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Activity Overview


Orange Shirt Day is a day in Canada to acknowledge the trauma of the residential school systems. In this activity, students will create a spider map that highlights important facts about Orange Shirt Day. By using a 5Ws graphic organizer, students can easily answer questions like who, what, when, where, and why. In this case, students may also answer the question "how?"


  • What is Orange Shirt Day?
  • When is it observed?
  • Where were Residential Schools and where is Orange Shirt Day observed?
  • Why was Orange Shirt Day created?
  • How do people honor Orange Shirt Day?


Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create a Spider Map highlighting important facts about Orange Shirt Day.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click “Start Assignment”.
  2. For each cell, answer the question with a 1-3 sentence description.
  3. Create an illustration that represents each answer using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  4. Save often!

Requirements: Answers to 5 questions about Orange Shirt Day as well as appropriate illustrations for each.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: 5 Ws of Social Studies and History

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RH/9-10/3] Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/1] Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/7] Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/9] Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/WHST/6-8/2/B] Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.

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