Grade 8

Bumble Bee Watch is a citizen science app that anyone can use to take pictures of bumble bees to help contribute to bumble bee science. The pictures are automatically accompanied by information about time and location, are then identified by bee experts. The images become part of a scientific library of information about what species of bees, and roughly how many, are found in different places — including many that scientists can’t easily get to — at various times of the year.
 

By using the app, you can help scientists learn where to find and protect rare bee species, what kinds of plants different bees are using for food at different times of year, and whether some bee species are declining with time and factors such as climate change.

Project WET provides water education in the form of activity booklets, storybooks, educators guides, maps and posters, and activity kits.  

The Alberta Irrigation Districts Association provides an online data tool to see the water quality of all irrigation districts. Students can look at and compare data from 2011 to present. 

The Healthy Rivers Story Map is an interactive website that allows you to connect with and learn about Calgary’s watersheds, rivers and riparian areas, and explore actions you can take to protect the health of our rivers.

Some highlights include:

  • Information about the health of Calgary’s rivers, and ongoing monitoring activities
  • An interactive tool to learn about your local Calgary watershed
  • A map showcasing various City and community restoration and bioengineering projects
  • Volunteer and stewardship notice board, for citizens to find ways to get involved in their watershed

The guide is written for teachers and includes both the basics of climate change science and perspectives on teaching a subject that has become socially and politically polarized (US based info but some good information). 

The Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network links to a wide range of climate change resources for all grade levels. 

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the BC Teachers’ Federation have teamed up to create free classroom-ready materials that help students engage with the two great inconvenient truths of our time: climate change and rising inequality. And we don’t stop at small-scale personal choices, climate justice looks to how we can re-imagine the systems around us to make a better life for everyone. 

compilation of climate change information and data compiled by various international organizations.

Visit the Green Energy Futures website to explore stories with your students about green energy pioneers who are moving forward in their homes, businesses and communities.

Solar in the Schools provides 10 free lessons complete with videos, readings, quizzes exercises and discussion forums. The lessons are written at the high school level with lessons in energy efficiency, solar thermal, solar electric, wind, microhydro, renewable energy in the developing world and the economics of renewable energy. Climate change resources can also be found on the webpage.