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 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. 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
  • Lesson 2: Rights and Responsibilities PDF
  • Slide Deck 2: Rights and Responsibilities Google Slides
  • Video: “The Right to Vote” YouTube
  • Activity 2.1: What do you know about rights in Canada? PDF Word Google Docs
  • Activity 2.1: What do you know about rights in Canada? (Answer Key) PDF
  • Handout 2.2: Highlights from the Charter of Rights and Freedoms PDF
  • Activity 2.3: Charter Scavenger Hunt PDF Word Google Docs
  • Lesson 4: Governments in Canada PDF
  • Slide Deck 4A: Who am I? What am I? Google Slides
  • Slide Deck 4B: Governments in Canada Google Slides
  • Video: “The Levels of Government” YouTube
  • Handout 4.1: Government Responsibilities PDF
  • Lesson 7: District Education Council Elections PDF
  • Slide Deck 7: District Education Council Elections Google Slides
  • Activity 7.1: Who Will Make a Good Education Councillor? PDF Word Google Docs
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High School Level

These learning resources were developed for grades 9 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
  • Lesson 2: The Right to Vote PDF
  • Slide Deck 2: The Right to Vote Google Slides
  • Video: “Student Vote Vancouver 2018” YouTube
  • Video: “The Right to Vote” YouTube
  • Handout 2.1: History of Voting Rights in Canada PDF
  • Activity 2.2: Pathways to Universal Suffrage PDF Word Google Doc
  • Lesson 6: Local Government Elections PDF
  • Slide Deck 6: Local Government Elections Google Slides
  • Activity 6.1: GRAPHIC ORGANIZER – Getting to Know the Candidates PDF Word Google Docs
  • Lesson 7: District Education Council Elections PDF
  • Slide Deck 7: District Education Council Elections Google Slides
  • Activity 7.1: Both Sides Now PDF Word Google Doc
  • Activity 7.2: My Ideal Education Councillor PDF Word Google Doc
  • Handout 7.3: The Role of Education Councillors PDF

Videos

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





  • ‘Government and Democracy’

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  • ‘Democratic Principles’

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  • ‘The Right to Vote’

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  • ‘The Levels of Government’

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  • ‘Why Voting Matters’

    Past Student Vote participants share inspirational and thought-provoking messages on why voting matters.

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  • ‘Student Vote Vancouver 2018’

    Students and teachers speak about their experience with Student Vote during the 2018 Vancouver municipal elections and why they believe voting is important.

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  • ‘Behind the Screens – Who Decides What I See Online?’

    Canadian media expert Taylor Owen explores the business model of online platforms and the consequences for democracy when information is personalized to us.

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  • ‘Algorithms and Filter Bubbles’

    How do algorithms work, and what is a filter bubble?

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