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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Hazards of Common Household Chemicals

New Lesson Plan on Environmental Sustainability!
The Hazards of Common Household Chemicals by Maxine Wiseman. Thanks to Maxine for the lesson plan. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Lesson Description:
With the recent classification of Bisphenol-A as toxic, it is important for students to understand the environmental impact of purchasing and using certain household chemicals. Through this lesson, students will understand that common household chemicals can be dangerous to them as individuals, to their community at large and to the non-human environment. They will also learn about environmental sustainability as they discover how to identify and safely dispose of household hazardous waste. Finally, students will be introduced to alternative ecologically friendly solutions.

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Exploring and Understanding Water

New Unit Plan on Environmental Sustainability!
Exploring and Understanding Water by Elise A. Milbradt. Thank you to Elise for submitting the unit plan. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Unit Description:
How does the amount and quality of water in our environment affect living things? This unit, built on the this essential question, is designed for a grade two science class with cross-curricular links to language and mathematics. The unit, designed around the importance of having access to clean water, is created to follow a previous unit on the properties and characteristics on water. Because a fair amount of writing is involved, this unit should not be introduced too early in the grade two classrooms. Students should already have been introduced to basic graphing in their math class.

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An Immigrant’s Tale: The Story of Immigration in Canada

New Unit Plan on Citizenship, Immigration & Diversity!
An Immigrant’s Tale: The Story of Immigration in Canada by Amira Boutaleb, Malca McLean & Kherta Sherif Mohamed. Thanks to the group for submitting the unit plan. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Excerpt:
This unit looks at the question of immigration and its role in shaping the Canada we live in today. Students will be asked to consider how and why individuals immigrate to new lands as well as the cultural heritages they bring with them…Throughout this unit, students will be encouraged to take their learning beyond abstract ideas such as multiculturalism, diversity, and empathy. They will be asked to think with their “heads, hearts, and hands” in a way that looks for the potential for them to integrate these ideas into their own lives through action. Keeping the goal of student agency in mind, the unit culminates in a “Immigrant’s Tale” gallery and presentation in which the students themselves educate others (i.e. their parents, principal, other classes) on what they have learned.

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What’s Your Name?

New Lesson Plan on Social Justice, Acceptance and Inclusion!
What’s Your Name? by Kherta Mohamed. Thank you, Kherta for submitting the lesson plan. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Lesson Description
The intent of this lesson is to inspire students to develop/enhance their capacity for empathy. By reading The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi, students will begin to understand the importance of being accepting of and learning from cultural difference. Sharing their thoughts in a talking circle will allow students the opportunity to identify situations in their own lives where they have been new to a city or country and have experienced similar feelings of fear and uncertainty as those of Unhei, the main character. This story offers teachers to incorporate issues of social justice, acceptance and inclusion into their classroom discussions. The story builds upon the idea that young students can and do have the agency to spur positive change in their own lives and the lives of others through their social interactions. The lesson culminates with an arts-based activity in which students make their own name stamps using a variety of materials they have brought from home.

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