ESCI 302 – Environmental Education

Summary of Lesson Plans

Lesson 1: The Three Pillars of Sustainability –An interactive classroom activity that introduces the three pillars of sustainability – society, environment and economy by having the students role-play a fictional mine owner of a mine site. Students will learn about how the economy and society come together to make decisions and in turn affect the environment.

Lesson 2: Carbon and Water Footprint – An interactive classroom activity designed to introduce and convey the concepts of water and carbon footprints and environmental consequences to everyday actions. Students will track their carbon footprint and water footprint and will develop strategies that reduce carbon and water footprint there it aids the students in the conservation of the environment.

Lesson 3: Nunavut: Land Beauty and Wealth –A lesson plan where students locate human and physical features on a map of Nunavut and learn how to use research skills to locate and collect geographic data regarding mining. Students will learn to understand some of the effects of human modification of the physical environment (e.g. mining) and the impact of mining on the physical environment of Nunavut.

Lesson 4:  Traditional Economies and the Inuit – A lesson plan that teaches students about the traditional economies of the Inuit. The lesson plan compares the traditional economies of the Inuit with the modern market economy of the United States (change to the modern Canadian economy) in regards to economic sustainability and environmental sustainability.

Lesson 5: Renewable and Non-renewable Resources – A lesson plan that teaches students the definition, differences, and examples of renewable resources and non-resources. This lesson plan has students discuss and reflect on the actions that can make in order to ensure the continued availability of natural resources.

Lesson 6: A Picture Says a Thousand Words –  A lesson plan where students are guided think about why they need to care about the land and how they can act on these thoughts. They will see there is a difference between thinking about doing something and doing it. Connecting to environmental education, students will see that caring for the land hasn’t changed since the early times people lived on the land.

Lesson 7: Can You Recycle It? – A lesson plan where students will conduct research to find out what materials they can and can’t recycle in their area. They will also create signs and posters to help educate others to create a clean and safe environment.

Lesson 8: Fast Industries – A lesson plan where students will learn that their shopping/buying habits have either a positive or negative impact on the environment. Students will reflect on how to make healthy decisions in terms of shopping/buying.