Developing a Global Perspective for Educators

UPLIFT: A travel show at the frontlines of social and environmental challenges


UPLIFT is a travel show following hosts Barnabe and Nisha as they discover countries and cultures at the frontlines of social and environmental challenges, and meet the community builders, artists, activists, social entrepreneurs and innovators working on solutions. Visit http://www.upliftfilms.org for more details.

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It’s Easy to Be Green – Teacher Resources for Environmental Education

Compiled by the Faculty of Education Greening Committee of 2013 (Ailsa Lapp, Laura Leet, Marissa Reavie and Lorna McLean) at the University of Ottawa, this comprehensive list offers teacher candidates and all educational professionals accessible teaching resources for environmental education for all teaching divisions and subjects. The list incorporates print text, non-profit websites, local access centres for the National Capital Region, and electronic resources. Click here to download resource.

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Students & educators as activists – Exploring social & ecological justice

DGPE Seminar Series 2012-2013
Wednesday, October 17th 12:00 to 12:50pm (LMX 451)

How do we as educators create learning opportunities with our students to enact positive social and ecological change? How can new teachers mobilize youth toward social and ecological justice? Through a conversation-style format, seminar participants will explore the idea, roles and tensions of students and educators as ‘activists,’ as well as examine Continue Reading…

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In the News: Water on First Nations Reservations

New Lesson Plan on Environmental Sustainability & Water Crisis…
In the News: Water on First Nations Reservations by Jessica Landry. Thank you Jessica for sharing your ideas with us. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Lesson Description:
Access to water is not just a problem in the developing world. Some communities in Canada don’t have access to running water in their homes. In this lesson, students will be introduced to a particular news story about a Manitoba First Nations community that doesn’t have access to running water.

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Garbage or Art?

New Lesson Plan on Environmental Education & the 3Rs…
Garbage or Art? by Meaghan Harrison. Thanks to Meaghan for submitting the lesson plan. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Lesson Description:
The focus of this lesson is to encourage the 3Rs in the artistic expression of the students. Students will have the opportunity to view art pieces made from recycled materials and discuss the benefits of using these materials as an artist. Students will bring in their own recycled material (tin can) to create an Environment-themed artwork, helping create a connection between real-life practices (reusing tin can) with the artistic world.

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Walking for Water

New Lesson Plan on Environmental Education & Global Water Crisis…
Walking for Water by Joshua Finn. Thanks to Joshua for sharing the lesson plan with us. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Lesson Description:
This lesson is designed to incorporate an important global issue – the world water crisis – into the grade 7 math curriculum. Students will examine how accessible water is to them (in distance and in time) and determine their walking speed. This provides an opportunity to review the relationship between time, distance and speed to review conversion of units…

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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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Trees and Me

New Unit Plan on Environmental Stewardship!
Trees and Me by Kim Phillips, Ashleigh Ellis, Nick Corderio and Vanessa D’Addario. Thanks to the group for submitting the unit plan. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Description:
Plants and people are important living things and should be treated with care and respect. How does understanding the needs and the characteristics of living things create a sense of environmental stewardship? This essential question seeks to engage students in an investigation of the basic needs and characteristics of living things, specifically those of trees and humans, and encourage students to take responsibility and show respect for all living things. Through the course of the unit, students will explore and uncover the commonalities between the needs and characteristics of trees and those of humans to gain valuable knowledge of the elements that promote the health and growth of trees.

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