Classroom Conservation Challenges – Win!

Get your students excited about saving energy by completing as many of these fun and engaging challenges in your classroom. All 16 challenges are linked to the Canadian National Standards for Geography and are an easy way to fulfill your curriculum requirements.

Earn points for each challenge your class completes. Classrooms who complete a minimum of 3 challenges will be eligible to win amazing prizes!


Canada’s Coolest School Trip – Win an all-expense paid trip for your class

Canada’s Coolest School Trip 9th edition is headed to Kootenay National Park in British Columbia in June 2020! From June 8 to 12 the winning class will explore this special place, all expenses paid! The contest is open to grade 6,7, 8 & 9 
  • To enter, have your class create a video showing us how they are conservation champions linked to cultural and/or environmental conservation in their community.
  • Winners will be selected from a short-list of 15 videos, including the Top-10 videos selected by public voting and 5 additional Staff Picks entries.

Upload your video by February 28, 2020.

Want to know all of the amazing prizes you are competing for? Click here for more information on all of this year’s prizes.

Register for Canada’s Coolest School Trip contest today!


Registration for the 25th Canadian Geographic Challenge is open

This year thousands of students in grades 4-10 and 16 to 19 years old will compete to be the best, test their geographic knowledge and skills, and better understand the world that they live in.


Canadian Geographic Education launched the Canadian Geographic Challenge, formerly the Great Canadian Geography Challenge, in 1995 as a way to get students interested in geography. Since then, the challenge has grown from 20 participating schools to more than 500, and has reached more than two million students across Canada.

Now in its 25th year, the competition is continuously evolving, melding traditional learning styles with geographic literacy skills and new technology. The support of Trebek Family Foundation has meant the competition can continue to be accessible, relevant and engaging for all students.

The challenge is comprised of three levels to reach a wide age range.

Level 1 is open to students in grades 4-6. It focuses on developing fundamental geographic facts and skills and igniting passion in students’ early academic careers.

Students participate at the classroom and school level, finishing the competition by naming one School Champion. All School Champions receive a certificate, medal and one-year subscription to Canadian Geographic.

Level 2 encourages students in grades 7-10 to push the limits of their geographic knowledge and apply geographic thinking skills.

The competition begins in the classroom and progresses to name a School Champion. The School Champion is then invited to compete at the provincial/territorial level.

Of the territorial/provincial winners, a total of 20 of Canada’s best geography students will be invited to participate in the National Final in May 2020. More information about the National Final will be released later this year.

Level 2 School Champions receive a certificate, a medal and a one-year subscription to Canadian Geographic magazine. Provincial and territorial champions receive a prize package.

Level 3 is open to all students ages 16-19 before June 2020 who reside in Canada. The competition is split into two phases.

PHASE 1: The first phase is an online test consisting of 100 multiple-choice and true-or-false questions. This phase is divided into two parts, each containing 50 questions. Students may complete the two parts at different times if they wish. The scores of the two parts will be weighed equally and added together for a total mark out of 100. Scores will not be shared with participants under any circumstances.

PHASE 2: The second phase of the competition will be a written fieldwork project. The twenty (20) students who score the highest on the online test will be contacted with additional information about the second phase of the competition, which will focus on field work.

The second phase of the competition will be submitted online and marked by a team of Can Geo Education teachers based on a rubric that will be made available to all participating students.

PHASE 3: The top six (6) students from phase 2 will move onto third phase of the competition, an interview conducted by the Team Canada leaders who will be accompanying the team and getting them ready for the International Geography Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey, August 11-17, 2020. The goal of the interview is to determine the student’s commitment level and how they would fit in the team dynamic.

The four students with the top scores in the third phase will be asked to join Team Canada. Members of Team Canada will attend the International Geography Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey, August 11-17, 2020. All required expenses for the international competition (including travel, accommodation, uniform, food, etc.) will be covered by the RCGS.

Although the Canadian competition is available in both English and French, the International GeoOlympiad is only administered in English. Therefore, students selected for Team Canada must be proficient and comfortable testing in English.

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10,000 Changes: Plastic Pollution Lessons

The following learning modules provide an opportunity for educators to explore key themes and concepts connected with plastic use and how to eliminate plastic in our daily lives. Each module contains an infographic, video and lesson plan designed to dive deeper into a plastic issue and move towards taking action.


Upcoming Themes

The following learning packages will be released monthly:

OCT, 2019 – LEARNING PACKAGE 1 – Hidden Plastic
NOV, 2019 – LEARNING PACKAGE 2 – Plastic We Eat
DEC, 2019 – LEARNING PACKAGE 3 – Disposable Culture
JAN, 2020 – LEARNING PACKAGE 4 – Ocean Microplastics
FEB, 2020 – LEARNING PACKAGE 5 – BioCollection Technology for Recycling Plastic
MAR, 2020 – LEARNING PACKAGE 6 – Circular Economy

Media Literacy – For the Record – Toronto Star


For the Record provides teachers and parents with useful tools to encourage youth to engage with, reflect on, and think critically about the media they encounter on a daily basis. ​CLICK HERE to download our September 2019 edition. For the Record means: So that the true facts are recorded or known.  

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Your Money Matters – Toronto Star Free Resource!


Your Money Matters! is a good start on the road to helping your students become financially confident.

Financial literacy is an essential life skill. The hands on activities in this resource are a great starting point or a follow-up to your financial literacy lessons, and can enhance learning, making it more memorable and long-lasting.

This FREE program includes:

  • 30 copies of the Student Section
  • 1 PDF Teacher’s Guide with learning goals and additional lessons
  • FREE access to the Toronto Star ePaper for 3 months

Canada Votes! Toronto Star Election Guide

This learning material is designed to give students tools to research how we elect our governments in Canada. 

It includes a booklet of basic information about the federal government, introductory texts related to elections, and a student activity book with basic facts. It also includes some games, multimedia activities, and directed research.
The “Facts About Your Federal Government” booklet provides an overview of the federal government. It outlines the basic parts of government and the election process. It is a supplement to the activity pages.

This program includes a culminating activity, which incorporates spoken-word ​poetry. Have students read and/or listen to the poem below. 

Download the free teacher guide and student resource below

Spoken-word – Culminating Activity