Welcome to the Elementary Social Sciences section of LEARN.  Here you will find program content, teaching strategies, and printable graphic organizers, as well as links to various other tools and websites like Cartograf, Societies and Territories, etc. 

New on the Societies and Territories site:  
SmartBoard tools and activities galore, including Grade 6! 

(Looking for Secondary resources?  Go to page )

Teaching and Learning Tools

Building My World:  Cycle 1

Building My World (BMW) offers inquiry paths for developing the Social Science competency in Cycle 1. This competency lays the foundation for the more formal study later on. These materials are cross-disciplinary. BMW inquiry activities develop competencies from other subjects including ELA, FLS, Personal Development, Science and Technology as well as the Arts. Download 


History and Citizenship Education: Cycle 2 and 3

Click to visit Societies and TerritoriesSocieties & Territories:  A content website apart!
The Societies and Territories web site is an English adaptation of the RECITUS Sociétés et Territoires. Texts and images are organized by society. You'll also find teacher tools like SMARTBoard packages and the S & T Toolkit of organizers. Go to page

SMARTBoard tools and graphic organizers
Check out the various sections of the Socieites and Territories website that offer teacher strategies, organizers and SMARTBoard tools:

  • Societies and Territories (Cycle 2) Toolkit. Go to page
  • SMARTBoard tools Cycle 2 The Iroquois.  Go to page
  • SMARTBoard tools Cycle 2 New France. Go to page
  • SMARTBoard tools Grade 4 Making of a Country. Go to page 
  • SMARTBoard tools Grade 5 Times of Change. Go to page

Learning situations, scenarios, projects
Various larger learning situations and more compact scenarios and activity suggestions can also be found on both the S & T site and on Cartograf directly:

  • Learning Approaches (LES, etc. on the Societies & Territories site). Go to page
  • Cartograf Scenarios on Cartograf site home page. Go to page
    Or visit directly some of the sample scenarios from here:
  • Compare Quebec in 1905 and 1980 (LBPS) Go to page
  • The Seigneurial System (RECITUS Go to page
  • Nationalization of Electricity (LBPSB  Go to page
  • Amerindian Territories in 1500 (RECITUS  Go to page
  • Montreal in 1820  Go to page 
  • Comparer le Québec de 1905 et 1980 (LBPSB) Go to page
  • La nationalisation de l'électricité (LBPSB  Go to page
  • Le territoire des amérindiens en 1500 (RECITUS)  Go to page
  • Le régime seigneurial (RECITUS  Go to page
  • Montréal en 1820 (RECITUS)  Go to page

    Consider also the secondary level scenarios: 
  • Mercantilism trade and key players  Go to page
  • Le commerce des fourrures en Nouvelle-France  Go to page

Image galleries 
The Societies and Territories website contains over 1000 images and is growing.  To make finding images easier certain sections also have image galleries:

Evaluation Tools
Here are some useful summary documents, icons, and graphics for Intellection Operations:


Professional Learning

LEARN Blog entries for Social Sciences teachers

The LEARN blog is full of fasicinating artlcles, all of which can contribute to your development as a teacher... and they are fun to read!  Here are a few especially for us Social Sciences folk:

  • Feedback Street: Formative Assessment in History.  Go to page 

  • Flipped History: A new approach for a new curriculum.  Go to page

  • History of Quebec and Canada – Planning for a new curriculum.  Go to page

  • Rapping Across the Curriculum.  Go to page

  • A Time and a Place for Elsewhere: The Role of Context...  Go to page

  • Geolocalize it: The global context of everything.  Go to page

  • iPadding… upstream! How do you manage it?  Go to page

  • 3 a.m. blogging, and why social sciences should be social, & public! Go to page

  • Cartograf: Taking time for power mapping.  Go to page

  • Imagining a more meaningful and contributive future for education.  Go to page

  • History, reality…. and parties.  Go to page

  • Life stories in the classroom, and beyond!  Go to page

ICT in Social Sciences

The RECIT and LEARN often promote the use of technology in the social sciences.  Here are few examples in English and French to wet your appetite:

Mobile techies:  iPads in Social Sciences  Go to site

Le RÉCIT de l'univers social is our French-sector equivalent, offering various training sessions and site sections on technology use.  Here are a few examples :

Learning Communities & Professional Associations

Various associations and groups allow SocSci teachers to communicate and share, and to develop as professional learners.  Here are a few key groups:

Secondary 3 History Professional Community
Commununauté Histoire du Québec et du Canada. Go to site 

L'Association Québécoise pour la didactique de l'histoire et géographie.  Go to site 

Association québécoise pour l’enseignement en univers social. Go to site 
Visit and join their Facebook page and group too!  Go to site 

Société des professeurs d'histoire du Québec. Go to site 

Le groupe des responsables de l'univers social. Go to site 

MEES Program Documents


MEES main program site for Elementary Programs. Go to site 

Geography, History & Citizenship Education Cycle 1,2,3 PDF. Download 

Progression of Learning

Geography, History & Citizenship Education Cycle 1,2,3 Online. Go to site 

Geography, History & Citizenship Education Cycle 1,2,3 PDF. Download 

Frameworks for Evaluation

Evaluation of student learning main page. Go to site 

Geography, History & Citizenship Education. Go to site  or Download 



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