Eco Literacy Themed Books

Not your typical book about the environment

Not Your Typical Book About The Environment

by Elin Kelsey (Author) and Clayton Hanmer (Illustrator)

This book is anything but typical. Using exciting comic like graphics, this book explains to young people the connection between some of their favourite things and their environment. For example, "How gorillas are connected to cell phones" and "How bees are connected to your burger and world peace." It also gives tips for reducing your footprint. Open your students eyes to a new perspective on the environment and why they should be thinking about reducing our impact on it.
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Compost: A Family Guide to Making Soil From Scraps

by Ben Raskin

All things compost in one useful book for the whole family. A great accessible guide for kids but informative for adults too. Play games, use the recipe wheel and learn about hot or cold compost piles. The book is even compostable itself!
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Eco Literacy Themed Resources


Were your students inspired by work in our gardens? Then try out some of the great resources below:


Now that green bins are in your school are you interested in composting your food waste to reduce your class environmental footprint? Then check out the resources below! There are so many curriculum connections!

Earth Stewardship

TDSB Global Competencies is a website jam packed with curriculum based lesson plans such as fair trade, human impact on the environment, student leadership in environmental issues and upcycling just to name a few. 

Earth Repair Project - Student Worksheet 
(Make a copy and edit to your liking - click 'Slide'/Edit Master)

This worksheet can be a pre-learning activity where students are sent a picture of an SOES space and determine what the problem with the area is and create possible solutions. As a follow-up activity back at school, students can examine their school yard and look for signs of damage due to overuse, erosion, lack of green space, litter etc. Students will define the problem, look at possible solutions, construct a solution and evaluate their results.

Do your students want to continue helping the Earth with another repair or stewardship project? Get involved with EcoLeague, “a youth empowerment program that challenges and motivates students across the country to help save the planet through school and community based sustainability action projects.” Here is a link on how to get involved.

Kids at work in the garden at SOES

A shrew in the garden

Carrying roots in a wheelbarrow