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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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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Rain Forest

New Lesson Plan on Environmental Sustainability!
Rain Forest by Adam Perzia. Thanks to Adam for the lesson plan. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Lesson Description:
This lesson will introduce students to three aspects of the rain forest: people, animals, and other life. Students will learn how these three aspects affect the rain forest in a number of positive/negative ways. Through this study, students also learn about the importance of environmental sustainability, and how deforestation has an effect on not only the rainforest’s immediate surroundings, but the world as a whole. Students will listen to a number of short stories and use specific internet sites to discover the rain forest. Students will record their finding on charts and present their findings at the end of the lesson.

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Save the Whales

New Lesson Plan on Environmental Stewardship!
Save the Whales? by Sunny Sunjung Lee. Thank you, Sunny for the submission. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Lesson Description
Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), a synthetic pesticide used for agriculture causes severe harm on wildlife. Beluga whales, because they are at the top of the food chain, accumulate toxic DDT in its system and many have died of cancer as a result. Although its use has been banned in many developed countries, it is still used in some developing countries as a cure against Malaria. This lesson guides educators to introduce students to the issue of pollution (e.g., DDT) and consequent habitat alterations by integrating skills and knowledge from both science and mathematics: Students will learn to use data represented on graphs to communicate about global environmental issues. They will also engage in meaningful discussions to propose possible actions that take both national and international issues into consideration. Through the lesson, the concept of “global citizenship” will be taken up with the students.

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Protect Our Wetlands!

New Lesson Plan on Environmental Sustainability!
Protect Our Wetlands! by Rosalie Emery. Thank you, Rosalie for sharing your lesson plan. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Lesson Description
In this lesson, students will engage in an activity that simulates three nesting seasons for a variety of animals that use wetlands as a nursery. They will experience the loss of food, water and shelter as the wetland shrinks. The effects of human encroachment on wetlands will be examined and discussed. Through the visual aid of a slide show, students will learn characteristics of wetlands and the inhabitants within. Students will gain knowledge and understanding of the significance of our wetlands. Through a variety of mediums, students will learn how wetlands are natural ecosystems which are interdependent on the species living within. Furthermore, students will discuss the negative effects of human behaviour on wetlands.

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Where Did They Go? A Study of the Sumatran Forest and Its Endangered Species

New Lesson Plan on Environmental Sustainability!
Where Did They Go? A Study of the Sumatran Forest and Its Endangered Species by Caitlin Arnold. Thank you, Caitlin for your submission. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Lesson Description
The forests of Sumatra are home to some of the rarest animals and plant species in the world. It is also the only place on earth where tigers, rhinos, orangutans and elephants live together… This lesson has been designed to raise student’s awareness of these endangered animals and to allow them to apply their knowledge from previous lessons to create posters to raise community awareness. Students will be able to use their previous knowledge to understand the positive and negative impacts of human interaction with natural habitats to assess and evaluate the effects this will have in the future. Students will also be given the chance to identify, link and explain reasons for the depletion of the tiger, rhino, orangutan and elephant species. Students will be given the opportunity to stretch their creative muscles to produce a large poster depicting the present day Sumatran forest habitat and animals juxtaposed with what they think and hypothesize will happen to the Sumatran natural environment if humans continue their negative path of deforestation, poaching and logging…

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Animal Tracking

New Environmental Sustainability Lesson!
Animal Tracking by Courtney Micucci, Megan Hoferichter, Melissa MacIntye, Alyssa Doucet, Jessica Mumper & Breelyn Lancaster. Thank you to all the contributors for submitting the lesson plan. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Lesson Description
Students will examine fake animal scat in terms of size, shape, and contents to determine which animal it would have come from. Students will then create animal scat (using oatmeal, water, and cocoa powder) and, using an animal scat identification poster, attempt to identify which animal their classmates chose. Finally, students will attempt to match scat, tracks, and the names of animals in Algonquin to pictures of local animals (including deer, rabbits, moose, etc).

The knowledge students will gain from this activity includes some of the differences between herbivores, omnivores, and carnivores (including their diets and the flow of energy between them), aspects of digestion, and how human impact on the environment can affect animals’ eating habits. Hunting will also be discussed, including how scat and tracks can be used while hunting.

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