Exploring forest ecosystems, management issues and developing my own understanding
Kim Kendal, Banded Peak School, Grades 5 and 6 - Rocky View Schools
In teaching the grade 6 science unit, ‘Trees and Forests’, three combined Grade 4 and 6 classes developed a deeper understanding of the effects of clear-cutting on forest ecosystems. This inquiry included field experiences, working with experts with concepts integrated across the curriculum. The focus was on interpreting the stories and perspectives behind clear cutting and our role in this process from our demand for wood and paper products. They learned about the many voices and importance of voice by interpreting the stories and perspectives behind clear-cutting.