Grade 5

Add your class to the Junior Water Walkers! Use the activity ideas in the four pillars: Connect, Reflect, Respect, and Protect, and then commit to protecting a local water source near your school. Check out the book The Water Walker by Joanne Robertson, and sign up to receive a Water Box for your own class copy of the book and journal to act as a "time capsule" of your learning, to then pass on to a new class at the end of the year. 

In the article Nature Can Be as Engaging as Video Games — How to Help Kids Fall in Love With the Outdoors, which also contains a TEDx video and useful linkes, Scott Sampson encourages parents to help kids fall in love with nature just like he did: through direct experience. He recommends three steps that we — along with the children in our lives — can take to connect with nature. You don’t need to go to a national park to help your kids fall in love with nature; a walk around the block can be enough. Tech also doesn’t have to be the enemy. Instead, use it as a tool to enhance their awe.

How to Make the Most of Indoor Play When You Can't Go Outside is an article with advice, activities, and links on how to bring environmental education into the indoors. This article provides tips on how to redefine what “outdoors” can really mean for each of us. For those who only have access to a backyard or are fully homebound, check out this resource for activities to maximize a small space or bring the outdoors in! 

This site includes a list of resources designed to keep learners of all ages interested and engaged in environmental education during the COVID-q9 crisis, from hands-on activities and lesson plans to websites, virtual tours, and more.

The Children and Nature Network maintains a collection of free toolkits, reports, infographics and advocacy tools is designed to help connect children, families and communities to nature. 

Learning Inside Out is a seven-week course of activities curated from the LSF's Resources4Rethinking database, with themes from the Step Outside Nature Guides and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which cover everything from climate change to equity. Different activities are listed for different age groups from K-12.

Children’s Author, Amelia Lionheart, in her fictional JEACs book series (JEACs: Junior Environmentalists and Conservationists), endeavours to educate and create awareness through the means of fun adventure stories, about the vital importance of conservation and environmental issues. Join the JEACs as they embark on adventures around the world to advocate for animal conservation, environmental issues and solve mysteries. The youngsters deal with a variety of issues; they also believe in using their talents, doing fundraising and volunteer work and having lots of fun! The JEACs firmly believe some of the key factors in saving our planet are: PACE - Participation, Awareness, Co-operation and Education. The books are educational on many levels, and the facts about the animals are accurate; the rest is fictional. Real groups of JEACs in Calgary, formed by children who read the books, raised funds for several conservation and environmental organizations, including WWF, The Cochrane Ecological Institute and the Calgary Zoo. Visit the website at: www.jeacs.com, and check out the books,
read excerpts, etc. (Advanced readers of 7 years and older, [including adults], are also reading the books. The language level is high, but there is a Glossary at the end of each book.)


The books can be purchased directly through Amelia Lionheart, who may be contacted at: amelia.lionheart@shaw.ca for details. Amelia is in Calgary and will be happy to: sell the books at a discounted rate, donate a percentage of the sale to ACEE, sign the books if requested, and add a bookmark. She lives in Calgary, but is happy to ship books within Canada (the cost of shipping will be added to the total sale of books).

The books can also be purchased at the following Indigo/Chapters Stores in Calgary (you would have to pay full price there and the books will not be signed):

  • Indigo - Dalhousie and Signal Hill;
  • Chapters - Crowfoot, Spectrum and Shawnessy.

Learn about the importance of learning with the land, led by Indigenous Peoples. Included are links to other great resources as well. 

Activity Book: Our Actions Are Our Future was created by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to accompany World Food Day 2021.

Learn about the fascinating world behind food and agriculture. Follow the journey of food from the farm to your table and the great efforts food heroes make to get it there, no matter the circumstances. And find out how your choices and actions can make a difference. No matter your age, you can be a food hero!

The Alberta Capital Airshed (ACA) provides unit plans for Grade 5 and Grade 9 containing ready-to-go classroom PowerPoint presentations, teacher's guides, and classroom activities.