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Lesson Planning (Secondary)

Social Studies Lesson Plans & Resources (Secondary)

BC Curriculum: Instructional Sample - Collapse of a Society (Gr. 7-9)

Critical Thinking Consortium:

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

Thielmann's Web River

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

The Ties that Bind: Building the CPR (Gr. 10)

Canada's History

Elections Canada: Election Simulation Toolkit (Gr. 9-12)

CBC Podcasts: Teaching Guides

Children's Rights Count: Exploring Domestic and International Mechanisms for Protecting and Advancing Children`s Rights Globally

Critical Challenges: Legacies of Historical Globalization (Gr. 10) More critical challenges from Learn Alberta here.

Critical Thinking Consortium: Pivotal Voices - Recognizing an Historic Injustice: Canada's First National Internment Operations, 1914-1920 

Democracy Around the World: Canada’s Democracy Week Education Guide, Secondary School Level

Farwest (Gr. 4-9)

Historical Perspectives: Japanese Internment (Gr. 9-12)

How Should We Remember Those Who Fought For Canada? (Gr. 9-12)

Human Rights in the Asia Pacific 1931-1945: Social Responsibility and Global Citizenship Lessons

Inspirational Canadian humanitarians and activists (Gr. 11)

Legislative Assemble of British Columbia: Lesson Plans

Museum of Anthropology: Teacher Resources

The Nature of the BC Economy

News Literacy Project: Classroom Resource Library

Parliament of the Future (Gr. 6-8)

Quebec (Gr. 9)

Rebellions (Gr. 10)

Returning the Past: Repatriation of First Nations cultural Property (Gr. 10-11)

The struggle for human rights (Gr. 10)

A struggle for social justice (Gr. 11)

Understanding Party Perspective vs. Personal Preference (Gr. 6-9)

Voices into Action: Lessons

When Disaster Strikes: Understanding Humanitarian Emergencies (Gr. 9-12)

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."

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: