Educators & Teachers

Lest We Forget

Resources for Educators working with Grades 4 – 6

Uncover the history of local war veterans

Students in grades 4 – 6 can learn to think like historians and genealogists with these classroom resources. Use these lesson plans, presentations, and resources from Calgary’s Story to investigate our shared past and learn about the lives of soldiers from Calgary and area with your students. 

Additional Resources

Canada History 
WWI resources, activities, articles, and more for the classroom, including information on Indigenous veterans. 

Dictionary of Canadian Biography 
Over 8,500 illustrated biographies of notable Canadians. 

Educator’s Guide to Using Primary Sources 
This package from the Canadian Museum of History guides teachers and students through basic critical thinking concepts.

Field of Crosses
Each November, 3,500 crosses are placed in a park along Memorial Drive in Calgary, to remember the thousands of southern Albertans who fought in past wars. 

Government of Canada 
Personnel records from the First World War database.

Heritage Explorers 
An elementary school framework for undertaking projects that explore local history.

Historica Canada 
Video stories of our national history, including the Heritage Minutes.

Historical Thinking
Lesson plans for teaching historical content, available in a searchable database by grade and topic.

How to Read Old Newspapers
A teacher resource to support students in using newspapers for primary source research. 

Looking at Primary Sources on Archive Canada 
Printable worksheets for students that include how to look critically at artwork, artifacts, photographs, and sound recordings.

Nationalism and Canadian Identity Sample Project 
This project by students at Jack James High School shows how your class could bring history to life with a similar assignment.