At-home learning resources from Learning for a Sustainable Future
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Below you will find a selection of activities, broken down by various grade levels. These guides will be released weekly and archived on our  Learning Inside Out page , so you can always access the full catalogue.

All activities have been modified from resources on our R4R database, simplified and adapted for at-home learning as needed. The activity descriptions below should contain all the information and links that you need!

If you'd like to view the full original resource on R4R, including curriculum connections for every province/territory, click the activity title.

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Week 5: Responsible Consumption and Production
Sustainable Development Goal #12
We are highlighting SDG #12: Responsible Consumption and Production in this week's activities. Through the activities we've chosen to share this week, we invite you to pause and reflect on your own material consumption. Our culture of consumerism is leading to over-extraction of resources, mass production of waste, and devastating effects on the earth. The good news is that we can take charge of many of our own consumption habits, so we have the power to make change!
Grades K-3
In this activity, students distinguish between needs and wants, identify necessities shared by all people and explore how consumption influences their personal happiness.

Students will engage in several sorting activities, discuss questions, and view a video called "Happiness"  that addresses the question of whether acquiring material goods really make us happy!

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Students learn about natural resources, how their own behaviors impact resource availability and why conserving natural resources is important.

This activity works as a stand-alone resource, but it can also act as a great follow up to Needs vs. Wants (see above), so feel free to do those activities first if you have time!

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Grades 4-7
Plastic is everywhere in our world. Do you use a computer at home? Are you wearing clothes containing of synthetic fibres? Have you eaten a packaged snack or gotten takeout? If you answered yes to any of the questions, you have likely been in contact with plastic today. Sadly, many plastic items are thrown out after only one use. Watch the Ocean Trash Talk video to learn how your own actions can reduce the amount of plastic waste that enters the oceans and the environment.

After watching the video, discuss:
  • In the video, did you see any plastic that you use?
  • Make a list of single-use plastics you can find in your home 
  • What is one new thing you can do to help reduce ocean plastic pollution?

  • Read The Life of a Plastic Fork comic
  • Create your own comic strip about the life of a single-use plastic item!
  • Share you comic with us on social media using #LearningInsideOut
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An ecological footprint measures your impact on the environment. It takes all our needs into account (food, shelter, transportation, goods, services, etc.) and then calculates how much area of the earth is needed to support these needs. If everyone lived like the average Canadian, we would need more than 3.5 Earths to support our needs! Calculate your own footprint and explore opportunities for action.

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Grades 9-12
You may recognize the iconic statues of Easter Island, but you may not know the dramatic story of the island's rise and fall. No one really knows what happened to the inhabitants, but many believe that population growth, the introduction of invasive species and overconsumption of resources eventually led to the collapse of the whole society. Some say this makes it a metaphor for what could happen to humanity as a whole if we don't change our habits.

Learn more about this mysterious piece of history and the lessons it has to teach us about our current way of life! Watch the Explore Easter Island video, then read the "Paradise Found" story by Andrew Nikiforuk. Finally, research and answer the discussion questions on p. 13 (p. 2 of the PDF ).
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Learning for a Sustainable Future (LSF) is a Canadian charity with over 25 years of experience working within the education system. Our Resources for Rethinking (R4R) database is an award-winning collection of resources that are peer-reviewed by certified teachers and connected to curriculum in all provinces and territories. R4R is recommended on many Ministry of Education websites.
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