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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There is No Bad Weather

No matter where you live, you have a choice to make. You will bemoan the changing of each season or you will celebrate it. I am a big believer in the celebration. Fall in Vancouver, British Columbia brings a promise of colourful leaves, crisp mornings, white caps on the waves, and the advent of the …

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Forest Literacy Framework

Project Learning Tree Canada‘s Forest Literacy Framework translates the language of forests and sustainable forest management into concepts for everyone. The framework offers 100 forest concepts for Grades K-12, organized into four themes: What is a forest?, Why do forests matter?, How do we sustain our forests?, and What is our responsibility to forests? Find …

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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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