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Lesson plan: A Grizzly End: A casualty of urbanization and clashing worldviews?


Grade Level:

Grade 7

Time Required:

Two classes required to allow for effective brainstorming and writing time.


This lesson plan offers students the opportunity to investigate the differences between two different cultures and their worldviews (for example: First Nations and European); focusing on the changes in people, economy, size, population and development. (This lesson may easily be adapted for different worldviews/cultures.)  What belief system did each culture have with regards to nature? What type of economic system was in place? What was the population? What natural resources did people rely on? How has society changed over the years? What similarities exist between a European belief system and the First Nations? What predictions can be made as to the further impact that urbanization will have on nature, in particular the grizzly bear? 

Students will participate in a teacher-guided brainstorming session to complete a Venn diagram that illustrates the differences and similarities in culture and their worldviews. Students will develop an appreciation for different cultures and examine how different perspectives affect nature and its inhabitants over time with a particular focus on grizzly bears.

Main Objective

Students will demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of how different worldviews/perspectives affect nature and its inhabitants (in particular the grizzly bear).

Curriculum Connection

Alberta Social Studies Grade 7
7.1.2 appreciate the challenges of co-existence among peoples
7.2.3 appreciate the challenges that individuals and communities face when confronted with rapid change
7.2.7 assess, critically, the impact of urbanization and of technology on individual and collective identities in Canada by exploring and reflecting upon this question:

  • What impact has increased urbanization had on rural communities in Canada?

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • Explain the economic, social and cultural dimensions of two different co-existing cultures in the past.
  • Explain the economic, social, and cultural dimensions of two different co-existing cultures now.
  • Evaluate the information presented and come to conclusions that explain the differences and similarities between these two cultures. 
  • Use a variety of sources to draw connections between a culture’s worldview and its development.
  • Using learned knowledge, make predictions about the future of nature and its inhabitants, in particular, the grizzly bear. 




Teacher introduces topic by providing and reviewing chapters in assigned textbook with students.

Lesson Development

Teacher directs class brainstorm then guides and prompts students with questions. Teacher instructs how to complete the Venn Diagram and jot a few points on the class Venn Diagram.


Teacher gives a summary of finished diagram, reviewing key concepts and subjects covered.



Students engage in reading of assigned chapters and respond to questions.

Lesson Development

Students participate in class brainstorm and record answers on Venn Diagrams. Students review sources given them; then work in groups to complete Venn Diagram.


Students present their Venn Diagram.

Lesson Extension

This lesson may be extended by having students write a paragraph on the impact of urbanization on nature, in particular, the grizzly bear.  There could also be a cross-curricular connection with Science (Interactions and Ecosystems) and the study of other species.

This lesson may be extended by examining more than two worldviews/perspectives of a particular group or culture.  This lesson may be modified by adding different sources for the students to use to come to different conclusions, bringing in different literature and articles.  It is possible to challenge the more academic students by having them draw more complex conclusions between worldviews as they have adapted or changed over time.  These may include connections to economic activity, city planning, evolving populations and cultural values and beliefs.

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