Science & Ecology
Phone: (604) 387-9966
One of the many exciting new concepts discussed by the Ministry of Environments
new Environmental Protection Crew. Three new work stations deal with sustainability,
conservation versus consumption, and general environmental protection issues.
Through hands-on workshops, theatre, slide presentations and interactive props,
children become actively involved in learning and thinking critically about environmental
Childrens Book Store
Phone: (416) 480-0233 or toll free 1-800-265-5622 Fax: 480-9345
DICTIONARY OF THE EARTH (author John Farndon)
An exciting and original thematic dictionary which explains over 2,000 key
words in physical geography, geology, meteorology, and ecology. Hard copy
RESCUE MISSION: PLANET EARTH Childrens Task Force on Agenda
21. Packed with important facts, poems, stories and illustrations, this book
will help children understand the document called Agenda 21 which came out
of the Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Paperback $14.95.
Brick Road Environmental
Learning through Landscapes
To order contact: John Tersigni
Phone: (416) 465-1597
MATHEMATICS IN THE SCHOOL GROUNDS. Zoe Rhydden-Evans, 1993. Ideas
for teaching math outdoors. Four main sections: Numbers, Measurement, Shape
and Spaces, and Data Work. Contains teaching approaches with tables listing
math exercises using various outdoor features including: ponds, animals, pathways,
trees/shrubs, buildings, conservation areas, and weather. Age group: K-6,
for the Promotion and Advancement of Science Education (APASE) Vancouver,
Catherine Warren, CHARLOTTE project
Phone: (604) 687-8712 Fax 687-8715
INTERNET RESOURCE GUIDE. Charlotte is a World Wide Web site developed
by APASE. Using Charlotte, teachers will be able to exchange informationespecially
teaching resource materialson subjects such as British Columbia ecology,
natural resources, and coastal biology.
Offers a selection of environmental learning aids for teachers
IN YOUR COMMUNITY - COMMUNITY WORKSHOP FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. rev.
ed. 1991 $11.77, a 60page organizer's manual to environmental action
UP GREEN ACTION WHEEL. 1993. $2.99, learning tool with ecological
trivia, riddles and jokes for children aged 612 years.
NATURE'S RECYCLERS: an integrated unit for primary and junior students
1992. $5.35,teacherdeveloped for sciences curriculum. 19 pages of readytouse
activities to explore worms (food chain), worm farms, (composting), and worm
BC Humane Education Society
Phone: (604) 681-3379
Fax: (604) 681-7022
EARTHKIND: A Teachers Handbook On Humane Education
A workbook on humanitys relationship to the non-human offers lesson
plans, information, and activities for all teachers to use in the classroom.
Fosters cooperative learning, tolerance and communication skills in studies.
Phone: (604) 684-3014
Fax: (604) 684-7165
GRASSROOTS DEVELOPMENT. This new video offers information on coping
crisis in a forest-based community in India. In central India, where tigers
once roamed the forests, goats and cows now forage on rocky slopes. It provides
a positive, thought-provoking look at how action by people at the local level
offers hope for regenerating the environment. Produced by anthropologist Dr.
Evelyn Nodwell in association with the Knowledge Network.
Grades: 8-12 Cost: $180
Albert National Park
Waskesiu Lake, SK
This CD-ROM, with Teachers Guide, provides information about boreal forest
ecology, the greenhouse effect and the connection between boreal forest, atmosphere
and climate. Cost: $59.95 plus shipping and handling.
This Canadian-published environmental education journal features articles on
eco-philosophy and teaching techniques. Included are resource listings and a
Canadian events calendar.
GROWING IDEAS, the journal of the National Gardening Association,
contains teaching and learning activities for garden-based learning. The journal
is useful for educators interested in using herbs and other plants to explore
science concepts, environmental themes, natural history and multicultural
Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks
AREAS: PRESERVING OUR FUTURE, is a new environmental education
resource package designed to help young people think critically about parks
and protected areas. It introduces environmental studies into the areas of
math, science, and social studies. This Ministry of Education-approved resource
complements the recently released education framework document, Environmental
Concepts in the Classroom.
BRIDGING THE DISTANCE: CHILDREN TAKING ACTION FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
is an action-oriented teaching resource introducing global issues of environment
and development from the perspectives of children around the world. Includes
ready-to-use case studies, slides, a game, poster, diary, role-play activities
and other resources for Grades Six to Eight. Cost: $29.95.
A GUIDE TO NATURE IN THE WINTER. This 375-page resource is packed
with activities. Study snow ecology, winter bird behaviour or find evidence
of insects, locate animal tracks and signs, winter weeds and wildflowers.
Lesson Aids Service
THE STRAITKEEPER'S HANDBOOK: A TEACHER'S GUIDE TO DISCOVERING THE ECOLOGY
OF GEORGIA STRAIT. Through interdisciplinary, practical activities,
students gain an understanding of the Straits diverse and fragile ecosystem,
learn valuable skills and ways to make a difference and develop a sense of
stewardship for the Strait. This book includes a fold-out map and sections
on Beach Etiquette, Seashore Habitat, Quadrat Studies and Pollution Issues.
Sections include learning objectives, activities, discussion questions, vocabulary
and resources. Suitable for Grades 4 - 10. Cost: $22.00.
SONGS FOR SCHOOLS. Songbook for guitar or piano accompaniment and
a 30-minute Save Our World cassette audio tape of original songs
on environmental awareness. Includes songs about recycling, friendship, endangered
species, world peace, skin cancer awareness, water conservation, road safety,
environment and self-esteem. Suitable for all grades. Cost: $8.80.
Fax: (403) 440-8899
THE HARMONY PUZZLE: Environment and Economy. Young people provide
their perspectives throughout this video as it explores two main concepts:
the link between environment, economy and sustainable development. A utilization
guide provides an overview, key concepts, a glossary, and four activities.
Grades: 5-8. Cost: $17 (video), $2 (guide).
Palo Alto, California, USA
Phone: (415) 321-5838
Fax: (415) 322-3817
This computer game highlights the Amazon Rainforest, and explores several
other biomes like the Arctic tundra, and the desert. Features detailed graphics,
games, simulations, some animation, a library of recorded sounds, and lots
of informative text windows that pop up when the student clicks on objects
on the screen. An additional educators manual provides valuable activity
plans and copy masters for teachers. Grades 4-12. Cost: $59.95 US with lesson
Council for Adult Education
Phone: (416) 588-1211
Fax: (416) 588-5725
CONVERGENCE: Volume XXV, Number 2, 1992
A professional journal aimed at proponents and practitioners of adult education,
this issue looks at environmental education for adults. The document covers
methods of instruction, concepts such as sustainable development and ecological
responsibility, and the potential of computer communications. Cost: $12 per
issue, $39 per year - subscription (magazine).
Phone: (416) 599-1991
The ever popular EcoKids Clubs program offers membership cards, posters, and
quarterly newsletters for K-4 classes interested in community restoration projects.
Cost for annual membership: $25.
Don Mills, ON
Phone: (416) 465-1597 or
EARTHCHILD. This invaluable teacher-friendly assortment of games,
songs, stories, activities and experiments guarantees that preschool and elementary
level students will be more wildly enthusiastic about environmental education.
A companion guide, Earth Teacher, is available separately. Cost: $27.
Ben Lomond, CA
Fax: (408) 336-2168
THE RAINFOREST: ZOO GUIDES. Discover the ecology, peoples, animals,
plants and resources of rainforests worldwide in a visually stunning, easy-to-use
CD-ROM for grades 6 and up. This multimedia reference covers the causes and
effects of rainforest destruction and investigates how these regions can be
saved. Over 400 photographs, 60 minutes of video clips and full colour maps,
plus quizzes designed especially to heighten the senses and broaden the mind.
Bethesda, Maryland, USA
Phone: (301) 493-5447
TAKING ACTION: An Educators Guide to Involving Students in Environmental
Action Projects. Package includes: classroom-tested projects, list
of student organizations, and more.
Phone: (604) 736-4011
THE SACRED BALANCE:Rediscovering Our Place in Nature. Author David
Suzuki presents his vision of how to find a truly sustainable way of living
in the next millennium. Cost: $28.95
Phone: (613) 954-5791
ECOZONE POSTERS. A set of 20 posters covering each of Canadas
15 terrestrial and five marine ecozones. Suitable for use in the classroom,
backyard, or boardroom. Each poster illustrates the key features of each ecozone.
Cost: $16.95 per set
Shawnigan Lake, BC
Phone Toll-Free: 1-888-743-8281
- SEED PACKAGES. Seedsational Garden Botanicals, a wholesaler
of seed packages, has developed a program that allows non-profit organizations
and schools to retail seeds with the same professional terms and profit margins
as any normal garden centre. Suitable for individual classes raising money
for a specific, financial goal.
American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)
Troy, OH, USA
Phone: (937) 676-2514
THE ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION COLLECTION: A REVIEW OF RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS
VOLUME 1. With literally thousands of products to select
from, its difficult for teachers and other educators to decide which
materials best meet their needs. Therefore, the NAAEE has developed a series
of educators resources guides to quality materials. Guides profile:
lesson packets, CD-ROMS, software, etc.). Cost: $12.00 plus $3.95 for processing
University of California, Berkeley, Lawrence Hall of Science
Phone: (510) 642-7771
SCHOOLYARD ECOLOGY. This new activity guide for
Grades 3-6 is designed to spark student curiosity about the patterns and interactions
in nature, beginning with their immediate environment - the schoolyard. Cost:
Ministry of Environment
Public Affairs Branch
Phone: (604) 387-9419
an innovative educational package that uses satellite imagery to cover a wide
variety of environmental and land-use issues for B.C. schools.
offers Ground Truth Studies, an activity-based science and social studies educational
program that uses remote sensing to study local and global environmental issues,
i.e. greenhouse effect, loss of biological diversity and ozone depletion.
Contact: Laura Detwyler
Phone: 1-800-850-9480 Fax: (705) 344-1066
ENVIRONMENTAL VIEWS SERIES CD-ROMs enable Macintosh users
to customize presentations and give slide shows using full-colour photos and
text frames from Optilearns Environmental Views Series. Created by educators
and content experts, the series provide images and information to supplement
environmental, earth and life science courses. (Grades 9college).
THE OUTDOOR CLASSROOM is a bilingual newsletter focusing on school
ground naturalization. Features articles by parents, educators and schoolchildren
describing projects in their own communities around Canada. Lists many useful
resources, including books, training sessions, and grant information.
Services of Canada
Phone: 1-800-387-2084 Fax: (416) 366-0908
Cost: $68.00 each
ENVIRONMENT I: THE HABITATS AND ECOSYSTEMS - For grades 712.
This examines the effects of abiotic and biotic factors on the environment,
plant succession, major geographic biomes, and the relation of populations
and communities to an ecosystem. Also describes the composition of ecosystems,
how organisms interact with the environment, and concepts like predation,
symbiosis and populations.
ENVIRONMENT II: THE CYCLES AND INTERACTIONS - For grades 712.
This discusses food chains and food webs, biomass, energy pyramids, and nitrogen,
hydrogen, oxygen, and carbon cycles. Interprets the trophic levels of producers,
consumers and decomposers from actual examples, such as a pond community.
Open Learning Agency
Toll free: 1-800-663-1653
STATE OF THE ENVIRONMENT FOR BRITISH COLUMBIA MULTIMEDIA CD-ROM.
Multimedia CD-ROM contains over 150 screens of environmental facts and trends
about BCs people, land, plants, animals, water and air. Filled with
colourful image graphics, video and audio, it increases understanding of the
ecological consequences of human activities in BC. A tool for educators, students
or anyone seeking information about BCs environment.
Teachers Federation (BCTF)
Lesson Aids Service
Toll free: 1-800-663-9163
ENVIRONMENT SCRAPBOOK. Produced by Victoria International Development
Education Association, 74p. Topics covered include science and sustainable
development, the greenhouse effect, human rights vs. animal rights,
effects of climatic change on agriculture, facts about the ozone, solar energy
abroad, nuclear waste storage, ocean pollution, the environmental problems
left by the Gulf War, and womens roles in saving the environment. Suitable
for Senior Secondary.
Contact: Dan Stoker
Phone: (403) 424-0971
P.A.G.E.S is an Environment Education magazine promoting the activities
of several environmental organizations.
Phone: (416) 245-7800 Fax: 245-8660
THE GREENHOUSE EFFECT, a video for secondary students explains
factors contributing to the greenhouse effect and how humans have affected
these conditions. Includes teachers guide, a vocabulary list, and more.
WESTERN BACKYARD JUNGLES SCIENCE ACTIVITY KIT. Even in an urban
setting, children can track down snail trails, worm castings and butterflies
in nearby gardens, parks and school grounds. The activity kits include field-tested
activity cards, forceps, three petri dishes, magnifier, observation box and
much more. Perfect for young backyard hunters. Cost: $22.95.
Phone: (212) 698-7000
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES ACTIVITIES KIT. A collection of hands-on
classroom activities which promote an understanding and appreciation of the
environment as well as problem-solving skills. Includes reproducible student
activity guides and worksheets.
Media Distributors Ltd.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Phone: (604) 687-4215
Fax: (604) 688-8349
SCIENCE IN FOCUS: Domestic and industrial pollution of the air,
water and land are explored in this video showing choices that can lessen
the effects of industrial society on the environment. Grades: 7-12. Cost:
for the Promotion and Advancement of Science Education
Phone: (604) 687-8712
EARTHLINKS: CELEBRATING BIOLOGICAL AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY. This
88-page teachers manual and cassette tape program for English as a Second
Language (ESL) classes focusses on environmental problems while promoting
language learning and cultural understanding. Includes suggested and supplementary
activities, additional references, discussion questions and grammar lessons.
Excellent for high school ESL classes. Cost: $25 plus $3 shipping and handling.
CONNECTIONS. In this CD-ROM experience, the links between people,
events and ideas have fractured, and students must battle to restore order.
Based on the critically acclaimed television show of the same name, players
are placed in one of five worlds and challenged to solve puzzles concerning
inventions that link to one another, like carbon paper to dynamite.
A PORTFOLIO OF TEACHING IDEAS FOR HIGH SCHOOL BIOLOGY. Offers 36
problem-solving activities in: evolution, homeostasis, plant physiology, cells
and cell chemistry, ecology, animal physiology, genetics, and useful WWW sites
and resources. Age: Secondary Cost: $39.95
Alexandria, VA, USA
Phone: (800) 469-2519
Fax: (703) 299-9574
SCIENCE AND THE ENVIRONMENT CD-ROM Discover environmental development
from around the world. Includes 320 selected and summarized articles covering
every aspect of the environment. Includes colorful photos/maps, and interactive
web links that draw the reader into new journeys of exploration. Featured
topics: biodiversity/wildlife, alternative energy/fuels, marine ecology, clean
air, clean water, health, population, and agriculture, waste management/recycling,
and climate change.
Phone: (416) 255-4491
SCIENCEPLUS INTERACTIVE EXPLORATIONS CD-ROM. Students build higher
order thinking skills as they investigate and solve a series of real-world
science mysteries (tropical fish dying at a local fish store, or venus flytraps
becoming extinct in their natural habitat). A printed teacher's guide offers
an overview of each interactive exploration, teaching strategies and student
assessment guidelines. Grades 7-9.
c/o Pacific Edge Publishing
NATURE DETECTIVES Our living world science series is a Grade
2 - 3 resource package that includes four student texts and four teachers
guides designed specifically for BCs new Life Science curriculum. Student
texts tell stories of a group of adventurous nature detectives who explore
four different ecosystems forest, seashore, wetland and grassland.
These books provide primary teachers with a language-based resource from which
science can easily be extended across the curricula. Cost: $9.95 each. Accompanying
Teachers Guides provide instructional strategies and lesson plans. Cost:
National Atlas Information Service (nais) Ottawa, ON
Phone:(613) 992-4030 Fax: 943-8282
Provides Canadian geographic information on land use, demographics, geology,
and ecology. Also offers electronic access to maps and geography quizzes.
Phone: (604) 664-9091
Fax: (604) 664-9081
RIDE THE CLOUDS WITH SKY WATCHERS, an educational program of Environment
Canada, CBC Evening News and elementary schools in BC and the Yukon. Students
send their observations to Environment Canada, and school submissions may
be featured by Phil Reimer on the CBC Evening News. The Sky Watchers kit contains
a barometer, rain gauge, max/min thermometer and a cloud chart. Cost: $279.95
Three thousand K-12 science classes from around the world are collecting environmental
data and posting it to the site. Research scientists use the data and offer
feedback. Useful for students doing research papers.
K-12 SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
The BioChemNet is an award-winning directory of biology and chemistry
educational resources on-line.
Engaging Science is a pioneering Professional Development program for
K-7 teachers, offering teacher training workshops, media resources and communication
and support services.
EXCELLENCE: BIOLOGY RESOURCES ON-LINE
Access Excellence, launched in 1993, is a national educational program
that provides high school biology teachers access to their colleagues, scientists,
and critical sources of new scientific information via the World Wide Web.
Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE)
This site provides up-to-date information on the NRTEE, its mandate, activities
and programs while offering a window on the state of the debate between the
environment and the economy.
Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment
To provide the public with current and timely information, and encourage dialogue
among stakeholders, the CCME offers a discussion group on its home page.
Canadian Museum of Nature (CMN)
The CMN website is an introduction to the Museum. Search through its four main
sections: Research and Collections; Exhibits and Education; Information and
Services; and Discover. Read the CMN current events newspaper, and take a peek
behind the scenes at exhibits, research and collections work.
Get information on the new EcoAction Community Funding Program on the Internet.
This program encourages Canadians to take action within their communities in
support of healthy environments. Check out the latest news, environmental success
stories, some green tips and how to take action.
SIERRA CLUB K-12 ENVIRONMENTAL/OUTDOOR PROGRAM
A K-12 program offering teachers and students environmental, science and ecology
education through website materials and hands-on trail and nature activities.
Canadian Biodiversity Information Network
Earth Sciences Organizations List
Environmental Education Network
EE-Link, for K-12 environmental educators: http://eelink.net
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