Learning Inside Out
Key Strategies that Transform Learning
From Environmental Education to Citizenship and Sustainability
We are back with more at-Home & at-School Education Resources for Parents & Teachers!
In these uncertain times, we know the roles of both parents and teachers have changed. In addition to the global challenges we're all experiencing, many are now encountering the challenge of keeping kids engaged and learning at home, virtually or physically distanced at school. Learning has been turned inside out!
To support parents and teachers, LSF is curating this weekly collection of activities drawn from our Resources for Rethinking (R4R) database, so you can be confident they have been vetted by teachers and connected to Canadian education outcomes, wherever you are.
- LSF's Step Outside Nature Guides, focused on seasonal happenings
- The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which cover everything from climate change to equity
While we want to support learning both inside and out, we're putting a special emphasis on outdoor activities. We always encourage outdoor learning to help kids develop an affinity with the earth, but now is a particularly good time to step outside. Experiencing nature can have a positive affect on mental health for kids, parents and educators—something we could all use, we're sure! (However, please remember to observe any and all physical distancing practices in place in your area!)
We hope you and your kids will find the activities accessible, interactive, and engaging.
Keep an eye on our social media where we will be announcing the resources of the week with a special focus on all of our outdoor activities to keep your students and children as safe and engaged as possible this fall.
If you are looking to purchase outdoor learning products (e.g. dip nets, sit pads, field guides, magnifiers, etc.) visit Canada's Non-Profit Outdoor Learning Store where a portion of the proceeds of sales go to support outdoor learning non-profit organizations from across the country!
- Week 1: Step Outside Early September Your Local Insect Symphony (Sep 7)
- Week 2: Hot Topic: Ozone Day (Sep 13)
- Week 3: Step Outside: Bountiful Roadside Blooms (Sep 21)
- Week 4: Introduction to the SDG's (Sep 28)
- Week 5: Step Outside: Nature Paints (Oct 5)
- Week 6: UN SDG 2: Zero Hunger (Oct 12)
- Week 7: Step Outside: Migrating Waterbirds (Oct 19)
- Week 8: Hot Topic: Waste Reduction Week (Oct 26)
- Week 9: Hot Topic: Focus on Climate Change (Nov 2)
- Week 10: Getting Ready for Winter (Nov 9)
- Week 11: UN SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being (Nov 16)
- Week 12: Reduced Inequalities (SDG #10) (Nov 23)
- Week 13: Hot Topic - Buy Nothing Day (Nov 30)
- Week 14: The Molecular Magic of Ice and Snow (Dec 7)
- Week 15: Sustainable Cities and Communities (Dec 14)
- Week 16: A Call to Learning for Climate Education (Jan 10)
- Week 17: SDG #8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth (Jan 17)
- Week 18: Snow the Action Down Under (Jan 24)
- Week 19: SDG #5 - Gender Equality (Jan 31)
- Week 20: SDG #1 - No Poverty (Feb 7)
- Week 21: Track This (Feb 14)
- Week 22: World Day of Social Justice (Feb 21)
- Week 23: How do insects and animals adapt to winter? (Feb 28)
- Week 24: SDG #16 - Peace, Justice and strong institutions (Mar 7)
- Week 25: It's All in the Song (Mar 14)
- Week 26: SDG #6: Clean Water and Sanitation & World Water Day (Mar 21)
- Week 27: Spring Awakenings (Mar 28)
- Week 28: Week 28: SDG 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (Apr 4)
- Week 29: Bird Alert (Apr 11)
- Week 30: Earth Day (Apr 18)
Below you can find our first 13 weeks of Learning Inside Out resources organized by grade level:
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