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Lesson Planning (Elementary, Middle Years)

Social Studies Lesson Plans (Elementary)

BC Curriculum: Instructional Sample

Critical Thinking Consortium:

Open School BC: Bamboo Shoots: Chinese Canadian Legacies in BC (Gr. 5 & 9)

Active citizenship project honouring human rights (Gr. 7)

Canada's History

The Canadian Patriotic Fund (Gr. 3-4)

CBC Podcasts: Teaching Guides

Cherishing the water of life (Gr. 7-12)

Child labour (Gr. 4-7)

Community 1: Community and Leadership (Gr. 2-3) First Nations Integration Project

Community Hardships

Community Landmarks Have Stories to Tell (Gr. 1)

Cottonwood House (Gr. 5)
Historical significance of roadhouses in British Columbia

Global Education Teaching Resources (Gr. K-8)

The Governor's Letters: Uncovering Colonial British Columbia (Gr. 5-12)

The History of the Canadian Flag 

“The Importance of School Means-Photographic Expedition” and Lesson Plan (Gr. 4-6)

Legislative Assemble of British Columbia: Lesson Plans

Museum of Anthropology: Teacher Resources

Making a Historical Newspaper (Gr. 7-8)

Maps and Scale

Myth Busting: Separating Parliamentary Myths from Reality (Gr. 5-6)

On a bicycle built for two (Gr. 5-7)

Parliament of the Future (Gr. 6-8)

Square pegs and round holes (Gr. 1-7)

Victoria Capital of BC  (Gr. 4-5)

Vote: Own It or Get Owned!: Creating an Advertisement to encourage young people to vote (Gr.5-11)

Who Are You Gonna Call? Three levels of Government: Local, Provincial, and Federal (Gr. 3-5)

Related Guide

For information, resources, and sample lessons that support the use of primary resources in K-12 classrooms, see the Primary Resources for K-12 Educators Guide.


KnowBC is a growing resource for history and information regarding British Columbia. KnowBC has over a dozen books that cover a substantial number of topics including Indigenous history, marine life, British Columbia's role in World War I, and much more.

Also included is a teachers’ resource, highlighting KnowBC content and how it intersects with BC's educational curriculum. You can find this under "For Teachers."

Lessons Prepared by UBC Students

Grade 5/6 Social Studies Unit on Immigration
Honouring Someone's Story

Search Power

Because the UBC Library's system for classifying materials is aimed at organizing research and scholarship, searching for curriculum materials can be difficult. We recommend using the following terms for a targeted search within the library catalogue for K-12 teaching and learning resources. These results have been limited to books and e-books in the Education Library:

Add these terms to the subject area, lesson topic, or theme to find books and other materials on your topic.

For example: "study and teaching" AND science

The below handout will provide more guidance for effectively searching for teaching resources in the UBC Library: