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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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Discovering Decomposers!

Discovering Decomposers! Submitted by: Serina Bain Grade level: ECE, elementary Core Competencies: creative-thinking, critical thinking, positive-personal-and-cultural-identity Subject Disciplines: science-education,indigenous-education Location: any natural place (e.g. playground, forest, beach) Grade 1-4 could be extended to grade 7 Materials: Hard writing surface (clip board, cardboard with clip) Pencil Coloured pencils (optional, helps with drawings and observations) Magnifying glasses …

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Noticing Encounters: Revisiting Nature Art Over Time

Submitted by: Trisha Phillips Grade level: ece,elementary Core Competencies: creative-thinking,positive-personal-and-cultural-identity,critical-thinking Subject Disciplines: fine-arts,indigenous-education Location: any natural space (e.g. playground, forest, beach) with accessible, loose materials on the ground. Connections to Art Curriculum Kindergarten & Grade 1 – Big Ideas:  People connect to others and share ideas through the arts. Engagement in the arts creates opportunities for …

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Assensement Workshop

Submitted by: Chris Ladner Grade level: middle-years,secondary,post-secondary Core Competencies: critical-thinking,communication Subject Disciplines: outdoor-education,social-studies Assensement Workshop By: Chris Ladner August 12, 2020   Assensement: Assessing our environment using all our senses. Purpose 1. For students to become more aware of their environment through their senses. 2. For students to appreciate their place. Equipment required: 1. Pen …

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Journaling for Sense of Place and Wellbeing

Submitted by: Selina Miller Grade level: secondary Core Competencies: critical-thinking,positive-personal-and-cultural-identity,communication Subject Disciplines: social-studies,humanities,geography,english,outdoor-education This lesson is inspired by Traci Warkentin’s 2011 article “Cultivating Urban Naturalists.” Students will be working with a partner and returning to the same outdoor spot regularly throughout the duration of the course. Warkentin, T. (2011). Cultivating urban naturalists: Teaching experiential, place-based …

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How Do We Know This Patch?

Submitted by: Ben Hockley Grade level: middle-years,secondary Core Competencies: communication,creative-thinking,positive-personal-and-cultural-identity,social-responsibility Subject Disciplines: earth-science-and-space-science,outdoor-education Subject: Science    Grade: 6-8    Timing: 10-15 minutes each class, for about 8 classes Main Idea: An outdoor exploration of different lenses we can use to do observations. This is inspired by David George Haskell’s (2013) book “The Forest Unseen.” Lesson Aims: To …

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Nature Art

Submitted by: Jackie HamnettGrade level: elementaryCore Competencies: creative-thinking,social-responsibility,communicationSubject Disciplines: fine-arts,outdoor-education Nature Art Grade 4/5 Class Big Idea ·       Artists experiment in a variety of ways todiscover new possibilities CurricularCompetencies       Create artistic works collaboratively and as anindividual using ideas inspired by imagination, inquiry, experimentation, andpurposeful play ·       Describe and respond to works of art and …

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Storytelling, Stamps and Life Maps – An Outdoor Art Project

Submitted by: Anna Moreau Grade level: middle-years,elementary,secondary,post-secondary Core Competencies: communication,creative-thinking,critical-thinking,positive-personal-and-cultural-identity,social-responsibility Subject Disciplines: fine-arts,outdoor-education,language-arts,english Lesson: Mud Art: Be an anywhere artist! https://www.wildaboutvancouver.com/lesson/mud-art-be-an-anywhere-artist/ https://meganzeni.com/imaginative-play-anywhere-artist/ I would certainly use this lesson but I would adapt it for use in a high school art class and I would do this by adding in the element of portraiture. When I …

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Creating Patterns in Nature

Submitted by: Alexandra Lamb Grade level: elementary Core Competencies: creative-thinking,communication,social-responsibility Subject Disciplines: outdoor-education,math Location: Outdoor space (e.g. school grounds, forest, garden, etc.) Objectives: Kindergarten: –       I can extend repeating patterns. –       I can create repeating patterns. –       I can name the missing elements in a pattern. Grade One: –       I can identify the pattern core. –       I can extend repeating patterns with multiple …

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Our One Hectare Backyard – Free Outdoor Classroom Video Resource

Submitted by: Damian A Grade level: middle-years,elementary Core Competencies: social-responsibility,positive-personal-and-cultural-identity,communication Subject Disciplines: biology,history,indigenous-education,outdoor-education What is Our One Hectare Backyard?  Our One Hectare Backyard is a series of educational videos that use a stewardship framework to guide exploration of an urban park. This virtual outdoor classroom connects elementary students with nature through short, fun lessons about …

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