ESD Resource Database

Resources for Rethinking (R4R) is a free online database where educators and the general public can search for the highest quality, peer-reviewed, curriculum-matched teaching resources, children’s literature, and videos on issues related to the development of an environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable society.


Easy access to the resources you're looking for

Over 1,200 of the best resources available from hundreds of publishers including commercial publishers, non-profit organizations, government, school boards, teachers’ federations. Most resources are available free for download from the publisher’s website.

Search by:

  • Language (English/French)
  • Jurisdiction (Province/Territory)
  • Grade, subject and curriculum unit
  • Sustainability theme (14 themes and 96 issues)
  • Resource type (lesson plan, children's literature, video, outdoor activity)

Want to learn how to access curriculum-connected classroom resources?

Through the generous support of OTIP and The Co-operators, we are offering Resources for Rethinking (R4R) demonstration workshops. R4R workshops show teachers how to access and utilize our databse of curriculum-matched teaching resources including lesson plans, children’s literature, videos and outdoor activities that integrate environmental, social and economic spheres through interdisciplinary and action-oriented learning. 

Request a FREE 40-minute webinar today for your group by emailing Joanne at

Quality Professional reviews 

Resources are reviewed by the people best equipped to judge the value of an educational resource: teachers! The rigorous review process was developed in collaboration with teachers from across Canada. To be included in the database resources must meet stringent sustainability and pedagogical criteria recommended in the research on teaching and learning.

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Please send us the titles of your favourite grade K-12 ESD lesson plans, children's literature, videos and outdoor activities and we will add them to our list of resources to be reviewed.

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