Elementary Resources

This activity resource was developed for elementary students. Each lesson has several activities and options available, for the ease of adapting it to your particular classroom. Please use, modify, rearrange and choose from the suggestions as you see fit. The lessons build upon one another and have a clear flow, but they can also be used as stand-alone lessons or activities depending on your classroom needs and available time.

On this page you will find six lesson plans along with corresponding handouts and activity sheets. Many of the lessons suggest slide decks or videos to assist with the instruction portion of the lesson; these can be found on the Slide Decks and Videos pages. Various assessment tools are also posted, along with a glossary of terms.

Activity Resource

  • Welcome [PDF]
  • Acknowledgments [PDF]
  • How to Use this Resource [PDF]
  • Suggestions for Wider Engagement [PDF]
  • Glossary [PDF]

Lesson 1

Lesson 1: Government and Democracy [PDF]

  • Activity Sheet 1.1: Survivor Island [PDF] [Word]
  • Activity Sheet 1.2: Government Types [PDF] [Word]
  • Activity Sheet 1.3: How Should We Decide? [PDF] [Word]
  • Handout 1.4: Highlights from the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms [PDF]
  • Activity Sheet 1.5: Our Rights and Responsibilities [PDF] [Word]

Lesson 2

Lesson 2: Governments in Canada [PDF]

  • Handout 2.1: Government Responsibilities [PDF]
  • Activity Sheet 2.2: Investigating Government [PDF] [Word]
  • Activity Sheet 2.3: My Municipality Fact Sheet [PDF] [Word]
  • Activity Sheet 2.4: A Day in My Life [PDF] [Word]
  • Handout 2.5: History of Indigenous Peoples in Alberta [PDF]
  • Activity Sheet 2.6: First Nation Profile [PDF] [Word]

Lesson 3

Lesson 3: Media [PDF]

  • Slide Deck: Comparing Media Examples [PPT]
  • Activity Sheet 3.1: Analyzing Media [PDF] [Word]
  • Activity Sheet 3.2: In the News (Graphic Organizer) [PDF] [Word]
  • Activity Sheet 3.3: Facts vs. Opinions [PDF] [Word]
  • Handout 3.4: How to Spot Fake News [PDF]

Lesson 4

Lesson 4: Municipal Elections [PDF]

  • Activity Sheet 4.1: Getting to Know the Candidates [PDF] [Word]
  • Handout 4.2: A Framework for Planning an All‑Candidates Debate [PDF]
  • Activity Sheet 4.3: Evaluating the All-Candidates Debate [PDF] [Word]

Lesson 5

Lesson 5: School Authorities and School Board Trustees [PDF]

  • Activity Sheet 5.1: My School Authority [PDF] [Word]

Lesson 6

Lesson 6: The Voting Process [PDF]

  • Activity Sheet 6.1: Democracy for Lunch! [PDF] [Word]
  • Activity Sheet 6.2: Preparing to Vote [PDF] [Word]
  • Activity Sheet 6.3: A Trip to the Polls [PDF] [Word]
  • Activity Sheet 6.4: How to Vote [PDF] [Word]
  • Activity Sheet 6.5: Poster Planning Sheet (Graphic Organizer) [PDF] [Word]
  • Student Vote Election Manual [PDF]

Assessment Opportunities

Assessment Opportunities [PDF]

  • Election Scrapbook Assignment [PDF]
  • Election Scrapbook Rubric [PDF]
  • Group Work Rubric [PDF]
  • Discussion Rubric [PDF]

Curriculum Connections

  • Elementary Curriculum Connections [PDF]

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