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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 triangles? Where can we see or find squares? If you are wanting to extend this ...

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 doesn’t explain the theory of the game, nor are any instructions being given to help ...

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 ...

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 taking your classroom outside. 1. The Outdoors as a Resource for Curricular ...

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 for your class or the whole school! KidsActivities.net has some fun games and ...

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 these adults prefer to spend time inside instead of going outside. Sounds weird, eh? ...

To the Top

We're excited to share our short film "To the Top," which highlights one of Canada's favourite winter activities - tobogganing! If you're looking for motivation to pull out the old wooden sled or the GT snow racer to take your son, your daughter, your niece or nephew, your friend's kids or maybe just yourself out for some good ol' fashioned winter fun, this film is for you. Shot in the Canadian Rockies with students from Banff Elementary School, we hope you can share this film to help inspire kids right across Canada to head outside and find oodles of fun in the snow! There are two versions of this short film - one that has lyrics that are a bit ...

Be a role model, not a scroll model

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” ― James Baldwin, American author Recently, an old friend posted something on Facebook that triggered a flurry of comments and criticism. The photo showed four dads sitting off to the side of the room as their respective kids participated in an evening activity at the YMCA. Their faces were whited out, and this friend asked in his post, “Yikes, is this what parenting looks like now?” All four dads had their heads down in their phones. A swift wave of criticism ensued – “Passing judgment on people when we have no idea what ...

2017 TMO Contest Winners

2017 Winners Grade 1-6 Category: Grand Prize Winner and 1st Place Winner David Peatfield from Whistler, BC 2nd Place Winner Claire Brillant from Saint John, NB 3rd Place Winner Isabella, Abby and Ava Quinn from Fredericton, NB Grade 7-12 Category: 1st Place Winner Max Yang from Richmond, BC 2nd Place Winner Jaiden Gibbons from Baldonnel, BC 3rd Place Winner Lara Mylde from Calgary, AB

2016 Winners of the Take Me Outside Student Video Contest

The 2016 Take Me Outside Student Video Contest is excited to announce the winners! First off, we just want to thank a few folks. Mountain Equipment Co-op is the main sponsor of this contest and we’re really grateful for their support. They have donated some great prizes for the winners, helping students across this country get outside. We also want to thank the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival as well as Banff Lake Louise Tourism. The Festival is hosted each year in Banff, followed by a World Tour in over 40 countries, and showcases stories of adventure from around the world. The winning student entry will be screened in front of a sold ...