Elementary Resources

The Elementary resource was developed for grades 3 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 and available time.

On this page you will find nine 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 MULTI-MEDIA TOOLS page.


Activity Resource:

  • Welcome [PDF]
  • How to Use this Resource [PDF]
  • Power Up: The News Challenge [PDF]
  • Suggestions for Wider Engagement [PDF]
  • Lesson Pathway [PDF]
  • Curriculum Connections [PDF]
  • Glossary [PDF]


Lesson 1: Rules and Government

  • Lesson 1 [PDF]
  • Activity 1.1: How should we decide? [PDF


Lesson 2: Politics

  • Lesson 2 [PDF]
  • Activity 2.1: Politics — KWL Chart [PDF]  


Lesson 3: Rights and Responsibilities in a Democracy

  • Lesson 3 [PDF]
  • Activity 3.1: Anticipation Guide [PDF]
  • Handout 3.2: Highlights from the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms [PDF
  • Activity 3.3: Charter Scavenger Hunt [PDF
  • Activity 3.4: My Rights and Responsibilities [PDF]


Lesson 4: Levels of Government

  • Lesson 4 [PDF]
  • Activity 4.1: Government Responsibilities [PDF]


Lesson 5: Political Parties

  • Lesson 5 [PDF]
  • Activity 5.1: Feet Voting [PDF]
  • Activity 5.2: Where do you stand? [PDF
  • Activity 5.3: Researching Political Parties [PDF]
  • Activity 5.4: Election Case Study [PDF]


Lesson 6: My Candidates

  • Lesson 6 [PDF]
  • Activity 6.1: My Electoral District [PDF]
  • Activity 6.2: Planning an All-Candidates Meeting [PDF


Lesson 7: Campaign Communications

  • Lesson 7 [PDF]


Lesson 8: Voting Rights

  • Lesson 8 [PDF]
  • Handout 8.1: History of Voting Rights in Canada [PDF]
  • Activity 8.2: Voting Rights in Canada [PDF]


Lesson 9: The Voting Process

  • Lesson 9 [PDF]
  • Activity 9.1: Ballot Card Templates [PDF]
  • Student Vote Election Manual [PDF]