Instructional Samples

These K-9 instructional samples show how teachers from across the province have interpreted the redesigned BC Curriculum to plan learning experiences for their students.

The committee that selected these materials recognizes that each district, school, and classroom has its own unique characteristics that should be considered in planning.

Each sample identifies clear connections to the Big Ideas, Learning Standards, and Core Competencies. First Peoples Principles of Learning and content are included in some samples.

Many of the samples make cross-curricular connections, offer choice for students and teachers, explore multiple entry points and adaptations, provide assessment ideas, and include samples of student work. Some also show how teachers have made explicit connections to the curriculum through cycles of thinking, planning, and reflection.

This instructional sample illustrates a sequence of lessons using a literacy-based approach in a Grade 6 Core French classroom. Although this particular sample was filmed in a Grade 6 classroom, the approaches demonstrated in the video are applicable to a range of grade levels. 
Grade Level(s): 
Grade 6
Subject: 
Core French
The intent of the A Seed Is Sleepy dance exercise is to introduce students to the relationship between movement and language. Students are asked to interpret and embody vocabulary and phrases from the story as dance movement.
Grade Level(s): 
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Subject: 
Arts Education
Cross-Curricular: 
Science
Dr. Lynn Erickson is an author and private consultant assisting schools and districts around the world with understanding the power of concept-based curriculum and instruction and its effects on learning. While consulting with the Curriculum and Assessment Branch in the Ministry of Education in 2012, Pat Horstead interviewed Lynn Ericson about her ideas.
Author's Name: 
Dr. Lynn Erickson
Grade Level(s): 
Kindergarten
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9
Dr. Lynn Erickson is an author and private consultant assisting schools and districts around the world with understanding the power of concept-based curriculum and instruction and its effects on learning. While consulting with the Curriculum and Assessment Branch in the Ministry of Education in 2012, Pat Horstead interviewed Lynn Ericson about her ideas.
Author's Name: 
Dr. Lynn Erickson
Grade Level(s): 
Kindergarten
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9
Through this Makerspace activity, students come to know that Arts Education/Design and Science share a common process that involves the development and testing of hypotheses through direct investigation. Makerspaces incorporate thinking, inquiry, making and hands-on experiential learning through active engagement within small groups. 
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Grade Level(s): 
Grade 3
Subject: 
Arts Education
Cross-Curricular: 
Science
Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies
This interactive activity is an opportunity to explore and experience how our bodies might respond to our boundaries being approached or crossed. 
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Grade Level(s): 
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Subject: 
Physical and Health Education
Cross-Curricular: 
Physical and Health Education
Through open-ended provocations students are invited to investigate and uncover mathematical concepts. Provocations often begin with an inquiry question, merging students’ interests and curriculum content. In this example, near the end of the school year, students are bringing together two familiar ideas – patterns and shapes. 
Grade Level(s): 
Kindergarten
Subject: 
Mathematics
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This lesson is designed to present students with an opportunity to explore a very important historical and geographic concept: the decline or collapse of human societies. Students explore this concept over different time periods and global regions to gain a wider perspective and deeper understanding of how human societies have failed in the past.
Grade Level(s): 
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9
Subject: 
Social Studies
Cross-Curricular: 
Social Studies
Dr. Lynn Erickson is an author and private consultant assisting schools and districts around the world with understanding the power of concept-based curriculum and instruction and its effects on learning. While consulting with the Curriculum and Assessment Branch in the Ministry of Education in 2012, Pat Horstead interviewed Lynn Ericson about her ideas.
Author's Name: 
Dr. Lynn Erickson
Grade Level(s): 
Kindergarten
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9
Dr. Lynn Erickson is an author and private consultant assisting schools and districts around the world with understanding the power of concept-based curriculum and instruction and its effects on learning. While consulting with the Curriculum and Assessment Branch in the Ministry of Education in 2012, Pat Horstead interviewed Lynn Ericson about her ideas.
Author's Name: 
Dr. Lynn Erickson
Grade Level(s): 
Kindergarten
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9
We were looking for a cross-curricular way to address probability content in Grade 4 Mathematics and content from Applied Design 4, which is new to the curriculum. We came up with the idea of making a game of chance, because we felt that the process of creating a game would reinforce new concepts in math and applied design by giving students an opportunity to apply these concepts in practice.  
Grade Level(s): 
Grade 4
Subject: 
Mathematics
Cross-Curricular: 
English Language Arts
Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies
This learning activity shows an example of cross-curricular teaching in which students have an opportunity to be innovators and constructors of their own learning. In focusing on designing and marketing a product, this learning activity mirrors the interdisciplinary nature of the world: to be successful in business it is important to have creative ideas, good communication skills, and a solid understanding of financial matters. Therefore, it felt natural and realistic to combine Math, Applied Design, and Language Arts in this activity. 
Grade Level(s): 
Grade 8
Subject: 
Mathematics
Cross-Curricular: 
English Language Arts
Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies
This website is created to help educators in British Columbia understand how they might incorporate the First Peoples Principles of Learning (FPPL) into their classrooms and schools.
Grade Level(s): 
Kindergarten
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9
This video was developed with the intention of welcoming BC Teachers to developing the skills and process of inquiry in their Science classes.
Grade Level(s): 
Kindergarten
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9
Subject: 
Science
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There are several things to consider as you plan learning experiences based on the redesigned BC curriculum. You may find the questions in this resource help you to be more explicit about your thinking processes. Being explicit in your design thinking makes it easier for you to share your ideas with other teachers and with parents.
Grade Level(s): 
Kindergarten
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
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Grade 9
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Students explore and learn about the various characteristics of a healthy relationship regardless of what type of environment they are in. Furthermore, rather than me explaining the interpersonal behaviour expectations for the class, students develop this list with their peers.
Grade Level(s): 
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9
Subject: 
Physical and Health Education
Through this unit, students think about and reflect on how they can make changes in themselves, in their local community, and globally. The unit begins by asking students to identify who they are as a person and what makes them who they are. From this self-analysis, the unit moves on to examine how one person can affect the story of another person’s life, and then how that story can have an impact on a group, the community, and the world. 
Grade Level(s): 
Grade 2
Subject: 
Social Studies
Cross-Curricular: 
English Language Arts
Career Education
This presentation is meant to show the thinking of an elementary teacher beginning to plan an interdisciplinary unit of study for a multi aged class (most likely Gr 3/4). However, it is the method the teacher uses rather than the content that is important. The method can be applied to planning a whole school project, several classes working together or for a single class.
Grade Level(s): 
Grade 3
Grade 4
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Through the exploration of text, discussion, and the activities of the lesson, students have opportunities to respond to the inquiry question with an informed and thoughtful voice. As students engage with text, collaborate with one another, create personal responses to text, and finally reflect on the process of their learning, they are doing so purposefully, considering the inquiry question. 
Grade Level(s): 
Grade 9
Subject: 
English Language Arts
Students will understand that different perspectives influence the way local and provincial communities and economies use and conserve natural resources. Students will participate in discussions about the use of natural resources in their local community; conduct research; make inferences about the beliefs, values, and motivations of different natural resource stakeholders; and develop their communication skills through role-play, discussion, and debate. 
Grade Level(s): 
Grade 5
Subject: 
Social Studies
Dr. Lynn Erickson is an author and private consultant assisting schools and districts around the world with understanding the power of concept-based curriculum and instruction and its effects on learning. While consulting with the Curriculum and Assessment Branch in the Ministry of Education in 2012, Pat Horstead interviewed Lynn Ericson about her ideas.
Author's Name: 
Dr. Lynn Erickson
Grade Level(s): 
Kindergarten
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9

Cette séquence porte sur la planification d’un enseignant de 9e année autour d’une activité liée au programme d’éducation physique et santé. Sur le thème de « Ma communauté », les élèves sont amenés à explorer les notions de collaboration et d’interdépendance en s’interrogeant sur la façon d’influer positivement sur la communauté en matière de santé et de bien-être.

This instructional sample is only available in French.

Grade Level(s): 
Grade 9
Subject: 
Physical and Health Education

This instructional sample is only available in French.

Cette séquence détaille la planification d’une enseignante de 2e et 3e année autour d’une activité liée aux programmes d’études de sciences et de sciences humaines. Sur le thème de « Ma ville idéale », les élèves sont amenés à explorer les concepts de diversité, de regroupement et d’interaction en s’interrogeant sur les caractéristiques d’une communauté et les facteurs qui influencent son développement.

Grade Level(s): 
Grade 2
Grade 3
Subject: 
Social Studies
Cross-Curricular: 
Science
For students, training in mindfulness practice has demonstrated improvements in working memory, attention, academic skills, social skills, emotional regulation, and self-esteem, as well as self-reported improvements in mood and decreases in anxiety, stress, and fatigue.
Grade Level(s): 
Kindergarten
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Subject: 
Physical and Health Education
Cross-Curricular: 
Physical and Health Education

Cette séquence porte sur la planification d’un enseignant de 5e et 6e année autour d’une activité liée aux programmes d’études de mathématiques et de français. Sur le thème de « Mon entreprise », les élèves sont amenés à explorer les notions de planification financière et de message cible en s’interrogeant sur les exigences et les compétences requises pour mener à bien un projet de création d’entreprise.

This instructional sample is only available in French.

Grade Level(s): 
Grade 5
Grade 6
Subject: 
Mathematics
Cross-Curricular: 
Français langue première
In this unit, students will identify their personal attributes and use this information to set personal goals. They will experience activities that require them to work both alone and with others to be successful. Through working with others, they will also be able to identify attributes of other people and how these influence their own learning. They will learn to set personal goals and work toward them using an action plan. They will also make connections to careers and learn about the attributes needed for success in certain careers. 
Grade Level(s): 
Kindergarten
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Subject: 
Career Education
Cross-Curricular: 
Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies
During the first week of classes in September, students are given a nameplate template (attached) with some simple survival phrases and basic question words (e.g., Who? Why? How?). The activity supports the goals of using French for self-expression and communicating effectively and authentically in French in the classroom. 
Grade Level(s): 
Grade 9
Subject: 
Core French
Students will explore the topic of organ donation through discussion, news and social media, and stories within the community. Students will have the opportunity to connect their exploration with their own thoughtful opinions and reflect on their discoveries in connection with the inquiry questions.
Grade Level(s): 
Grade 8
Subject: 
Physical and Health Education
Cross-Curricular: 
Physical and Health Education
We use patterns to represent identified regularities and to make generalizations. This lesson extends patterning concepts taught in Kindergarten and Grade 1, where students learned to identify and extend patterns with multiple attributes. It is essential for students to describe, extend, and make generalizations about patterns that seem to be the same or different. This kind of categorizing and generalizing is an important developmental step on the journey toward algebraic thinking. 
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Grade Level(s): 
Grade 2
Subject: 
Mathematics
One of the key understandings that this project elicited was that the visual arts can be a really powerful way for students to share their learning in a way that may not be possible in other disciplines. 
Grade Level(s): 
Grade 8
Grade 9
Subject: 
Arts Education
Teachers and students at Richmond elementary schools, including Lord Byng and Tomekichi Homma, have been examining how mathematics can be experienced in the community, and connecting with stories of place. Inspired by the book Tluuwaay Waadluxan Mathematical Adventures, created by Elders, educators, community members, and students in Haida Gwaii, the Richmond teachers and students have looked for mathematics in their community and posed and solved problems of interest to them.
Grade Level(s): 
Kindergarten
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Subject: 
Mathematics
The purpose of this lesson is to further explore the building blocks of matter. Before this lesson, students would have explored the kinetic molecular theory and early models of the atom. Students should be comfortable with the concept that the atom is made up of three subatomic particles: protons, neutrons, and electrons.
Grade Level(s): 
Grade 8
Grade 9
Subject: 
Science
Cross-Curricular: 
Science
Rat Park refers to a scientific experiment in the late 1970s that called into question the common understanding of addictive drugs. Professor Bruce Alexander and his students at Simon Fraser University showed that living conditions, not drugs, were the issue. Our environment greatly influences whether or not we use drugs, how much we use, how often, and where.
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Grade Level(s): 
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Subject: 
Physical and Health Education
Cross-Curricular: 
Physical and Health Education
Students develop  their ability to self-monitor and adjust their physical exertion levels. Throughout the year, students will have the opportunity to demonstrate various methods to achieve their desired levels of physical exertion based on the type of physical activity they are participating in. 
Grade Level(s): 
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9
Subject: 
Physical and Health Education
In this activity, students are challenged to design a prototype machine or tool that is capable of restoring balance to Earth’s damaged ecosystems. Teachers should build prior knowledge related to the concepts of sustainability and ecosystems before the design day.
Grade Level(s): 
Grade 4
Subject: 
Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies
Cross-Curricular: 
Science
In this design challenge, student teams are asked to create an advertising campaign that will appeal to teens and convey strategies for getting a minimum of 8 hours of sleep per night. Teachers provide opportunities for students to conduct research and explore issues related to sleep deprivation in a digital world.
Grade Level(s): 
Grade 8
Subject: 
Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies
Cross-Curricular: 
Physical and Health Education
In the Instant Snow investigation, students will observe and test characteristics of a “mystery powder” that, when water is added, turns into instant snow. The mystery powder is polyacrylate, the same material used in disposable diapers. This lesson outline was designed to work with the Steps to Inquiry process, for students in Grades 3 to 6. Steps to Inquiry is a framework from Smarter Science, which was an outreach initiative of Youth Science Canada. 
Grade Level(s): 
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Subject: 
Science
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The introduction to British Columbia’s redesigned curriculum describes how the focus on the development of core competencies and a concept-based approach will work together to support learning in your classroom.
Grade Level(s): 
Kindergarten
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9
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Students gain an understanding of testing for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), including who should get tested, what testing entails, and where and when to get tested.
Grade Level(s): 
Grade 8
Grade 9
Subject: 
Physical and Health Education
Cross-Curricular: 
Physical and Health Education
All of us experience stress and, while it’s not always a bad thing (e.g., starting a new school year, preparing for a trip or a performance), it is important to learn how to manage stress in a healthy way. 
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Grade Level(s): 
Grade 8
Grade 9
Subject: 
Physical and Health Education
Cross-Curricular: 
Physical and Health Education
Dr. Lynn Erickson is an author and private consultant assisting schools and districts around the world with understanding the power of concept-based curriculum and instruction and its effects on learning. While consulting with the Curriculum and Assessment Branch in the Ministry of Education in 2012, Pat Horstead interviewed Lynn Ericson about her ideas.
Author's Name: 
Dr. Lynn Erickson
Grade Level(s): 
Kindergarten
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9
Dr. Lynn Erickson is an author and private consultant assisting schools and districts around the world with understanding the power of concept-based curriculum and instruction and its effects on learning. While consulting with the Curriculum and Assessment Branch in the Ministry of Education in 2012, Pat Horstead interviewed Lynn Ericson about her ideas.
Author's Name: 
Dr. Lynn Erickson
Grade Level(s): 
Kindergarten
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9
This short exercise introduces teachers and students to design thinking. Students are challenged to design a watering system for a school garden that can be sustained with minimal human intervention during summer break. Students will gain an understanding of the needs of various stakeholder groups through empathic interviewing.
Grade Level(s): 
Grade 9
Subject: 
Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies
The quantity of 5 is an essential benchmark number for young students, and a strong understanding of 5 will contribute to their understanding of 10, another significant benchmark number in our number system. As the complexity of number increases, the importance of understanding the decomposition of 10 in higher-level operations becomes evident. 
Grade Level(s): 
Kindergarten
Grade 1
Subject: 
Mathematics