Resources for schools

YouthGroupOn this page, you will find resources that you can use to help you teach climate change in your classroom:

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Activity Sheets

These are Manitoba specific hands-on activities that can guide student learning:

Recommended activities (not Manitoba specific or created by us):

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Handouts

These are one-sheet hand-out documents we have made available during previous Youth Conferences on Climate Change:

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Videos

There are links to a number of educational videos on the Manitoba Government’s Education for Sustainable Development Video Resources webpage.

Below are videos that we recommend for study in the classroom:

  • Manitoba Emissions, Manitoba Solutions – This 15-minute video presents an overview of Manitoba’s greenhouse gas emission profile; where our GHG emissions come from and what the recent trends have been. It also suggests some ideas for solution within the Manitoba context. It was produced in 2016 and features Climate Change Connection’s own Curt Hull. If you like this presentation, we can come to you. You can request a presentation for your school, business, or organization.

  • The Implications of Climate Change in Manitoba – This 14½-minute video features Dr Danny Blair from the University of Winnipeg. Danny provides an overview of the changes that have occurred in Manitoba’s climate in the last few decades. He then uses the computer projections compiled by the Prairie Climate Centre in their Climate Atlas project to give us insight into what we might expect in the future.

  • Chasing Ice – Chasing Ice received the 2014 News and Documentary Emmy® award for Outstanding Nature Programming. The film made its TV debut on the National Geographic Channel on April 19, 2013. Since that day, Chasing Ice has screened in more than 172 countries and on all 7 continents. (See Lesson plan below)

  • Years of Living Dangerously – Years of Living Dangerously is a 9-part Showtime documentary television series focusing on climate change that premiered on April 13, 2014. James Cameron, Jerry Weintraub, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and clean energy investor and environmental activist Daniel Abbasi are executive producers of the series. The weekly episodes feature celebrity investigators, who each have a history of environmental activism, and well-known journalists, each of whom have a background in environmental reportage. These “correspondents” travel to areas around the world and throughout the U.S. affected by global warming to interview experts and ordinary people affected by, and seeking solutions to, the impacts of climate change.

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Lesson plans

These are lesson plans that we recommend for study in the classroom:

  • Chasing Ice Lesson Plan – This “Docs for Schools” educational resource is made available by Hotdocs.ca to accompany the film Chasing Ice.
  • Getting The Picture: Our Changing Climate is an innovative FREE online multimedia tool for climate science education. Acclaimed photographer James Balog and his team bring you the latest in climate science education, featuring unique archives of media, film, photography and first-hand accounts of our changing climate.
  • Heat up over climate change – A resource from UNICEF exploring climate change and its effects on the world’s children.
  • EPA lesson plans – The US Environmental Protection Agency has compiled a suite of hands-on, interactive lesson plans
  • Climate Change Live – The U.S. Forest Service and 26 federal and NGO partners bring climate learning to you through a series of webcasts, webinars, and online climate education resources.
  • MY NASA DATA – The lessons featured on this page provide a few possible ideas for climate change related studies using data from NASA.

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Learning guides

These are resource guides that will help you shape your courses for learning outcomes related to sustainability:

  • Climate Change: Youth Guide to Action booklet (3.6 MB PDF) from Taking It Global
  • Guide for Sustainable Schools in Manitoba – The vision of this Guide is for all schools in Manitoba and their communities to be sustainable. The Guide invites schools to take a whole-school approach to sustainability by exploring sustainability through curriculum, in addition to through real-life learning experiences, improvements in school management of resources and facilities (e.g., energy, waste, water, biodiversity, schoolyard design, and purchasing of products and materials), and associated social and financial issues.
  • Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Correlation Charts of Student Learning Outcomes – These charts show student learning outcomes as they related to Manitoba sustainable development priorities in a minimum of two factor areas. Available for download as PDFs.
  • Manitoba Sustainability Initiatives Directory – The Manitoba Sustainability Initiatives Directory (MSID) is a knowledge portal of information on sustainability initiatives across all sectors in Manitoba.
  • UNESCO Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development (1.3MB) – This booklet outlines the 3 objectives of the UNESCO Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development programme:
    1. Strengthen the capacity of Member States to provide quality climate change education for sustainable development
    2. Improved education policy, analysis, research and planning
    3. Encourage and enhance innovative teaching approaches to integrate climate change education for sustainable development in school curricula

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Community Connections

There are many great organizations working on climate change in Manitoba.  Many of which are willing to help schools and teachers learn more about the issues and to assist in action projects.  Here are some we would like to highlight:

  • Green Action Centre – GA Centre promotes greener living through environmental education and encourage practical green solutions for schools.  Some of the programs they run are Active and Safe Routes to School, Environmental Speakers Bureau, and Composting.
  • FortWhyte Alive – FWA provides a wonderful facility for getting students out exploring nature.  Some of their programs include:  From Farm to Fork, Due North: The Changing Arctic, and Weathering the Climate.
  • Assiniboine Park and Zoo – Assiniboine Park offers many curriculum-linked, interdisciplinary programs for students in Pre-K through Grade 12. All of our programs encourage a student’s inherent curiosity for the natural world and bring lessons to life.  Some of their programs include:  Arctic Ecology, Polar Bears, and the Role of Zoos in a Changing Climate.

For more community connections check out:

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