Educational Materials

This section draws together a selection of educational materials relating to law and justice, including classroom materials, lesson plans and teacher guides.

For a broader range of resources appropriate for your area, go to the Keyword Search, choose the keyword: Classroom materials, AND select your jurisdiction. For all educational resources, go directly to the keyword: Classroom materials.

For educational materials related to the Alberta school curriculum, see LawCentral Schools.


Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre - Publications

These online publications are provided by the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre and are available for download in PDF form. Titles include: Youth Employment Handbook; Techno-tonomy: Privacy, Autonomy and Technology in a Networked World; Anti Racism Resource Kit; The Adoption Handbook; The Child’s Right to Love; The Family Law Handbook; Seniors and the Law; Sexual Harassment in School; and Beyond Blame.
Related keywords: Adoption (20), Classroom materials (72), Family law general resources (58), Privacy (42), Racism (13), Sexual harassment (10), Workers' rights and employment standards (64)

Nature's Laws - Resources

The Nature's Laws Project was developed in a partnership involving the Heritage Community Foundation and representatives of First Nations from Treaty 6, 7 and 8. The project is a study of the legal codes and traditional governance of Alberta’s First Nations in the areas covered by Treaties 6, 7 and 8. It was structured as having research and public education components and involved Elders, academics and legal historians. The material examined was evidence found in oral histories, as well as case law, and the scholarly literature relating to Aboriginal People.
Related keywords: Aboriginal law (69), Classroom materials (72), Environmental protection and conservation (33)

British Columbia

British Columbia Teachers' Federation : Teaching Resources

Teaching Resources on several topics such as social justice, diversity, and peace and global education from the BC Teachers' Federation.
Related keywords: Classroom materials (72)

Law Connection (BC)

Law Connection is a website created in partnership by the Centre for Education, Law & Society and the Justice Education Society that provides British Columbian teachers and students with an opportunity to learn about important issues happening in the law today and a chance to engage in activities and discussions that enhance the learning process. During the school year, Law Connection regularly highlights legal issues - matters being dealt with in the media, the courts or the legislature - with background information on the featured issue and Teaching Resources for use in the classroom.
Related keywords: Classroom materials (72)

Your Guide to the BC Court System

This website is created by Law Courts Education Society of BC and was created for people who want to learn about he structure of the three Courts of British Columbia, and the type of cases that are heard in the courts of BC. You'll find general information about the court system by selecting Getting Started, Access to the Courts, Judicial Independence, Civil Law and Criminal Law. The website has different videos to introduce and explain the different law courts systems in BC, as well as includes teacher's guide and handouts for students.
Related keywords: Classroom materials (72), Legal process (100)

Canada / Federal

About Parliament – Education Section

This website section from the Parliament of Canada provides ready-made activities for classrooms from Kindergarten to Grade 12, as well as teaching tools such as background resources for educators and glossaries for different ages and for ESL students.
Related keywords: Classroom materials (72), Political process and voting (36)

Canada in the Making

This site is about the history of Canada through the words of the men and women who shaped the nation. Built around the Government Documents collection of the Early Canadiana Online collection, it integrates narrative text with links to primary source texts. The site has been designed for students and teachers of Canadian studies, history and law, but will also be useful to researchers and anyone else interested in Canada's past.
Related keywords: Classroom materials (72), Constitutional law (10), Legal history (27)

Classroom Connections

Classroom Connections is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving learning opportunities, experiences and outcomes for Canadian youth. Their aim is to produce educational materials which are innovative in content and pedagogy and designed to engage and motivate youth by providing non-traditional learning opportunities that are authentic and meaningful.
Related keywords: Citizenship and nationality (16), Classroom materials (72), Diversity (15), Multiculturalism (2) (Delivering Education and Awareness for Life)

A multipurpose website operated by the Youth Engagement Section of the RCMP. Discusses many youth-related topics including diversity, drugs, violence, health & safety, and internet safety. Includes a section for educators, parents, and adults who work with youth.
Related keywords: Classroom materials (72), Crime prevention (75)

Internet Learning Resources for Teachers - Media Awareness Network

The Media Awareness Network offers a range of media education and Internet literacy resources.
Related keywords: Classroom materials (72), Communications and media (28), Internet safety (29)

Merriam-Webster Visual Dictionary Online

The Visual Dictionary uses illustrations labeled with accurate terminology in up to six languages to provide a unique language-learning and vocabulary tool. It is particularly useful when you know what something looks like but not what it’s called, or when you know the word but can’t picture the object. In a quick look, you can match the word to the image. It helps the user understand a phenomenon and quickly grasp the meaning of a term or the characteristics of an object.
Related keywords: Classroom materials (72)

Resources for Teachers (Supreme Court of Canada)

Created by the Supreme Court of Canada, this webpage provides information on the Court about educational tours, educational kits, mock trials, and other useful links.
Related keywords: Classroom materials (72)

The Civics Channel

The Civics Channel is a non-profit, non-partisan organization supported by members, donors and volunteers, and dedicated to research, teaching and learning in the areas of citizenship and society, leadership, governance, identity, human rights and the justice system. Their goal is to build broader understanding and strengthen our democratic traditions through education and collaboration.
Related keywords: Citizenship and nationality (16), Classroom materials (72)

Try Judging

The site is the first Canadian student program to be conceived, designed and produced by judges. It is a multimedia educational program designed for integration into high school social studies, civics and law courses. It introduces students to the role of judges within our judicial system, and encourages exploration of important concepts such as the rule of law, judicial independence and judicial impartiality. The site is made up of three compenents - a teacher's guide, a resource website for teachers and an online interactive program for students.
Related keywords: Classroom materials (72), Judges (17), Legal process (100)

Young Workers Zone

The Young Workers Zone was created by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety to help young people stay healthy and safe at work. Teachers, young workers, parents and employers can get the information and tools needed to venture into the work world on a safe footing.
Related keywords: Public safety (46), Workers' health and safety (29)


Exploring Humanitarian Law

Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL) is an international education programme for young people between the ages of 13 and 18. A resource pack for teachers, EHL provides 30 hours of activities that introduce young people to the basic rules of international humanitarian law (IHL).
Related keywords: Classroom materials (72), Human rights (146), International law (83)

United Nations CyberSchoolBus

The United Nations Cyberschoolbus was created in 1996 as the online education component of the Global Teaching and Learning Project, whose mission is to promote education about international issues and the United Nations. The Global Teaching and Learning Project produces high quality teaching materials and activities designed for educational use (at primary, intermediate and secondary school levels) and for training teachers. The vision of this Project is to provide exceptional educational resources (both online and in print) to students growing up in a world undergoing increased globalization.
Related keywords: Classroom materials (72), International law (83)

Voices of Youth

The purpose of this site from UNICEF is to offer all children and adolescents, including the hard-to-reach, a safe and supportive global cyberspace within which they can explore, discuss and partner on issues related to human rights and social change, as well as develop their awareness, leadership, community building, and critical thinking skills through active and substantive participation with their peers and with decision makers globally.
Related keywords: Classroom materials (72), Human rights (146), International law (83)

New Brunswick

Youth Justice Website (Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick)

The website has a number of publications on youth and the law, games, teacher’s resources, and videos and presentations available from PLEIS-NB. The information on this site can tell you more about Canada’s Youth Criminal Justice Act, Youth Crime, Youth Rights and other questions teens may have about the law.
Related keywords: Classroom materials (72), Youth criminal justice (61)

Newfoundland and Labrador

PLIAN’s Youth Justice Website

This site from the Public Legal Information Association of Newfoundland is designed to inform youth about the Youth Criminal Justice System in Canada, and to educate them about their rights and responsibilities under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. It provides games, Q&As, resources, links, and publications as well as information about summer camp and class presentations.
Related keywords: Classroom materials (72), Youth criminal justice (61)

Nova Scotia

Courts of Nova Scotia - Courtrooms and Classrooms Program

For teachers the Courtrooms and Classrooms Project consists of three elements: arrange for students to observe a court in session; challenge students to explore the Virtual Courtroom online. Use the teacher's guide for tips on classroom activities; and request that a judge assist with a mock trial.
Related keywords: Classroom materials (72), Courts and court judgments (77)

Youth and the Law (Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia)

The website is geared towards youth, teachers and parents with information about the Youth Criminal Justice Act. It lets you look inside the workings of the legal process and provides links to resources for youth justice in Nova Scotia. Materials for use by teachers within the classroom are also available.
Related keywords: Classroom materials (72), Youth criminal justice (61)


Ontario Justice Education Network

OJEN is dedicated to promoting understanding, education, and dialogue to support a responsive and inclusive justice system. Its objectives include: fostering public understanding of the justice system; and developing, coordinating, or delivering public legal education information and programs to students and others. OJEN has over 200 classroom resources available at no cost, in English or French. They also offer a wide range of community and school programs.
Related keywords: Classroom materials (72), Public legal education organizations (46)

Prince Edward Island

Youth Criminal Justice System (Prince Edward Island)

The goal of this module, prepared by the Community Legal Information Association of Prince Edward Island (CLIA) is to teach young people, 12 to 17 years old, about their rights in the youth criminal justice system of Prince Edward Island. Available as a web resource or printable version. (March 2006)
Related keywords: Classroom materials (72), Youth criminal justice (61)


Youth Zone (Educaloi)

Educaloi provides this website especially for youth with information about legal topics and careers in the justice system as well as quizzes, contests and activities. Teacher’s Corner provides downloadable resources and classroom activities.
Related keywords: Bullying (26), Classroom materials (72), Drugs and alcohol (23), Landlord and tenant (55), Workers' rights and employment standards (64)


Aboriginal Themed Lesson Plans

This resource was created to provide instructional ideas in a ready-to-use lesson format for Kindergarten to Grade 12 Social Studies. Saskatchewan Learning’s initiative in web-based learning provided the impetus to extend this resource offering beyond the borders of the Regina Public School Division.
Related keywords: Classroom materials (72), Diversity (15)

Youth and Schools (Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan)

PLEA offers a wide range of resources for teaching law in the classroom, such as lesson plans,  instruction guides, mock trial kits and publications. As well as "School Law", an initiative of the Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan ( PLEA ), The Law Society of Saskatchewan, the Canadian Bar Association (Saskatchewan Branch) and the Courts Communication Office, which puts volunteer lawyers and judges into classrooms to speak on a variety of topics.
Related keywords: Classroom materials (72), Youth criminal justice (61)