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.

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

This activity uses a place-based approach to investigate the Science curriculum at the grade 10 level. Students will investigate potential and kinetic energy concepts from events that take place in the natural environments of their communities.

Grade Level(s): 
Grade 10
Subject: 
Science
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
This unit uses diverse written and visual texts to help students understand aspects of who they are by exploring other people’s experiences and perspectives. Students have opportunities to understand how they’re connected to the land and to consider their sense of place. Students analyze and synthesize written and visual texts to inform and inspire the creation of their own written and visual texts.
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Grade Level(s): 
Grade 10
Subject: 
English Language Arts
Cross-Curricular: 
Social Studies
Arts Education
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

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
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

By using two different voices, Two Voice Poems are written to offer two different perspectives or points of view. Two Voice Poems are useful in highlighting how people can look at the same issue (a war, a law or rule, policy or international agreement, an election, a migration, etc.) and come away with contrasting views and beliefs, depending on their perspective and experiences. This task will assist students in practicing and understanding historical perspective.

Grade Level(s): 
Grade 10
Subject: 
Social Studies
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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