November Take Me Outside for Learning Challenge Resources

Nature Scavenger Hunts Curricular Areas: Math & Art Target Age Range: Primary (K-7) Outdoor scavenger hunts can range from relatively simple to complex. For this activity you can use whatever you have on hand and it can be done in an urban or natural setting. First you will need to have plenty of examples of geometric shapes, either 3D blocks from your classroom or printed out sheets of paper with a variety of geometric shapes cut out of them. Once outside you will get your learners to identify these shapes in the surrounding environment. Where can we see or find ...

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Act Your Way into Teaching Outside

A three-year-old girl is with her dad at the park down the street from their home on a sunny, autumn afternoon. Her dad brought something he dug out of the storage, something he hadn’t played with in years, it’s his old soccer ball. Finding an open patch of grass, he places the artifact of his athleticism down and kicks it towards his daughter. She laughs as the ball bumps into her shins, excited to see this new toy. She chases it and then swings her leg, her foot connecting to the top of the ball, sending it a few feet away. There are no rules attached. Her dad ...

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Reimagining School: What If We Physically Distanced From Four Walls and A Desk?

We know the future of school is likely to look a whole lot different when it reopens. As the current school year comes to a close, provincial education departments, educators, and parents are grappling with what September will bring in terms of educating children ...

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Webinar for Educators: Finding Hope Through Connecting to the Land

Thanks to all the educators who joined us on May 28th for our webinar - Finding Hope Through Connecting to the Land. We are grateful to Chief Joe Pierre for sharing the Ktunaxa Creation Story and inspiring educators to help connect their students to the land. The webinar was recorded with ...

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2019 Contest Winners

Congratulations to the 2019 Contest Winners! Here are the winning videos from each category. Stay tuned for details for the 2020 Contest coming soon! Grade 7-12 Category: Grand Prize and 1st Place Winner Michael Speciale and Daniel Marte from Woodbridge, ON 2nd Place Winner Jared Kelso from North Bay, ON 3rd Place Winner Mateen Missaghi from Vaughn, ON Grade K-6 Category: 1st Place Winner Lewis Keyes from Westlock, AB 2nd Place Winner Kayla Specht from Lower Sackville, NS 3rd Place Winner Christopher Neville from Kars, ON Rules

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Taking on the Take Me Outside for Learning Challenge: A teacher’s perspective

Kate Porter August 1, 2019  I love being outdoors, and as I have gained teaching experience I have learned how to navigate the barriers of taking students outside, and have come to a place in my career where learning outside has been enjoyable and effective. Teachers, if you are at the planning or brainstorming phase for the upcoming school year, I highly recommend you to consider participating in the nation-wide Take Me Outside for Learning Challenge. Before I jump into the details of this great initiative, I’ll discuss two strategies for the planning phases of ...

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New Faces, Growing Capacity, More Take Me Outside Initiatives

The Take Me Outside team is growing and with that we are able to offer new initiatives for getting students outside.  New skills and expanded capacity = new TMO challenges and awesome new shirts; we’re excited to tell you all about it. At the beginning of this year we put out a national call for new Directors and were overwhelmed by the interest, passion and skill that has come our way.  We added five new Directors for a total of nine with representation from across the country. We regret not being able to accommodate everyone that applied, but a Board of 30 would ...

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No such thing as bad weather: Fun winter activities 

Playing outside in cold weather is, if you’re out of practice, like a stiff muscle that needs stretching. Ease your students and yourself into it.  There is also comfort in numbers – work with other educators to create a fun experience for all. Although it’s cold outside, there is still plenty to do! In fact, some activities can only be done in cold weather, so grab the winter bull by the horns and go for it. Here are some ideas to get you started. Organize a winter field day with your school Games + fresh air + fun? Count us in. Throw a winter field day ...

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2018 Contest Winners

Congratulations to the 2018 Contest Winners! Here are the winning videos from each category. Stay tuned for details for the 2019 Contest coming soon! Grade 7-12 Category: Grand Prize and 1st Place Winner Rachel Peressini from Victoria, BC 2nd Place Winner Ian Oliphant from Vernon, BC 3rd Place Winner Jacqueline Shi from Oakville, ON Grade K-6 Category: 1st Place Winner Sophie Colden from Calgary, AB 2nd Place Winner Katelyn Paiuk from Kleinburg, ON 3rd Place Winner Kiaera McQuillan from Langley, BC Rules

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Open Letter to Elementary School Students

Dear Elementary School Students, We all make mistakes and sometimes, we don't even realize we're making a mistake until someone talks to us about it. I know you don't know me, but I'm wondering if I can ask for your help. We grown-ups are making a mistake these days but I'm pretty sure you can help us fix it. Recently, 2,000 adults across Canada who don't know each other were asked some questions about spending time outside (http://bit.ly/IpsosOutsidePoll). All of their answers were collected from this survey and it showed something kind of strange - that 74% of ...

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