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CBC Podcasts in Class: New Resources for Teachers

Ready-made teaching guides available for two of our most popular educational podcasts: The Secret Life of Canada and Tai Asks Why.

New from CBC, Podcasts in Class is a way for teachers to bring podcasts into their classrooms, with custom-made lesson plans, slides, handouts, homework and even videos featuring our hosts. These guides were written and vetted by teachers who work across a variety of boards, in different cities across Canada.

They are easily adaptable to different courses and curriculums. All materials related to these guides are available free of charge to teachers across Canada and around the world.

Here's a rundown of the teaching resources currently available:

Podcast: The Secret Life of Canada

Learners: Age 15-17 (Grades 10-12)
Curriculum Connections: History, Geography, Social Studies, Indigenous Studies, Civics, Law, Anthropology

  • Secret Life of Chinatown: What is the historical importance of Chinatowns? How did Chinatowns go from safe-havens to celebrated cultural spaces? 
    Teaching guide includes: ad-free audio, slideshow, activities, lesson plan, bonus mini-episode and lesson plan about Madhu Verma.

  • Secret Life of the Province of Jamaica: How did different groups of black men and women successfully work together towards labour activism and human rights in Canada? 
    Includes: slideshow, activities, lesson plan, bonus mini-episode and lesson plan about Jackie Shane.
     
  • Secret Life of the North: How has the North been impacted by forces of colonization and why have many Canadians not known about the history, geography, and society of the Inuit? 
    Includes: slideshow, activities, lesson plan, bonus mini-episode and lesson plan about Bernelda Wheeler.
     
  • Secret Life of Water: Can the foundation of Canada be traced back to Indigenous waterways and  trade routes? What is the past, present, and future of this precious resource? 
    Includes: slideshow, activities, lesson plan, bonus mini-episode and lesson plan about Tom Longboat.

Podcast: Tai Asks Why

Learners: Age 10-13 (Grades 6-8)
Curriculum connections: Language, Science, Environment, 21st Century Skills, Health/Social Studies 

  • Should We Trust Our Gut? There is a connection between our gut and our brain that can affect the way we act and feel. Your gut and brain can communicate, and new research shows the gut may impact the way we think.
    Includes: slideshow, activities, discussion questions, lesson plan.
     
  • How Will We Fix Climate Change? Climate change is an important issue that will greatly affect our future, but there are steps that young people can take individually, in their community, and through their government that will help combat the effects of climate change. 
    Includes: slideshow, activities, discussion questions, lesson plan.


Teachers! We want to hear from you. Are you using these materials in your classrooms? How can they improve? What topics would you like to see covered next? Your feedback, suggestions and comments will help us steer this project into its next phase. Reach us at podinclass@cbc.ca or by using the hashtag #CBCPodEdu on social media. 

Please tweet, post and pin these plans to help us get word out in your own teaching communities and school boards. Thank you!