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.

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
Kindergarten students can typically generate more ideas orally than they are able to record in a written or drawn form. A lot can be learned about the structure of story by orally sharing personal stories with others.
Grade Level(s): 
Kindergarten
Subject: 
English Language Arts
Cross-Curricular: 
Social Studies
What are the core principles of inclusion? Learn what an inclusive classroom looks like for ELA and what it means for students with diverse learning needs. 
Grade Level(s): 
Grade 11
Grade 10
Grade 12
Subject: 
English Language Arts
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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