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 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 

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

GAMES, GAMING STRATEGIES... and just plain fun !
Various gaming strategies are being developed and tested via Societies and Territories site.  Visit the Games, Game-based learning and Gamification for more details:  the  Go to page 

     Game setup   Sample of an order 5-card timeline

SMARTBoard tools and graphic organizers
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

Graphic Organizers storehouse
Available via the Teacher Strategies menu on the S & T site, but 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
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 this list:

  • 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:

Visit our IMAGE BANKS list page or browse this partial list below.


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 Doc.  Evaluation of Learning in Elementary Social Sciences (Word doc). 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:

  • 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:

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.

Media and Podcasts in Social Sciences  Go to page

Learning Communities & Professional Associations

GeoscopeVarious 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 

Quebec Association of Geography Teachers and Global Educators Go to site 
Note:  Geoscope Issue Fall 2018 now available

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




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