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Stewardship and sustainability lesson plans

Stream to Sea staff worked with BC educators to design the following lesson plans in order to help educate K-12 students on the key concepts of "Aquatic ecosystems, sustainability and stewardship".

Your local education coordinators may provide support for integrating Stream to Sea into student learning.

Primary grades

Stewardship and sustainability lesson plans for primary grades

Lesson IRP/Match grade Description
Making a redd Science (3) A classroom experiment that explores how salmon protect their eggs.
Salmonids in the classroom - primary
  • Science (K,1,2,3)
  • Math (K,1,2,3)
  • English (K,1,2,3)
  • Social Studies (K,1,2,3,5)
A teacher's resource for studying the biology, habitat and stewardship of pacific salmon.
Intermediate grades

Stewardship and sustainability lesson plans for intermediate grades

Lesson IRP/Match grade Description
Antifreeze; anti fish Drama (5) A short play that introduces students to the link between storm drains and natural water systems.
Bioaccumulation: a case study of British Columbia's killer whales
  • Science (7)
  • Math (7)
  • Social studies (7)
A series of five classroom lessons introducing students to the natural history of killer whales, the threats they face, and personal actions that can be taken to help protect them.
Coho salmon and habitat loss
  • Science (4, 5, 7)
  • English (4)
A classroom or outdoor activity linked to the Science Probe text that introduces students to the issues threatening coho habitat in the BC Interior's Fraser River watershed.
Compose a stream song Music (6) An activity that familiarizes students with a streamside environment and encourages them to express themselves through song.
Endeavour Hydrothermal Vents: Canada’s first marine protected area
  • English Language Arts (7, 8)
  • Science (4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
  • Environmental Science (11)
  • Life Science (11)
  • Social Studies (6)
Through class discussions, research, and activities, students in grades 4 to 11 will learn about the ocean biome, hydrothermal vents, and more specifically about Canada’s Endeavour Hydrothermal vent site and it’s designation as a marine protected area.
Salmonids in the classroom - intermediate
  • English (4, 5, 6, 7)
  • Math (4, 5, 6, 7)
  • Science (4, 5, 6, 7)
  • Social Studies (4, 5, 6, 7)
A teacher's resource for studying the biology, habitat and stewardship of pacific salmon.
Turn down the volume! The impact of sound on harbour porpoise
  • Science (7)
  • Math (7)
  • English (7)
  • Social Studies (7)
The purpose of this activity is to create awareness about why harbour porpoise are considered a species of special concern in British Columbia.
Where the land meets the sea – the nearshore
  • Science (4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
  • Environmental science 11
A lesson plan about marine nearshores and some of their inhabitants.
Secondary grades

Stewardship and sustainability lesson plans for secondary grades

Lesson IRP/Match grade Description
British Columbia species: native, introduced or invasive?
  • Biology (11)
  • Science (10)
The goal of this activity is to have students consider the importance of biodiversity. A University of British Columbia professor characterizes biodiversity as the "necessary, precondition for the long-term maintenance of the biological resources upon which humans depend". Students do this by becoming acquainted with the concepts of native, introduced and invasive and then playing a game of tag that shows how one of four known pairs of stickleback species pairs in BC went extinct.
BC white sturgeon: life history, lifecycle and population decline
  • Math (8)
  • Science (8)
  • Social studies (8)
A series of three classroom lessons introducing students to British Columbia's "Dinosaurs of the Deep", their incredible long history and adaptations, and the current threats to their continued existence.
Difficult decisions: the sakinaw sockeye case study
  • Science (8)
  • Social studies (8)
An exercise in consensus decision-making through role playing that enables students to devise a solution for managing dwindling Sakinaw sockeye salmon stocks.
Ecological footprint - how does the way we live affect earth?
  • Home economics (10, 11, 12)
  • Social studies (11)
  • Geography (12)
A classroom activity and discussion using a measurement tool that allows students to calculate and consider the effects of their personal resource use.
Endeavour Hydrothermal Vents: Canada’s first marine protected area
  • English Language Arts (7, 8)
  • Science (4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
  • Environmental Science (11)
  • Life Science (11)
  • Social Studies (6)
Through class discussions, research, and activities, students in Grades 4 to 11 will learn about the ocean biome, hydrothermal vents, and more specifically about Canada’s Endeavour Hydrothermal vent site and it’s designation as a marine protected area.
The northern abalone - species at risk
  • Math (8)
  • Science (8)
  • Social studies (8)
In the first lesson students learn about the northern abalone. The northern abalone is the first marine invertebrate to be designated at risk by COSEWIC (Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada).
Where the land meets the sea – the nearshore
  • Science (4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
  • Environmental science 11
A lesson plan about marine nearshores and some of their inhabitants.
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