Online Resources

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Online Resources

We have gathered some of our favorite sites for finding resources, lesson plans, contests and news!

Social Justice/Advocacy/Character Education

Me to We is helping people change the world with their daily choices.

Roots and Shoots, a program of the Jane Goodall Institute helps young people identify problems in their communities and take action through service projects, youth-led campaigns members are making a difference across the globe.

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Environmental Education

Check out Planet Green for the most up to date eco-news and innovative green projects around the world.

Ecoleague promotes community and school-based projects that are relevant to local youth.

National Environmental Education Foundation illustrates the benefits of environmental education that reach far beyond environmental awareness.

Green Kids is a non-profit, live-theatre group, and the only charity in Canada dedicated solely to environmental education for young people through performance.

EcoMentors are self-motivated youth who are passionate about the environment. They have been trained to facilitate environmental education workshops and engage their peers and other young people.

Check out Kids Green for green activities, books and online games!

Watch this great video from Planet Green about how an innovative school recycling program, and an earth friendly company, Terracycle creates a tote bag made of “upcycled” drink pouches.

More Great Ideas and Organizations who are leaders in Environment and Social Justice Education.

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The I³ Project, Invention-Innovation and Inquiry, was created to provide professional support for teachers interested in technological literacy in education particularly in elementary curriculum. Check out their innovative units for grades 3-5 such as designing the Ultimate School Bag and learning about food preservation using fudge!

Challenge your students to create the next great gadget, game, toy, tool or technology!

Apply to Join the JASON National Argonaut Team to Explore Space, Climate, and Forces and Motion!

Lesson Plans of the Month from National Geographic.

ThinkQuest is a learning platform where teachers and students can create online learning projects. Join their annual website development or narrative competitions.

Skills/Compétences Canada is a national, not-for-profit organization that actively promotes careers in skilled trades and technologies to Canadian youth.

Two great websites for linking girls with technology.

National Geographic for Kids offers a variety of contests throughout the year such as designing the Flag for the latest National Geographic Ocean Ship! Check out their contests at

Lesson Plans for Pulleys and Gears!

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Interested in how the revised elementary health and physical education curriculum will help kids choose a healthy lifestyle? OPHEA can help!

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In this TED talk, Sir Ken Robinson argues that societies require a diversity of talents and that we must rethink the educational system to focus on creating the conditions where each child can find their unique talents, be their authentic self, and truly flourish.



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