Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans

Many lesson plans have been developed by teachers attending the previous sessions of the BC Teachers' Institute on Parliamentary Democracy. We have archived numerous lesson plans that were developed prior to the changes in B.C.'s social studies curriculum. You can find them under the 'Archives' tab.

More information on the Teachers’ Institute can be found here.

Please note that the lesson plans are in PDF format.   To view Acrobat PDF files, you need Acrobat Reader.

Cleaning House

  • Students participate in a simulation of a Parliamentary Special Committee to examine the parliamentary traditions of the Legislative Assembly.

Continuity and Change in the Legislature


Creating a Budget - Who Wants Pie?

  • Students will learn about BC’s provincial budget and how to prioritize needs when developing a budget.

Don't Hate Debate - How Decisions are Made

  • Students will explore how decisions are made in government through a variety of grade specific activities.

Parliamentary Committees & Student Consultations

  • Students explore the role of Parliamentary Committees by holding their own Student Consultations.

Comités parlementaires et séances de consultation auprès d’étudiants

  • L’activité prévoit la mise sur pied de comités afin de démontrer aux étudiants à quel point la gouvernance repose sur la collaboration.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

  • Students will examine past and present voting practices in British Columbia, as related to gender inequity issues.

Redesigning a Legislature for the 21st Century

  • Students explore how political institutions and ideology shape both the exercise of power and political outcomes

RIDing the Court

  • Students will examine a speech by Chief Dan George and then examine the BC Coat of Arms to understand how symbols have been used to convey the underlying power structures and decision-making values of the period.

The Role of Government in our Everyday Lives

  • Through a series of lesson plans, the students will explore the role of government and the importance of laws in our daily lives

Le rôle du gouvernement et l’importance des lois dans la vie quotidienne

  • Par l’entremise de plans de leçons, l’élève va découvrir le rôle du gouvernement et l’importance des lois dans nos vies quotidiennes.

Roles of Officers in the Legislature

Show me the Money!

  • Students will examine budgetary decisions, party platforms and personal values.

Today's the Day to Have Your Say: Using Mandate Letters to Cabinet Ministers to Shape Understanding

  • Students learn to recognize the responsibilities of the three levels of government (local, provincial and federal).

Understanding Party Perspective vs. Personal Preference

  • Students will learn the difference between voting based on party perspectives and voting based on personal perspectives.

WWWWWHHIIB It, WWWWWHHIIB It Good (Three Column Document)

  • Students conduct guided research and make presentations on democracy and the legislative process.
Blue Box Democracy

  • Students are encouraged to think critically about low voter turnout.

Démocratie « bac bleu »

  • Cette activité invite les élèves à penser de manière critique et à explorer les enjeux relatifs au faible taux de participation aux élections.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Polling Station

  • Students’ interest in the electoral process is enhanced by bringing important dates in electoral history to life.

Un truc bizarre s’est produit en route vers le bureau de vote

  • L'intérêt des étudiants dans le processus électoral est amélioré en apportant des dates importantes dans l'histoire électorale à la vie.

Vote: Own It or Get Owned!

  • Students harness technology to create a short advertisement that encourages voter participation.

Élections: Choisis ou subis!

  • Création d’une publicité pour inciter les jeunes à voter.

Mock Provincial Parliament

  • A three lesson Mock Provincial Parliament unit.

Who's Who and What Do They Do?

  • Students recall the roles and responsibilities of people involved in the parliamentary process after watching them in action at the B.C. Legislature.

Politics and Government in Daily Life

  • In this introductory exercise for the government unit, students develop an understanding of the relationship between politics and current issues, thereby gaining an appreciation for the role of politics in daily life.

Who are You Going to Call? (Three Levels of Government: Local, Provincial and Federal)

  • Students learn to recognize the responsibilities of the three levels of government (local, provincial and federal).

Qui vas-tu appeler? (Trois ordres de gouvernement: local, provincial et fédéral)

  • Les élèves reconnaissent les compétences des trois ordres de gouvernement : municipal (local), provincial et fédéral.

So You Think Government is Boring...

  • Capture students’ imaginations through the art of storytelling, using it as a medium to convey interesting annecdotes from parliamentary democracy’s social and historical context in B.C.

Alors, vous pensez que le gouvernement, c’est endormant?

  • Capturer l'imagination des élèves à travers l'art de la narration, l'utiliser comme un moyen de transmettre annecdotes intéressants contexte social et historique de la démocratie parlementaire en Colombie-Britannique.

Understanding and Explaining the Role of the Media in a Free and Democratic Society

  • Students work on a media project (e.g. radio report, newspaper article, interview, etc.) in order to develop an understanding of the role of media in a democratic society.

Comprendre et expliquer le rôle des médias dans une société libre et démocratique

  • Le but des travaux présentés ci-dessous est d’amener les élèves à comprendre le rôle des médias dans une société démocratique.