Canadian history lesson plans can be very dry and boring if we only use the textbook to teach key events in history. I love teaching Canadian history and making it come alive for my students.
I make my Canadian history lesson plans engaging by using a mix of teacher-directed and student-directed lessons.
Students love working together on primary source analysis activities like analyzing photos or videos.
They also enjoy working on integrated drama activities that make historical figures come alive.
I try to switch up my note-taking methods for my lessons – anything from folding graphic organizer notes to dot jot graphic organizers on lined paper.
I use inquiry focused lessons to ensure students have a voice and choice in their learning.
The more lesson variety you have in your Canadian history lesson plans the more interested students will become. Check out 10 ways I make history class interesting for my students.
I have provided a detailed outline below of how I break down my Canadian history lesson plans for each era of Canadian history.
Lessons 1713 – 1800 (New France and British Take Over)
- Important Historical Events Sorting Activity
- Historica Minutes Topic: Explorers & First Nations
- Canadian Settlement Objects Activity
- Haudenosaunee, Inuit and Métis
- Map of New France 1700 Creation and Analysis
- The Creation of New France
- Medical Care in the 1700’s
- New France Vocabulary QR Code Matchup
- Historical Figures Monologues
- New France Inquiry Stations
- Mid Unit Test Review and Test
- The Treaty of Utrecht
- Treaties and Pontiac’s Resistance
- The Acadians
- The Seven Years’ War
- The Treaty of Paris, The Proclamation & The Quebec Act
- The American Revolution
- The Loyalists
- The Impact of the Loyalists Migration on the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation
- Canada: A People’s History Episode
- Constitution Act 1791
- British North America Summative Task
- Unit Review and Test
Find lessons for Canada 1713 – 1800 here.
Lessons 1812 – 1850 (British North America – Setting Up a Colony)
- Top 10 List of Events from 1713-1800
- Establishing Upper Canada
- Métis & Settler Relations (As)
- Historica Minutes: War of 1812 (As)
- War of 1812 Overview Reading (As)
- War of 1812 Inquiry Stations (As/Of)
- War of 1812 Newspaper Article (Of)
- Results of the War of 1812 (As)
- Mackinac & Drummond Islands & The Treaty of Ghent (As)
- A Question of Identity: The War of 1812 (As)
- War of 1812 Review & Quiz (Of)
- Life in Lower Canada (As)
- The Rebellions in Lower Canada (As)
- Life in Upper Canada (As)
- The Rebellions in Upper Canada (As)
- Rebellions Quiz (Of)
- Canada A People’s History (Optional) (As)
- Legal Issues (As)
- Politics in British North America (As)
- British – Indigenous Treaties (As)
- Conflict and Challenges Summative Task (Of)
- Unit Review and Test (Of)
Find lessons for Canada 1812 – 1850 here.
Lessons 1850 – 1890 (Confederation and Western Expansion)
- Why Do We Study History?
- How Did We Get Here?
- How Has The Map of Canada Changed?
- Life in British North America Prior to 1867
- Fathers of Confederation Monologues
- Politics in the Province of Canada
- John A. Macdonald Personal and Professional Life
- Confederation Advertisement Assignment
- The Pros and Cons of Confederation
- The Charlottetown, Quebec and London Conferences
- Missing Voices at the Confederation Conferences
- British North America Act
- Confederation Unit Test
- Primary Source Analysis Videos and Photos
- Legal Documents
- Settlement of Western Canada Inquiry Stations
- Manitoba Act 1870
- The Indian Act 1876
- Louis Riel Obituary Assignment
- Canadian Pacific Railroad Lyric Analysis
- Canadian Pacific Railroad Assignment
- Primary Source Analysis, Video, and Creative Writing – The Gold Rush
- The Chinese Immigration Act 1885
- The Arctic and Indigenous Case Law
- Numbered Treaties
- Residential Schools
- Video Review
- Western Canada Unit Test
Find lessons for Canada 1850 – 1890 here.
Lessons 1890 – 1914 (Canada A Changing Society)
- Settling Canada Top 10 Events
- Primary Source Analysis
- Historica Minute Videos
- Canada A People’s History Video
- Interactive Timeline
- The Changing Map of Canada
- Important Canadians QR Codes
- Important Canadians Readings
- Changing Society Inquiry Stations
- Primary Source Analysis Assessment
- Legal Issues and Changes
- Class Newspaper
- Changing Society Unit Test
Find lessons for Canada 1890 – 1914 here.
Every Canadian History Lessons Unit Includes
- detailed unit plan
- answer keys
- assessment rubrics
- detailed daily lesson plans
- note-taking graphic organizers
- student assignment choice and variety
- Q Chart to help students formulate good questions
- inquiry focused learning opportunities
Canadian History Lesson Plans for 1713 – 1914
If you want all of the lessons for the years 1713-1914, check out this Canadian History lesson bundle. These Canadian history lesson plans cover the years from 1713 to 1914 from New France to just before World War 1. Teachers are provided with 75 in-depth, engaging, and cross-curricular lessons to help their students explore and understand New France, British North America, Conflict and Challenges, Confederation, Western Settlement, Development, and Canada A Changing Society.
Canadian History Lesson Plans for 1713 – 1850
Teachers are provided with 44 in-depth, engaging, and cross-curricular lessons to help their students explore and understand New France, British North America, and the Conflict and Challenges eras 1713 – 1850 of Canadian history.
Canadian History Lesson Plans for 1850 – 1914
In this Canadian history 1850-1914 bundle, teachers will find 39 in-depth and engaging lessons to help their students explore and understand this era of Canadian history. Topics include Confederation, Western Settlement and Development, and Canada A Changing Society.