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.

Students are living in an increasingly complex world. We want them to learn about the holistic model of health and see how mental wellness is connected to their physical health and development. We want them to know that they have choices and be empowered to take care of their own health.
Grade Level(s): 
Grade 6
Grade 7
Subject: 
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
Students at this age are not eligible for paid employment, but there are numerous opportunities for them to gain valuable work experience and develop the skills they will need to be successful, educated, contributing members of their communities. 
Grade Level(s): 
Grade 6
Grade 7
Subject: 
Career Education
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

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