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Students examine and discuss the current issues surrounding the deforestation of Canada's boreal forest. They also explore the issue through the eyes of the forestry industry.
Students examine newspaper articles to assess issues about Canada's boreal forest, including prospects for the forestry industry. They develop an awareness of deforestation causes and highlight issues involving the relationship between the boreal forest and human intervention. Students write summaries of their findings.
Students consider the definition of an ecosystem, its parts, and how these parts can be affected when the ecosystem is endangered. They examine dangers being faced by the Canadian boreal forest by reading "For Billions of Birds, an Endangered Haven".
Students investigate the factors that influence succession in a boreal forest. For this ecology lesson, students read the story Tongass and discuss the interdependence between living things in the forest. Students play a game that simulates succession in a boreal forest. Additionally, students discuss and write about how the game demonstrated the interdependence in the boreal forest.
In this Science worksheet, students color a biome map of North America. Students color the map by solving the clues listed on a separate sheet of paper.
Students explore wolves. In this ecology and wolves lesson, students research predator-prey relationships on the Internet and complete a related worksheet with a partner. Students interpret data on bar graphs to determine growth and decline of the wolf population. Students determine whether statements given about wolves are fact or opinion.
Students consider definition of an ecosystem as it relates to the Canadian boreal, discover how deforestation affects this forest and recreate ecosystems. They write persuasive letters urging politicians or business people to help save the forest.
Students explore environments by analyzing food chains. In this biome identification activity, students define a list of environmental vocabulary terms such as tundra, rain-forest and desert. Students create a fictional self sustainable food chain that is built on one specific biome or environmental setting.
In this biomes worksheet, students read 7 short paragraphs about earth's biomes then match 6 biomes with their definition. Students examine 6 pictures of animals and write the biome in which you would find each animal.
Students discuss the five stages of fire succession. In this earth science lesson, students identify the factors that determine the extent of wildfires' effect on permafrost. They study the history of Alaska wildfires using online multimedia.
Students visit an online website to complete animal and plant science activities. In this online education lesson, students visit the Wilderness Classroom website and follow the instructions and plans to learn about the science lessons contained in the website.
Students examine food eaten by the people of the Ojibwa and Voyageur tribes. In this healthy eating lesson, students analyze the food choices of those who lived here before us. Then, students consider how our food choices are different today and how to make the right choices.
Students use a map to indicate the locations of the different biomes in the world. In this terrestrial biomes activity, students discuss the plants and animals adapted to live in each biome. 
Learners create a poem based on the Native American Ojibwa art that they read about. For this Ojibwa art lesson plan, students read captions and look at pictures of Ojibwa art and then make up a poem based on them.
Students explain the role of different organisms in the food web. In this ecology lesson, students participate in a game to simulate mineral cycling through the web. They discuss the importance of recycling minerals and resources.
AP environmental science or college-level ecology classes will glean a tremendous amount of information on nutrient cycles from this detailed PowerPoint. It covers nutrient requirements, biogeochemcial cycles, decomposition rates, and plant adaptations when nutrient conditions are low. There are diagrams and flow charts to help explain the concepts. The 53 slides of information will require a few class sessions to dispatch.
Students create a collage of the carbon cycle. In this earth science instructional activity, students explore the history and significance of permafrost. They analyze a graph of climate trends and explain how climate change and permafrost thaw are connected.
Students become familiar with the temperate rainforest.  For this forest ecosystem lesson, students identify the producers, consumers and decomposers in the forest ecosystem.  Students sort cards and identify the trophic level of the rainforest.  Students view and discuss various artifacts of the rainforest.
Eleventh graders interview people in the community regarding their idea of sustainability. In this ecology instructional activity, 11th graders determine the different factors to consider when making important decisions. They differentiate reactive and proactive adaptation.
Seventh graders investigate the content of owl pellets. In this biology instructional activity, 7th graders identify the organism remains found in these pellets. They draw a food chain based on evidence collected.

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