The Elementary Woodshop



The Elementary Woodshop™ has developed a program for teachers with no woodworking experience to deliver a fun and engaging experience in Applied Design, Skills and Technologies “ADST”.   

We provide woodworking kits and cross-curricular workbooks for your classroom that address the ADST Core Competencies.  The energy and excitement is tangible when a classroom is transformed into a woodshop.  The room buzzes with teamwork and with personal accomplishment.


To view the Core Competencies for ADST and see what students in grades K-7 are expected to know, go to the Ministry of Education’s website at: .

Aboriginal Perspective and Knowledge

The relevance of embedding Aboriginal Perspectives and Knowledge into the curriculum is an important step that affects all students, whether they attend public schools in larger communities or independent schools in remote communities.  Creative and effective ways to present this information remains a challenge for many educators.

Our expertise lies in the development of Applied Design, Skills and Technologies lessons through the modality of woodworking. Working with an Indigenous Education Resource Teacher we have succeeded in integrating Aboriginal Perspectives and Knowledge into many of the workbooks we have written to accompany the woodworking projects we have designed for students.

Lessons focus on Aboriginal Perspectives and Knowledge with a connection to the following projects: BUILD-A-BUDDY, Locomotive, Planter, Bird Feeder, Logging Truck, Bird House.

The woodworking kits are very well suited to schools in remote communities as they are a thorough teaching unit complete with all materials for students to have a successful ADST experience. We can ship anywhere Canada Post delivers.

Introduction to Trade Careers and Entrepreneurship


The trade industries have always been the foundation of a community. Our homes, our schools and our businesses are all built by tradespeople. Workbooks introduce young students to the world of trade careers. Lead your students in hands-on work through creative, meaningful projects that teach skills to take forward into high school and beyond. We are pleased to announce that the Industry Training Authority of BC (ITA) has reviewed this program and approved it for their ITA Youth Discover The Trades grant.

Students are introduced to the world of entrepreneurship through our two new Entrepreneurship Kits – the MASON BEE HOUSE and the TOY FACTORY.  The Mason Bee House is a functional project that students can build and sell at a school sale, each “company” in the classroom will design their own logo and poster for a sale, they will learn about business and about manufacturing.  The TOY FACTORY uses the same model and each of four companies in the classroom will represent one of the truck types in the kit – Logging Truck, Gravel Truck, Semi-Trailer Truck and Flat Deck Truck. Friendly competition can be a part of this fun learning experience.


The workbooks for the Grades 6 and 7 projects (Logging Truck and Bird House) already include
an entrepreneurship component for an optional sale of finished projects. The Logging Truck has
been a catalyst for our new TOY FACTORY as it is such a popular little truck.  The classic Bird
House is so popular and so easy to sell at a school sale that we have decided to offer it in sets
of 12 units for teachers looking for cost-recovery for the purchase of their Classroom Kit.

French Classrooms

The Grade 5 Bird Feeder, the Grade 6 Logging Truck and the Grade 7 Bird House workbooks are all available in French and ready to ship to your students.

Apply for Funding

See students learning new skills with the woodworking program at a multi-grade Maker Way event, (previously known as a Maker Day) which was funded by Industry Training Authority of BC (ITA). Click on this link and scroll down to the second video on the page .  Thank you Fort Nelson School District for allowing us to share this video and congratulations on a truly inspiring ADST experience for your students.

ita Industry Training Authority

ITA (Industry Training Authority) supports resources for teachers who want to teach their students about what a trade is and spark their interest in the trades. Grants are available for hands on student events such as The Elementary Woodshop’s Classroom Kits for your school or school district through ITA’s Youth Discover the Trades Program.   The grant application form  “Discover Multiple Event Application Form” is found on ITA’s website at:  If you have any questions about the grant, contact your school principal or your district Career Education Coordinator. You may also contact ITA directly at: .

Complete Classroom Kits

Complete Classroom Kits are shipped directly to your school and include everything needed for creative and successful lessons in APPLIED DESIGN, SKILLS AND TECHNOLOGIES with your students. Teachers are provided with a cross-curricular Workbook accompanied by a helpful Teacher’s Resource Guide, provided for a one time use in your classroom. While the projects and workbooks have a recommended grade level, they are not limited to that grade and are successfully used by students in other grades. Everything needed to build 24 woodworking projects is included; pre-cut and pre-drilled wood pieces, wood glue, nails and screws (where required) , 24 sanding blocks and sandpaper and thorough easy to follow illustrated instructions. For classes larger than 24, we offer Top-up Kits of 3 additional student units.  Some kits use nails, some use screws and some use only wood glue for assembling the projects. For pricing information and a detailed list of what is included with each Complete Classroom Kit, CLICK HERE.  

Please note that the Entrepreneurship Kits have 12 student units as they are intended for students to work together to build projects for sale.

Where We Live

We are grateful to live, work and play on the traditional territory of the Snuneymuxw People and to have raised our children in this beautiful place.


Elementary Trades Career Workbook FREE download “What Do You Like To Do?”

ITA “Discover Multiple Event Application Form”


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