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Natural Curiosity: The Importance of Indigenous Perspective in Environmental Inquiry

Natural Curiosity is an inquiry-based approach to environmental studies developed by The Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study. This resource promotes cross-curricular integration of essential environmental and sustainability principles. As well as offering a book to purchase in both French and English, the site also produces a newsletter that is accessible at no cost. Check out the section about awards for your work in Environmental Education!

Natural Curiosity: The Importance of Indigenous Perspective in Environmental Inquiry

The Child & Nature Alliance of Canada

The Child and Nature Alliance of Canada fosters meaningful connections with the outdoors for children and youth.

Thrive Outside offers tips for educators who wish to increase outdoor learning for their students. Educators might also wish to explore the Forest School Practitioner programs that support educators in developing skills for bringing meaningful outdoor education into their teaching practice.

The Child & Nature Alliance of Canada

Supporting English Language Learners

Grades 1- 8 Video and Print Resources
This resource provides a rich source of exemplary teaching practices that can be put to immediate use in the classroom and in the school. It also exemplifies best practices of schools welcoming newcomers and working effectively with community partners and families.
The print resources facilitate note-taking, inquiry, reflection and planning before, during and after viewing. Download the Viewer’s Guide in PDF for complete instructions on how to use the print and video resources.

Supporting English Language Learners

The Balanced Literacy Diet

This resource provides an overview of balanced literacy in the elementary grades. It was developed by university-based and school-based literacy experts, working together to put what is known about best practice into a form that we hope you will find both effective and practical.

The Balanced Literacy Diet

Math Knowledge Network

The MKN uses evidence-informed practices to improve mathematics education. The three guiding principles: addressing educator-identified needs for improved student learning, changing attitudes toward mathematics and fostering inclusion. The 4 contributing communities of practice include Math Leadership, Critical Transitions, Indigenous Knowledge, and Computational Thinking. Supported by many Ontario school boards, universities, and education organizations, the MKN is a hub for resources that you can use in your classroom, and as a tool to expand your knowledge of mathematics education to further develop your professional practice.

Math Knowledge Network

Learning for a Sustainable Future – Pedagogical Resources

Never before have the demands placed on education been greater. As the world’s population nears the 7.5 billion mark and environmental limits are being exceeded, educational practice needs to change to better prepare citizens to address the rising economic social and environmental challenges of the 21st century. This requires participatory teaching and learning methods that motivate and empower learners to change their behaviour and take action for a sustainable future.
LSF has developed a series of professional development tools to assist educators in implementing transformative learning and teaching in their classrooms.

Learning for a Sustainable Future – Pedagogical Resources

TC2

This website supports teacher by providing lessons for the development of students critical thinking skills.

TC2

Types of Student Inquiry

This infographic outlines the different levels of student inquiry.

Types of Student Inquiry

Make Room for Engaging in Inquiry Learning

Offers research-based strategies for using inquiry-based instruction to support the development of literacy skills.

Make Room for Engaging in Inquiry Learning

Reading Strategies Poster

This poster, which could be turned into an anchor chart, lists 7 reading strategies with explanations: predict, visualize, question, connect, identify, infer, and evaluate.

Reading Strategies Poster