Curriculum Review Initiative
ESD Theme Document: Energy and its Use
The Canadian Sustainability Curriculum Review Initiative is a project of Learning for a Sustainable Future (LSF) that focuses on key themes supporting the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014). Each theme identifies what learning research indicates are suitable for children to address at various stages in their development.
These theme documents are intended primarily as resources to support curriculum policy change but are also of relevance to teacher professional development and the design of learning resources and learning programs. The intent of this work is to help bridge research, policy and practice.
Broadening the scope of educating on energy to ensure that students are able to grasp the implications of energy use as it pertains to the economy, the environment, and societies.
Click here to download the Energy Theme Document.
Resources for Rethinking - www.r4r.ca
Energy Education Learning Programs Currently Available to Educators
Resources for Rethinking is a project developed by Learning for A Sustainable Future. R4R.ca provides teachers access to lesson plans and other teaching resources, that integrate environmental, social and economic spheres through learning that is interdisciplinary and action oriented. Each R4R resource has been reviewed by an experienced classroom teacher and matched to relevant curriculum outcomes for all provinces and territories.
R4R is searchable by language, grade, subject and theme. There are over 700 resources on the database, produced by government ministries, boards of education, subject associations and non-governmental organizations, including 62 energy resources.
To access this searchable database and review its biodiveristy resources visit Resources for Rethinking site.
Samples of Energy Education Resources on R4R:
- Grades 1-5: Energy Activities
- Grades 5-8: Solar Heat
- Grades 9-12: Auditing the Energy Guzzlers in Your Home
Ecoleague Action Project Recipes are experiential learning activities that will give students an opportunity to engage in meaningful, empowering, inspiring and rewarding experiences. The recipes are designed to help teachers carry out the amazing action projects. Each Action Kit includes ideas for in-class activities, step-by-step directions of the action day, follow-up activities and ideas for further investigation. The following are energy related:
- No Idling at School (Elementary/Middle)
- Electricity Conservation and YOU! (Elementary/Middle)
- Mining the Carbon Out of People's Lives (Elementary/Middle, Secondary)
LSF, with its extensive network across Canada and its staff and consultant base, offers a complete line of services to support the advancement of Energy Learning:
Teacher workshops, seminars and symposia –from one hour information sessions through to comprehensive three day Energy Education institutes.
Review of current policy and recommended enhancements for ESD content through to implementation planning.
- Development of comprehensive programs to address energy learning for schools, school boards, faculties of education and provincial Ministries
- Learning Resource Design, Implementation and Dissemination
- Evaluation of existing programs
- Providing consultative support in development of new resources
- Developing and implementing program communication
To bring LSF’s depth of experience with Energy learning to your organization contact: Pamela Schwartzberg, Executive Director at 1.877.250.8202 or info @ lsf-lst.ca.
Key Learning Strategies for Environmental Education, Citizenship and Sustainability