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.

Elementary Social Sciences - 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 

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 Resources and Strategies

Societies & Territories:  An Elementary student content website!
The Societies and Territories web site is an English adaptation of the RECITUS Sociétés et Territoires. Texts and images are organized by society, and also to compare over time and in terms of diversity.
Teachers, will also find tools many tools and strategies stored here:  Go to site

New: Establish Facts - Google Doc versions & RECITUS Badge Guides
This month a few of the society sections on the site have sprouted a new resource that allows students to use our vast resources and course content (texts, images, documents, etc.) to Establish Facts.   Go to page

New: RECITUS Activities adapted in English
Five activities have been adapted for the English sector, including Concept and Use of Territory, Comparing Iroquoian and Algonquian societies, Timber trade and Industrialization:  Go to page 

All other Cycle 2 & 3 Teacher Strategies, Tools, and Approaches?
What abou the other eacher resources that include Games, SMARTBoard tools, The S & T Toolkit,  Cartograf Mapping Scenarios, Image Banks, and much more... When you can't find it here it is likely in Teacher Strategies menu on the main Societies and Territories site.  As well, when possible, we also try to list all our available Teacher resources on the main Learning Approaches page:   Go to page

Cartograf Mapping Site

The updated LEARN-RECIT Cartograf site is now bilingual, containing instructions for student use and 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 the 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 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 in the Secondary section here:  Go to page

Evaluation Tools

Summary documents, icons, and graphics for Intellection Operations:

- Word Document with small icons for Evaluation of Learning:  Download   See also Sophie Lussier of LBPSB's French version. Download 

-  Large printable I.O. icon versions: Download EN   Download FR 

- A Poster produced originally by Hélène La Branche of the CSHC:  Download    

For RECITUS Badges and other great tools and strategies for evaluation, consider also visiting our main Evaluation Strategies and Tools section:  Go to page  

Professional Learning in Social Sciences

Social Sciences Online and in a Digital Age

Follow along as new learning scenario examples are added throughout the year.  With tips, tricks and tools to help you teach online and in a digital age, using LEARN’s various resources but also in response to the QEP program's approach, we are hoping this section becomes the first and best place for Social Sciences ideas that develop your (and your students') digital competency.  Go to page 

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:

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 CanadaGo 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 

MEQ (Formerly MEES) Program Documents - Elementary Social Sciences


MEQ (previously 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


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