and Processes

Dimensions of Thinking

Students will develop skills of critical thinking and creative thinking to:

  • analyze significant local and current affairs from a variety of sources, distinguishing between fact and opinion
  • evaluate ideas, information and positions from multiple perspectives
  • seek responses to inquiries from various authorities through electronic media and recognize that information serves different purposes and that data from electronic sources may need to be verified to determine accuracy or relevance for the purpose used


Students will apply the research process to:

  • cite references as part of research
  • access and retrieve appropriate information from the Internet by using a specific search path or from given uniform resource locators (URLs)


Students will demonstrate skills of oral, written and visual literacy:

  • identify and distinguish points of view expressed in electronic sources on a particular topic

extend the scope of a project beyond classroom collaboration by using communication technologies, such as the telephone and e-mail

Citizenship Learning

It is expected that students will:

  • Demonstrate fairness and respect in their interactions with others

Respect the rigts, opinions, and persepectives of others

Introduction to Cyberbullying: Avatars and Identity

Stay on the Path Lesson Four: Scavenger Hunt

Understanding the Internet: Communication and Social Media

Introduction to Cyberbullying: Avatars and Identity

Dimensions of Thinking

Overall Expectations

5.S.3 develop skills of geographic thinking

Specific Expectations

construct graphs, tables, charts and maps to display geographic information

use historical maps to make meaning of historical events and issues

MediaSmarts Resources

Earth Day: Maps as Media