Green B10cks for Grade 10
In-class Workshop for Lower Mainland, Abbotsford/Mission, Victoria area and Okanagan Schools
Offered free of charge to eligible BC secondary schools.
To register for the program, please complete the Green Bricks Teacher Registration Form.
Teachers can register, free of charge, for the interactive 75-minute classroom workshop called Green B10cks. This workshop will lead students in investigations around sustainable building design (transportation, energy, water, etc.). Students will discuss policy change and civic action and learn ways in which they can help make our built environment green.
Activities in the workshop include Watch Your Waste (waste reduction activities); Energize (energy trivia game); and Green Indy (solar car race).
The Green Bricks presenters are Diana Klein, P.Eng., CSBA, LEED AP BD+C, a sustainable building design consultant; Fiona Zawadzki, B.A. (Hons), B.Ed., educational consultant specializing in sustainability education; Kathryn Wynn Dulvy, an international scientific expedition leader and youth sustainability education specialist; and Mandeep Kajla B.A., CHRP, a facilitation consultant with a passion for environmental stewardship. They will engage students in exploring many aspects of sustainable building design and introduce new and emerging career opportunities in sustainability and the built environment.
Green Bricks Learning Resource
Following the workshop, teachers will be given the Green Bricks Learning Resource (with accompanying student handouts), which includes five themes containing cross-curricular activities on all issues relating to sustainable design. Each theme (Land Use, Water, Energy, Materials, and Sustainable Communities) includes background information to provide teachers with the necessary details to facilitate each lesson.
Each theme includes a collection of fun, hands-on activities that are age-relevant and applicable to the students' present and future needs. For example, a key component of green building design is sustainable transportation. The Land Use theme includes activities like “Musical Cars” to demonstrate what solutions can be found to reduce single person car use when fewer parking spaces are available. Each theme also includes extensions for project-based assignments and lists all applicable Prescribed Learning Outcomes in each grade and subject area that will be addressed by these activities.
Prescribed Learning Outcomes (PLOs):
Green B10cks is correlated to BC Ministry of Education's grade 10-12 curriculum standards in the new Grade 10 Science, Graduation Transitions; Planning 10; English Language Arts; Social Studies; Civic Studies; Science and Technology 11 (2008); and several others.
Green B10cks supports the integration of environmental concepts across the curricula as addressed in the BC Ministry of Ed's 2007 publication, Environmental Learning and Experience. According to this document, "We must also turn to ourselves as individuals and as educational professionals to make changes and develop a new ethic - a responsible attitude toward caring for the Earth. Working to integrate environmental learning within all subject areas promotes this change in attitude by providing students with opportunities to experience and investigate the relationships linking individuals, societies, and natural surroundings."
Green B10cks also addresses several specific Prescribed Learning Outcomes across the British Columbia curricula, for example:
|Gr 10 Planning 10 - Education/Careers||Relate personal attributes and interests to education and career planning|
|Gr 10 Planning 10 - Health||Analyse factors that influence health (Key Element: identify and describe examples of social and environmental influences on health (e.g., family, peers, media, technology, air and water quality))|
|Grade 10 - Science (2008)||Evaluate possible causes of climate change and its impact on natural systems|
|Gr 11 Social Studies - Human Geography||Assess environmental challenges facing Canadians, including fresh water quality and supply|
|Gr 11 Science and Technology (2008)||Discuss the impact of society on natural resource management and the environment|
|Gr 12 Social Studies - Geography||Assess the consequences of the uneven distribution of: fresh water, a non-renewable resource, a renewable resource other than fresh water|