School Programs - Teachers

NEW 2022-2023 groundWORK

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Check out the latest edition of groundWORK here.

Deeper and Deeper Video Tutorials

Our Deeper and Deeper video tutorials are now available! Click here to watch them now.

Core Concepts

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Our newest resource for teachers, Core Concepts, is now available in English and French! Click here for more information

WHERE Challenge

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Encourage your students to step up and take the WHERE Challenge! This national contest asks students ages 9 to 14 years to discover the answers to these questions: What on Earth is in your stuff and WHERE on Earth does it come from? They can enter as individuals, in a group, or with their school and could win cash prizes!

WHERE Challenge Judges!

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Teachers, demonstrate your commitment to minerals education by joining this year's WHERE Challenge judges panel. Active and/or retired teachers, CGEN members, as well as educators working in Earth science outreach are welcome. Volunteering as a judge requires just a few hours, but the experience lasts a lifetime. To register click here.

Welcome to the Mining Matters  Teacher's page. In this section you will find various opportunities for both you and your students. One of the goals of Mining Matters is to provide teachers with curriculum-linked classroom resources and professional development training to effectively teach curriculum related  to mineral resources, exploration, mining and Earth science.

Browse are our site to see some of the opportunities in your area. Still can't find what your looking for? Send us an email at [email protected] and we would be more than happy to assist you!

Professional Development and Resource Kits

Looking for Earth science learning opportunities that bring Earth science alive for your students? Mining Matters offers teacher workshops and partners with industry and educational organizations to offer other possibilities. 

Since 1994, Mining Matters has reached more than 860,000 teachers and students through resources that promote the importance of rocks, metals, minerals, mining, and Canada’s geology. 

Mining Matters teaching resources for classrooms, developed by teachers for teachers, meet provincial Earth science and Geography curriculum mandates and guidelines. Three resource kits are available:

● Junior/Elementary: Deeper and Deeper: Discovering Rocks and Minerals
● Intermediate/Middle: The Earth's Crust
● Senior/Secondary: Discovering Diamonds

Click here for more information.

Resource kits are available in English or French through a prerequisite in-service workshop. Workshops can be arranged for between 10 and 24 teachers, anywhere in Canada, with four weeks prior notice

Field Trip Subsidy Program

Field trips provide a way for teachers to approach knowledge in a completely new way and for kids to have fun while learning! With this idea in mind, each September at the start of the school year Mining Matters provides a Field Trip Subsidy to teachers. The subsidies help offset the cost of transportation and entrance fees to stone, sand and gravel, mining, and geoscience venues. Applications are considered on a first come first-served basis.  

Click here for more information.

Mining Matters thanks PDAC and SGS, for their generous support in making these educational experiences available.

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Mineral Resources and Mining Education Tours

The Canadian Ecology Centre and Mining Matters invite you to participate in the Mineral Resources and Mining Education Tours. The Tours provide opportunities for formal and informal educators and mineral development advisors from across Canada to learn about Earth sciences, mineral resources and mining, including the mine life cycle, sustainability, and careers.  


Click here for more information.