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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.
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.
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!
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.
Students 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. Students complete a worksheet which they draw pictures on.
Young scholars 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. Young scholars participate in a plant station activity in which they travel from an edible plant station to a plant dye station to a weaving station.
Students visit the UBC Farm. In this activity on various landscapes, students spend a day at the University of British Columbia exploring the farm and trail adjoining the campus. This activity could be modified for use in any region that has a nearby farm or botanic garden.
Students 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. Students 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 students.