Instructional Samples

These 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.

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
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. 
File(s): 
Grade Level(s): 
Grade 3
Subject: 
Arts Education
Cross-Curricular: 
Science
Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies

In this lesson, students will create a personally meaningful gargoyle that explores our identities, using ceramics techniques.

Grade Level(s): 
Grade 11
Grade 10
Grade 12
Subject: 
Arts Education
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

This lesson encourages self-reflection and community building. Using a 4x6 canvas tile, students are challenged to visually depict a profound or defining moment in their lives. Individually, each tile tells a personal story and highlights how we are unique and special. Collectively, the tiles speak to our diverse culture, describe our connections with others, and reveal our similarities and differences.

Grade Level(s): 
Grade 10
Subject: 
Arts Education