Social Studies Grades 10 – 12

This page covers all grad resources for Social Studies including: Geography and History.



We have a wide range of subscriptions that will assist your Grad program student.

To find the login information for subscriptions, please choose “Curriculum Resources” on your parent’s homepage in Encom.  Scroll down the subscriptions listed until you find the subscription of your choice.

BC Exam Bank (for exam practice)

ExamBank is a website where students can write online practice exams in core subject areas for all grade levels from Kindergarten to Grade 12.  The ExamBank consists of nearly 500 practice exams pertaining to British Columbia’s curriculum. The exams are automatically and instantly scored to provide immediate feedback including correct answers and, in most cases, detailed explanations.  You can choose an exam that is just for a section you’ve studied, or to test an overview of the whole year’s work.

BrainPOP (for all subjects)

This animated, award-winning online resource provides hundreds of animated curriculum-based movies covering topics in Science, Social Studies, Math, English, Arts and Music, Health, and Technology with the core content targeted for grades K-8. (Some content is helpful to high school students, as well.) Following each movie clip students have the opportunity to participate in quizzes, cartoons, and do-it-yourself experiments and with the click of a button, the quiz result can be forwarded to your support teacher. (for Canadian content and argumentative essays)

The platform gives our students streaming access to the best in educational content from CBC and Radio-Canada. Students can find documentaries from television and radio, news reports, archival material, stock shots and more — great Canadian content from thousands of programs and resources that you can access with a single subscription!  There is also closed captioning for hearing impaired.  National Geographic is also available, including awesome documentaries on many topics.  Educational content is correlated to British Columbia standards.

To set up your account, go to your parent homepage in Encom, choose “Curriculum Resources” from the menu at the top, and scroll down to the section “Create Your Own Login”.

Note: Going to the “Resources” tab in allows students to choose “Curricula” for B.C. and to access the content available that correlates to the various subjects in the BC Ed Plan.  Choosing the “+See related content” icon gives quick access to other related topics.


To find out more under the same topic, be sure to choose the

see-related-content-image icon which will open up more options under the same topic.  It also offers filters in the navigation on the left-hand side:  Categories, subjects, language, age group, media type, closed captioning, etc.

Here is a link to the tutorials, to help with better navigation of the site.


Discovery Education (for all subjects)


The Discovery Education Streaming site has thousands of educational videos, including Canadian content, and is correlated to Provincial standards for grad students.  For information about the Discovery Education site and how to use it, go here.

This site includes hundreds of Canadian topics such as Canadian geography, Canadian history, Canadian culture, Canadian attractions, famous historical figures, and much more.


Explora High School (for research)

Accessing Canadian content for all subjects is now a simple process through EBSCO. This is a premium online information resource specializing in Canadian content.

Explora may be accessed through choosing “Curriculum Resources” on the parent homepage in Encom, and scrolling down to EBSCOhost.  High School students should choose EBSCOhost: Explora High School or EBSCOhost: Other Databases.



The “Other Databases” site will take students to the old EBSCO search site, from which they can access magazines, Images, Consumer Health, etc.  Note that to find “First Peoples” or “First Nations” images, you will need to go to the Image Search in the Canadian Reference Centre, shown at the bottom of the screenshot below.  Be sure your search uses quotation marks, or the site will be searching individual words.

Students may also access this site by choosing “Search Other Databases” along the top of the Explora: Secondary Schools page, which will also take them to the screen above.

On the Explora Secondary Schools’ page, students may scroll down to choose from the topics and icons displayed.  They may also go to the search bar along the top of the page.


Gale Cengage Learning (for research)

Gale Cengage Learning is one of the world leaders in eResearch and educational publishing for libraries and schools. It includes full-text magazine, newspaper articles and articles from over 600 online databases. These include the following resources:

  •         Canada in Context
  • Global Issues in Context (international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events)
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library (encyclopaedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research)
  • Science in Context
  •         GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural             Resources)

NEW:  Canada In Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on a broad range of Canadian topics, people, places, and events. Featuring Gale’s authoritative and continuously updated reference material, and focused on a Canadian perspective, this user-friendly portal organizes full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files, and links to vetted websites.

Canada in Context material spans the North American continent and includes Canadian and French first language publications. Discover topics on the First nations, Confederation of Canada—celebrating 150 years, Métis, Inuit, biographies of Canadian figures as well as information on technology, sports, industry, and more.  Translate and listen to content in several languages, including French, Portuguese, and Russian, or view thousands of images and multimedia that add a new dimension to the topic.

Log in on your parent home page in Encom, choose “Curriculum Resources” and scroll down to find the links and password for Gale CENGAGE.

Students may set up their own account with Gale to save their research.  Choosing the “Curriculum Standards”  heading will allow you to choose British Columbia learning standards for Social Studies, and High School material.

Brief tutorials on how to use each of the sites listed above:


Know BC Encyclopedia (for research)

Encyclopaedia of BC through includes more than 4000 authoritative entries and 1500 photographs, maps, charts, tables, sound, and video clips covering BC people, places, events, culture, accomplishments, inventions, and resources. Teacher resources are available for both contemporary BC and its history.  In addition, BC outcomes are correlated to specific data links within the encyclopaedia. These entries may be searched within EBSCOhost Digital Database at the Explora link.

Learn 360 (for all subjects)

Stream and download audiobooks, music, speeches, articles, images, science experiments, math activities and timelines.  Here is a description of this subscription and help for browsing the site.

The search on this site is the important component.  “Search Basics – Searching for Video Content” is a link to explain the basic search, advanced search, and “search by” standards.  Going to the “Search by Standards” at the top of the page allows you to choose British Columbia Standards, Grade of choice, and Subject.


Learn360 provides streaming video content with a great deal of Social Studies material.  To see some of the series available in Learn360 for Social Studies, scroll down to the bottom of this document and the grad info is in the far right-hand column:



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