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Environmental Education Curriculum-elementary

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The Ontario CurriculumGrades 1-8
Resource Guide
EnvironmentalEducation
Scope and Sequenceof Expectations
2009 Edition
 
CONTENTS
 
Preface ................................................................................................................ 3Grade 1 ............................................................................................................... 5Grade 2 ............................................................................................................. 10Grade 3 ............................................................................................................... 17Grade 4 ............................................................................................................... 24Grade 5 ............................................................................................................... 29Grade 6 ............................................................................................................... 34Grade 7 ............................................................................................................... 38Grade 8 ............................................................................................................... 44
Une publication équivalente est disponible en français sous le titresuivant :
 Le curriculum de l’Ontario, de la 1
re
à la 8
e
année –Éducation environnementale : Portée et enchaînement des attenteset contenus d’apprentissage, 2009.
This publication is available only on the Ministry of Education’swebsite, at http://www.edu.gov.on.ca.
 
PREFACE
This resource guide supersedes
The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1–8: Environmental Education – Scope and Sequence of Expectations, 2008
.
*****
Environmental education is defined as education about the environment, for the environment,and in the environment that promotes an understanding of, rich and active experience in, and anappreciation for the dynamic interactions of:
 
The Earth’s physical and biological systems
 
The dependency of our social and economic systems on these natural systems
 
The scientific and human dimensions of environmental issues
 
The positive and negative consequences, both intended and unintended, of theinteractions between human-created and natural systems.(
Shaping Our Schools, Shaping Our Future
, p. 6)The document
 Acting Today, Shaping Tomorrow: A Policy Framework for EnvironmentalEducation in Ontario Schools
was released in February 2009 in order to guide theimplementation of environmental education in boards and schools across the province. One of the goals of this policy framework is as follows:By the end of Grade 12, students will acquire knowledge, skills, and perspectives thatfoster understanding of their fundamental connections to each other, to the world aroundthem, and to all living things.(
 Acting Today, Shaping Tomorrow
, p. 11)The policy framework emphasizes the necessity of ensuring that young people becomeenvironmentally active and responsible citizens. Students need to have the knowledge and skillsthat will enable them to understand and deal with complex issues that affect the environmentnow and in the future. For example, students need to develop skills in problem solving, inquiry,decision making, action planning, higher-level thinking, systems thinking, and critical literacy.They also need to be able to identify issues and perspectives, carry out research, andcommunicate their ideas in meaningful ways.To help achieve this goal the Ministry of Education is working to embed environmentaleducation expectations and opportunities in all grades and in all subjects of the Ontariocurriculum, as appropriate, as part of the ongoing curriculum review process. A
Scope and Sequence
resource document was prepared in 2008 to assist teachers in bringing environmentaleducation into the classroom in each subject area in Grades 1 to 8. Each year in the fall, the
Scope and Sequence
document will be updated to reflect changes in the curriculum documentsthat are in effect in that school year. The present document has been updated to includeexpectations from
The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1–8: The Arts, 2009
(revised).
Environmental Education, Grades 1–8: Scope and Sequence of Expectations, 2009
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