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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Can You Count on Cans?

New Lesson Plan on Environmental Sustainability!
Can You Count on Cans? by Karine Longpré. Thank you to Karine for the submission. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Lesson Description:
This lesson is meant to be given after the class has participated in a food drive for their local shelter. In this lesson, the students will be asked to estimate how many items they have collected. They then will count and organize categorically into a chart all the non-perishable food items that they have collected for the Ottawa Mission (or shelter of choice). After having counted and organized the data into a chart, the students will be asked to determine how many people the food they have collected will feed, and how long it will last the Ottawa Mission. The lesson is meant to give students an appreciation of the food they have and to make them aware of how much food is needed to help the homeless. It will entice them to not waste as much of their food.

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Transportation & Environmental Sustainability

New Lesson Plan on Environmental Sustainability!
Transportation & Environmental Sustainability by Erika Cousens. Thank you to Erika for submitting the lesson plan. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Lesson Description:
The lesson begins with a Read Aloud by the teacher of the book “We All Go Traveling By” written by Sheena Roberts and illustrated by Siobhan Bell. Discussion of the book, its modes of transportations, its illustrations and its environmental representation. The Read Aloud will be followed by the sing along CD provided with the book. At this time, children will be invited and encouraged to stand, sing along and dance while the teacher follows along with the book in hand. The teacher will explain the different modes of transportation and how each may be helping our environment while others may be more harmful if not used appropriately. The children will be provided with a simple worksheet that involved cutting and gluing different modes of transportation into two different columns, “more environmentally friendly” and “less environmentally friendly”.

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Peace Day

New Lesson Plan on Peace & Social Justice!
Peace Day by Kayla Jeanveau. Thank you, Kayla for the submission. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Lesson Description:
This lesson is designed to teach students about Peace Day. Ideally it should be used on Peace Day, on or near the end of a unit plan. It serves to focus on a theme of Peace and Equality through a read aloud and discussion of the story book ‘Whoever You Are’ by Mem Fox. By creating an open dialect about cultural diversity and equality students will be able to make connections with their peers on a basic human level. Students will learn about Peace Day through the sharing of ideas and creating symbols of peace to decorate the class Peace Tree.

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Recycling Constructing

New Lesson Plan on Environmental Sustainability!
Recycling Constructing by Helen Athanasopoulos. Thank you to Helen for the submission. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Lesson Description:
The children will investigate various materials that can be recycled. They will then describe the various characteristics these items have in common…and will be able to distinguish between items that can be recycled, and those that cannot. The children will then use these recycled materials to build a structure that can hold other recyclable materials in it. The children will artistically explore what it means to build a structure, as they choose materials to address different artistic challenges while trying to build, and then decorate their recycling bin. Giving the students a unique opportunity to explore the visual arts. The students will gain a further understanding of environmental sustainability once their recycling bins are put to use, having learned that they have engaged in a project that will positively affect the environment which they live in. This in turn gives them a chance to connect their environment to the environment as a whole, giving them the opportunity to gain a global perspective in terms of the world they live in, due to the ripple effect.

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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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