Lessons For Back At School

Follow up lesson ideas to do back at school:

Predator & Prey Simulation Activity

Watch the video How Wolves Change Rivers: to activate prior knowledge and students’ experience of P&P at the Island https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysa5OBhXz-Q

Have students brainstorm and research the direct connection between their everyday habits/actions and the negative impact on biodiversity. Some examples:
  • Electronics created through mining which affects habitats
  • Plastic packaging uses lots of energy to create and end up polluting and possibly harming animals
  • Food waste increases energy wasted in production and transportation attributing to climate change

 

Have students take action with the following activities:

  • Write a story, draw a picture or create a poem from the perspective of threatened wildlife
  • Create an “I Promise” board, a list of actions students take to help the earth
  • Plant window boxes, trees or a garden to create green space
  • Create a public service announcement, poster or postcard around a biodiversity issue
  • Develop an action campaign on an environmental issue and write to your local MPs and MPPs 
 

Survival

  • Try making bannock at school or at home 
  • Recipe for 1: 1 tbsp Bisquick, pinch of sugar or maple syrup, 1/4 tsp of water.  Mix and roll into a small biscuit shape. If too dry, add more water.  Bake at 325 F.  for 6 minutes or until brown.
  • Write instructions for building a fire and cooking bannock 
  • Write a story/play where someone has to survive in the woods
  • Read some first nations stories about survival and sustainable living 

Community Studies

  • Draw a map of your school and community
  • Make your own treasure book/photo book of landmarks
  • Write a comparison of your community and the Island community. Say which community you would prefer to live in

Energy in the Community

  • See the following Get Outside Lesson
  • Draw a map of energy use in the community
  • Make a scavenger hunt

Food Energy Game

  • Next time you go shopping, make a list of all the places your food comes from and compare
  • The Story of Stuff - http://storyofstuff.org/
  • Draw a diagram showing the journey of a piece of clothing etc. coming to your home

Eco Art 


    Watercolours

  • Make a display of the art that was made at Island School
  • Have students write an artist’s statement for their art piece
  • Research a Canadian watercolour artist and explore their work and inspirations (connecting to nature)
  • Students can write a critique of another student's work or their own
  • See critical analysis process: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculum/elementary/arts18b09curr.pdf,  Pp. 23-28

     Goldsworthy

  • Ask the following reflection questions to frame the viewing of this video of Goldsworthy’s work (for example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AT3lveJmjY8 ) :
  • What elements of art does he like to use?
  • What do you think his art is about?
  • How does his art impact you, others and the world?
  • Explore other Canadian nature artists: 
  • http://www.marlenecreates.ca/index.html 
  • http://www.yaaction.com/
  • https://sharonkallis.com/ 
  • Students can write a critique of another student's work or their own
  • See critical analysis process: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculum/elementary/arts18b09curr.pdf,  Pp. 23-28

    Art Inspired by Norval Morrisseau

  • Make a display of the art that was made at Island School
  • Have students write an artist’s statement for their art piece
  • Research another Indigenous artists and explore their work, inspirations and cultural contributions
  • Students can write a critique of another student's work or their own
  • See critical analysis process: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculum/elementary/arts18b09curr.pdf Pp. 23-28

Flight

  • Design your own aircraft and have a competition
  • Identify the different ways that birds fly (e.g. soar, flap, glide) and go outside and try to see these three ways that they fly
  • Look at bird wings, bird feathers
  • Watch: Bees in flight (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMB6tVmkRhE)
  •       Dragonfly flight (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUfYiQSWJAg)
  • Research Bees and their health
  • Create an awareness around the school around bee health (ie. dandelions are the first food for pollinators so protect them!!)
  • Build bee houses/insect hotels
  • Watch: Introduction Ted Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/marla_spivak_why_bees_are_disappearing#t-20164 
  • Save the Bees Campaign:
  • http://www.beesmatter.ca/learning-centre/#toolkits
  • Have students create a social media campaign, and create tweets around their schools that raises awareness on bee populations declining in Canada 
  • Have students build Insect hotels- http://inhabitat.com/diy-how-to-build-an-insect-hotel-from-found-materials/

Biodiversity

  • Make a display of their “leaves” (action plans)
  • Plan a class action to help preserve biodiversity
  • Identify and research a local issue that will have an impact on biodiversity (e.g. a new construction site; a new park)
  • Create a picture/poem about your favourite living thing at the Island

Gardening

  • Plant seeds and grow them in your classroom window
  • Students bring in the ingredients for making salad - i.e, ingredients that could be grown in a Toronto garden (e.g., lettuce, kale, chard, chives, herbs, radish, mint, cucumber, etc.). Students make their own salad and salad dressing (i.e., vinegar, oil and herbs)
  • Investigate a small “natural” garden plot on the schoolyard with magnifiers, etc.
  • Visit a public garden/greenhouse (e.g., Allan’s Gardens)