Contests are a great way to inspire students and enhance their understanding of a topic area. They play a role in motivating students to perform and excel, and offer a lot more reward than just the winning prize. Grade 6 teachers looking to engage their students in an educational contest this winter are in luck, because the Canadian Public Health Association’s Grade 6 Poster Contest on infectious disease and climate change is back for another year! This highly popular contest is an opportunity for teachers and students to learn more about climate change and the impact it is having on the spread of infectious diseases in communities across Canada.
To enter the contest, students must create a poster, which includes a drawing and a call to action that demonstrates how prevent Lyme disease, West Nile virus, or another climate sensitive infectious disease. By participating in the contest, Grade 6 students will be contributing to a national dialogue about climate change and they will be sharing valuable information with their local and national communities about disease awareness and prevention.
Teachers interested having their students participate in the contest can use the contest ‘Teachers’ Toolkit’. It was developed by teachers, for teachers, to help them incorporate concepts of climate change and infectious disease into their lessons. The toolkit includes five lesson plans, which guide teachers in facilitating a rich, cross-curricular learning experience for students, borrowing on skills from Science, Math, Language, Geography, Physical Education, Health and Art. It also includes instructions on helping students develop their poster entries, and links to additional resources including videos, websites and other teaching materials.
Posters must be submitted by 31 March 2022, for the chance to win a Chromebook, gift cards, and other great prizes. They will be awarded to a National Winner, a National Runner-up, and Regional Winners from Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Ontario, the Prairies, Alberta, and British Columbia & the Territories. The teacher of the National Winner will also receive a prize. Winning posters will be featured on the Canadian Public Health Association’s website.
Contest details and teaching resources can be found at www.cpha.ca/contest