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Sharpen your (sustainably harvested wood) pencils: school is back in session!
If you think schools should be supplementing reading, writing and arithmetic lessons with some schooling on those other three r’s - reducing, reusing and recycling - the Story of Stuff Project has some great resources for you, your kids and their teachers.
For high school teachers and students we collaborated with Facing the Future to create Buy, Use, Toss: A Closer Look at the Things We Buy, a free two-week curriculum that includes ten, fully planned lessons aligned with national science and social studies standards.
You can download this incredible learning resource at Facing the Future’s website, where it’s already become a smash hit.
For the younger set, Annie Leonard worked with WGBH-Boston and PBS Kids to develop Loop Scoops, a series of fun 2-minute videos that help get kids thinking about the Stuff in their lives. Things like: What is this made of? Where did it come from? Who made it? And what happens when I throw it away?
Check out the videos, share them with your kids and pass them along to their teachers for use in the classroom.
For the life-long learners among us, we recently released a companion Reading Guide for The Story of Stuff book , which is now available in paperback in the U.S. and in more than 10 languages.
This free Guide includes discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Annie Leonard. Grab a copy of the book from your library - or buy one from a local bookseller - and then download the reading guide.
And, of course, you can always view, download and share all of The Story of Stuff Project movies on our website, including the original Story of Stuff, which The New York Times called “a sleeper hit in classrooms across the nation.”
We hope you use, enjoy and share these resources widely. After all, rewriting the story of stuff is going to take many hands, including those just grasping a pencil for the first time!
Annie, Michael, Allison, Christina & Renee
The Story of Stuff Project Team
Aquatic habitats deliver goods and services that are essential to all life forms on our planet. Unfortunately human impacts from industrial, commercial and recreational activities are directly or indirectly threatening the health and sustainability of these critical areas.
Taking part in a shoreline or riparian zone clean up can help students appreciate the importance of aquatic ecosystems while making a meaningful contribution to their communities. A shoreline clean up can also be an especially enjoyable experience for students and great way to start the school year!
Resources 4 Rethinking (r4r.ca) encourages students and teachers to participate in The Great Canadian Shoreline Clean Up. Check out the curriculum-linked Great Canadian Shoreline Clean Up Classroom Resources that will connect you to some excellent resources to support these efforts.
Some of the Top R4R Picks for The Great Canadian Shoreline Clean Up are:
- Debris Dilemma
- Quest for Clean Shorelines
- Exploring the Seashore with Children
- Atmosphere and Fresh WaterElementary, Middle, Secondary
- Hole in the ‘ZoneMiddle, Secondary
- The Air we Breath; the Sun that ShinesSecondary
Learning for a Sustainable Future
The first annual Columbia Salmon Festival will be taking place September 28-October 1, 2011 in the Columbia Valley. This inaugural Festival is being hosted by the Shuswap Indian Band and Akisqnuk First Nation and proudly supported by the Canadian Columbia Inter-Tribal Fisheries Commission, Columbia Wetlands Stewardship Partnership and Fairmont Trails Society.
The mission of the festival is to inform people about the history and future of salmon in the upper Columbia, and their cultural significance. The Festival will consist of events and activities in the Invermere to Fairmont Hot Springs areas including Youth Salmon Awareness Field Trips, guest speakers presentations, a Charity Golf Tournament, the Salmon Monument Celebrations and conclude with the Gala Salmon Dinner with Celebrity Chef David Wolfman.
This historic event will involve: First Nations and US Tribe Political Leaders; Federal, Provincial, Municipal and Regional Leaders; Members of the Ktunaxa, Okanagan and Shuswap Nation; Columbia Valley Residents; and members of the General Public.
For more information about the festival and events in your community, click here.
More information about specific events are available by clicking on the links below:
- Salmon Monument Unveiling - Invermere, October 1
- Salmon Festival Event Schedule
- Salmon Festival Gala Dinner - Invermere, October 1
- Columbia Salmon Festival General Information & Registration
- Youth and Schools Information & Registration Package
International Youth Internship Program (IYIP)
There is a soft deadline for applications of November 13th, however all positions will remain open until filled.
Sustainable Cities has received a Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) Youth Internship Program grant to support our programs for 3 years. The program is intended to address multiple goals:
- Provide high-quality experiences in development work for Canadian interns
- Address specific development goals of the participating cities around governance (participatory planning) and sustainable urban development
- Increase the knowledge and understanding of youth-led development through the Sustainable Cities International Network, partners and affiliates.
The annual budget provides for 20 interns a year (in two six month periods) in Dakar, Senegal; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; San Fernando, Philippines, Durban, South Africa and Colima, Mexico for a total of 60 interns over the course of three years.
For more information, click here.
WILD Magazine wants to help make it to happen!
In celebration of International Literacy Day on September 8, 2011, the Canadian Wildlife Federation is reminding classes to participate in its new program: WILD Classes of the Year. It’s designed to get kids involved in conservation and literacy, and maybe even see their work published in WILD Magazine!
How it works:
We’ve picked a department from the magazine for every grade (K to 8). This is the breakdown:
- Kindergarten: Say what? – Students create captions for a funny photo
- Grade 1: Jokes – Send us your class’s best wild-animal funnies
- Grade 2: Trivia – Create 20 brain-teasing quiz questions
- Grade 3: Pals at Risk – A short feature highlighting an endangered species
- Grade 4: Animal profile – A feature story on an iconic Canadian animal
- Grade 5: Habitat project – Why, and how-to, build a simple project
- Grade 6: Biological concept story – Explain a natural phenomenon
- Grade 7: You asked – Create questions and answers about wild animals
- Grade 8: Wild Bunch – A narrative tale that explores a natural issue
Show your class their category in WILD Magazine, or bring them to Wild-mag.ca to see PDF examples. Let them brainstorm, research, and get creative as they come up with material. We’ll be accepting submissions until October 31, 2011, and winners will be announced on November 28, 2011. In the spring, we’ll publish an issue of WILD Magazine featuring Canada’s WILD Classes of the Year!
We’ll choose nine winning classes – one for each grade (K to 8). Each of those classes will become an inaugural WILD Class of the Year, and the content they created will be published in the May/June 2012 issue of WILD Magazine*. As well, all students from the winning classes will receive a complimentary copy of that issue.
*Classes whose work is not chosen will have their work appear online, on a special website dedicated to this exciting project.
How to register: