Concept-Based Curriculum & Instruction

WHY are we learning about Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction? Then emerging curriculum design is concept-based, with the conceptual knowledge, procedural knowledge, competencies, literacies, and numeracies identified directly within each learner outcome. This page is a starting point of resources to clarify what this means.

In the Guiding Framework, it is explained that "Each subject has a body of knowledge that is specific to that domain of study. This body of knowledge includes the facts, symbols, rules, principles and concepts (conceptual knowledge) that constitute the subject. Each subject also has its strategies, steps and systemic approach to problem solving (procedural knowledge). Provincial curriculum includes both subject conceptual and procedural knowledge. Conceptual and procedural knowledge (as identified in the learning outcomes in the programs of study) provide the subject content and context for the development of competencies, and literacy and numeracy. Through developing and applying literacy, numeracy and competencies, students acquire understanding that facilitates meaningful connections across and within subjects. Students then apply their knowledge to new situations, improve upon ideas, solve problems and make decisions." p15.

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Available in LSC Learning Commons (LC) &/or Overdrive (O) - (ISBN) Title

O - (9781416624714) The Best Class You Never Taught

LC & O - (9781506354309) Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction for the Thinking Classroom

O - (9781506332659) Concept-Based Mathematics

O - (9781416622000) Cultivating Curiosity in K–12 Classrooms

O - (9781452284354) Designing a Concept-Based Curriculum for English

O - (9781452284354) Designing a Concept-Based Curriculum for English Language Arts

O - (9781416625384) Doing Poorly on Purpose

O - (9781416616474) Habits of Mind Across the Curriculum

O - (9781416616498) Learning and Leading with Habits of Mind

O - (9781506376400) The Learning Challenge

O - (9781118015032) Making Thinking Visible

LC & O - (9781506377223) Tools for Teaching Conceptual Understanding, Elementary

LC & O - (9781506355726) Tools for Teaching Conceptual Understanding, Secondary

LC & O - (9781416616979) The Strategic Teacher

O - (9781452290195) Transitioning to CONCEPT-BASED CURRICULUM and INSTRUCTION

LC - (0871203138) Understanding By Design

LC - (9781544317601) The Challenging Learning Series

(The Learning Challenge; Challenging Learning Feedback; Challenging Learning Dialogue)

LC - (9781506376622) Challenging Mindset

LC - (9781506391298) Concept-Based Inquiry in Action: Strategies to Promote Transferable Understanding

LC - (154431857X) Concept-Based Literacy Lessons: Designing Learning to Ignite Understanding and Transfer

Ideas for Implementation

Secondary School: Bravery

  • Things to consider: How could the class connect science, maths, and fine arts to their inquiry?


Julie Stern, author of Tools for Teaching Conceptual Understanding: Elementary, has developed a number of Alberta Curriculum focused resources, lesson plans and unit plans.

The Critical Thinking Consortium has Competency Focused, Criteria and Inquiry based lessons available for free!

Corwin Connect - Publisher of every major book on concept based instruction has FREE RESOURCES AND LESSONS!