Grade 8

Wetlands 101 features eleven 5-7 minute videos regularly updated with the most current information about wetlands and Alberta’s policies. Students will receive a certificate of completion for obtaining a minimum of 80% on each of the chapter quizzes. Alternatively, students have the option of taking the course for “fun” with no evaluations after viewing each video. So sit back, plug in your headphones, and get ready to learn about some of Alberta’s most valued ecosystems!

Topics explored during the course can be found here

Climate Game Changers is an interactive resource to help guide climate learning for students, adults, and teachers. With a ‘choose your own adventure’ style of learning, and ways to take climate action. 

Bring Nature Home Toolkit for parents and teachers to support outdoor and wildlife education.

Forest Stewards provides information about the relationship between fires and forests, logging, and hydrological processes. 

CPAWS also has an action project map to discover what actions are being taken by students around Alberta in order to preserve the integrity of our parks and protected areas. Have you done any projects recently? Add your actions to the map!

Alberta Climate Records is an exciting new interactive website from the University of Lethbridge, providing decades of climate data from across the province. Explore datasets from 1951-2017, including mean temperature, cold weather, hot weather, growing temperature, and precipitation. 

Ask Nature provides a variety of biomimicry and engineering unit plans, lesson plans, and design challenges. The website also features professional development online courses to help teachers embark on design challenges with their students. 

Launched in April 2017, Call of the Wetland challenged Calgarians to regularly monitor 52 urban wetlands for amphibians as an indicator of wetland health. After three seasons, data collection ended in August 2019. A Story Map was created on ArcGIS Online to tell the story of Call of the Wetland and show initial results. Use the maps with your students to discover amphibians in Calgary's wetlands and the locations they have been spotted. 

This data will be used to inform land development and management decisions. 

Stay tuned for more results to be added about the environmental conditions in Calgary's wetlands. 

Teachers can create an account for free on Skype in the Classroom and request virtual field trips for their class! Field trip topics include animals, ecology and conservation, and history and culture. Search by subject, age group, and location. 

Climate Change 101 is a unique series of video interviews with climate scientists about climate science. What makes the interviews unique is that the second half is spent explaining why the science can be trusted - why the data is sound, how do computer models work, what does it mean when scientists have low or high confidence in their conclusions. The scientists explain the content in a way that listeners can understand. Climate Change 101 is meant to grow over time and is free for everyone to use.

Episode 1

Episode 2

Cornell Garden Based Learning provides downloadable lesson plans for Grades 2-8 about plants and gardening. 

Ag for Life has collected a range of resources for K-12 in a variety of subject areas. Resources include games, lesson plans, and apps related to growing food, beef, canola, and GMOs. 

Ag for Life also has a Rural Safety Mobile unit, traveling across Alberta to teach students about hazard identification, large animals, large equipment, utilities, risk assessment, chemicals, and protective equipment.

SnapAG provides resources to teach students about topics in agriculture ranging from farming basics, to pesticides, and GMOs.