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Lesson Planning (Elementary, Middle Years)

BC’s Current Curriculum

From the Library: Books with Cross-curricular Lesson Ideas & Learning Activities

Lesson Ideas in Education Magazines and Journals

There are a number of professional journals and magazines for teachers in which you can find lesson and activity ideas and other information to inform lesson design:

  • Education Canada - Articles on current issues, trends, philosophies and practices in elementary and secondary education for practicing educators in Canada.
  • TEACH Magazine - Covers issues and topics of interest to any K-12 educator, from fundraising to curriculum development to the integration of technology.
  • Scholastic Teacher - Professional learning advice and lesson ideas.

Open Education Repositories

Check out Open Educational Resource Repositories (OERR) for lesson plan and teaching ideas. OERRs allow educators the share, manage and use free education resources and contain items such as:

  • open textbooks
  • lesson plans
  • quizzes (e.g. iclickers, etc.)
  • videos, animations, handouts
  • interactive activities and tools (e.g. apps)
  • powerpoint presentations


  • TeachBC is an online resource of teaching materials, lessons, and research relevant to the K-12 BC curriculum.  The website is public and open to everyone through the generosity of BC public school teachers. Teachers and organizations can share their teaching resources or educational research by registering and uploading their materials or providing links. Anyone can browse and download the resources for classroom or professional use. Browsing is easy. Users can search by subject, grade level, resource type, title, description, language, and more.

OER Commons

  • OER Commons aggregates Open Education Resources (OER) from a large number of partnership organizations and institutions. Resources are available in every subject area and a large variety of formats (including lecture notes, lesson plans, case studies, full courses, textbooks, and more).

The Open Education Repositories guide ( contains information on OERs and links to additional repositories.

Education Library Booklists

If you haven’t already seen the UBC Education Library booklists, we encourage you to also search there for specific book recommendations from our collection to support your teaching. There you will find teaching resources, picture books, and non-fiction recommendations for common teaching topics, inquiry-based learning design, BC’s core competencies, and other content areas in the curriculum.

Online Children's & Young Adult Literature

In UBC Library:

From the Library homepage, search "juvenile fiction" OR "juvenile literature" and apply the "Full Text Online" and the "Book/eBook" limiters.


E-book databases:

  • Canada Commons: You can find many picture books, young adult novels, and juvenile non-fiction through Canada Commons, a Canadian database with content in both English and French. Using the Advanced Search page, search "juvenile fiction" OR "juvenile literature" and select "Books" as the publication type to browse their selection of children's and YA literature. 


Additional Resources:

  • Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD) - Provides online information to help educators find books to meet their educational and collection management requirements. CLDC can be used for reader’s advisory, curriculum development, and more. Content includes:
    • Records for over 3,000,000 children's and young adult titles
    • More than 50 professional review sources (650,000+ reviews) and 850+ national and international young adult and children’s book awards
    • Thousands of best books lists
    • Curriculum tools
  • Diverse Book Finder - Helpful resource for finding children's picture books featuring Black and Indigenous people and People of Color (BIPOC). 


Curio provides streaming access to educational content (including videos, podcasts, and teacher guides) from CBC and Radio Canada. Here you will find content for all grades and subjects, including content in French. UBC Library has access to Curio’s main channel, as well as News in Review. Many school districts in BC also subscribe to Curio. You can find out about access in your school from your school advisor or your teacher librarian.

Log in to Curio here.

SOGI Curriculum Resources

​SOGI 123, created by the SOGI Education Network, has created a number of lesson plans and other curricular resources to help BC teachers incorporate inclusive SOGI (sexual orientation and gender identity) content into their lessons.

School District Learning Resources

In addition to the curriculum materials (picture books and YA fiction, education technologies, puppets, etc.) available to you through the UBC Library, you will have access to materials at your practicum school through school libraries and/or district resource centres. You can always reach out to the teacher librarian at your school for assistance finding resources for your planning. 

Curious about collaborating with a teacher librarian? This document from the Surrey Chapter of the BCTLA and the Surrey Teachers' Association outlines the ways you can work with your TL.

You can also begin looking for resources available through your school and district by searching in the following places:

Abbotsford School District 34

Burnaby School District 41

Cariboo-Chilcotin School District 27

Chilliwack School District 33

Comox Valley School District 71

Coquitlam School District 43

Delta School District 37

Kamloops/Thompson School District 73

Kootenay Lake School District 08

Kootenay-Columbia School District 20

Langley School District 35

Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows School District 42

New Westminster School District 40

North Vancouver School District 44

Peace River North 60

Powell River School District 47

Prince George School District 57

Prince Rupert School District 52

Quesnel School District 28

Richmond School District 38

Rocky Mountain School District 6

Sea to Sky School District 48

Southeast Kootenay School District 5

Sunshine Coast School District 46

Surrey School District 36

Vancouver School District 39

Vernon School District 22

West Vancouver School District 45