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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 theme.

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 the Environment, History, or Other Social Studies. Please read our disclaimer.

BC's Parliament Buildings 1898-1998
Information on the history of the BC Parliament Buildings, including pictures, links to historical documents, and teaching activities.

Cultural Diversity
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.

Discover Learning Daybook
Search this BCTel/BCTF site under "Social Studies" for lessons with specific Canadian content.

Integrated 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.

Junior High Justice
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

[The] Law Connection
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.

Nobody 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.

Prime 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.

Social Sciences
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.

Social 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.

[The] Teacher's Corner
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.)

Teaching Resources
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.

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