Gaining cooperative experience
Students ages 6 to 10
1 week or more,
depending on project
Area of learning:
- Citizenship and community life
Financial and cooperative skills
- Understanding complementary strengths of different team members (ages 8 and 9)
- Differentiating cooperative values (ages 10 and 11)
- Recognizing local cooperatives (ages 6 and 7)
- Understanding the role of members in a cooperative (ages 8 to 11)
- Defining cooperatives and recognizing different types (ages 10 and 11)
Students learn cooperative values and how they apply.
At the end of this task, students will be able to differentiate between cooperatives and other businesses.
- Time required:
- Teaching material:
What is a cooperative?
- Watch the video, What is a cooperative?
- Discuss local cooperatives: have students list the ones they know and look others up in a directory of cooperatives.
- Répertoire des coopératives au Québec (site in French only)
- The Ontario Co-operative Association directory
For all primary levels:
- Discuss the principles of cooperation:
- voluntary and open membership
- the democratic exercise of power by members and their representatives
- member economic participation in capital
- autonomy and independence of the cooperative from governments and external interest groups
- education, training, and information of members, officers and employees
- cooperation among cooperatives
- cooperative concern for the community
At the end of this task, students will be able to differentiate between cooperation and competition.
- Discuss the idea of competition with students.
- Tell students they will be participating in a short story competition using 4 words written on the board. Specify that the best story will be read in other classes of the same level and posted in the hall or school newspaper. The goal is to stimulate competition among students.
- Have students read their stories out loud and have them vote for the best story.
- Ask students to describe the experience.
- Explain the difference between competition and cooperation using the Cooperative Values poster.
- Ask students to do a cooperative activity. Use the Cooperation! sheet.
- Point out the advantages of cooperation.
For all primary levels:
- What is competition?
- What is teamwork?
- What is cooperation?
- What are cooperative values?
- Was it difficult to write a story using words that were given to you?
- Did knowing that a winning story would be chosen put pressure and stress on you?