Teaching Resources Elementary/Intermediate

Elementary Resource - EN

The Elementary/Intermediate resource was developed for grades 4 to 8. 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.

On this page 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 in the Educational Tools section. Various assessment tools are also posted, along with a glossary of terms.


Educational Tools:

Campaign Guide [PDF]

Election Manual [PDF]

Lesson Pathways [PDF]

Curriculum Connections

  • Alberta [PDF]
  • British Columbia [PDF]
  • Manitoba [PDF]
  • New Brunswick [PDF]
  • Newfoundland and Labrador [PDF]
  • Nova Scotia [PDF]
  • Ontario [PDF]
  • Prince Edward Island [PDF]
  • Quebec [PDF]
  • Saskatchewan [PDF]

Activity Resource

  • Introduction [PDF]
  • Acknowledgements [PDF]
  • Suggestions for Wider Engagement [PDF]
  • How to use this Resource [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: 2011 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 Riding [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]
  • Handout 7.2: How to Vote – 6 Easy Steps [PDF]
  • Worksheet 7.3: How to Vote [PDF]
  • Worksheet 7.4: A Trip to the Polling Place [PDF] [Word]
  • Worksheet 7.5: Voter’s Checklist [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]
  • Government Quiz [PDF] [Word]
  • Glossary [PDF]


All lesson plans may also be downloaded in one file here