Elementary/Middle Resources


The Elementary/Middle 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 and available time.

On this page you will the find eight lesson plans along with corresponding handouts and worksheets. Many of the lessons suggest PowerPoint presentations or videos to assist with the instruction portion of the lesson; these can be found on the POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS and VIDEOS pages. Various assessment tools are also posted, along with a glossary of terms.

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: Let’s Eat! [PDF] [Word]
  • Worksheet 1.2: Survivor Island [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]
  • Video: Student Vote 2015 [YouTube] [Vidyard]


Lesson 3: The Levels of Government [PDF]

  • Handout 3.1: Government Responsibilities [PDF]
  • Worksheet 3.2: Government All Around [PDF] [Word]
  • Worksheet 3.3: Investigating Government [PDF] [Word]
  • Worksheet 3.4: In the News [PDF] [Word]
  • Handout 3.5: History of Aboriginal Self-Government [PDF]
  • Worksheet 3.6: First Nation Profile [PDF] [Word]
  • ‘Who Am I?’ Trivia Game [PPT]


Lesson 4: Political Parties [PDF]

  • Handout 4.1: 2011 Saskatchewan Provincial 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 Constituency [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]

  • Handout 7.1: Sample Ballots [PDF]
  • Worksheet 7.2: Preparing to Vote [PDF] [Word]
  • Worksheet 7.3: A Trip to the Voting Place [PDF] [Word]
  • Worksheet 7.4: How to Vote [PDF]
  • Video: Student Vote 2015 Results Summary with Peter Mansbridge [YouTube] [Vidyard]
  • Video: Organizing Student Vote Day [YouTube] [Vidyard]
  • Student Vote Election Manual [PDF]


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]
  • Saskatchewan Government Quiz [PDF] [Word]
  • Glossary [PDF]