NEW 2015 RESOURCES
Instructional Materials in Canadian Studies
Below are the CLN "Theme Pages" which focus on, or support, specific topics within
Canadian Studies. CLN's theme pages are collections of useful Internet educational
resources within a narrow curricular topic and contain links to two types of information.
Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...)
to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are links to instructional
materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this
Canadian Immigration Theme Page
Countries Theme Page
Current Events Theme Page
Explorers Theme Page
Mapping Theme Page
General Social Studies Resources
Here are a number of links to lesson plans on specific topics with Canadian
Studies, for example Canadian geography, history, or law. While there are a
limited number of lesson plans on the net that deal with Canada specifically,
there are many general social studies lesson plans which could be adapted to
the Canadian scene. You may wish to go through our pages of lesson plans on
Other Social Studies. Please read our
Parliament Buildings 1898-1998
- Information on the history of the BC Parliament Buildings, including pictures,
links to historical documents, and teaching activities.
- Intended for students in grades 7-10, the purpose of this 10-20 day eaching
unit is to increase student awareness about Cultural Diversity in Canada,
including the diversity of Canada's Native People. Activities include role-playing,
creative writing, critical reading, analysis of data, and Internet use.
- Search this BCTel/BCTF site under "Social Studies" for lessons with specific
Resource Packages (IRPs)
- These Integrated Resource Packages (IRPs) provide some of the basic information
that teachers will require to implement the BC Ministry of Education Social
Studies curricula in K-12.
- Five lessons on the Canadian Criminal Justice System from the Edmonton
John Howard Society. Lesson titles are: How Does Your Community Compare? Crime
Rates and Places; Crimes and Consequences; Youth Criminal Justice System:
Behind the Scenes; Young Offenders Act: Working or Not?; Impact of Youth Crime:
A Question of Math
- Various resources intended to assist BC (but also Canadian) teachers of
law. There are lesson plans, articles to help teachers deal with the legal
issues that are raised in the curriculum and introduce and describe other
important and current law-related concerns, and links to other resources.
The site opens up to their "current edition" so be sure to check out their
"Past Issues" to find many more resources.
Likes an Alarm Clock
- This online LessonAid from the BC Teachers' Federation is intended for
grade 11 students. Topics covered in the six lessons are: (1) The Vote; (2)
Fashion or Function; (3) Nellie McClung and History; (4) Critical Thinking
About Written Arguments on the Role of Women; (5)Critical Thinking About Political
Cartoons on the Suffragists; and (6) Canadian Women in the 1920s-Various Voices.
Ministers of Canada: PM Educational Kit
- In addition to biographies and pictures of Canada's prime ministers, this
site has lesson plans, student worksheets, facisimiles of archival documents
and a board game.
- This page offers a set of links to various resources to support the Saskatchewan
Social Sciences K-12 curricula. Included are teacher guides, bibliographies,
bulletins, lists of resource materials, and activity guides.
Studies Lesson Plans and Ideas
- About 75 lesson or unit plans identified as elementary, secondary, or "both"
from the University of Saskatchewan. Many deal with Canadian topics.
- This SchoolNet site has several resources for teachers. On the Lesson Plans
page, there are links to about a dozen lesson plans on Canadian law - about
half are elementary and the other half for intermediate/senior students. Also,
they have several lists of Law Related bibliographies, for examples sources
of mock trial teaching resources. Check out, as well, their ACJNet Cafe for
an electronic discussion group for teachers. (Note that many of these resources
are shared by the "Access to Justice Network" and the "Canadian SchoolNet"
web sites. We've provided the entry point through the SchoolNet site because
it's more direct.)
- On-line teaching kits are available for the topics of Aging Population,
Languages, Ken's Carto Corner, and Geographical Names from Industry Canada's
National Atlas web site.
Note: The sites listed above all have lesson plans/activities for the Social Studies classroom teacher. For other resources in this subject area (e.g., curricular content or theme pages), click the "previous screen" button below. Or, click here
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