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Art in Nature

Submitted by: Hannah Hobbs Grade level: ece,elementary Core Competencies: communication,creative-thinking,positive-personal-and-cultural-identity,social-responsibility Subject Disciplines: outdoor-education Suggested Location: Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver   Approaches to Learning: Appreciation, Creative Thinking, Mindfulness,  Approaches to Teaching: Long term project-based learning, Environment as the third teacher, Based on Inquiry   Responsibilities as Outdoor Educators: Respect for our environment Use only what is …

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Living or Non-Living? Characteristics of Life

Submitted by: Julia Kadi Grade level: secondary,middle-years Core Competencies: communication,creative-thinking,critical-thinking Subject Disciplines: biology,chemistry,earth-science-and-space-science,outdoor-education This is a great opportunity to teach students about the Characteristics of Life, allowing them to then apply their new knowledge by determining whether some members of their local ecosystems are living or non-living, using the characteristics of life to back up …

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What a tree means to me

Submitted by: Hannah Hobbs Grade level: ece,elementary Core Competencies: communication,creative-thinking,critical-thinking,positive-personal-and-cultural-identity,social-responsibility Subject Disciplines: earth-science-and-space-science,indigenous-education,language-arts,outdoor-education Approaches to Learning: Respect, Reflection, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Appreciating diversity, creative thinking Approaches to Teaching: Environment as the third teacher, image of the child, observations and documentation  Responsibilities as Outdoor Educators:  Ensuring the safety of children Respect for Indigenous land and peoples …

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Life Cycles of the Bog

Submitted by: Hannah Hobbs Grade level: ece,elementary Core Competencies: critical-thinking,positive-personal-and-cultural-identity,social-responsibility Subject Disciplines: earth-science-and-space-science,outdoor-education   This lesson is designed to be used with the Pacific Spirit Park EcoKit.   Suggested location: Camosun Bog, Pacific Spirit Park   Approaches to Learning: Impulse control, solving problems, evaluating, teamwork, critical thinking   Approaches to Teaching: Based on inquiry, child-led, …

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Woodland Mapping

Submitted by: Hannah Hobbs Grade level: elementary,ece,middle-years Core Competencies: communication,creative-thinking,critical-thinking,positive-personal-and-cultural-identity,social-responsibility Subject Disciplines: applied-skills,geography,indigenous-education,outdoor-education Woodland Mapping…a background: This activity is based on building a stronger connection to the natural place you are learning in. There is a focus on teamwork, using relationship skills and social awareness to drive the learning. Working in smaller groups whilst doing an activity such …

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Den Building

Submitted by: Hannah Hobbs Grade level: ece,elementary Core Competencies: communication,creative-thinking,critical-thinking Subject Disciplines: outdoor-education Den Building Children often have a natural instinct to build shelters, possibly offering insight into their need to feel comfort, create a safe environment and feel secure in a space. The notion of creating a den or shelter links us back to the basic …

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Lessons from Mother Earth

Submitted by: Hannah Hobbs Grade level: ece,elementary Core Competencies: communication,critical-thinking,positive-personal-and-cultural-identity,social-responsibility Subject Disciplines: outdoor-education,indigenous-education This lesson is designed to be used with the Pacific Spirit Park EcoKit, which can be reserved through the Pacific Spirit Park Society.   Suggested location: Camosun Bog, Pacific Spirit Park Approaches to Learning: Respect, Reflection, Thinking in the form of application, …

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Nature Companion: An Entry-Level Nature App for Canada’s Four Western Provinces

Submitted by: EcoFriendly Sask Grade level: elementary,middle-years,secondary Core Competencies: communication,social-responsibility Subject Disciplines: biology,earth-science-and-space-science,outdoor-education Nature Companion (https://www.naturecompanion.ca/) is a free app/website introducing many of the plants and animals found in Canada’s four western provinces. In just one app, you’ll find basic information about over 300 common plants, trees, birds, animals, insects, reptiles, and amphibians. It’s available on …

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Experiential Outdoor Learning in the Schoolyard – Free Activity Guides

Submitted by: Annie Montague Grade level: elementary,middle-years Core Competencies: creative-thinking,critical-thinking Subject Disciplines: math,fine-arts,outdoor-education,physics Green Schoolyard America and our partners at the International School Grounds Alliance publish a set of free, downloadable books filled with ideas for outdoor learning, play, and health. This set of 250 hands-on activities and curriculum ideas were contributed by 188 organizations …

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Story of the inanimate

Submitted by: Marie-Ève Dupuis Grade level: elementary Core Competencies: communication,creative-thinking Subject Disciplines: english Materials: Camera, Paper and pencil Background:  Have you ever wonder what that huge tree seen in its life? Or what that rock experienced to get there? Time isn’t the same for everything/everyone. This task invites you to change your perspective and give …

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