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 this resource 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.

Below you will the find eight lesson plans along with corresponding handouts and worksheets. Many of the lessons suggest videos or PowerPoint presentations to assist with the instruction portion of the lesson; these can be found on the Videos and PowerPoints pages. Various assessment tools are also included at the end, along with a glossary of terms.


Elementary Lesson Pathways [PDF]
Lesson 1: Government and Democracy [PDF]
Worksheet 1.1: Survivor Island [PDF] [Word]
Worksheet 1.2: Let’s Eat [PDF] [Word]
Worksheet 1.3: Who Should Decide? [PDF] [Word]
Lesson 2: Democratic Rights and Responsibilities [PDF]
Handout 2.1: Highlights from the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms [PDF]
Handout 2.2: History of Voting Rights in Canada [PDF]
Worksheet 2.3: Presentation Planning Sheet [PDF] [Word]
Worksheet 2.4: Our Rights and Responsibilities [PDF] [Word]
Worksheet 2.5: Voting Rights in Canada [PDF] [Word]
Worksheet 2.6: The Right to Vote [PDF] [Word]
Lesson 3: Three Levels of Government [PDF]
Worksheet 3.1: Government All Around [PDF] [Word]
Worksheet 3.2: Investigating Government [PDF] [Word]
Handout 3.3: Government Responsibilities [PDF]
Worksheet 3.4: In the News [PDF] [Word]
Lesson 4: Political Parties [PDF]
Handout 4.1: 2012 Election Results [PDF]
Worksheet 4.2: Getting to Know the Parties [PDF] [Word]
Worksheet 4.3: Where do you stand? [PDF] [Word]
Worksheet 4.4: Vote for My Party [PDF] [Word]
Worksheet 4.5: Watching the Leaders’ Debate [PDF] [Word]
Lesson 5: Local Candidates and Issues [PDF]
Worksheet 5.1: My Electoral District [PDF] [Word]
Worksheet 5.2: Election Candidate Profile [PDF] [Word]
Handout 5.3: A Framework for Planning an All-Candidates Meeting [PDF]
Worksheet 5.4: Graphic Organizer [PDF] [Word]
Lesson 6: Messages in the Media [PDF]
Worksheet 6.1: Analyzing Media [PDF] [Word]
Worksheet 6.2: Facts vs. Opinions [PDF] [Word]
Lesson 7: The Voting Process [PDF]
Worksheet 7.1: Preparing to Vote [PDF] [Word]
Worksheet 7.2: How to Vote [PDF]
Worksheet 7.3: A Trip to the Polling Station [PDF] [Word]
Lesson 8: Post-Election Analysis [PDF]
Assessment Opportunities [PDF]
Election Scrapbook Assignment [PDF]
Election Scrapbook Assignment Rubric [PDF]
Group Work Activity Rubric [PDF]
Discussion Skills and Participation Rubric [PDF]
Alberta Government Quiz [PDF] [Word]
Glossary [PDF]
All lesson plans may also be downloaded in one file here

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