Lesson Plans

AnimalTales is a free book lending program with online resources and pre and post activities for Kindergarten to Grade 6. 

The following discussion questions and activities foster curiosity and link to Language Arts and Science curriculum for Kindergarten to Grade 7+. See past themes here, including kindness, respect, compassion, and responsibility. 

There are also Class Action Project ideas and guides to help animals, people, and the environment. Classes who complete projects can also end up on the Kindness Map

The current CTS course offering is AGR 1040: Animal Basics (Equine) designed to help students identify and demonstrate the basic steps involved in raising and caring for a domestic horse. Teachers can complete the course as a class or a student can individually work through the course. 

There are over 700 scientifically credible resources in the CLEAN (Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network) collection. Every item in the CLEAN collection is rigorously peer-reviewed by teams of educators and scientists. Resources include information, lesson plans, and activities for teaching about climate change and energy. All resources are free and available online.

Canadian Geographic's giant floor map program is a free resource offered to K-12 teachers. Each floor map comes with a teacher guide with at least ten curriculum-linked activities will help bring the map to life.

Maps include:

Energy Production and Transmission: This map gives students the chance to explore and learn Canada’s energy story, highlighting where Canada’s energy is produced and where it goes.

Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada: This map shows the locations of Indigenous communities, residential schools, reserves and more. Rather than political borders, Canada is broken up into Indigenous language groups.

Polar Knowledge Canada: This map looks at the world from a circumpolar perspective. Use this map to explore the Arctic region and discuss why the Arctic circumpolar region is so important.

Canada from Space: This map, comprised of images taken by Canada’s RADARSAT-2, teaches students how Earth observation satellites monitor Canada’s environment, climate and borders.

 

 

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!

The En-ROADS simulation model is a tool for seeing how policy can be used to limit warming to less than 2°C. This student assignment gives youth the opportunity to create their own vision for how we can reach this goal, while ensuring a healthy economy, promoting equity among all people, and addressing other environmental challenges. Students can play with parameters such as coal, oil, renewables, energy efficiency, deforestation, and carbon price. 

The City of Airdrie, Waste and Recycling Services (WRS) provides schools, homes and community groups with educational opportunities that teach sustainable waste management behaviour that can help reduction and diversion efforts. 

WRS provide in-class and online presentations, including Recycling (Gr. 3-6), Circular Economy (Gr. 5+), and What Happens in Our Community (Gr. 2), which takes a look at what happens at the Airdrie Recycle Depot. 

There are also activities available to do pre, post or on their own by request. Topics include food waste reduction, home waste audit, and an eco-art challenge. Contact the City of Airdrie, Education Coordinator for more information; education@airdrie.ca 

 

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. 

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

The Alberta Prairie Conservation Forum has several educational programs, including educational materials and the Deep Roots educational videoconference, a 60-minute video conference offered to Grades 4-7 classes.

Elizabeth Lahl, Langdon School, Grade 9 - Rocky View Schools

This year long inquiry revolved around the inquiry question: “Are the oil sands sustainable for all Albertans?”

Through in-class research, class discussions and meeting with different stakeholders, students explored their ideas and perspectives on the Alberta Oil Sands. Students became aware that decisions made regarding the oil sands have a multitude of impacts on a variety of areas of life (health, politics, environment, rights, first nations etc.).

Students  travelled to Fort McMurray to see the Alberta Oil Sands for themselves, met with different stakeholders and discussed multiple perspectives.  Throughout the year, various experts were invited into the classroom to deepen the student's understanding of what the students were researching.

Project Overview, including curricular connections, design, and resources.

Watch the video featuring interviews from students about the inquiry project.