Teaching Resources

Provincial Court System in Canada

Alex guides students as they discover the role and function of various provincial courts. While these lessons are about BC courts, all provinces and territories have roughly the same court system.
Students will learn about issues common to every court such as judicial independence and access to the courts. Students can watch videos where Alex talks to a various judges from the various courts.
Includes videos, a student handout, and a teacher’s guide for high school level.
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Teaching Resources

Reading Logs


Teacher PlanningMake a lesson plan booklet for each child to be in charge of their own lesson completion. This will save you from constantly having to manage each child and it builds self-discipline and industriousness into your child.


See Donna Young’s free student planner you can customize online. Scroll down on the webpage to fill in the fields with the child’s name, grade, subjects etc. and generate a planner with all the pertinant information. Customizable planner

Other Planners: Highland Heritage Forms Photo by Mary Baxter. Retrieved from Flickr




Reading Lists – If I could do it over again!

We read SO many great books over the years but didn’t keep a thorough title list. I definately encourage you and your kids to do this!

Remembering favourite books is like chatting with old friends; those characters we love and identify with.

I love Lisa’s free printable Reading Logs. Add to each child’s reading list each year. Give rewards for numbers of books read.

One creative Mom is putting together a memory box for each child as a gift when they leave home. Special books will be part of the collection. What a GREAT idea!!!!
Photo by Adwriter. Retrieved from FlickR



Using The 5 Themes of Geography

Exercise the Five Themes of Geography:

Where are we?

Describes where a place is — its position on  Earth

Absolute Location: The exact location of a place using lines of longitude & latitude

o GPS Global Positioning System uses satellite signals to track the location or position on earth. www.geocaching.com (GIS Unit – hand-held)

o GIS Geographic Information System (i.e. Computerized Mapping).Relative Location: Location in relation of other places
i.e. B.C. is located between the Pacific Ocean and the Province of Alberta
How to use maps and other geographic tools. How to understand and describe distance and direction

What are the unifying features that describe this place?

Physical characteristics: climate, landforms, waterways
Human characteristics: language, religion, social activities

Human/Environment Interaction
What are relationships among people and places?

Describes how people change their environment or adapt to it
Natural resources: forestry, water, minerals, energy, fishing, farming

What are the patterns of movement of people, products, and information?

Describes the movement of people, goods, and ideas.
Migration, trade, and cultural diffusion.


How can the Earth be divided into regions for study?

Politically i.e. Province of Quebec
Physically i.e. Africa: jungle, savannah, and desert.
Culturally i.e. Muslim areas influenced by Islam
The Islamic World is a cultural region defined on the basis of religion. The mosque is one of the visible elements of the Islamic World’s cultural landscapes. Mapping out the distributions of mosques enables us to define the Islamic culture region.