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This resource identifies locations within Ontario's high school geography curriculum where teachers can address climate change. Teaching suggestions, case studies, learning activities, guiding questions and additional resources related to climate change have been linked to appropriate curriculum outcomes for each individual course.
This resource suggests many links and ways that teachers can include the topic of Climate Change in their Geography Class. Therefore, the abilities taught will depend on the activities selected by the teacher but overall the resource aim for students to develop a common understandings in a climate change context.
The following tool will allow you to explore the relevant curriculum matches for this resource. To start, select a province listed below.
|Consideration of Alternative Perspectives||Very Good|
The resource includes a variety of links to other resources on the topic and allows the teachers the freedom to select the most appropriate approach for their classroom.
|Consideration of Alternative Perspectives: |
|Multiple Dimensions of Problems & Solutions||Very Good|
The background information includes a variety of issues and website links for additional information. The activities are also well rounded in that they provide opportunities to explore many issues regarding Climate Change.
|Multiple Dimensions of Problems & Solutions: |
Effectively addresses the environmental, economic and social dimensions of the issue(s) being explored.
This resource is mainly a tool of suggestions for teachers to be able to incorporate Climate Change into their Geography course. It is up to the teacher to take a problem solving approach though the resource does suggest some activities which do take a problem solving approach.
|Respects Complexity: |
The complexity of the problems/issues being discussed is respected.
|Acting on Learning||Satisfactory|
Some activities that are suggested engage students in authentic experiences such as examining their own ecological footprints. The resource also includes link to website containing some ideas for students to take positive actions in their community but this is not the principal activities and teaching approaches suggested in the guide.
|Acting on Learning: |
Learning moves from understanding issues to working towards positive change — in personal lifestyle, in school, in the community, or for the planet
The teaching suggestions section includes a variety of activities for students to express their opinion on the topic. Students are encouraged to look at Climate Change at a local/regional scale making it more relevant to their life and increasing the probability that they will take at heart this issue.
|Values Education: |
Students are explicitly provided with opportunities to identify, clarify and express their own beliefs/values.
|Empathy & Respect for Humans||Poor/Not considered|
|Empathy & Respect for Humans: Empathy and respect are fostered for diverse groups of humans (including different genders, ethnic groups, sexual preferences, etc.).|
|Personal Affinity with Earth||Satisfactory|
The resource discusses Climate Change and offers good background information and it suggest some outdoor activities. Yet, when introducing the topic of climate change, it may be interesting to start with an outdoor activity which look at the environment of the community and identifies elements contributing to climate change and climate change phenomenon.
|Personal Affinity with Earth: |
Encourages a personal affinity with -the natural world.
The resource encourages teachers to look at Climate Change at a local/regional scale before moving on to a bigger picture. For instance, students are encouraged to look at their own ecological footprint before looking at the one of their community and so on.
|Locally-Focused Learning: |
Includes learning experiences that take advantage of issues/elements within the local community.
|Past, Present & Future||Good|
The resource includes some background information and links to find out more on the history of Climate Change. The activities look at the current phenomenon of Climate Change and do empower students to develop a better understanding of its concepts and that they can make a difference.
|Past, Present & Future: Promotes an understanding of the past, a sense of the present, and a positive vision for the future.|
|Open-Ended Instruction||Very Good|
The resource starts with suggestions of focus questions for the students to inquire about and offers various website links. Teaching suggestions are included and allows students to explore the topic on their own, to become experts and to share their knowledge with their peers.
Lessons are structured so that multiple/complex answers are possible; students are not steered toward one 'right' answer.
Activities are related to science, language arts and technology, and allow the students to reflect on a variety of perspectives and to create links between various phenomenons affecting Climate Change.
|Integrated Learning: |
Learning brings together content and skills from more than one subject area
It is suggested that students are to work in teams on various focus questions to and they are offered various website links to inquire for more information. Teaching suggestions are included and allows students to explore the topic on their own, to become experts and to share their knowledge with their peers.
|Inquiry Learning: |
Learning is directed by questions, problems, or challenges that students work to address.
The guide includes a wide range of possible activities that students could do as well as links to additional resources for more suggestions of activities. It is therefore the teacher who is in charge of selecting a variety of activities that will suit the different learning style of the students.
|Differentiated Instruction: |
Activities address a range of student learning styles, abilities and readiness.
|Experiential Learning||Very Good|
A wide variety of authentic experiences are suggested in the teacher’s guide as well as on the websites suggested inside the guide such as an analysis of the impact of different activities (e.g., resource industries) and the impact of local behaviour on global change, students can calculate their footprint as it is now, perhaps comparing it to what it was earlier and students consider the likely impact of climate change as they examine the physical features of a region and current settlement patterns along with the tourist attractions.
|Experiential Learning: |
Authentic learning experiences are provided
Students work in group and are encouraged to act as experts on the topic but no group work strategies are explicitly taught in the resource.
|Cooperative Learning: |
Group and cooperative learning strategies are a priority.
|Assessment & Evaluation||Satisfactory|
The resource includes the Curriculum Expectations for the province of Ontario but since the choice of activities is left to the teachers it makes it complicated to include an evaluation tool for the activities. However, a self-evaluation and teacher evaluation tool could be provided for an overall evaluation of students’ progress and understanding of the topic.
|Assessment & Evaluation: Tools are provided that help students and teachers to capture formative and summative information about students' learning and performance. These tools may include reflection questions, checklists, rubrics, etc.|
The resource suggests some activities that allow students to become expert on a certain aspect of the topic which they then have to share with their peers.
|Peer Teaching: |
Provides opportunities for students to actively present their knowledge and skills to peers and/or act as teachers and mentors.
|Case Studies||Very Good|
Though it is left to the teacher to select local case study, the resource includes many suggestions of topics and websites for case studies and teachers are encouraged to move from local to global.
|Case Studies: |
Relevant case studies are included. Case studies are thorough descriptions of real events from real situations that students use to explore concepts in an authentic context.
|Locus of Control||Good|
The resource allows a lot of freedom for teachers to decide on the content and the activities that will be done in class and students can select questions or topics which they would like to explore further.
|Locus of Control: Meaningful opportunities are provided for students to choose elements of program content, the medium in which they wish to work, and/or to go deeper into a chosen issue.|