Teaching Resources

Our teaching resources support educators in teaching the Holocaust by offering both content about Holocaust-related themes as well as innovative teaching strategies.

The resources correspond with core competencies of 21st Century Learning and the new BC curriculum and include student worksheets and classroom activities.

Primary Voices – Online Teaching Resource

Teaching Through Holocaust Survivor Testimony is a VHEC-developed online Holocaust educational resource that includes:

  • Lesson plans
  • Student worksheets and classroom activities
  • Excerpts of digitized audio-visual testimonies from the VHEC Testimony Collection

The VHEC strives to create opportunities for students to interact with Holocaust survivor’s accounts of persecution, loss and survival. Recorded audio-video testimonies are becoming more central to the VHEC’s work as a teaching museum. Primary Voices: Teaching Through Holocaust Survivor Testimony is a web-based pedagogical resource for students to explore excerpts from the VHEC’s Holocaust testimony collection.

The testimony excerpts are accompanied by comprehensive lesson plans, student worksheets, and suggested activities informed by 21st-century learning and core competencies of the new BC curriculum.

Through Primary Voices, educators and students can engage with Holocaust testimony in a lesson, within a larger unit, or as part of an independent research project. Materials are recommended for students in grades 8 through 12, with adaptations possible for intermediate grades.

Teaching Programs

Teaching Guidelines

This general resource contains guidelines for teaching about the Holocaust, suggestions for preparing students for Holocaust survivor outreach speakers, more than 30 frequently asked questions about the Holocaust, a timeline, a glossary, as well as recommended websites and readings.

Teachers’ Guides

Teachers’ Guides complement current and past VHEC exhibitions and support classroom learning. They include pre and post-museum visit activities, discussion questions, student readings, primary documents, glossaries, timelines and recommended resources.

Borrow for the Classroom

Discovery Kits

Discovery kits are available for four-week loan periods free of charge and are recommended for students of grades 6 to 12. The kits include reproductions of documents and artefacts from the VHEC and other collections. Students are encouraged to examine, describe and analyze the artefacts as a way to investigate issues of discrimination, segregation, hiding, resistance, as well as the aftermath of war and immigration. Learning is supported by student information cards and teachers’ guides. Pick-up and delivery or courier costs are the responsibility of the teacher.

Classroom Book Sets

Classroom book sets are chosen to engage young learners while offering insight into the authors’ experiences of the Holocaust. They are recommended for students of grades 6 to 12. Classroom book sets are available for four-week loan periods free of charge. Each set contains 30 copies of the book, and some include additional resources and readings. Pick-up, delivery, or courier costs are the responsibility of the teacher.