For Teachers

Teachers, are you ready to bring the real-world into your classroom?

We know educators are continually seeking ways to create a dynamic learning experience in their classrooms, but are often constrained by time and resources. The Co-operative Minds program can help by providing free lesson plans that align with curriculum and incorporate integrative learning into your classroom using technology, problem-solving skills, and experiential learning.

Thanks to our generous program sponsors, our program is free to use for all Ontario teachers

Have questions? Need support? Our team of co-operative educators and teacher mentors are here to help! Email us at: our.team@cooperativeminds.ca 


Access Free Co-operative Business Resources:

Learn more about Co-operative Businesses; what they are and how they work.

Did you know there are over 1,100 co-operative businesses in Ontario?

Businesses like Gay Lea Foods, The Co-operators and Ocean Spray!

  • Co-operative Business Handout for Students
    • Plain language explanation of what a co-operative business is and how they work. Includes links to a diverse range of co-operative businesses from various sectors. (Downloadable PDF)
    • Curriculum connections to Business, Social Studies, Canadian and World Studies
  • Self-Guided Co-ops 101 Slideshow (30 minutes)
    • A fun, visual introduction to the co-operative business model  (Downloadable PDF). 
    • Curriculum connections to Business, Social Studies, Canadian and World Studies
  • Co-operative Case Study Workshop (2 hours)
    • Lead students through a co-operative design workshop delivered over the course of approximately 120 minutes. This lesson delivers the principles of design through a co-operative lens. Case study included; how to create a small business that fills the needs of multiple stakeholders; ie. business owners, community, customers. (Downloadable PPT)
    • Curriculum connections to Business, Social Studies, Canadian and World Studies
To access additional free resources and lesson plans- register as a teacher partner
  • Co-operative Design Workshop:
    • Recommended for Grades 9-12 
    • Two hour workshop
    • Business, Social Studies, Canadian and World Studies, Design and Technology

  • Co-operative Minds- Community Building in the Classroom: 
    • Recommended for Grades 2-6
    • Six unit lesson plan, includes all resources and culminating task
    • Math, Language, Art, Physical Education, Drama, Social Studies

  • Co-operative Minds Full Lesson Plan:
    • Recommended for Grades 7-12
    • 5 Unit Lesson Plan, includes all resources
    • Business, Social Studies, Canadian and World Studies, Design and Technology