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

Students will:

  1. Compare the challenges of trade with and without a common currency.
  2. Define and describe primary and secondary resources.
  3. Discuss the effects of outside elements (such as the environment) on trade.


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


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

October to April: Tuesday to Friday, 10:00 to 17:00, last booking at 15:00.

All school programs are offered in English and French.


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


  • 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


  • 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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