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Teach Your Curriculum Using Environmental Themes

Grade 5

Grade 5 unit plans The GEOEC is pleased to provide the following integrated themes that you can use to teach your curriculum in an environmental context. The documents are provided “as is” in Microsoft Word format to facilitate their use by teachers. These unit plans are living documents – please send your feedback to info@geoec.org.

 

Theme 1 - Precious Water

Is it a need, a right or a commodity?

Curriculum links for this unit:

Science Topic C: Classroom Chemistry
5. Recognize that the surface of water has distinctive properties, and describe the interaction of water with other liquids and solids.

Science Topic E: Wetland Ecosystems
9. Identify human actions that can threaten the abundance or survival of living things in wetland ecosystems; e.g., adding pollutants, changing the flow of water, trapping or hunting pond wildlife.
10. Identify individual and group actions that can be taken to preserve and enhance wetland habitats.
11. Students will recognize that changes in part of an environment have effects on the whole environment

Social Studies 5.1: Canada, its geography and people
The environment plays a major role in determining where and how people in Canada live.

New Social Studies Curriculum 5.1: Physical Geography of Canada
Students will demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of how the physical geography and natural resources of Canada affect quality of life of all Canadians.

New Social Studies Curriculum 5.3: Canada: Shaping an Identity
Students will demonstrate an understanding of events and factors that have changed the ways of life in Canada over time and appreciate the impact of these changes on citizenship and identity.

See also:
www.education.gov.ab.ca/k_12/curriculum/bySubject/
for more information.

Activities

  • Shelter Shuffle
  • Discussion on Canadian wetland ecosystems
  • Water and Land Ecosystems
  • World Waterways
  • Concluding Activity: Discuss whether water is a need, a right or a commodity
Download this unit plan:
grade5-theme1.doc
(4 pages, ~255K)

 

Theme 2 - Changing Weather

Comparing climate from voyageur times to present day

Curriculum links for this unit:

Science Unit D: Weather Watch
5-9 Investigate relationships between weather phenomena and human activity. Record weather over time; recognize that human actions can affect climate, and identify human actions that have been linked to the greenhouse effect.

Social Studies: Topic A: Canada: Its Geography and People
The study includes people in Canada; where they live; how they make their living and how they relate to their environment (climate, vegetation, natural resources, physical features, land use).
Topic B: Early Canada: Exploration and Settlement

New Social Studies: Canada: The Land, Histories and Stories
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the events and factors that have changed the ways of life in Canada over time and appreciate the impact of these changes on citizenship and identity.
5.1 Physical Geography of Canada
5.2 Histories and Stories of Ways of Life in Canada

See also:
www.education.gov.ab.ca/k_12/curriculum/bySubject/
for more information.

Activities

  • Weather Observations
  • The Degree Decree
  • Discussion of Global Warming
  • How have our weather patterns changed?
Download this unit plan:
grade5-theme2.doc
(4 pages, ~490K)

 

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