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Lesson Plans and Teacher Resources through The Green Classroom

Welcome to one of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation website's most popular pages - lesson plans and teacher resources, made possible by The Green Classroom.

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.  

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Also - please check any of these lesson plans and resources for consistency with current curriculum expectations.

Litterless Lunch:

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

Take-Homes and Handouts

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 Resources - 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

Grade 1 Lesson Plans   

Grade 2 Lesson Plans

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. 

 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 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. 
  • 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 - 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 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.

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 - 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 - Students will be able to explain that plants are carbon sinks.
  • Carbon Cycle Activity 3 - 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 - 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 - Students will be able to explain that plants are carbon sinks.
  • Carbon Cycle Activity 3 - 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

 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 Ontario's environment ministry.

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