Learning Resources

These learning resources are intended to improve civic literacy, introduce the concepts of democracy and elections, increase awareness about the workings of government in Canada, and teach students how to effectively participate as responsible citizens in their community.

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Elementary Level

These learning resources were developed for grades 4 to 7. 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. These 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.

  • Welcome PDF
  • How to Use this Resource PDF
  • COVID Considerations PDF
  • Glossary PDF
  • Lesson 2: Rights and Responsibilities in a Democracy PDF
  • Slide Deck 2: Rights and Responsibilities PowerPoint
  • Video: The Right to Vote YouTube
  • Video: History of Voting Rights in British Columbia YouTube
  • Handout 2.1: Highlights from the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms PDF
  • Handout 2.2: History of Voting Rights in Canada PDF
  • Handout 2.3: History of Voting Rights in British Columbia PDF
  • Activity Sheet 2.4: Voting Rights in Canada PDF Word Google Docs
  • Activity Sheet 2.5: Our Rights and Responsibilities PDF Word Google Docs
  • Activity Sheet 2.6: Poster Planning Sheet PDF Word Google Docs
  • Lesson 3: Governments in Canada PDF
  • Slide Deck 3: The Levels of Government PowerPoint
  • Video: The Levels of Government YouTube
  • Video: Parliamentary Democracy in British Columbia YouTube
  • Activity Sheet 3.1: Government Responsibilities PDF
  • Activity Sheet 3.2: A Day in My Life PDF Word Google Docs
  • Activity Sheet 3.3: Investigating Government PDF Word Google Docs
  • Handout 3.4: History of Indigenous Self-Government PDF
  • Activity Sheet 3.5: First Nation Profile PDF Word Google Docs
  • Lesson 5: Values, Issues & Perspectives PDF
  • Slide Deck 5: Issues and Perspectives PowerPoint
  • Video: Get Ready to Vote YouTube
  • Handout 5.1: The Basic Political Spectrum PDF
  • Activity Sheet 5.2: Where Do You Stand? PDF Word Google Docs
  • Activity Sheet 5.3: In The News (Graphic Organizer) PDF Word Google Docs
  • Lesson 6: Elections in British Columbia PDF
  • Slide Deck 6: Political Parties and Local Candidates PowerPoint
  • Video: Parliamentary Democracy in British Columbia YouTube
  • Activity Sheet 6.1: My Electoral District PDF Word Google Docs
  • Handout 6.2: 2017 Provincial Election Results PDF
  • Activity Sheet 6.3: Getting to Know the Parties PDF Word Google Docs
  • Activity Sheet 6.4: Election Candidate Profile PDF Word Google Docs
  • Activity Sheet 6.5: Watching the Leaders’ Debate PDF Word Google Docs
  • Lesson 8: Post-Election Analysis PDF
  • Slide Deck 8: Analyzing Election Results PowerPoint
  • Handout 6.2: 2017 British Columbia Provincial Election Results PDF
  • Assessment Opportunities PDF
  • Election Scrapbook Assignment PDF
  • Rubric: Election Scrapbook PDF
  • Rubric: Discussion PDF
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Secondary Level

These learning resources were developed for grades 8 to 12. Each lesson has several activities and options available, for the ease of adapting it to your classroom.

Please use, modify, rearrange and choose from these activities as you see fit. These 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.

  • Welcome PDF
  • How to Use this Resource PDF
  • COVID Considerations PDF
  • Glossary PDF
  • Lesson 1: Governance and Democracy PDF
  • Slide Deck 1: Governance and Democracy PowerPoint
  • Video: Government and Democracy YouTube
  • Video: Democratic Principles YouTube
  • Activity Sheet 1.1: Space Survival – Ranking Chart PDF Word Google Docs
  • Handout 1.2: Space Survival – Ranking of Items by Experts PDF
  • Activity Sheet 1.3: Comparing Different Government Types (Graphic Organizer) PDF Word Google Docs
  • Activity Sheet 1.4: How Should We Decide? PDF Word Google Docs
  • Handout 1.5: The Principles of Democracy PDF
  • Lesson 2: Rights and Responsibilities in a Democracy PDF
  • Slide Deck 2: Rights and Responsibilities PowerPoint
  • Video: The Right to Vote YouTube
  • Video: History of Voting Rights in British Columbia YouTube
  • Handout 2.1: Highlights from the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms PDF
  • Handout 2.2: History of Voting Rights in Canada PDF
  • Handout 2.3: History of Voting Rights in British Columbia PDF
  • Handout 2.4: Provincial Election Voter Turnout by Age Group PDF
  • Lesson 3: Governments in Canada PDF
  • Slide Deck 3: Governments in Canada PowerPoint
  • Video: The Levels of Government YouTube
  • Video: Parliamentary Democracy in British Columbia YouTube
  • Handout 3.1: Government Responsibilities PDF
  • Activity Sheet 3.2: Investigating Government PDF Word Google Docs
  • Handout 3.3: History of Indigenous Self-Government PDF
  • Activity Sheet 3.4: First Nation Profile PDF Word Google Docs
  • Provincial Ministry Descriptions PDF
  • Political Trivia Jeopardy PowerPoint
  • Lesson 6: Elections in British Columbia PDF
  • Slide Deck 6: Elections in British Columbia PowerPoint
  • Video: Parliamentary Democracy in British Columbia YouTube
  • Handout 6.1: 2017 Provincial Election Results PDF
  • Activity Sheet 6.2: Getting to Know the Parties PDF Word Google Slides
  • Activity Sheet 6.3: Evaluating the Leaders’ Debate PDF Word Google Slides
  • Activity Sheet 6.4: Election Candidate Profile PDF Word Google Slides
  • Lesson 7: Opinion Polling PDF
  • Slide Deck 7: Opinion Polling in Elections PowerPoint
  • Lesson 8: The Voting Process PDF
  • Slide Deck 8: The Voting Process PowerPoint
  • Video: Student Vote BC 2017 YouTube
  • Video: The Voting Process in British Columbia YouTube
  • Video: Why Voting Matters YouTube
  • Activity Sheet 8.1: Preparing to Vote PDF Word Google Docs
  • Lesson 9: Post-Election Analysis PDF
  • Slide Deck 9: Analyzing Election Results PowerPoint
  • Video: Parliamentary Democracy in British Columbia YouTube
  • Activity Sheet 9.1: Results Comparison PDF Word Google Docs
  • Handout 6.1: 2017 Provincial Election Results PDF
  • Assessment Opportunities PDF
  • Election Scrapbook Assignment PDF
  • Rubric: Election Scrapbook PDF
  • Rubric: Discussion PDF

Videos

Learn the basics about government, democracy and elections in Canada through these fun and engaging videos.