Developing a Global Perspective for Educators

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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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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Recreate & Bash the Trash!

New Lesson Plan on Environmental Sustainability!
Recreate and Bash the Trash! by Ashley Fisher. Thank you to Ashley for the lesson plan. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Lesson Description:
To draw on student’s previous knowledge of activities that promote excessive waste and take it one step further by not only minimizing their waste but also recreating it into something new and useful. Students will be encouraged to look at other areas of their life and brainstorm about what they can reuse by recreating it rather than throwing it out. At this point in the unit students will be able to recognize that their actions have consequences and today we will further that knowledge by turning our own “junk” into musical treasures instead of waste in a landfill. Students will have the chance to create real instruments out of materials they may have previously thrown away.

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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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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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The 5 Rs: Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Recreate

New Unit Plan on Environmental Sustainability!
The 5 Rs: Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Recreate by Emily Scott, Ashley Fisher, Cat Costa, Bella Flammia & Kiloran Fensom. Thanks to the group for submitting the unit plan. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Unit Description:
We have created a unit plan based around the essential question that asks students to consider if their actions are merely one drop in the ocean? We would like students to leave this unit with an understanding that their individual actions can and do make a large difference, whether they be for a positive or negative end effect. We want students to deeply understand the fact that they really can change the world through one conscious action at a time. This unit plan has been prepared for a Grade 6 Science and Technology class and is based on the strands named Understanding Matter and Energy and Understanding Life Systems. Our essential question requires knowledge and understanding of the five R’s: Recycle, Reduce, Rethink, Reuse and Recreate…

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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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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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