Current Collections

New! Popular lesson plan series and articles previously published in What in the World? and The Canadian Reader are now available for purchase as collections organized around a subject or theme. Offered in English and in French, collections vary in length and are delivered electronically in pdf format. Each collection may be reproduced and shared among teachers and students within one school.

 

Lesson collections

News Literacy

In today’s digital world, the Internet and social media make accessing, creating, and spreading information easy, instantaneous, and far-reaching. Peter Adams, from The News Literacy Project, describes how today’s youth are 'digital natives' but also show 'digital naiveté', trusting many sources of information without considering their reliability or credibility.

This series of 6 lesson plans is designed to help teachers develop students’ news literacy, so they become critical consumers of what they see, hear, and read online (68 pages). Lesson plans include:

  • News Blackout
  • How Do I Know If It’s Credible?
  • Fact Versus Opinion
  • Following a Story Over Time
  • Is This Real?
  • Should I Spread This Message or Not?

58 pages, $55.

Critical Literacy

This series of 9 lesson plans aims to develop students' non-fiction reading comprehension by explicitly teaching key reading strategies. Lesson plans include:

  • Looking For the Organizing Structure
  • Asking Questions
  • Determining Importance
  • Finding the Main Idea
  • Drawing Inferences
  • Visualizing from Text
  • Synthesis
  • Summarizing Key Data
  • Analyzing Text Structure

50 pages, $55.

Note-Making

Note-making is a very complex skill that involves many steps. This series of 9 lesson plans offers an easy-to-implement, effective approach to developing students' ability to take useful notes. Lesson plans include:

  • Two-Column Notes
  • Note-Making Web
  • Note-Making Flow Chart
  • Problem/Solution Chart
  • Cause-Effect Organizer
  • GAP Organizer
  • Venn Diagram
  • Hierarchy Chart
  • Target Template

48 pages, $55

Themed collections

These comprehensive article and lesson plan collections are available in two reading levels: Level 1 (grades 5 and up) and Level 2 (grades 8 and up).

Community Connections

This collection of one-page articles, each accompanied by a complete before/during/after reading lesson plan, builds students’ background knowledge of their country and what it means to be a Canadian citizen. The relevant, practical content supports multiple areas of the curriculum. Topics in this themed collection include:

  • Government in Canada
  • Athletics in Canada
  • Voting in Canada
  • Banking in Canada
  • Giving and Volunteering
  • Transportation in Canada
  • Dealing With Disasters
  • Parks in Canada
  • The Canadian Forces
  • Tax Time in Canada
  • Water in Canada
  • Energy in Canada
  • Remembrance Day
  • Wildlife at Risk in Canada
  • Religion in Canada
  • Waste in Canada

120 pages, $75.

Level 1

Community Connections Level 2

Level 2

Building Bridges Volume I (2018–2019)

Introduced in September 2018, Building Bridges aims to build understanding of current events that impact Indigenous Peoples and all Canadian. Each issue consists of two articles, accompanied by extensive curriculum to help teachers and students deepen their knowledge of colonialism and the impact it has had, and continues to have, on Indigenous Peoples from coast to coast to coast, so they can begin to engage in the difficult but necessary act of reconciliation.

All 5 issues from 2018-2019 are available as a package. Topics include:

  • Orange Shirt Day/Residential Schools
  • Jeremy Dutcher’s Polaris Prize Win/Indigenous Language Revitalization
  • Autumn Peltier/Water
  • Bringing the Beothuk Home/Repatriation and Respect
  • The Inuit Seal Hunt/Indigenous Traditional Food

220 pages. $120.

Level 1

Building Bridges Volume I (2018–2019) Level 2

Level 2

Text collections

Use one or more of these collections of previously-published LesPlan articles (with accompanying curriculum) to begin building or supplementing a rich text set on a selected topic or issue.

Canadian Reader

For grades three and up.
Order each title separately.
Titles include:

Amazing Animals

(6 articles, 56 pages, $18.)

Animals and Us

(9 articles, 74 pages, $27.)

Endangered Animals

(7 articles, 69 pages, $21.)

Ocean Animals

(5 articles, 52 pages, $15.)

The Environment and Us

(8 articles, 78 pages, $24.)

Government

(6 articles, 46 pages, $18.)

Health

(14 articles, 108 pages, $42.)

Indigenous Events and Issues

(9 articles, 85 pages, $27.)

O Canada (Volume I)

(10 articles, 90 pages, $30.)

O Canada (Volume II)

(9 articles, 64 pages, $27.)

Our Great Outdoors

5 articles, 40 pages, $15.)

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

(6 articles, 60 pages, $18.)

Space

(7 articles, 52 pages, $21.)

Technology

(11 articles, 99 pages, $33.)

What in the World? Level 1

All titles are available in Level 1 (grades 5 and up). Order titles separately.
Titles include:

Animals - Level 1

(7 articles, 65 pages, $21.)

Environment - Level 1

(12 articles, 96 pages, $36.)

Indigenous Events and Issues - Level 1

(6 articles, 55 pages, $18.)

Government - Level 1

(9 articles, 68 pages, $27.)

Legislation - Level 1

(7 articles, 53 pages, $21.)

O Canada - Level 1

(7 articles, 58 pages, $21.)

Space - Level 1

(12 articles, 93 pages, $36.)

Technology: Volume 1 - Level 1

(8 articles, 62 pages, $24.)

Technology: Volume 2 - Level 1

(8 articles, 60 pages, $24.)

What in the World? Level 2

All titles are available in Level 2 (grades 8 and up). Order titles separately.
Titles include:

Animals - Level 2

(7 articles, 67 pages, $21.)

Environment - Level 2

(12 articles, 97 pages, $36.)

Indigenous Events and Issues - Level 2

(6 articles, 57 pages, $18.)

Government - Level 2

(9 articles, 71 pages, $27.)

Legislation - Level 2

(7 articles, 54 pages, $21.)

O Canada - Level 2

(7 articles, 59 pages, $21.)

Space - Level 2

(12 articles, 93 pages, $36.)

Technology: Volume 1 - Level 2

(8 articles, 62 pages, $24.)

Technology: Volume 2 - Level 2

(8 articles, 61 pages, $24.)

[What in the World?] ...can be used meaningfully by all members of our multi-graded classrooms... [This resource sparks] important discussion and reflection.

J. Hancock, Principal Dog Creek, BC