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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 18, Number 2, October 2005

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Forest education resources and web site

A number of teaching kits, lesson plans, and hands-on materials linked to the curriculum are available at www.learnforestry.com.

Teaching kits and lesson plans include:

  • Community Development—The History of Logging (Grade 3)
  • Our Living Resource—The Forest (Grade 5)
  • Wood Technology, A Grade 8 Science Unit
  • The Force of Fire (a set of teaching binders at the primary, intermediate, and secondary levels)

Lesson plans are also available on careers, beetles, forest health, forest management, and caring for you and our forests.

Science World and Ministry of Education "PAL" up to inspire students

To support K–7 teachers and inspire scientific curiosity and creativity in their students, Science World has partnered with the Ministry of Education for a program entitled the British Columbia Program for the Awareness and Learning of Science (BC PALS).

Starting September 2005, through BC PALS, K–7 classes in B.C. are offered an exciting opportunity to experience Science World’s unique approach to science. It includes either a free class field trip admission to the Science World facility, in Vancouver, or a complimentary outreach program outside the Lower Mainland. Outreach experiences may take the form of a classroom scientist’s visit through the Scientists & Innovators in the Schools program or a multischool assembly science show.

Science World programs support the new K–7 science curriculum and assist teachers in educating and inspiring young, developing minds with informative and unforgettable science-based experiences.

For more information, visit Science World’s web site, www.scienceworld.ca, and download a BC PALS field trip reservation form, or call 604-443-7500 to speak to the bookings department. Outside the Lower Mainland, call 1-800-363-1611 to find out when Science World Outreach programs are coming to your area.

Green Street...helping the planet...one classroom at a time

Discover opportunities to enhance your classroom by challenging your students to think critically about the environment, society, and sustainability, and by supporting them in making the leap from ideas to action! All programs are curriculum-aligned, action-oriented, require minimal teacher preparation, and are free or low-cost!

"The programs are very relevant. Students are learning about issues in the context of their own community, and they also get a sense of what other kids are thinking about in other communities—it’s very meaningful." (Grade 5 teacher)

"An energetic, highly educational, empowering, unbiased program. Exceptional!" (Grade 5/6 teacher)

Green Street delivers credible, accessible, and affordable programs that are relevant to students’ concerns, encouraging a sense of personal responsibility for the environment, fostering a commitment to sustainable living, and promoting an enduring dedication to environmental stewardship.

Green Street links schools in Canada to reputable environmental-education organizations that offer a range of programs: discovering how to reduce your ecological footprint, learning how to build a wind turbine, letter writing with eco-penpals, and understanding climate change, etc.

To browse the new and returning programs available for classrooms in B.C. this year, visit www.green-street.ca. Registration for all programs can be completed online by logging on to Green Street, and scrolling through the various options to find the best programs to suit your classroom. As a teacher, you are welcome to register for more than one program.

You can also contact the Green Street co-ordinator, Allison Freeman, at afreeman@green-street.ca or call toll-free 1-877-250-8201.

Be a part of something big

Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver has a new volunteer option: Kids First. Men and women mentor boys and girls in one-to-one and/or group relationships. Volunteers get together with their buddies, during school time, after school, in the evenings, or on the weekends, through a variety of options involving at least three children per mentor. Together Big & Little Buddies play card and board games, play sports, do arts and crafts, and a variety of other friendship-based activities.

Big Brothers also has one-to-one volunteer options for men and women, some of which involve a time commitment of as little as one hour a week. If you are interested in being a friend and role model to a child, please call Matt at Big Brothers 604-876-2447, ext. 250, or visit www.bigbrothersvancouver.com.

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