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Environmental Education: Scope and Sequence of Expectations, 2011 (Secondary Curriculum)

The policy framework emphasizes the necessity of ensuring that young people become environmentally active and responsible citizens. Students need to have the knowledge and skills that will enable them to understand and deal with complex issues that affect the environment now and in the future. For example, students need to  develop skills in problem solving, inquiry, decision making, action planning, higher-level thinking, systems thinking, and critical literacy. They also need to be able to identify issues and perspectives, carry out research, and communicate their ideas in meaningful ways.

Environmental Education: Scope and Sequence of Expectations, 2011 (Elementary Curriculum)

The policy framework emphasizes the necessity of ensuring that young people become environmentally active and responsible citizens. Students need to have the knowledge and skills that will enable them to understand and deal with complex issues that affect the environment now and in the future. For example, students need to develop skills in problem solving, inquiry, decision making, action planning, higher-level thinking, systems thinking, and critical literacy. They also need to be able to identify issues and perspectives, carry out research, and communicate their ideas in meaningful ways.

Shaping Our Schools, Shaping Our Future: Environmental Education in Ontario Schools

Over the past decade, changes in the Earth’s environment and its natural systems have emerged as a matter of increasingly urgent concern around the world. While the issues are complex and diverse, there is a shared and universal recognition that solutions will arise only through committed action on a global, national, regional, local, and individual scale. Schools have a vital role to play in preparing our young people to take their place as informed, engaged, and empowered citizens who will be pivotal in shaping the future of our communities, our province, our country, and our global environment.

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Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) 

The Canadian Wildlife Federation’s mission is to conserve and inspire the conservation of Canada’s wildlife and habitats. It includes lesson plans, programs, and resources for all grades, subjects, and ages.

Clean Air Champions 
The Clean Air Champions (CAC) mission is to improve air quality by working with respected athletes to educate and inspire Canadians, particularly youth, to adopt practices and lifestyles that enhance both environmental and personal health. CAC offers three free, engaging, and unique programs for students in Grades 5-12. The three feature programs are HSBC Clean Air Achievers (bilingual), Air Aware (bilingual), and High School Climate Challenge.
Earth Day Canada’s EcoKids Program 
EcoKids Program provides free, curriculum-based environmental education resources to schools and teachers across Canada (Grades K-8) to encourage them to reduce their negative impact on the environment. EcoKids has evolved into Canada’s most comprehensive school-based environmental education program.
EcoSpark 
EcoSpark works with communities and schools, providing them with the knowledge and tools to monitor their environment, and take action for positive environmental change. Learn about the Oak Ridges Moraine, stream monitoring, energy conservation, and more.
Environment and Climate Change Canada 
Resources to help educators bring the environment into their elementary or secondary classrooms. This resource includes lesson plans, teacher guides, as well as activities and sites for students.
Environmental Literacy Council
This group provides teaching modules developed by the Council and a variety of classroom materials ranging from links to sites for kids, to labs, class notes, and teaching ideas contributed by science teachers, as well as connecting classrooms around the world.
Forests Ontario 
Forests Ontario raises awareness of Ontario’s forests through education programs. Focus on Forests is a free, online resource for Grades 1-12. Envirothon is an interactive, curriculum based environmental education program in English and French for youth from Grades 9 to 12. Tree Bee is a tree identification and forest conservation competition for students in Grades 4-6. This site also includes information on careers in forestry.
Natural Curiosity: A Resource for Teachers 
Natural Curiosity is an inquiry-based approach to environmental studies developed by The Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study. This resource promotes cross-curricular integration of essential environmental and sustainability principles. The experiences of teachers who field-tested the approach are included on the site.
Ontario EcoSchools – Teaching Resources 
Ontario curriculum expectations that relate to climate change and environmental learning have been identified, and downloadable teaching resources have been developed for Grades 1-12.
Planet in Focus 
Planet in Focus is an environmental media arts organization with a mandate is to produce cultural events that showcase films that question, explore, and tell stories about the world in which we live. They use film as a catalyst for public awareness, discussion and engagement on a broad range of environmental issues.
Project Earth 
An interactive sharing site for teachers to find and/or add ideas, lesson plans (with handouts, rubrics, etc.), book and file synopses/ handouts, rants, and thoughts regarding environmental education in secondary schools. Posts are organized into categories (e.g. curriculum – geography) for easy access.
Project Webfoot – Wetland and Environmental Education Resources for Teachers 
Includes free lesson plans, action projects, and more. Project Webfoot is Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC)’s wetland education program. Through Project Webfoot, DUC offers many different wetland and environmental education choices and resources for teachers to educate young people about wetlands, conservation, and what they can do to help.
Resources for Rethinking (R4R) 
R4R is a project developed by Learning for a Sustainable Future. This free, online database provides teachers with lesson plans, worksheets, and other teaching resources that integrate environmental, social, and economic spheres through learning that is interdisciplinary and action oriented. R4R resources have been reviewed by teachers and are aligned with the Ontario curriculum.
Learning For a Sustainable Future (LSF)
Teaching Geography Through a Sustainability Lens: Classroom Ready Activities was created through a joint project of the York Region District School Board and Learning for a Sustainable Future. The modules in the resource guide help students to attain the Ministry curriculum expectations. Each module (3-5 days) integrates with one conventional unit in Grade 9 Geography in order to encourage the examination of the unit content from a sustainability perspective.
WWF-Canada 

The Schools for a Living Planet Program offers over 30 curriculum-linked, downloadable, in-class activities for Grades 3 to 8, plus links to background info, videos, and games.

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