Social Studies

Grade Four:

Saskatchewan conservation data centre. (n.d.).

  • The Saskatchewan conservation data center’s website provides information on the ecoregions of Saskatchewan. The web page defines each of the regions as well as provides additional information. This relates to environmental education because it provides students education on what Saskatchewan’s demographics are, what they look like, and provides visuals as to where they are located.

Coolscapes – Courtney Milnes best landscapes. (n.d.).

  • This resource contains an online gallery of Saskatchewan landscapes that can be used to demonstrate the similarities differences in Saskatchewan’s geography. It is both a teacher and student friendly resource as the website can be easily navigated.

Assembly of First Nations – honouring Earth. (n.d.).

  • On the Assembly of First Nations web page there is ample amount of information in regards to First Nations and Metis relationship with the land. This resource covers both past and present issues that are pertinent in today and present throughout many environmental issues. With one example being biomonitoring, but there are much more. Overall, it is a good resource that I would highly recommend using with your students to discuss both the historical and contemporary issues in regard to First Nations and Metis relationship with the land.

Waboose, J. B., & Reczuch, K. (1998). Morning on the lake. Tonawanda, NY: Kids Can Press.

  • In this children’s book environmental education is present throughout as the main characters, an Ojibway grandfather and grandson, go out into the woods and learn about their surroundings. This book discusses the importance of nature in First Nations culture and examines the characters interactions with the environment. Overall, this is a good resource for students to learn about  nature and the environment that surrounds them. This resource fits well with concepts of environmental education and First Nations and Metis relationship with the land.

The natural world in: First Nations pedagogy. (n.d.).

  • This webpage exemplifies how FNMI languages, cultural practices, and oral traditions are ultimately connected to the Earth. It connects to Environmental education in that it discusses how, with the influences of western peoples, the Earth is no longer harmonious, clean, and healthy but rather today, because of neglectful actions, the Earth is polluted, as well there has been a major impact on the plant animal depletion.

The Metis and the Red River settlement. (n.d.).

  • The information on this web page offers a Metis perspective into the issues and history of land loss. This connects to environmental education in that the forced migration of the Metis people had a major impact on the land as the relationship with the land as the newcomers perspective and relationship with the land differed from how it had previously been treated.

Pearson Saskatchewan Social Studies: Grade Four, Chapter 1: Our Relationship with the Land

 

  • This teacher resource gives teachers tips on how to teach a unit about our relationship with the land, as well as gives links to other resources to use in future lessons. It connects to environmental education in that it discusses the significance of the relationship between the land and the peoples that live on it.

Saskatchewan settlement experience. (n.d.).

  • This resource gives information as to where and why settlers settled in particular areas of land. It relates to environmental education  since the action of settlement drastically affected the land and how it was to be used and treated.

Lasky, K., & Baviera, R. (2000). First painter. Dorling Kindersley Publishing Inc.

  • “First Painter” directly relates to environmental education as the book follows the main character as she finds a solution for her community that has been suffering from a drought. Although the solution may not be the most ‘practical’ in a Eurocentric viewpoint the book offers a solution in a way that demonstrates connectedness to the land, animals, water and life within First Nations culture.

London, J., & Manchess, G. (2005). Giving thanks. Candlewick Press.

  • This children’s book relates to environmental education in that through literature and illustrations it takes students outside into the environment without leaving the classroom.  In the book the main character and his father are walking outside naming things to be thankful for. The father makes note of the significance of Mother Earth and Father sky. In doing so, the father is showing his son the importance of nature and how nature is respected in First Nations culture. This connects best with the aspect of environmental education that focuses on resources that surround us.

Government of Saskatchewan. (n.d.). Agriculture, natural resources, and industry | information for Saskatchewan businesses and industry | government of Saskatchewan.

  • The Government of Saskatchewan web page offers information regarding Saskatchewan’s resources as to what they are, where they can be found, and how they are apart of Saskatchewan’s economy. Saskatchewan’s resources directly relate to many of the issues surrounding environmental issues, as often the overuse of these resources are a causation of environmental issues.

Resource use and its consequences | Umweltbundesamt. (n.d.).

  • The information posted on this web page underneath the heading ‘Environmental consequences across the entire supply chain” elaborates on the consequences of extracting and using resources. The fact that the continuous extraction of these resources cause harmful effects to the environment which translate  to many of the  environmental issues present today.

Harding, J. (n.d.). Green teacher: Blowing up your world.

  • A fun and interaction activity to do with your class. This activity is centered around focusing on how individuals behavior over time effects the environment. Connects to environmental education by visually explaining how personal actions relate to environmental responsibility. The connection to this lesson is that students need to be aware that with the actions and consequences of extracting resources that comes a personal responsibility to take care of the land.

(2017). In Compton’s by Britannica.

  • The information on this webpage discusses what is is included in Saskatchewan’s economy and how it plays a role. It relates to environmental education in that what happens to the land is a result of what is currently happening in the economy.

Economic impacts | Impacts | Climate change | Science & policy | Impacts | Issues. (n.d.).

  • This article talks specifically about the effects of climate change, an environmental issue that affects the land when water is rising, and the economy. A connection is given here between natural resources start deplenishing we see drastic changes throughout the economy, especially here in Canada as we depend on our resources heavily.

Government of Saskatchewan. (2016). Economic overview: Top ten reasons to invest in Saskatchewan.

  • Throughout this government document are ten main examples of Saskatchewan’s goods that are being exported around the world. This connects to environmental education because not all locations in the world have access to everything they need. As a country that has those particular resources we are able to export those resourced to the people in need for a profit that contributes to our economy.

Teachers pay teachers. (n.d.). Economics: Supply and demand | A well, texts and goods and services. 

  • A great activity for students to complete that focuses is on understanding the principles of supply and demand. This activity links to environmental education in that the land that is the supply needs to be maintained properly to continue supplying other places that have a demand for those resources.