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.  (Find Secondary sections here)

Updates on the Societies and Territories Cycle 2/3 Site

Latest Gaming Activities on the S and T site!

Game Challenge: New France 1645 -1745  -  Can you tell what has changed?
Identifying and Explaining Changes Board Game- Iroquoians around 1500 and 1745
Includes Game Instructions. | Board | Google Slides version of cards | Score Sheet.
Students can refer to new 1500s-big-ideas-and-concepts-definition-cards as well.
1980s Connect the Fact Game.  Access the game page.  Access the definitions.
Inuit around 1980s added Spot It game ideas.  Click to access PDF of cards.
I-SPY Style Game: The Prairies around 1905

Recently we did a presentation on Game-based learning for Elementary Teachers in Quebec.  Feel free to browse our Google Slide deck here.

Updated site sections and Features!

An events timeline that surveys key events throughout the Elementary Program.

An updated glossary section with key words available as definition flash cards.
(Click here to open the Google Slides deck directly)  

Feature Section:  Be a History Detective! Image & Document Investigations

Try these quick discussion challenges, ask students to investigate, and to search for clues within a set of images or within other types of documents.  Here are the first few examples that you will start to find posted on the Societies web site in their appropriate sections!

Iroquois 1500 – Concepts and Big ideas (LEARN/RSB)
Mi’kmaq 1980 – Concepts and Big ideas (LEARN)
Inuit 1980 – Concepts and other Big Ideas (LEARN/RSB)  | FR
Inca Technology around 1500 (LBPSB)  | FR
The Sachem and the War Chief (LBPSB) |  FR
Catholic Missionaries (LBPSB) | FR  
Commerce for the Iroquois 1745 (LBPSB) | FR
New France & the 13 colonies 1745 (LBPSB) | FR
City life in the 1800s (LBPSB) |  FR

For other additions and updates to Societies and Territories:
Go to the Societies & Territories Site

Interested in Mapping!  Check out Cartograf!

Several useable sample Cartograf scenarios exist for use in Elementary Geography, History & Citizenship, and even in ELA and FLS!  Check them out  via the main page of our Cartograf Mapping Tool.  Here are just a few examples: 

Recently we did a presentation on Cartograf for Elementary Teachers in Quebec.  Feel free to browse our Google Slide deck here.


Elementary Social Sciences - Teaching and Learning Tools

New for 2020:
Social Sciences:  Online Learning in a Digital Age.
Browse examples of how LEARN (and other) resources can be used in an online environment.   Visit this section here.


Cycle 1 Materials 

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 societies covered in the QEP programs, and also in such a way as to facilitate comparisons over time and between other cultures. See the most recent updates: Go to Site

Teachers, will also find tools many tools and strategies stored in the various teacher sections in the top menu.   Go to site

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. and Poster versions: Download EN   Download FR 

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

- New: RECITUS Badge Guides, Student Worksheets for I.O. practice, and sample document-based activities, now all adjusted for Elementary-level Social Sciences.  Visit Intellectual Operations Guides page on the S and T site!    Go to page  

Professional Learning in Social Sciences

UDL in a Social Sciences Context:  
Resources and Challenges in a Digital Age

Thinking about how you might adjust your History content and practices for all learning styles and experiences?  LEARN online resources, in line with the secondary and new adult education history courses, can help you engage your students, explore, use and also interpret events for a variety of situations.  Recently I shared a presentation on new templates structured around UDL with some teachers at the ACE Online summit.  A video presentation on the First part on Engage is available at https://youtu.be/p5uS6IxKjfk   

Social Sciences Online and in a Digital Age

Follow along as new learning scenario examples are added throughout the year.  You will find tips, tricks and tools to help you teach online and in a digital age, using LEARN’s various resources, in response to the QEP program's approaches and according to an inquiry learning model.  Visit the Secondary version   Visit the Elementary Version   (Note too that in 2020 Paul Rombough also presented these strategies in an information online session available here.)

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:

  • Learning in Place: Working towards a local history learning toolkit Go to page
  • Native-Land.ca - First Stop on a Journey Through Territory & Time Go to page
  • Teachers as Cultural Facilitators in the Social Sciences Go to page
  • Beginners No More: Social Sciences Online in a Digital Age Go to page
  • 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

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 

Our Presentation on Historical Thinking (Matt R and Paul R)

Matt R. (WQSB) and I (Paul R from LEARN) presented on HIstorical Thinking concepts and strategies at LCEEQ a few years back.  Here are a few ideas and resources we presented: 

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 at all levels

Contact me at

prombough at learnquebec.ca 

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