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Lesson Plans and Teacher Resources through The Green Classroom

Take-Homes and Handouts

Litterless Lunch Handout

A helpful flyer with a month's worth of balanced school day menus and tips for packing a litterless lunch

20/20 Planner An EcoSchools booklet to help students and their families conserve energy, to make our air cleaner, and reduce climate change

ABCA Climate Change Document  Addresses potential local impacts of climate change 

ABCA Climate Change Position Paper   Building Resilient Watersheds to Prepare for Future Weather Extremes and Climate Change through Effective Watershed Resource Management, Planning and Programming - Addresses potential local impacts of climate change.

Canada's Forests Climate Change Teachers' Kit  Produced by the Canadian Forestry Association

Canada's Forests and Wetlands teaching Kit

Children and Nature Movement

Climate Basics

EcoSchoolsEnergyConservation by Grade

EcoSchool'sWaste Minimization by Grade

EnerActionTeacherGuide Produced by Green Learning; Designed to meet Ministry of Education learning outcomes for Grades 5 to 7 in Ontario, EnerAction is relevant and adaptable to many subject areas. The lessons and activities can support the work you do in Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, Fine Arts and Math. They also have applications in Physical Education and Personal Planning.

Environmental Education-Scope and Sequence of Expectations

EPA's Climate Change

Nature Challenge Teachers' Guide Produced by the David Suzuki Foundation

Ready, Set, Green Resources from Ontario's Educators

Pollution Probe Primers

Various subjects including: Acid Rain Primer, Child Health Primer, Climate Change Primer, Drinking Water Primer Renewable Energy Primer, Smog Primer, Drinking Water Source Protection Primer

Action Projects

Agenda 21 Allows students, parents and educators to take stock of their community, look for solutions, and plan the changes needed to contribute to a sustainable future

EcoLeague's Action Projects Each EcoLeague recipe is a valuable resource that will help you plan an action experience with your students!  You will receive a full Action Kit including; background information on why the issue is important, curriculum links, lesson plans for class activities, step-by-step directions of the action day, follow-up activities and ideas for further investigation. (you will need to create an account to view these free lesson plans)

Evergreen's School Yard Projects and curriculum links Evergreen offers a range of services, resources and funding to people interested in greening across the country. We have three main areas of programming: for school grounds; for community and public spaces, and your grounds at home.

Evergreen's Community Greening Guide  Evergreen offers a range of services, resources and funding to people interested in greening across the country. We have three main areas of programming: for school grounds; for community and public spaces, and your grounds at home.

Fun and Games

Biodiversity Crossword

Biodiversity Scramble

Blowing up your World  An intermediate activity focusing on individual responsibility for saving the planet.

The Clean Air Game  Playing the Clean Air Game is a great way to initiate discussion of the importance of protecting the atmosphere and help students understand distinctions between air pollutants and greenhouse gases.

Climate Change Wheel Card Students can use card to calculate the greenhouse gas emissions score and what they can do to reduce it.

Crack the Code Use local frog species names to decode this important message from Campsite 24

Do the Math Tree Brainteasers from the Canadian Forestry Association

The Greens Activity Guide  Six hands-on environmental activities for kids aged 9 to12 from PBS Kids

Campsite 24 Students and Teachers can learn about Ontario Parks and protected areas

How Trees help the Planet Tree facts from the Canadian Forestry Association

On the Move Crossword Active and carbon-neutral ways to get around. Produced by Campsite 24

Pick the Path Which things can be recycled? Picking the right answer helps solve this maze by Campsite 24.

Plant a Tree Fund activity sheet that emphasizes the importance of trees and plants from Campsite 24

A Guide to Recycling around the Home:

Species at Risk Teaching Resources

Student's Guide to Global Climate Change 

Toronto Zoo's At Risk Turtle Game Fun, professionally created video game that emphasizes the risks faced by local turtle species

Watershed Tarp Activity Build a watershed with your class and discuss how pollutants can enter the water

Grade 1 Lesson Plans   

Butterfly Action Activities Three projects from the National Wildlife Federation

Butterfly Life Cycles   Students identify life cycle stages of butterflies. Produced by the  National Wildlife Federation

Environmental Scope and Sequence-Grade 1

Evergreen Lesson Plans-Grade 1  Evergreen offers a range of services, resources and funding to people interested in greening across the country. We have three main areas of programming: for school grounds; for community and public spaces, and your grounds at home.

Focus on Forests Curriculum Links

Focus on Forests Primary Lesson Plans  Focus on Forests provides hands-on activities and support materials to assist teachers of all grade levels. The lesson plans are well organized and designed to be easily adapted to any teaching environment or grade level. (you will need to create an account to view these free lesson plans)

Waste Minimization-Grade 1 

Grade 2 Lesson Plans

Butterfly Action Activities Three projects from the National Wildlife Federation

Butterfly Life Cycles   Students identify life cycle stages of butterflies. Produced by the  National Wildlife Federation

Environmental Scope and Sequence - Grade 2

Evergreen Lesson Plans – Grade 2  Evergreen offers a range of services, resources and funding to people interested in greening across the country. We have three main areas of programming: for school grounds; for community and public spaces, and your grounds at home.

Focus on Forests Curriculum Links

Focus on Forests Primary Lesson Plans  Focus on Forests provides hands-on activities and support materials to assist teachers of all grade levels. The lesson plans are well organized and designed to be easily adapted to any teaching environment or grade level. (you will need to create an account to view these free lesson plans)

Waste Minimization-Grade 

Grade 3 Lesson Plans

Agenda 21  Allows students, parents and educators to take stock of their community, look for solutions, and plan the changes needed to contribute to a sustainable future

Butterfly Action Activities Three projects from the National Wildlife Federation

Butterfly Life Cycles   Students identify life cycle stages of butterflies. Produced by the National Wildlife Federation

Climate Clues Over Time What clues do scientists use to see what the climate was 10,000 years ago?

Ecosystem Services Fact Sheet Have you ever considered that the cereal you eat is brought to you each morning by the wind, or that the glass of clear, cold, clean water drawn from you faucet may have been purified for you by a wetland or perhaps the root system of an entire forest? Produced by the U.S.EPA.

Environmental Scope and Sequence  - Grade 3

Evergreen Lesson Plans-Grade 3  Evergreen offers a range of services, resources and funding to people interested in greening across the country. We have three main areas of programming: for school grounds; for community and public spaces, and your grounds at home.

Focus on Forests Curriculum Links

Focus on Forests Primary Lesson Plans  Focus on Forests provides hands-on activities and support materials to assist teachers of all grade levels. The lesson plans are well organized and designed to be easily adapted to any teaching environment or grade level. (you will need to create an account to view these free lesson plans)

Forests Alive  This unit explores forest habitats in Canada. Students learn about the life cycles of plants and animals, and how both living and non-living elements are linked. By discovering how plants, animals and humans depend on each other, students become aware of the importance of sustainable forestry and conservation. By exploring past and present forestry technology, students also learn how we rely on our forests, and how our forests rely on us. (you will need to create an account with WWF to view this free lesson plan)

Pollination Partners Students study the role of butterflies in pollination. Produced by the National Wildlife Federation.

Waste Minimization-Grade 3 

 Grade 4 Lesson Plans

Agenda 21  Allows students, parents and educators to take stock of their community, look for solutions, and plan the changes needed to contribute to a sustainable future

Butterfly Action Activities Three projects from the National Wildlife Federation

Butterfly Life Cycles   Students identify life cycle stages of butterflies. Produced by the  National Wildlife Federation

Carbon Cycle and Canada's Forests Students will explore the nature of the carbon cycle and its relationship to different processes within the forest. Produced by the Canadian Forestry Association

Climate Change Extensive teaching kit with six lesson plans and extension activities. Produced by USC Canada

Climate Change North Lesson Plans Northern teachers and educators have developed these primary and intermediate lesson plans to help elementary students understand: climate change; its impacts; and possible solutions.

Climate Clues Over Time What clues do scientists use to see what the climate was 10,000 years ago?

Climate Future Changes What are some of the changes in weather that we will be seeing in the future? Produced by Campsite 24

Communities Students will work in groups using a variety of research tools to study the weather and climate of their own community and of communities in forest regions across Canada. Produced by the Canadian Forestry Association.

Environmental Scope and Sequence - Grade 4

Evergreen Lesson Plans - Grade 4  Evergreen offers a range of services, resources and funding to people interested in greening across the country. We have three main areas of programming: for school grounds; for community and public spaces, and your grounds at home.

Exploring Habitats  Introduces students to habitats and food webs, and explores how living and non-living elements rely on each other. The passage explains how human development in Ontariohas endangered the Karner blue butterfly by disrupting its habitat. Students will study endangered species across Canada, explore how humans have had an impact on their habitats, and develop solutions for protecting endangered species. (you will need to create an account with WWF to view this free lesson plan)

Focus on Forests Curriculum Links

Focus on Forests Junior Lesson Plans  Focus on Forests provides hands-on activities and support materials to assist teachers of all grade levels. The lesson plans are well organized and designed to be easily adapted to any teaching environment or grade level. (you will need to create an account to view these free lesson plans)

The Greenhouse Effect Students will create mini-greenhouses and use them to observe how changes in temperature, moisture/humidity, sunlight and soil can affect the growth of seeds. Produced by the Canadian Forestry Association

The Greens Activity Guide  Six hands-on environmental activities for kids aged 9 to12 from PBS Kids   

Greenspace in Our Communities Students will look at, identify and map different land uses within their own community. They will look at the role and cumulative value of different types of greenspace. Produced by the Canadian Forestry Association

Hot and Cold This lesson from the Canadian Forestry Association focuses on climate change and the effects that it may have on different species of plants and animals and on biodiversity. Students will participate in an activity where they will add clothing to illustrate how climate change may impact habitats and species adaptations.

Minimizing Fragmentation  Students will understand the importance of intact habitat to biodiversity by cutting out and arranging images representing various sources of fragmentation on a forest landscape page.

The Nature Challenge Classroom Edition Produced by the David Suzuki Foundation

Pollination Partners Students study the role of butterflies in pollination. Produced by the National Wildlife Federation.

Reusable Bags (you will need to create an account with EcoLeague to view this free lesson plan)

Seasons of a Forest Students will recognize and depict the diversity of life in their local forest and look at the way the forest changes through the different seasons. Produced by the Canadian Forestry Association.

Shrinking our Footprint Students will look at the impacts that they as individuals, and we as Canadians, have on the environment. They will explore ways to reduce their impacts. Produced by the Canadian Forestry Association. 

Waste Minimization-Grade 4

What Our Elders Say This lesson from the Canadian Forestry Association links the traditional ecological knowledge of Aboriginal peoples with the study of biodiversity, incorportaing environmental learning and drama though a traditional Iroquoian legend. 

What's Inside This lesson from the Canadian Forestry Association provides a general introduction to the concepts of biodiversity. Students will conduct an outdoor experiment exploring different habitats in the school ground.

 Grade 5 Lesson Plans 

20/20 Lesson Plans  20/20 The Way to Clean Air is a campaign to help students and their families conserve energy to help improve air quality and reduce the risk of climate change. 20/20 provides hands-on activities for reducing home energy use by 20% and vehicle use by 20% - hence the name 20/20. Produced by EcoSchools.

20/20 Teacher's Guide

Agenda 21  Allows students, parents and educators to take stock of their community, look for solutions, and plan the changes needed to contribute to a sustainable future

Bottle Habitat What is needed for a healthy aquatic ecosystem, and what will happen when the balance is disrupted due to climate change?

Build a Solar Oven Students will identify the purpose of and specific requirements for making a solar oven, list the steps needed to construct a solar oven record necessary design modifications to maximize the solar collection capacity and thus achieve a higher oven temperature, and evaluate the effectiveness of using different colours in the baking chamber to collect heat energy. Produced by re-energy.ca

Butterfly Action Activities Three projects from the National Wildlife Federation

Carbon Cycle and Canada's Forests Students will explore the nature of the carbon cycle and its relationship to different processes within the forest. Produced by the Canadian Forestry Association 

Carbon Cycle Activity 1 The students will be able to explain that all things are made of atoms and that atoms can be re-arranged in whole number ratios to make different materials and that photosynthesis and respiration are reverse processes.

Carbon Cycle Activity 2 The students will be able to explain that plants are carbon sinks.

Carbon Cycle Activity 3 The students will be able to explain that fossil fuels release carbon.

Climate Change Extensive teaching kit with six lesson plans and extension activities. Produced by USC Canada.

Climate Change North Lesson Plans Northern teachers and educators have developed these primary and intermediate lesson plans to help elementary students understand: climate change; its impacts; and possible solutions.

Climate Clues Over Time What clues do scientists use to see what the climate was 10,000 years ago? 

Climate Future Changes What are some of the changes in weather that we will be seeing in the future? Produced by Campsite 24.

Communities Students will work in groups using a variety of research tools to study the weather and climate of their own community and of communities in forest regions across Canada. Produced by the Canadian Forestry Association.

EnerActionCurriculumLinks-Grade 5

EnerActionMeetsthe Nature Challenge This cross-referencing table shows you how you can use many of the lessons from the David Suzuki Foundation's Nature Challenge with EnerAction. 

The Nature Challenge Classroom Edition Produced by the David Suzuki Foundation.

Energy Conservation-Grade 5

Environmental Scope and Sequence-Grade 5

Evergreen Lesson Plans-Grade 5  Evergreen offers a range of services, resources and funding to people interested in greening across the country. We have three main areas of programming: for school grounds; for community and public spaces, and your grounds at home.

Focus on Forests Curriculum Links

Focus on Forests Junior Lesson Plans  Focus on Forests provides hands-on activities and support materials to assist teachers of all grade levels. The lesson plans are well organized and designed to be easily adapted to any teaching environment or grade level. (you will need to create an account to view these free lesson plans)

Forest Fires and Climate Change Students will look at the relationships between forest fires, the formation and health of the forest, weather and climate change.

Global Issues and Sustainability Curriculum- Facing the Future Lesson Plans (you will need to create an account to view these free lesson plans)

Great Butterfly Migration Students trace butterfly migration routes.

The Greenhouse Effect Students will create mini-greenhouses and use them to observe how changes in temperature, moisture/humidity, sunlight and soil can affect the growth of seeds. Produced by the Canadian Forestry Association.

The Greens Activity Guide  Six hands-on environmental activities for kids aged 9 to12 from PBS Kids.   

Greenspace in Our Communities Students will look at, identify and map different land uses within their own community. They will look at the role and cumulative value of different types of greenspace. Produced by the Canadian Forestry Association.

The Mackenzie Valley This unit introduces students to the proposed pipeline that oil companies want to build in the Mackenzie Valleyin the Northwest Territories. By learning about the plants, animals and human communities that live near the Mackenzie Valleywetlands, students will understand the importance of protecting habitats before the pipeline is built. They will also look at the ways we extract and use fossil fuels for energy and gain awareness about the need for global environmental initiatives like the Kyoto Accord. (you will need to create an account with WWF to view this free lesson plan).

Pollination Partners Students study the role of butterflies in pollination. Produced by the National Wildlife Federation. 

Minimizing Fragmentation  Students will understand the importance of intact habitat to biodiversity by cutting out and arranging images representing various sources of fragmentation on a forest landscape page. 

Renewable Energy Introduces students to renewable energy technologies and the political and economic conditions necessary for their implementation. It contains a set of classroom activities with detailed instructions, an expanded list of project suggestions, ideas for student-led education and action campaigns, and a bibliography of resources for further investigation.

Reusable Bags (you will need to create an account with EcoLeague to view this free lesson plan)

Seasons of a Forest Students will recognize and depict the diversity of life in their local forest and look at the way the forest changes through the different seasons. Produced by the Canadian Forestry Association.

Shrinking our Footprint Students will look at the impacts that they as individuals, and we as Canadians, have on the environment. They will explore ways to reduce their impacts. Produced by the Canadian Forestry Association.

Travel Solutions Students will investigate carbon cycle and fossil fuels, graph the carbon dioxide production and populations of six nations, generate suggestions to reduce travel related carbon dioxide production, and complete a Trip Log with trip saving measures.

Waste Minimization - Grade 5 

 Grade 6 Lesson Plans

Agenda 21  Allows students, parents and educators to take stock of their community, look for solutions, and plan the changes needed to contribute to a sustainable future

Barriers to Biodiversity This lesson from the Canadian Forestry Association focuses on habitat loss and habitat fragmentation. Students will predict the impacts on a particular species and its habitat as a result of some form of human influence.

Build a Solar Oven Students will identify the purpose of and specific requirements for making a solar oven, list the steps needed to construct a solar oven record necessary design modifications to maximize the solar collection capacity and thus achieve a higher oven temperature, and evaluate the effectiveness of using different colours in the baking chamber to collect heat energy. Produced by re-energy.ca

Butterfly Action Activities Three projects from the National Wildlife Federation.

Carbon Cycle and Canada's Forests Students will explore the nature of the carbon cycle and its relationship to different processes within the forest. Produced by the Canadian Forestry Association.

Carbon Cycle Activity 1 The students will be able to explain that all things are made of atoms and that atoms can be re-arranged in whole number ratios to make different materials and that photosynthesis and respiration are reverse processes.

Carbon Cycle Activity 2 The students will be able to explain that plants are carbon sinks.

Carbon Cycle Activity 3 The students will be able to explain that fossil fuels release carbon.

Climate Change-2 Week Curriculum (you will need to create an account with Facing the Future to view these free lesson plans)

Climate Change Extensive teaching kit with six lesson plans and extension activities. Produced by USC Canada

Climate Change North Lesson Plans Northern teachers and educators have developed these primary and intermediate lesson plans to help elementary students understand: climate change; its impacts; and possible solutions.

Climate Clues Over Time What clues do scientists use to see what the climate was 10,000 years ago? Produced by Campsite 24. 

Climate Future Changes What are some of the changes in weather that we will be seeing in the future? Produced by Campsite 24.

Communities Students will work in groups using a variety of research tools to study the weather and climate of their own community and of communities in forest regions across Canada. Produced by the Canadian Forestry Association.

Create Your Own Conservation Group Students will understand forest biodiversity, habitat and conservation by researching two conservation groups relating to forests, migratory birds and biodiversity. They will then create their own conservation group, and design their organization's website (either on paper or on the computer).

Electricity Conservation and You Students will explore how they use electricity in their lives, investigate alternative energy options and take a look at the actions they can take to decrease their electricity use at home and at school. They will conduct a school audit to analyze what uses up electricity at school. (you will need to create an account with EcoLeague to view this free lesson plan)

EnerActionCurriculumLinks-Grade 6

EnerActionMeetsthe Nature Challenge This cross-referencing table shows you how you can use many of the lessons from the David Suzuki Foundation's Nature Challenge with EnerAction.

The Nature Challenge Classroom Edition Produced by the David Suzuki Foundation.

Evergreen Lesson Plans-Grade 6  Evergreen offers a range of services, resources and funding to people interested in greening across the country. We have three main areas of programming: for school grounds; for community and public spaces, and your grounds at home.  

Focus on Forests Curriculum Links

Focus on Forests Junior Lesson Plans  Focus on Forests provides hands-on activities and support materials to assist teachers of all grade levels. The lesson plans are well organized and designed to be easily adapted to any teaching environment or grade level. (you will need to create an account to view these free lesson plans)

Global Issues and Sustainability Curriculum- Facing the Future Lesson Plans (you will need to create an account to view these free lesson plans)

Forest Fires and Climate Change Students will look at the relationships between forest fires, the formation and health of the forest, weather and climate change.  

Diversity of Life This unit helps students understand how both scientists and conservationists classify nature to help them make connections. Students learn how our planet is made up of different ecoregions, as well as how scientists classify plant and animal species. The unit also introduces cells as the basic units of life, and reveals why even the tiniest microorganisms have an integral role in every ecosystem. Activities encourage comparisons between environments, governments, climates and cultures in Canadaand Cubato help students understand similarities and differences. (you will need to create an account with WWF to view this free lesson plan)

Great Butterfly Migration Students trace butterfly migration routes.

The Greenhouse Effect Students will create mini-greenhouses and use them to observe how changes in temperature, moisture/humidity, sunlight and soil can affect the growth of seeds. Produced by the Canadian Forestry Association.

Greening with Native Plants (you will need to create an account with EcoLeague to view this free lesson plan)

Greenspace in Our Communities Students will look at, identify and map different land uses within their own community. They will look at the role and cumulative value of different types of greenspace. Produced by the Canadian Forestry Association

Minimizing Fragmentation  Students will understand the importance of intact habitat to biodiversity by cutting out and arranging images representing various sources of fragmentation on a forest landscape page.

Off Limits This lesson from the Canadian Forestry Association focuses on the role of protected areas in helping maintain biodiversity. Students will explore the social, economic and environmental impacts of protected areas by researching and preparing a newsletter about a locally protected area.

Quest for Clean Shorelines (you will need to create an account with EcoLeague to view this free lesson plan)

Renewable Energy Introduces students to renewable energy technologies and the political and economic conditions necessary for their implementation. It contains a set of classroom activities with detailed instructions, an expanded list of project suggestions, ideas for student-led education and action campaigns, and a bibliography of resources for further investigation.

Reusable Bags (you will need to create an account with EcoLeague to view this free lesson plan)

Seasons of a Forest Students will recognize and depict the diversity of life in their local forest and look at the way the forest changes through the different seasons. Produced by the Canadian Forestry Association.

Shrinking our Footprint Students will look at the impacts that they as individuals, and we as Canadians, have on the environment. They will explore ways to reduce their impacts. Produced by the Canadian Forestry Association. 

To Be or Not To Be This lesson from the Canadian Forestry Association explores species at risk in Canada. Students will discuss the different designations for species at risk and create a game using species at risk as the main theme.

Waste Minimization-Grade 6 

Yellow Fish Road (you will need to create an account with EcoLeague to view this free lesson plan)

 Grade 7 Lesson Plans 

Agenda 21  Allows students, parents and educators to take stock of their community, look for solutions, and plan the changes needed to contribute to a sustainable future

Barriers to Biodiversity This lesson from the Canadian Forestry Association focuses on habitat loss and habitat fragmentation. Students will predict the impacts on a particular species and its habitat as a result of some form of human influence.

Build a Solar Oven Students will identify the purpose of and specific requirements for making a solar oven, list the steps needed to construct a solar oven, record necessary design modifications to maximize the solar collection capacity and thus achieve a higher oven temperature, and evaluate the effectiveness of using different colours in the baking chamber to collect heat energy. Produced by re-energy.ca

Building a Vermicomposter - (you will need to create an account with EcoLeague to view this free lesson plan)

Butterfly Action Activities Three projects from the National Wildlife Federation  

Carbon Cycle and Canada's Forests Students will explore the nature of the carbon cycle and its relationship to different processes within the forest. Produced by the Canadian Forestry Association

Carbon Cycle Activity 1 The students will be able to explain that all things are made of atoms and that atoms can be re-arranged in whole number ratios to make different materials and that photosynthesis and respiration are reverse processes.

Carbon Cycle Activity 2 The students will be able to explain that plants are carbon sinks.

Carbon Cycle Activity 3 The students will be able to explain that fossil fuels release carbon.

Challenge of Change Under the Grade 7 section of Ontario Agri-Food Education Inc. website. It focuses on the concept of change in the Canadian agriculture and food industry - the environment, technology and the economy.

Changing Our Future: The Great Lakes and Climate Change (you will need to register to view these free curriculum resources)

Climate Change-2 Week Curriculum (you will need to create an account with Facing the Future to view these free lesson plans)

Climate Change Extensive teaching kit with six lesson plans and extension activities. Produced by USC Canada

Climate Change North Lesson Plans Northern teachers and educators have developed these primary and intermediate lesson plans to help elementary students understand: climate change; its impacts; and possible solutions.

Climate Clues Over Time What clues do scientists use to see what the climate was 10,000 years ago? 

Climate Future Changes What are some of the changes in weather that we will be seeing in the future? Produced by Campsite 24.

Communities Students will work in groups using a variety of research tools to study the weather and climate of their own community and of communities in forest regions across Canada. Produced by the Canadian Forestry Association.

Create Your Own Conservation Group Students will understand forest biodiversity, habitat and conservation by researching two conservation groups relating to forests, migratory birds and biodiversity. They will then create their own conservation group, and design their organization's website (either on paper or on the computer).

Discover the Technology Loop A dynamic, cross-curricular, skill-building teaching resource to help students explore the environmental and social impacts of the computer electronics life cycle.

EnerActionCurriculum Links-Grade 7 

EnerActionMeets the Nature Challenge This cross-referencing table shows you how you can use many of the lessons from the David Suzuki Foundation's Nature Challenge with EnerAction.

The Nature Challenge Classroom Edition Produced by the David Suzuki Foundation

Environmental Scope and Sequence - Grade 7

Evergreen Lesson Plans-Grade 7  Evergreen offers a range of services, resources and funding to people interested in greening across the country. We have three main areas of programming: for school grounds; for community and public spaces, and your grounds at home.

Focus on Forests Curriculum Links 

Focus on Forests Intermediate Lesson Plans  Focus on Forests provides hands-on activities and support materials to assist teachers of all grade levels. The lesson plans are well organized and designed to be easily adapted to any teaching environment or grade level. (you will need to create an account to view these free lesson plans)  

Food for Thought - Do you know where your food comes from? Why does it matter where your food came from, you might ask?  (you will need to create an account with EcoLeague to view this free lesson plan).

Food, Inc Discussion Plan  Canadian perspective on food and farming and will assist teachers in addressing student concerns and questions following the viewing of the movie.

Forest Fires and Climate Change Students will look at the relationships between forest fires, the formation and health of the forest, weather and climate change. 

Global Issues and Sustainability Curriculum- Facing the Future Lesson Plans Browse Facing the Future's free curriculum downloads by subject, grade level, or resource type.

Greening with Native Plants (you will need to create an account with EcoLeague to view this free lesson plan)

Greenspace in Our Communities Students will look at, identify and map different land uses within their own community. They will look at the role and cumulative value of different types of greenspace. Produced by the Canadian Forestry Association

Marine Protected Areas This unit helps students appreciate that our oceans are not a never-ending resource. Students learn the impact of overfishing, ship traffic, and water contaminants. By exploring marine protected areas (MPAs), they come to understand how removing even one species of plant or animal can break food chains and disrupt the complex balance in our oceans. They explore the positive effects that establishing MPAs can have on protecting sea life. Activities teach them about protecting at- risk species and help them foster a sense of environmental stewardship.(you will need to create an account with WWF to view this free lesson plan)

Minimizing Fragmentation  Students will understand the importance of intact habitat to biodiversity by cutting out and arranging images representing various sources of fragmentation on a forest landscape page.

No Idling at School (you will need to create an account with EcoLeague to view this free lesson plan)

Off Limits This lesson from the Canadian Forestry Association focuses on the role of protected areas in helping maintain biodiversity. Students will explore the social, economic and environmental impacts of protected areas by researching and preparing a newsletter about a locally protected area.

Quest for Clean Shorelines (you will need to create an account with EcoLeague to view this free lesson plan)

Renewable Energy Introduces students to renewable energy technologies and the political and economic conditions necessary for their implementation. It contains a set of classroom activities with detailed instructions, an expanded list of project suggestions, ideas for student-led education and action campaigns, and a bibliography of resources for further investigation.

Reusable Bags (you will need to create an account with EcoLeague to view this free lesson plan)

Seasons of a Forest Students will recognize and depict the diversity of life in their local forest and look at the way the forest changes through the different seasons. Produced by the Canadian Forestry Association.

Shrinking our Footprint Students will look at the impacts that they as individuals, and we as Canadians, have on the environment. They will explore ways to reduce their impacts. Produced by the Canadian Forestry Association.

Timberfind This lesson from the Canadian Forestry Association focuses on how biotechnology is being used in our forests today. Using a timber-theft crime story and additional information, students will complete a profile to assist them in understanding how biotechnology techniques can be used.

To Be or Not To Be This lesson from the Canadian Forestry Association explores species at risk in Canada. Students will discuss the different designations for species at risk and create a game using species at risk as the main theme.

Travel Solutions Students will investigate carbon cycle and fossil fuels, graph the carbon dioxide production and populations of six nations, generate suggestions to reduce travel related carbon dioxide production, and complete a Trip Log with trip saving measures.

Unwelcome Guests This lesson from the Canadian Forestry Association focuses on exotic and invasive species and their presence in Canada. The activity involves developing a Futures Wheel, a tool you can use to explore the environmental, social, cultural and economic impacts of introducing an exotic pest or invasive species.

Waste Minimization-Grade 7 

Yellow Fish Road (you will need to create an account with EcoLeague to view this free lesson plan)

 Grade 8 Lesson Plans

Agenda 21  Allows students, parents and educators to take stock of their community, look for solutions, and plan the changes needed to contribute to a sustainable future

Bottle Habitat What is needed for a healthy aquatic ecosystem, and what will happen when the balance is disrupted due to climate change?

Building a Vermicomposter - (you will need to create an account with EcoLeague to view this free lesson plan)

Butterfly Action Activities Three projects from the National Wildlife Federation  

Carbon Cycle and Canada's Forests Students will explore the nature of the carbon cycle and its relationship to different processes within the forest. Produced by the Canadian Forestry Association

Carbon Cycle Activity 1 The students will be able to explain that all things are made of atoms and that atoms can be re-arranged in whole number ratios to make different materials and that photosynthesis and respiration are reverse processes.

Carbon Cycle Activity 2 The students will be able to explain that plants are carbon sinks.

Carbon Cycle Activity 3 The students will be able to explain that fossil fuels release carbon.

Challenge of Change Under the Grade 8 section of Ontario Agri-Food Education Inc. website. It focuses on the concept of change in the Canadian agriculture and food industry - the environment, technology and the economy.

Climate Change-2 Week Curriculum (you will need to create an account with Facing the Future to view these free lesson plans)

Climate Change Extensive teaching kit with six lesson plans and extension activities. Produced by USC Canada

Climate Change North Lesson Plans Northern teachers and educators have developed these primary and intermediate lesson plans to help elementary students understand: climate change; its impacts; and possible solutions.

Climate Clues Over Time What clues do scientists use to see what the climate was 10,000 years ago? 

Climate Future Changes What are some of the changes in weather that we will be seeing in the future? Produced by Campsite 24

Communities Students will work in groups using a variety of research tools to study the weather and climate of their own community and of communities in forest regions across Canada. Produced by the Canadian Forestry Association.

Create Your Own Conservation Group Students will understand forest biodiversity, habitat and conservation by researching two conservation groups relating to forests, migratory birds and biodiversity. They will then create their own conservation group, and design their organization's website (either on paper or on the computer).

Environmental Scope and Sequence-Grade 8

Focus on Forests Curriculum Links

Focus on Forests Intermediate Lesson Plans Focus on Forests provides hands-on activities and support materials to assist teachers of all grade levels. The lesson plans are well organized and designed to be easily adapted to any teaching environment or grade level. (you will need to create an account to view these free lesson plans)

Food for Thought - Do you know where your food comes from? Why does it matter where your food came from, you might ask?  (you will need to create an account with EcoLeague to view this free lesson plan)

Food, Inc Discussion Plan  Canadian perspective on food and farming and will assist teachers in addressing student concerns and questions following the viewing of the movie.

Forest Fires and Climate Change Students will look at the relationships between forest fires, the formation and health of the forest, weather and climate change. 

Great Butterfly Migration Students trace butterfly migration routes.

Greening with Native Plants (you will need to create an account with EcoLeague to view this free lesson plan)

Greenspace in Our Communities Students will look at, identify and map different land uses within their own community. They will look at the role and cumulative value of different types of greenspace. Produced by the Canadian Forestry Association

Minimizing Fragmentation  Students will understand the importance of intact habitat to biodiversity by cutting out and arranging images representing various sources of fragmentation on a forest landscape page.

The Nature Challenge Classroom Edition Produced by the David Suzuki Foundation.

No Idling at School (you will need to create an account with EcoLeague to view this free lesson plan)

Project Flow Hands-on projects that model responsible and active citizenship. The experiential component prepares students to be stewards of our water resources and engages them in action that addresses local water issues and concerns.

Quest for Clean Shorelines (you will need to create an account with EcoLeague to view this free lesson plan)

Renewable Energy Introduces students to renewable energy technologies and the political and economic conditions necessary for their implementation. It contains a set of classroom activities with detailed instructions, an expanded list of project suggestions, ideas for student-led education and action campaigns, and a bibliography of resources for further investigation.

Reusable Bags (you will need to create an account with EcoLeague to view this free lesson plan)

Shrinking our Footprint Students will look at the impacts that they as individuals, and we as Canadians, have on the environment. They will explore ways to reduce their impacts. Produced by the Canadian Forestry Association.

Water This unit introduces water as an essential element in the life of all species. Students conduct experiments to understand the properties of salt water versus fresh water. By studying the changing habitat of the polar bear, students learn about the impact of global warming and its effects on the world's glaciers, oceans, and fresh water. Students learn how important Canada's fresh water supply is to the world. Activities encourage them to question their daily practices, consider ways to conserve water, and take steps to reduce pollution.(you will need to create an account with WWF to view this free lesson plan).

Yellow Fish Road (you will need to create an account with EcoLeague to view this free lesson plan)

 Grade 9 Lesson Plans 

Agenda 21  Allows students, parents and educators to take stock of their community, look for solutions, and plan the changes needed to contribute to a sustainable future  

Buy, Use, Toss (you will need to create an account with Facing the Future to view this free lesson plan)

Challenge of Change This resource focuses on three themes centred around the concept of change in the Canadian agriculture and food industry - the environment, technology and the economy.

Climate Change-2 Week Curriculum (you will need to create an account with Facing the Future to view this free lesson plan)

Climate Change and You!  This OAFE resource on climate change has been designed to complement the Ontario geography, science and green industries curriculums in grades 9 to 12. It was designed to accompany Weathering the Changes: Climate Change in Ontario, a web-based poster developed by Natural Resources Canada. This poster is available for download at: http://adaptation.nrcan.gc.ca/posters/on/index_e.php.

Creating Our Future Help students identify and plan what they want their future to look like. Using an action-planning model, students visualize their desired future, identify objectives, develop a plan to address local and global issues, and implement their vision through action and service learning. Produced by Facing the Future.

EcoSchool's Climate Change in Grade 9 Geography

Evergreen Grade 9 Lesson Plans

Focus on Forests Secondary Lesson Plans  Focus on Forests provides hands-on activities and support materials to assist teachers of all grade levels. The lesson plans are well organized and designed to be easily adapted to any teaching environment or grade level. (you will need to create an account to view these free lesson plans)

Food, Inc Discussion Plan - This discussion paper, prepared by the Ontario Farm Animal Council and AGCare, provides the Canadian perspective on food and farming and will assist teachers in addressing student concerns and questions following the viewing of the movie.

Global Issues and Sustainability Curriculum- Facing the Future Lesson Plans (you will need to create an account to view these free lesson plans)

The Impact of Climate Change on Great Lakes Water Levels

Microcredit for Sustainable Development  Students research a developing country and then apply for a $100 microcredit grant to start a small business, as if they were a person living in that country. A business plan and an illustrated poster are presented to a sustainable development panel of experts (students) who determine whether or not the business plan is economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable. Produced by Facing the Future.

Teaching Grade 9 Geography Through a Sustainable Lens Resources created through a joint project of the York Region District School Board and learning for a Sustainable Future to help students examine the ministry-mandated concepts in Grade 9 geography from a sustainability perspective.

 Grade 10 Lesson Plans

Agenda 21  Allows students, parents and educators to take stock of their community, look for solutions, and plan the changes needed to contribute to a sustainable future  

Buy, Use, Toss (you will need to create an account with Facing the Future to view this free lesson plan)

Challenge of Change This resource focuses on three themes centred around the concept of change in the Canadian agriculture and food industry - the environment, technology and the economy.

Climate Change-2 Week Curriculum (you will need to create an account with Facing the Future to view this free lesson plan)

Climate Change and You!  This OAFE resource on climate change has been designed to complement the Ontario geography, science and green industries curriculums in grades 9 to 12. It was designed to accompany Weathering the Changes: Climate Change in Ontario, a web-based poster developed by Natural Resources Canada. This poster is available for download at: http://adaptation.nrcan.gc.ca/posters/on/index_e.php.

Creating Our Future Help students identify and plan what they want their future to look like. Using an action-planning model, students visualize their desired future, identify objectives, develop a plan to address local and global issues, and implement their vision through action and service learning. Produced by Facing the Future.

EcoSchool's Climate Change in Grade 10 Civics

EcoSchool's Climate Change in Grade 10 Science

Evergreen Grade 10 Lesson Plans

Focus on Forests Secondary Lesson Plans  Focus on Forests provides hands-on activities and support materials to assist teachers of all grade levels. The lesson plans are well organized and designed to be easily adapted to any teaching environment or grade level. (you will need to create an account to view these free lesson plans)  

Food, Inc Discussion Plan - This discussion paper, prepared by the Ontario Farm Animal Council and AGCare, provides the Canadian perspective on food and farming and will assist teachers in addressing student concerns and questions following the viewing of the movie.

Renewable Energy Teaching Materials

Global Issues and Sustainability Curriculum- Facing the Future Lesson Plans (you will need to create an account to view these free lesson plans)

The Impact of Climate Change on Great Lakes Water Levels 

Microcredit for Sustainable Development  Students research a developing country and then apply for a $100 microcredit grant to start a small business, as if they were a person living in that country. A business plan and an illustrated poster are presented to a sustainable development panel of experts (students) who determine whether or not the business plan is economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable. Produced by Facing the Future.

 Grade 11 Lesson Plans 

Agenda 21  Allows students, parents and educators to take stock of their community, look for solutions, and plan the changes needed to contribute to a sustainable future  

Buy, Use, Toss (you will need to create an account with Facing the Future to view this free lesson plan)

Challenge of Change This resource focuses on three themes centred around the concept of change in the Canadian agriculture and food industry - the environment, technology and the economy.

Climate Change-2 Week Curriculum (you will need to create an account with Facing the Future to view this free lesson plan)

Climate Change North Lesson Plans Northern teachers and educators have developed these primary and intermediate lesson plans to help elementary students understand: climate change; its impacts; and possible solutions

Climate Change and You!  This OAFE resource on climate change has been designed to complement the Ontario geography, science and green industries curriculums in grades 9 to 12. It was designed to accompany Weathering the Changes: Climate Change in Ontario, a web-based poster developed by Natural Resources Canada. This poster is available for download at: http://adaptation.nrcan.gc.ca/posters/on/index_e.php.

Creating Our Future Help students identify and plan what they want their future to look like. Using an action-planning model, students visualize their desired future, identify objectives, develop a plan to address local and global issues, and implement their vision through action and service learning. Produced by Facing the Future.

EcoSchool's Climate Change in Grade 11 and 12 Geography

EcoSchool's Climate Change in Grade 11 and 12 Science

Focus on Forests Secondary Lesson Plans  Focus on Forests provides hands-on activities and support materials to assist teachers of all grade levels. The lesson plans are well organized and designed to be easily adapted to any teaching environment or grade level. (you will need to create an account to view these free lesson plans)  

Food, Inc Discussion Plan - This discussion paper, prepared by the Ontario Farm Animal Council and AGCare, provides the Canadian perspective on food and farming and will assist teachers in addressing student concerns and questions following the viewing of the movie.

Renewable Energy Teaching Materials

Global Issues and Sustainability Curriculum- Facing the Future Lesson Plans (you will need to create an account to view these free lesson plans)

The Impact of Climate Change on Great Lakes Water Levels 

Microcredit for Sustainable Development  Students research a developing country and then apply for a $100 microcredit grant to start a small business, as if they were a person living in that country. A business plan and an illustrated poster are presented to a sustainable development panel of experts (students) who determine whether or not the business plan is economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable. Produced by Facing the Future.

 Grade 12 Lesson Plans 

Agenda 21  Allows students, parents and educators to take stock of their community, look for solutions, and plan the changes needed to contribute to a sustainable future  

Buy, Use, Toss (you will need to create an account with Facing the Future to view this free lesson plan)

Challenge of Change This resource focuses on three themes centred around the concept of change in the Canadian agriculture and food industry - the environment, technology and the economy.

Climate Change-2 Week Curriculum (you will need to create an account with Facing the Future to view this free lesson plan)

Climate Change and You!  This OAFE resource on climate change has been designed to complement the Ontario geography, science and green industries curriculums in grades 9 to 12. It was designed to accompany Weathering the Changes: Climate Change in Ontario, a web-based poster developed by Natural Resources Canada. This poster is available for download at: http://adaptation.nrcan.gc.ca/posters/on/index_e.php.

Creating Our Future Help students identify and plan what they want their future to look like. Using an action-planning model, students visualize their desired future, identify objectives, develop a plan to address local and global issues, and implement their vision through action and service learning. Produced by Facing the Future.

EcoSchool's Climate Change in Grade 11 and 12 Geography

EcoSchool's Climate Change in Grade 11 and 12 Science

Focus on Forests Secondary Lesson Plans  Focus on Forests provides hands-on activities and support materials to assist teachers of all grade levels. The lesson plans are well organized and designed to be easily adapted to any teaching environment or grade level. (you will need to create an account to view these free lesson plans)  

Food, Inc Discussion Plan - This discussion paper, prepared by the Ontario Farm Animal Council and AGCare, provides the Canadian perspective on food and farming and will assist teachers in addressing student concerns and questions following the viewing of the movie.

Renewable Energy Teaching Materials

Global Issues and Sustainability Curriculum- Facing the Future Lesson Plans (you will need to create an account to view these free lesson plans)

Agenda 21  Allows students, parents and educators to take stock of their community, look for solutions, and plan the changes needed to contribute to a sustainable future

EcoLeague's Action Projects Each EcoLeague recipe is a valuable resource that will help you plan an action experience with your students!  You will receive a full Action Kit including; background information on why the issue is important, curriculum links, lesson plans for class activities, step-by-step directions of the action day, follow-up activities and ideas for further investigation. (you will need to create an account to view these free lesson plans)

Eco School's Student Conference Planner This resource offers organizational and facilitation tips for a student conference where community organizations and/or students provide workshops on diverse environmental topics to the participants.

Evergreen's School Yard Projects and curriculum links Evergreen offers a range of services, resources and funding to people interested in greening across the country. We have three main areas of programming: for school grounds; for community and public spaces, and your grounds at home.

Evergreen's Community Greening Guide  Evergreen offers a range of services, resources and funding to people interested in greening across the country. We have three main areas of programming: for school grounds; for community and public spaces, and your grounds at home. 

The Green Classroom – Educating our watershed students about weather variability and adapting to, and mitigating, changes in our climate.

Teachers gained valuable tools to educate about protecting and improving the local environment, and mitigating and adapting to climate change, at The Green Classroom workshops hosted by Ausable Bayfield Conservation in August, 2010.

Ausable Bayfield Conservation was able to implement many of its action items from the Climate Change Position Paper through the Green Classroom program in 2010, thanks to funding from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change's Go Green Fund.

Browse through lesson plans and teacher resources shared in the workshops.

This page includes:

  • Lesson plans and teacher resources – Elementary Level
  • Lesson plans and teacher resources – Secondary Level
  • Take-homes and Hand-outs
  • Action projects
  • Fun and games

The Green Classroom extended from conservation areas in the Ausable Bayfield watershed community into the schools themselves during the autumn of 2010. Each of the elementary schools in our watershed received an assembly on climate change and its effects on our local environment. Smaller groups of students helped to plant a tree in their schoolyard.  

Teacher resources for you


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