Cemeteries are a window into the past. Each grave stone provides important information about our communities, the people who once lived in them, the families they belonged to. Headstones themselves are often works of art, expressions of changing cultural beliefs. This resource box will help you use your local cemetery to teach students about how their community and the lives of people have changed and developed over time.

Cemeteries: Curriculum Links

Grade 5 Social Studies – Societies: Societies Over Time

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how historical investigations provide insights into our past
  • Illustrate the development of society over time

Grade 6 Social Studies – World Cultures: Expressions of Culture

  • For a selected cultural region, describe how the arts reflect their traditional values and beliefs