You can help protect the environment through sustainability and stewardship.
Your students explore the concepts of sustainability and stewardship and the relationship between Indigenous communities and the environment.
What you'll need
Copies of the “Sustainability and you”worksheet for each student
Ask your students if they are familiar with the word “sustainability”. As a class, discuss what it might mean.
Have students work with a partner to read the first section of the “Sustainability and you” worksheet.Each pair should choose three places in the text to stop and discuss what they have read. During these mini-conversations, each student has 30 seconds to share their thoughts with their partner. You can also choose a reading strategy that is appropriate to the reading level and needs of your students.
As a class, revisit the term “sustainability” and discuss what it means. Talk about what stewardship is. Ask your students to list some examples.
Have your students write or draw ways they can demonstrate sustainability and stewardship on the second page of the “Sustainability and you” worksheet.
Students share their ideas first with their partner and then with the class. Ask students to finish the worksheet, writing their own statement to describe sustainability. Discuss these statements and compare ideas as a class.
Have your students conduct research into how local Indigenous communities define sustainability. Contact the Aboriginal Education team at your school district to get resources about how Indigenous people are connected to the environment. Invite an elder from a local Indigenous community to visit your classroom.
Read Just a Dream (Chris Van Allsburg) and discuss how small choices can make a difference.
Read The Lorax (Dr. Seuss) and discuss how sustainability and stewardship could change the outcome of the story.