Acadian and Boreal Forest Curriculum

The Sierra Club of Canada – Atlantic Canada Chapter’s Acadian and Boreal Forest Education Program will give students a deeper understanding of the special Acadian and Boreal Forest ecosystem. Through participation in our hands-on, interactive presentations students will increase their ecological knowledge, acquire new stewardship skills and learn all about their role as forest stewards. Have your class join us as we use games, hands-on activities, slide show presentation, crafts and discussion to bring the Acadian and Boreal Forest to life – right in your own classroom.

Check out the more details section for the following grade level programs:

Grades Primary - 2: Backyard Bandits

Grades 3 - 4: Places and Plants, Spaces and Ants

Grades 5 - 6: Trees Please!

 

 Grades Primary - 2

 Backyard Bandits

In Backyard Bandits students will use their senses to explore what is over their heads and under their feet – and will discover all about the amazing plants and animals that live right in their backyard! They will realize the importance of their day-to-day decisions in the environment and find out what they can do to keep it clean and healthy. Through song, story, visual representation and a sensory-station approach, our staff will share with your students key ecological concepts and information, and will help students identify everyday stewardship actions that we all can partake in. Specific activities will include participating in listening to an interactive ‘Story of a Tree’, visiting each of our specially prepared ‘Forest Sensory Stations’, an animal guessing game, scavenger hunt and much more!

Grades P-2
Subject Science/Social Studies
Curriculum Connections/
Expectations Met
• Sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch
• Exploring the world of living things
• Investigating, characteristics, life cycles and needs of living things outdoors and in the classroom
• People, Place and the Environment: Students will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of the interactions among people, place and environment.
• Describe some of the natural and constructed characteristics of their community.
• Recognize that environments and communities have features.
• Describe how people depend upon and interact with different natural environments and communities.
• Take age-appropriate action to practice responsible behaviour in caring for the environment and communities.
Project Duration 70 minutes per visit; two visits
Special Needs

n/a


 

Grades 3 - 4

Places and Plants, Spaces and Ants


In Places and Plants, Spaces and Ants, the focus is on plants and living things in the environment. Concepts including habitat, species lifecycles, and species-species and species-spaces relationships are all examined. Some basic mappings skills will be explored and how pollution effects the environment. As well, students discover both what and where the Acadian and Boreal Forest is and what they can do to keep it clean and healthy. Through a slide show, hands-on games, and activities our staff will share with your students key ecological concepts and information, and will help students identify everyday stewardship actions that we all can partake in. Specific activities will include a game of Jeopardy, hands-on props, a craft, a scavenger hunt and much more!

Grades 3-4
Subject Science/Social Studies
Curriculum Connections/
Expectations Met
• The life cycle of plants
• Uses for plants
• Interactions of living things and soil
• Habitats and populations
• Behavioral and structural features of animals that enables them to survive in their habitat
• Structural features of plants that enable them to survive in their habitat
• Food chains
• The impact of technology in natural habitats
• Demonstrate an understanding of how people of all ages can play a role as active citizens
Project Duration 90 minutes per visit; two visits
Special Needs n/a


Grades 5 - 6

Trees Please!


In Trees Please! students learn all about the various abiotic and biotic components of the Acadian and Boreal Forest, while at the same time discovering the needs and results of human relationships with the forest and the ideas and options available towards becoming Forest Stewards. Through a slide show, hands-on games, and activities, our staff will share with your students key ecological concepts and information, helping students identify everyday stewardship actions that we all can partake in. Specific activities will include a game of Jeopardy, a focus group discussion, an eco-footprint quiz, a scavenger hunt and much more!

Grades 5-6
Subject Science/Social Studies
Curriculum Connections/
Expectations Met
• Movement of Air and Water
• Environmental Issues
• Effect of technologies on the environment
• Role of common classification scheme for living things
• The Animal Kingdom: Vertebrates and Invertebrates
• Microorganisms
• Adaptations and natural selections
• Demonstrate an understanding of the influence of climate and vegetation on selected regions of the world
• For selected cultural regions, assess the relationship between the culture and the environment
Project Duration 70 minutes per visit; two visits
Special Needs n/a

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Resources for Environmental Education

The following is a list of resources developed by Sierra Club Atlantic's Advisory Committee on Education of articles, books, and organizations working on Environmental Education

Articles:
David Sobel - “Beyond Ecophobia” http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/education-for-life/803
David Orr- “What is Education For?” http://www.context.org/ICLIB/IC27/Orr.htm
Orion magazine - http://www.orionmagazine.org/
Canadian Journal of Environmental Education - http://cjee.lakeheadu.ca

Books:
Richard Louv- Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder
“Last Child in the Woods is the first book to bring together a new and growing body of research... Read more »

NATURE DEFICIT? NOT THESE CHILDREN

Wild Child Nature Immersion Gets Children Outside

Wednesday, October 20, 2010- Halifax, NS:The children stop what they are doing and scramble to another child that has shouted that they have found a salamander. She is holding it gently in their hand and while the others push their way into the crowd to take a look at the small amphibian before it is carefully put back in its home.

 

This fall, children at two schools that host the Halifax Regional School Board’s EXEL Child Care Programs are participating in an innovative program, called Wild Child Nature Immersion. These “Wild Children” explore and play outside in a forested area, while learning about local living ecosystems.

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