Hands On Activities

These flashcards provide easy to follow one-pager activities for different seasons. 

Inside Education offers environmental & natural resource education in the form of lesson plans, activities, videos, toolkits, field trips, and classroom programs for all grade levels in a huge variety of topics and subject areas!

Climate Change and Me is designed for elementary school and also available in French. This video series covers a variety of topics including: Greenhouse effect, biomes and ecosystems, the hydrological cycle, the role of plants in the fight against climate change, sources of energy, and the waste cycle.

The Alberta Youth Leaders for Environmental Education created this climate policy resolution template with support from Schools for Climate Action. Use the template to pass a resolution with your environmental class or club, or student council using the instructions below. 

View the Template

 

Instructions for Using the Policy Template

  1. Download the template here.
  2. Review the template as a team which could be a school club, student council, and/or class with a teacher. Make a copy of it and change it to fit with your school community and local area, making it a message that you understand and are comfortable with. Discuss the changes as a group and ensure that everyone has a chance to contribute

  3. Pass and sign the resolution. Hold a vote with your whole team to pass it. Have all members sign the document (we recommend only signing your initials or first name if you are under 18) and date it. Have a chosen representative(s) sign the document with their contact email. Share a copy of your resolution, and if you’re comfortable with it, a photo with AYLEE by filling out this form.

  4. Action: Create an action plan to use your policy resolution. Include who you will share it with and how, and how you will ensure that your actions will uphold your resolutions.

  5. Follow up: Continue to check in as a team with your progress on the resolution. Share updates with AYLEE and other schools who are passing resolutions.

Note: If at any time of using the instructions for the policy template you have any questions or concerns regarding the steps, please feel free to contact AYLEE through our Youth Program Coordinator at shauna@abcee.org

 

Suggested Timeline 

  • Review: An estimate of a two weeks upon introduction of the policy template as a group, based on a group this time can be lengthened or shortened.
  • Pass and Sign: Set a date and time to hold a vote one week after the time of review.
  • Action: One to two weeks to finalize the action steps, however this is an ongoing process and does not need to be finalized.
  • Follow up: Throughout the use of the template, we encourage actively participating and keeping the resolution accountable through checking in with AYLEE and other schools. This is all dependent on your group's progress and capacity. 

In all, a timeline for using a policy template is flexible, but we believe it is helpful and important to have a timeline or a goal set by your group that you can work towards and change if need be.

Students of all ages will become engaged in Eco-Games in their schoolyards. They involve scavenger hunts, secret codes, ecological literacy and sparks for further inquiry and action. There are 15 Eco-Games available for FREE download. Watch the youtube videos to learn how to set up the Eco-Games. 

BioKits are interactive activity books that can be printed and taken with your class on any outing in the community or natural parks! Activities connect to the various sights and sounds of the community, including signs of wildlife, and encourage students to explore the services in their community and think about topics such as transportation/green transportation, recycling/waste services, and more!

 

BioKits are also available in French

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! 

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.

This article describes easy-to-use tools and methods for finding and identifying different types of rocks and minerals in your backyard!

Ever Active Schools uses the Comprehensive School Health framework to support schools, providing professional development opportunities, lesson plans and other resources, and an EAS in residence program to help schools develop a custom plan for improving school health.