Developing a Global Perspective for Educators

Environmental Lesson Plans in Collaboration with Friends of the Earth (FOE)

New Lesson Plan Package on the Environment!
Environmental Lesson Plans in Collaboration with FOE by Kevin Doan, Jesse Graham, Holly Johnson, Esther Lax & Bhavini Sachdev. Thanks to the group for submitting their lesson plan package. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Resource Package Description:
As a group, our vision was to tackle an issue that we felt strong about. We decided that there was no better place to look than the world we live in. This resource package was designed to help teachers and other educators begin to deal with the issues in our environment. Issues like reducing our carbon footprint, sustainability, and green washing are all touched on within this package. It was our goal to educate students on viable and sustainable strategies that would get them to critically analyze and change their current practices. Our approach was not to simply educate these students; rather we wanted to open their eyes to what they can do to help.

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Child Labour & Fair Trade: An Educator’s Resource Kit

New Resource Kit on Child Labour, Fair Trade, Peace & Social Justice!
Child Labour & Fair Trade Resource Kit by Kiloran Fensom, Kim Phillips, Ashleigh Ellis, Nick Cordiero, Tom McLean, Vanessa D’Addario and Katherine Sheafer. Thank you to the group for submitting their resource package for publication. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Resource Description:
As teachers, we hope to help our students become critical thinkers and responsible global citizens. Therefore, we believe that incorporating ideas of peace, social justice, and environmental sustainability throughout the curriculum is of the essence. We created this package to assist teachers who would like to integrate the issues of child labour and Fair Trade into their own classrooms. Character development has become a focal point in Ontario schools. Introducing issues such as child labour, child trafficking, and Fair Trade can help develop initiatives such as empathy, fairness, responsibility, appreciation, and integrity.

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Hula Hooping for Health & Happiness

New Unit Plan on Environmental Sustainability & Human Rights!
Hula Hooping for Health and Happiness by Natalia Przednowek, Caring Gibner, Elise Milbradt, Yael Kolet & Emily Scott. Thank you to the group for contributing their lesson plan package. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Unit Plan Description:
This package reflects the goals of Developing a Global Perspective for Educators (DGPE) through our emphasis on the themes of environmental sustainability and human rights. It is designed for educators interested in incorporating global perspectives in their classroom. This resource offers introductory lessons for incorporating hula-hoops into grades 2-6 Ontario Health and Physical Education curriculum, as well as a cross curricular grade 5/6 exemplar and other cross curricular ideas! Hula-hooping can be used in the classroom as a non-competitive activity that promotes a link between the physical education curriculum and concepts of stability, locomotion, manipulation, body & spatial awareness, and general movement principles. These lessons are aimed to promote the enjoyment of movement to combat inactivity and promote environmental sustainability through an awareness of the materials used to create toys.

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Sharing is Caring

New Lesson Plan on Peace and Social Justice!
Sharing is Caring by Sarah Lee. Thank you, Sarah for the submission. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Lesson Description:
Through this arts-based activity, not only will students be able to demonstrate their skills in the arts, they will be able to practice their writing as well as explore peace within the classroom. From the read-aloud, to the discussion, to the reflection and writing, it provides a basis for peace and social justice which can then be expanded into the community because “successful language learners make meaningful connections between themselves, what they encounter in texts, and the world around them.” (Ministry of Education, 2006)

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Water for Life

New Unit Plan on Environmental Sustainability!
Water for Life by Jessica Lindsay Koop. Thank you, Jessica for sharing your unit plan with us. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Unit Description:
Why is access to clean drinking water important to all people? I selected this as my essential question because it centers on an issue that is relevant to students’ lives and their communities. Water is an essential element to life and students in Grade 6 will have already learned about water through various topics in Science and Technology. It is important to consider what students already know about water in their environment and how important it is to life. Because students use water on a daily basis for a variety of purposes, this topic is relevant to their lives. Moreover, living in a country and province abundant in natural water resources makes this question particularly relevant to Ontario students.

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Where Am I from?

New Lesson Plan on Peace!
Where Am I from? by Ashley Hayman. Thank you, Ashley for sharing your lesson plan with us. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Lesson Description:
This lesson promotes peace by teaching students about physical and cultural geography of other countries around the world. Students will also gain in depth knowledge about another country and its relationship to Canada. By learning about another country’s geography and people, students will have a chance to learn about another culture beyond the ‘costumes and festivals’ approach to multiculturalism. This in turn helps to promote peace through appreciation and genuine knowledge.

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Living Cities

New Unit Plan on Environmental Sustainability!
Living Cities by Brita Goldie, Caring Gibner, Dawn Collins and Sunny Lee. Thank you to the group for sharing their ideas. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Unit Description:
What should we consider to make cities liveable for humans, plants and animals? To assess students’ knowledge and understanding of the essential question and enduring understanding of our unit, we have decided our culminating task should be for the students to design cities, in groups, that demonstrate pollution minimization and incorporation of knowledge that habitats are homes to animals. Throughout the unit, students will have been learning about the impact of human, urban growth in relation to air, sound, water, and light pollution. Students will determine what can be done to minimize these types of pollution, on a personal and community level so they are able to connect on a personal level to the unit.

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Women’s Rights in Canada

New Unit Plan on Human Rights!
Women’s Rights in Canada by Amy Bridges. Thank you to Amy for the submission. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Unit Description:
How has the advancement of women’s rights in Canada shaped contemporary Canadian society? The essential question for this unit is centered around the issue and impact of the extension of human rights, which has enduring relevance for citizens of Canada. It draws attention to the ways in which social change is enacted through time, via the influence of individuals and collectives, which gives students a historical perspective on how to mobilize on social justice issues in the present.

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