Developing a Global Perspective for Educators

Social Action Project: What can we do to create an ecological handprint?

In terms of social action, the goal for this unit and curriculum project is to encourage students to take individual responsibility for their ecological footprint and to spread awareness with regards to environmental sustainability. This means creating an ecological handprint instead. Our personal goal as a professional learning community is to encourage teachers to execute the lesson plans in an environmentally friendly fashion, to “lead by example”. The ideas expressed through each lesson will be mirrored by the teachers and the lessons themselves. Click here to view the unit.

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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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The Story of Bottled Water

New Lesson Plan on Environmental Sustainability & Water Crisis…
The Story of Bottled Water by Leah Danis. Thank you Leah for contributing to our website. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Lesson Description:
The objective of this lesson is to introduce a global perspective to the water systems unit. Students will watch a video, brainstorm ideas, and examine labels on plastic water bottles. By the end of the lesson, students should be able to start thinking about the impact of their personal water usage, and of the bottled-water industry.

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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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