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Begin your search on the main page. You have several options for refining your search. In the "Getting Started" box on the right-hand side of the screen, you can start by selecting your jurisdiction (province or territory), grade level (k-12), subject or sustainability theme/issue.
Next, press the "Search" button.
To refine your search on the results page:
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Each search will produce a list of teaching resources related to the grade level, jurisdiction, sustainability topic, and/or subject area you selected. Recommended resources appear higher on the list than resources recommended with qualifications. Generally, resources that are easier to link to the curriculum appear before those which present more challenging matches.
For each resource, the title and a brief description of the resource are provided. Clicking on the resource title will bring you to the resource summary page, where you will find:
Once you have identified a resource you would like to use, clicking on the red "Download Here" button will bring you directly to the resource (if available electronically) or to the online ordering page (if only available in hard copy).
All resources in the Resources for Rethinking database have been comprehensively reviewed. Clicking on "Read the Full Review" will bring you to a page detailing:
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All the main pages on www.resources4rethinking.ca are available in both English and French. Individual records in the database (i.e. specific resource reviews), however, are available only in French or English, depending on the language of the resource.
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The Resources for Rethinking database links sustainability education resources to specific courses, units, and objectives of the K-12 curricula in every province and territory in Canada.
Curriculum matches are classified as full or partial.
The Relevant Curriculum Matches tool, at the bottom of each resources review page, allows teachers to quickly identify how a resource relates to the subject(s) they teach. Simply select a jurisdiction, grade, and subject, and a list of relevant curriculum matches will drop down.
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Interdisciplinary learning is fundamental to sustainability education. For example, the study of wetlands may be approached through a collaborative effort by English, Social Studies, and Math teachers. Students may write a creative piece inspired by a visit to a nearby wetland during their English class, analyze how human land use strategies impact wetlands during Social Studies, and then apply statistical methods to biodiversity sampling during their Math class.
The Relevant Curriculum Matches tool is designed to help teachers facilitate interdisciplinary learning in their schools.
Sustainability education requires thinking that transcends traditional academic disciplines. For this reason, we have attempted to include the widest variety of courses possible in the Resources for Rethinking database.
To simplify and streamline searching, we have sorted courses into 14 subject areas:
Aboriginal Studies (First Nations Studies, Indigenous Peoples Studies, etc.)
Arts (Dance, Drama, Music, Visual Arts, etc.)
Business & Commerce (Accounting, Business Studies, Economics, etc.)
Cooperative & Vocational Education (Welding, Cosmetology, Forestry, etc.)
English (English, Communications, Journalism, ESL, etc.)
Family Studies (Child Studies, Family Studies, Home Economics, etc.)
Food & Agriculture (Agriculture, Cooking, Food Studies, Food Science, etc.)
French (Core French, Basic French, French Immersion, Français Langue Maternelle, etc.)
Health, Personal Development & Careers (Health & Wellness, Career & Life Management, Nutrition, Personal Planning, etc.)
Math (Math, Statistics, Calculus, etc.)
Science (Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Physical Geography, Physics, etc.)
Social Studies (Civic Studies, Economics, Environmental Studies, Ethics, Geography, History, Law, Media Studies, Philosophy, Religious Education, World Issues, etc.)
Technology (Computer Engineering, Drafting & Design, Mechanics, Technical & Professional Communications, Technology Education, etc.)
The database automatically searches all the courses that fall within the subject area(s) you select. Teachers can identify curriculum matches between the resource and the specific subject and course objectives they teach using the Relevant Curriculum Matches Tool on the resource review page.Back to top