Welcome to Elementary Social Sciences. Browse the sections below to find program content, teaching strategies, and printable graphic organizers, as well as direct links to our resource sites like Cartograf and Societies & Territories.

Teaching and Learning Tools

Cycle 1 - Building My World

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

Cycle 1 -  Find my friends Game

Students try to find students that match with the game card (i.e. the role) that they choose. For every one they find, they get to keep that card. Once they collect a card, they may pick up another one, and begin again to search for someone to fill that new role. Thanks to LBPSB team for sharing this activity! English and French versions available:  Go to site

Cycle 2 and 3

Societies & Territories:  A 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 site

New: Establish Facts - Google versions & Badges

This month a few of the society main pages have sprouted a new resource that could allow students to use the content (texts, images, documents, etc.) on the S and T site to Establish Facts.  Go to page

RECITUS Activities adapted in English

Five activities have been adapted for the English sector, including Concept and Use of Territory, Comparing Irquoian and Algonquian societies, Lower Canada timber trade and Industrialization and work in 1905:  Go to page 

Games and Designing Games

Various gaming strategies are being developed using materials on the Societies and Territories site.  Visit the Games, Game-based learning and Gamification for more details:   Go to page 

SMARTBoard tools and Toolkits

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

Societies and Territories (Cycle 2) Toolkit. Go to page
Cycle 2 The Iroquois.  Go to page
Cycle 2 New France. Go to page
Grade 4 Making of a Country. Go to page 
Grade 5 Times of Change. Go to page
Grade 6 20th Century and Quiet Revolution. Go to page
Cycle 3 SMARTBoard by ETSB:  Canada/World 1905 and 1980. Go to page

Cartograf Scenarios in French & English

Our updated LEARN-RECIT Cartograf site is now bilingual, containing various sample mapping scenarios in both English and French!   Notre nouveau site LEARN-RECIT Cartograf est maintenant bilingue et contient divers exemples de scénarios cartographiques en anglais et en français ! 

  Go to site Or visit directly some of our English sample scenarios listed 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

Graphic Organizers storehouse

As mentioned above, various organizers are available via the Teacher Strategies menu on the S & T site.  However, where possible we also gather all our Graphic Organizers and organize them according to various Historical Thinking skills:  Go to page

Learning situations, scenarios, projects, etc.

When you can't find it, try here!  Various larger learning situations and more compact scenarios and activity suggestions on both the S & T site and on Cartograf are listed on the main Learning Approaches  page  Go to page

Image banks (galleries)

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

Visit our IMAGE BANKS list page or browse this partial list:

Evaluation Tools

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

Poster produced originally by Hélène La Branche of the CSHC. Download   See also the original documents on her site in French. Go to site 

Word Document for  Evaluation of Learning in Elementary Social Sciences. Download   See also Sophie Lussier of LBPSB's French version. Download 

LEARN Icons!  Large-sized printable I.O. icons. Download EN   Download FR 

Professional Learning

LEARN Blog entries for Social Sciences teachers

The LEARN blog is full of fascinating articles, 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:

Podcasts for Professional Development  Go to page 
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:

iPads in Social Sciences (Archived from old site )   Go to site

Le RÉCIT de l'univers social  offers various training sessions and site sections on technology use.  Here are a few examples:

Media and Podcasts in Social Sciences

After posting the excellent blog post by Matt Russell on Podcasts for Professional Development on the LEARN main blog, we started up a section dedicated to online media for PD for the Social Sciences teacher.  Go to page

Learning Communities & Professional Associations

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

  • Secondary 3 History Professional Community/
    Commununauté Histoire du Québec et du Canada. Go to site 
  • Quebec Association of Geography Teachers and Global Educators Go to site 
  • L'Association Québécoise pour la didactique de l'histoire-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 PDF. Download 

Frameworks for Evaluation (and weightings)

Framework for the Evaluation 

Report Card Weightings and Wording



Contacts in Social Sciences

Paul Rombough
Me... Paul Rombough
My main dossiers at LEARN include:

Social Sciences
Ethics and Religious Culture
Physical Education and Health
Education for Reconciliation
Sexuality Education

LEARN main contact page here


Some Twitter folks worth following

Paul Rombough LEARN @paulrombo
Matt Russell WQSB @historyrussell
Craig Bullett RECIT  @RECIT4ESSB 
Dan Hedges SWLSB @dhedgegrove
Joan Zachariou LBPSB @SSLBPSB
Kesi Walters CQSB @KesiWalters

Steve Quirion RÉCITUS @recitus
Maude Labonté RÉCITUS @MaudeLab