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May 18, 2017 jjamison

Reap what you sow

What our seventh generation will have is a consequence of our actions today.

           - Winona LaDuke
 

June offers many opportunities for deepening our students’ thinking about protecting our land, water and air. Clean Air Day (June 15), World Environment Day (June 5) and Rivers to Oceans Week (June 8-14) are just a few of the annual events planned to promote appreciation and conservation of our natural environment.

The resources featured this month will inspire your students to thoughtfully consider the impact of human activity on the natural world. Younger students can begin by observing and asking questions about the lives of common insects. For older students, exploring long-term implications of our daily actions and decisions and discovering the differences between ecosystems and habitats will assist them in thinking critically about the role we play as humans in ensuring a healthy tomorrow for the generations to come.

 Free resources:
 

Critical Challenge: Insect Habitat [PDF]

Grade range: Primary

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Critical Challenge: Investigating sustainability [PDF]

Grade range: Intermediate

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Critical Challenge: What is an ecosystem? [ZIP]

Grade range: Middle | Senior

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The Thinking Teacher highlights ideas, strategies and resources for teachers, educational leaders and university instructors who are working to support critical thinking in K-12 classrooms.

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