Learning Commons Resources

Following our close-to-home exploration in the kindergarten year, we branch out further to explore communities and community helpers in greater depth, as well as the local environment. Each kit is designed to integrate the Modernized BC Curriculum Core Competencies: Communication, Creative and Critical Thinking, and Personal and Social Skills/Knowledge.

Content areas explored in first-grade social studies include: Communities and Local Environments. Each kit also integrates concepts in numeracy, literacy, art, technology, and design thinking!

Grade One – Social Studies: Unit Study Kit
Gr. K – 1 Social Studies eBooks

We have a wide variety of books, curriculum and DVDs that cover this topic.

Curriculum Examples

  • Unit studies
  • Be the change in your community
  • We are all related : a celebration of our cultural heritage
  • Planet earth
  • On the Farm, At the Market
  • Personal and Family History
  • Families around the World

Search Terms

Use the following keywords to search for resources:

  • Core competencies
  • Communities
  • Environment
  • Cultural Traditions

To enter the Search Portal, click on the banner located at the top of this page.

Subscriptions

Log in to BrainPOP Jr. or BrainPOP Social Studies for the social studies videos available for Gr. K-3.

Go to the BrainPOP Educators site (no login required) which has the option to choose BC curriculum standards.

In BrainPOP and BrainPOP Jr. you will find short animated movies, to creatively engage students in learning.  (Gr. K-12)  Look for a full description under “Subscriptions” in the main menu above.

Log in to Curio.ca.   Search under curriculum and Social Studies to find Social Studies 1:  Local Communities (age 5-8).

Curio.ca offers the audio and video content from CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) and Radio-Canada for unique Canadian content.  (K-12, but mostly high school content)  Look for a full description under “Subscriptions” in the main menu above.

Log in to Explora Primary.  Scroll to Social Studies topics.

EBSCOhost’s Explora is a site to encourage student research with extensive, reliable content and ease of use.  (K-12 content)  Look for a full description under “Subscriptions” in the main menu above.

Log in to Enchanted Learning or Enchanted Learning Social Studies for social studies topics.

Enchanted Learning produces educational materials, mostly for Gr. K-3, which emphasize creativity and joy in learning.  Look for a full description under “Subscriptions” in the main menu above.

Log in to KnowBC and search by going to an encyclopedia or book and searching it.

KnowBC is the leading general reference site for British Columbia, including such resources as the Encyclopedia of British Columbia and other reference works.  (Gr. K-12)  Look for a full description under “Subscriptions” in the main menu above.

First log in to Learn360 before you choose a topic or “click” on a link.  Once in Learn360 select a topic such as Geography, Government, Social Studies or World Cultures, then filter for the appropriate grade range.

Learn360 is a media-on-demand service or digital video library for Gr. K-12, with digital, audio and other support materials.  Look for a full description under “Subscriptions” in the main menu above.

Log in to PebbleGo to search their Social Studies topics.

PebbleGo is a research site for students in Gr. K-3 (Animals, Science, Social Studies and Dinosaurs), which has read-along audio.  Look for a full description under “Subscriptions” in the main menu above.

Log in to SAS® Curriculum Pathways.

SAS® Curriculum Pathways provides interactive tools, resources, and apps for grades K-12.  Look for a full description under “Subscriptions” in the main menu above.

Log in to World Book Early World of Learning (pre-K to Gr. 3) or World Book Kids (Gr. K-5) through the parent home page in Encom under “Curriculum Resources” or through the Subscriptions page in the Learning Commons Search Portal.

World Book is our online encyclopedia with research sites for all ages from K to 12.  Look for a full description under “Subscriptions” in the main menu above.