Teacher Toolkit

The Teacher Toolkit is an assortment of workplans, strategies, and tactics developed by teachers across Saskatchewan using the Concentus Citizenship Education Resources. They are offered as suggestions to support the use of the resources.

More content will be added on an ongoing basis.

Discursive Strategies

Grade Level: K – 2, 3 – 5

Colour, Symbol, Image

This routine invites students to identify the main ideas in a text and represent them in nonverbal ways.

Grade Level: K – 2, 3 – 5

Concept Mapping (Stars and Constellations)

Students individually and collectively surface their prior knowledge, assumptions, and conclusions about an essential question.

Grade Level: K – 2, 3 – 5

Discursive Sentence Starters

Hand gestures can signal the kind of thinking move a student intends to make when it’s their turn.

Grade Level: K – 2, 3 – 5

Discussion Passport

When you’re travelling, you need a valid passport to gain admission to other’s lands. Another person’s ideas are a bit like another land, and it’s important to travel there respectfully.

Grade Level: K – 2, 3 – 5

Four Corners

Students individually and collectively surface their prior knowledge, assumptions, and conclusions about an essential question.

Grade Level: K – 2, 3 – 5

See, Think, Wonder

This routine asks students to silently observe images/text and note the details or importance of the image/text.

Grade Level: K – 2, 3 – 5

Sentence, Phrase, Word

This discursive and thinking routine supports students to think about big ideas and provides a structure for conversation.

Grade Level: K – 2, 3 – 5

Silent Conversations

This strategy provides a safe space to find new points of connection, tension, and curiosity.

Grade Level: K – 2, 3 – 5

Windows and Mirrors

A discursive strategy to clarify and deepen knowledge of the text or topic

Grade Level: 6 – 8, 9 – 12

Citizenship Education Instructional Strategies Resource

Concentus citizenship inquiries invite teachers and students to meet K-12 Social Studies, History, and Native Studies outcomes in the context of rich units of inquiry. The inquiries themselves are means of cultivating the Essential Citizenship Competencies (ECCs) integral to justice-oriented citizenship.

Grade-level Inquiry Overviews

Mentor Text Study

All Grades

ECC Wrap

Grades K – 4, 5 – 12

The Essential Citizenship Competencies (ECCs) provide a framework to explore questions of citizenship. The ECC Wrap is a thinking strategy that presents questions to support reading, thinking, and learning about a text, an experience, or an issue using a structured process. Students are invited to place the situation or issue in the centre and wrap it in ECC questions. As they collaborate to answer these questions, teachers have seen student understanding slowly and steadily broaden and deepen. These questions can be included in your planning, learning, and assessment to deepen students’ justice orientation. Use the suggested grade level option that works best for your students.

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Teacher Toolkit