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Sustainability

Environmental protection and awareness is fundamental to maintaining a balanced ecology. Students will examine and brainstorm how environmental sustainability is an essential part of our personal growth and to becoming global citizens.

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Grade 1

Program Features:

Students will learn about how humans have harnessed the environment to transform energy to suit their needs. Students can also compare and contrast the types of energy they use in their daily lives, and compare it to the different energy sources used in the past.

Curriculum Connections

Subject: Social Studies
Unit: People and Environments: The Local Community

  • Application: describe some aspects of the interrelationship between people and the natural and built features of their community, with a focus on how the features of and services in the community meet people’s needs

Subject: Science and Technology
Unit: Understanding Matter and Energy: Energy in Our Lives

  • Assess uses of energy at home, at school, and in the community, and suggest ways to use less energy
  • Investigate how different types of energy are used in daily life
  • Demonstrate an understanding that energy is something that is needed to make things happen, and that the sun is the principal source of energy for the earth

Grade 2

Program Features:

While exploring different types of sustainable energy, students will focus on water and air and how they are harnessed and used by people to meet their needs. For example, water was both a power source and a resource.

Curriculum Connections

Subject: Science and Technology
Unit: Understanding Earth and Space Systems: Air and water in the environment

  • Assess ways in which the actions of humans have an impact on the quality of air and water, and ways in which the quality of air and water has an impact on living things
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which air and water are used by living things to help them meet their basic needs

Grade 3

Program Features:

Students will compare soil samples in different areas of the farm. They will visit our compost area (or worm farm) to see the progress of decomposition of organic matter into soil. We will discuss the importance of soils and the growth of crops.

Curriculum Connections

Subject: Science and Technology
Unit: Understanding Earth and Space Systems: Soils in the Environment

  • Investigate the composition and characteristics of different soils
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the composition of soils, the types of soils, and the relationship between soils and living things

Grade 4

Program Features:

Students will learn about the farm habitat and how its food chain connects to our communities. Students will do activities focused on food chains to see how our current farming system may not encourage sustainability. Students will consider what changes need to be made to maintain a sustainable environment.

Curriculum Connections

Subject: Science and Technology
Unit: Understanding Life Systems: Habitats and Communities

  • Analyse the effects of human activities on habitats and communities
  • Investigate the interdependence of plants and animals within specific habitats and communities
  • Demonstrate an understanding of habitats and communities and the relationships among the plants and animals that live in them

Grade 5

Program Features:

While looking at different forms of sustainable energy, students can examine how structures were created with the purpose of harnessing environmental forces. For example, wind can have an impact on structures and mechanisms, but windmills were created to convert wind force into usable energy.

Curriculum Connections

Subject: Science and Technology
Unit: Understanding Structures and Mechanisms: Forces Acting on Structures and Mechanisms

  • Analyse social and environmental impacts of forces acting on structures and mechanisms
  • Investigate forces that act on structures and mechanisms
  • Identify forces that act on and within structures and mechanisms, and describe the effects of these forces on structures and mechanisms

Grade 6

Program Features:

Students will be able to look at some of the ways electricity was generated in the past (e.g a windmill or waterwheel) and how these methods compare or contrast to today. Students will visit the waterwheel and windmill that are found on site to investigate how they affect human livelihood and the environment.

Curriculum Connections

Subject: Science and Technology
Unit: Understanding Matter and Energy: Electricity and Electrical Devices

  • Evaluate the impact of the use of electricity on both the way we live and the environment

Grade 7

Program Features:

Students will be able to see examples of different ways farmers have used the physical environment in order to create the energy and resources that they need. They will also be able to look at how sustainable forms of energy from the past differ from the present, and how our use of new sources affects sustainability.

Curriculum Connections

Subject: Geography
Unit: Physical Patterns in a Changing World

  • Application: analyse some challenges and opportunities presented by the physical environment and ways in which people have responded to them

Unit:Natural Resources Around the World: Use and Sustainability

  • Application: analyse aspects of the extraction/harvesting and use of natural resources in different regions of the world, and assess ways of preserving these resources
  • Inquiry: use the geographic inquiry process to investigate issues related to the impact of the extraction/harvesting and/or use of natural resources around the world from a geographic perspective
  • Understanding Geographic Context: demonstrate an understanding of the sources and use of different types of natural resources and of some of the effects of the extraction/harvesting and use of these resources

Subject: Science and Technology
Unit: Understanding Life Systems: Interactions in the Environment

  • Assess the impacts of human activities and technologies on the environment, and evaluate ways of controlling these impacts
  • Investigate interactions within the environment, and identify factors that affect the balance between different components of an ecosystem

Grade 8

Program Features:

Students will focus on the issues Canadian farmers are facing in our society. They will learn about how different locations were or were not sustainable and how farming equipment has evolved over time. Students will decide whether these advances are positive or problematic for our present and future. They will do a scenario activity that is focused on sustainability and farming to see how they intertwine.

Curriculum Connections

Subject: Geography
Unit: Global Settlement: Patterns and Sustainability

  • Application: analyse some significant interrelationships between Earth’s physical features and processes and human settlement patterns, and some ways in which the physical environment and issues of sustainability may affect settlement in the future
  • Inquiry: use the geographic inquiry process to investigate issues related to the interrelationship between human settlement and sustainability from a geographic perspective

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