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Renewable and Non-Renewable Resources: Mining in B.C.
Students explore energy by categorizing rocks. In this British Columbia geology lesson, students define many different vocabulary terms associated with mining such as sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic. Students utilize sample rock kits and practice classifying each rock as one of the three categories mentioned.
Canadian Gold Rush Activity
Students explore the importance of the Gold Rush which established British Columbia in 1871.
5th Grade Social Studies Canada Unit: Lesson 3
Fifth graders look at the characteristics of British Columbia. In this Canadian social studies lesson plan, 5th graders create a fact sheet about British Columbia. They do the project on a person, event, or tourist attractions.
Students examine the different plants and animals in British Columbia. In this forest ecology lesson students explore how ecosystems work, classify animals and investigate food webs and chains.
Fisheries: Wild Versus Farmed
Middle and high schoolers are introduced to the aquaculture of British Columbia. As a class, they identify the issue of wild salmon and aquaculture. Using the Internet, they research information on a topic related to aquaculture and evaluate the website's credibility. They decide on a position by considering arguments raised by various perspectives and translate their ideas into a paper.
Chinese Immigrants in British Columbia, 1870
Students interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources. In this British Columbia history lesson, students read and analyze data regarding 1870 Canadian census data. Students then assume the roles of Chinese immigrants to write letters pertaining to their experiences in British Columbia.
Students create a basket. In this basket making lesson, students explore the Ojibway culture and discover the history of basket making. Students design and construct a basket.
Second graders create three-dimensional masks. In this mask making lesson, 2nd graders design a three-dimensional mask. Students write one sentence that reflects the character of their mask.
Lesson Plan: Becoming an Animal
The Kwakwaka'wakw are indigenous people from Vancouver Island and British Columbia. The class analyzes a Kwakwak'wakw ceremonial mask, how it was used, and its cultural significance. They then create animal masks representing their favorite animals. Art, culture, and creation!
Organizing Writing to Convey a Central Idea
Fourth and fifth graders practice the skill of organizing their writing to convey a central idea by sorting 14 facts about the dogwood tree into four categories of facts. The categories, which are written on the board, are; Governmental Symbol Uses, Description, Types, and Historical Uses. The fact cards, embedded in the plan, are sorted into each category by pairs of learners. Once everyone has them put into the categories, the class compares their choices.
Understanding Canadian Weather Extremes
Students examine dynamic interaction between North American air masses and often spectacular and extreme weather patterns that result, explore nature and origin of five major air masses that affect Canada's weather, and investigate dramatic weather results.
First Nations Plants and their Uses
Students identify the uses of plants by researching Native Americans. In this First Nations culture lesson, students identify the First Nations coastal people of British Columbia and their use of plants such as seaweed, bark and moss. Students participate in a plant station activity in which they travel from an edible plant station to a plant dye station to a weaving station.
Subregions of Canada
In this geography skills instructional activity, students read a 2-page selection about the economy and culture of Canada prior to responding to 4 short answer questions and completing 1 graphic organizer based on the selection.
Contrasting Landscapes - UBC Farm Field Trip
Students visit the UBC Farm. In this lesson on various landscapes, students spend a day at the University of British Columbia exploring the farm and trail adjoining the campus. This lesson could be modified for use in any region that has a nearby farm or botanic garden.
Comparing Deciduous and Evergreen Trees
Young scholars investigate nature by identifying different plants and trees. In this environmental field trip, students participate in a British Columbia expedition in which they identify cedar, pine, hemlock and Douglas fir trees. Young scholars complete a worksheet which they draw pictures on.
CLIL: A Lesson Plan
Learners explore Vancouver. In this Vancouver geography and English language building lesson, students brainstorm what they know about Vancouver and predict what their text will cover. Learners listen to the informational content of their geography lesson while following along in the book. Students complete a related vocabulary worksheet. This lesson is intended as supplementary support for ELL learners.
Students determine with math concepts how much plastic pollution is affecting marine life. In this plastic pollution lesson plan, students collect scientific data from a field trip to a water treatment plant.
Students create a totem pole in the vain of those made by tribes of British Columbia and Alaska.
The Gold Rush: Hiking Historical Trails
Students visit gold fields. For this Canadian history lesson, students research the Gold Rush of Harrison Lake and then take a trip to the mines and hike the area. Students pan for gold, read Gold Rush literature, and participate in other related hands-on activities.
Students view short videos on various trailblazers in the game of golf. They examine the origins of the game of golf, the history of canadian success in golf, and design their own 18-hole colf course for their community.