Trading Planets is a fun, game-based school program for students in grades 4 to 8 or
Elementary Cycles Two and Three.

Students will travel to Planet Plutopia on a trade mission, where they discover that trading goods without a common currency poses problems. They will trade primary and secondary resources and see the effect that factors such as the environment can have on trade shortages.

Big idea

Trade is difficult without a common currency. Supply and demand in trade are influenced by outside factors like environmental conditions and labour shortages.

Learning objectives

  1. Students will compare the challenges of trade with and without a common currency.
  2. Students will define and describe primary and secondary resources.
  3. Students will discuss the effects of outside elements (such as the environment) on trade.

Duration

Approximately 90 minutes. The program lasts 60–70 minutes followed by a 20-to-30-minute visit to the Museum.

Availability

Monday to Friday, 10:00 to 17:00, last booking at 15:00.

September to June.

All school programs are offered in French and English.

Cost

All school programs are offered free of charge.

Group size

Maximum 50 students per program.

Before you visit

Introduce your class to trade and specialization with the article Trading Up.

Curriculum links

Ontario

  • Grade 5 Social Studies
    • B. People and Environments: The Role of Government and Responsible Citizenship
  • Grade 6 Social Studies
    • B. People and Environments: Canada’s Interactions with the Global Community
  • Grade 7 Geography
    • B. Natural Resources around the World: Use and Sustainability

Quebec

  • Elementary Cycles Two and Three: Cross-Curricular Competency 1: To Use Information and Cross-Curricular Competency 3: To Exercise Critical Judgment

 

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Email or phone 613 782-8914.