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Lo Lo's Flying Journey

An Education Pack for Sustainable Development

Elementary

Description

This resource is designed to promote student interest, understanding and concern for the natural environment.  Students explore bird migration and the importance of wetlands as vital wildlife habitats and providers of important goods and services for humans.

 Students will:

  • participate in an interactive game that follows the migratory path of Lolo, a black-faced Spoonbill.  During the game, students are presented with a number of different scenarios at checkpoints along Lolo's migration route.  These scenarios help demonstrate the challenges faced by migrating birds and raise awareness of the need to sustain our wetlands. 

General Assessment

What skills does this resource explicitly teach?

  • This resource does not teach skills.

Strengths

  • This resource is well laid out and easy to follow.
  • Everything that one would need to complete the lessons is available immediately for download online.
  • Students take part in role play to better understand the idea & challenges of migration.
  • Activities take place out of doors.
  • There is an abundance of clear background information for students and teachers.

Weaknesses

  • The resource does not include a well-developed action experience for students.
  • Specific local context will need to be provided by teachers. 
  • Students should have more opportunities to choose elements of their own programming
  • Relevant Curriculum Units

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    Themes Addressed

    • Ecosystems (3)

      • Endangered Species
      • Habitat Loss
      • Wildlife Protection

    Sustainability Education Principles

    Principle Rating Explanation
    Consideration of Alternative Perspectives Good
    Consideration of Alternative Perspectives:
    • Satisfactory: absence of bias towards any one point of view
    • Good: students consider different points of view regarding issues, problems discussed
    • Very good: based on the consideration of different views, students form opinions and  take an informed position
    Multiple Dimensions of Problems & Solutions Good
    Multiple Dimensions of Problems & Solutions:

    Effectively addresses the environmental, economic and social dimensions of the issue(s) being explored.

    • Satisfactory: resource supports the examination of  these dimensions
    • Good:  resource explicitly examines the interplay of these dimensions
    • Very Good:  a systems-thinking approach is encouraged to examine these three dimensions
    Respects Complexity Satisfactory
    • Students are presented with a variety of problems that migratory birds face each year.
    • In some cases the solutions to problems have been simplified for younger students. 
    Respects Complexity:

    The complexity of the problems/issues being discussed is respected.

    Acting on Learning Satisfactory
    • There are opportunities for action experiences presented as extensions to the activity, but they are not fully explored in the core lessons.
    Acting on Learning:

    Learning moves from understanding  issues  to working towards positive change — in personal lifestyle, in school, in the community,  or for the planet

    • Satisfactory: action opportunities are included as extensions 
    • Good: action opportunities are core components of the resource
    • Very Good: action opportunities for students are well supported and intended to result in observable, positive change
    Values Education Good
    • The game format allows students to witness & experience the challenges faced by migratory species.
    • Extension activities provide additional opportunities for values clarification. 
    Values Education:

    Students are explicitly provided with opportunities to identify, clarify and express their own beliefs/values.

    Empathy & Respect for Humans Good
    Empathy & Respect for Humans: Empathy and respect are fostered for diverse groups of humans (including different genders, ethnic groups, sexual preferences, etc.).
    Personal Affinity with Earth Good
    • The value of wetlands and the migratory species that depend upon them is made very clear. Activities are included that take place out of doors. 
    Personal Affinity with Earth:

    Encourages a personal affinity with -the natural world.  

    • Satisfactory: connection is made to the natural world
    • Good: fosters appreciation/concern for the natural world
    • Very Good: fosters stewardship though practical and respectful experiences out-of-doors 
    Locally-Focused Learning Satisfactory
    • This resource was designed for students in Hong Kong, but connections can easily be made to wetlands and migratory birds in Canada. 
    Locally-Focused Learning:

    Includes learning experiences that take advantage of issues/elements within the local community. 

    • Satisfactory: learning is made relevant to the lives of the learners
    • Good: learning is made relevant and has a local focus
    • Very Good: learning is made relevant, local and takes place ‘outside’ , in the community 
    Past, Present & Future Satisfactory
    Past, Present & Future: Promotes an understanding of the past, a sense of the present, and a positive vision for the future.

    Pedagogical Approaches

    Principle Rating Explanation
    Open-Ended Instruction Good
    Open-Ended Instruction :

    Lessons are structured so that multiple/complex answers are possible; students are not steered toward one 'right' answer.

    Integrated Learning Satisfactory
    • Opportunities for interdisciplinary learning are present, but are not fully explored. 
    Integrated Learning:

    Learning brings together content and skills  from more than one  subject area

    • Satisfactory: content from a number of different  subject areas is readily identifiable
    • Good:  resource is appropriate for use in more than one subject area
    • Very Good:  the lines between subjects are blurred 
    Inquiry Learning Satisfactory
    Inquiry Learning:

    Learning is directed by questions, problems, or challenges that students work to address.   

    • Satisfactory: Students are provided with questions/problems to solve and some direction on how to arrive at solutions.
    • Good: students, assisted by the teacher clarify the question(s) to ask and the process to follow to arrive at solutions.  Sometimes referred to as Guided Inquiry
    • Very Good:  students generate the questions and assume much of the responsibility for how to solve them.  . Sometimes referred to as self-directed learning.

     

    Differentiated Instruction Good
    • The overall format of the activity will lend itself well to the diverse learning styles of students.
    • Differentiated instruction activities are not explicitly addressed. 
    Differentiated Instruction:

    Activities address a range of student learning styles, abilities and readiness.

    • Satisfactory:  includes a variety of instructional approaches
    • Good: addresses  the needs of visual, auditory &  kinesthetic learners
    • Very Good: also includes strategies for learners with difficulties
    Experiential Learning Satisfactory
    Experiential Learning:

    Authentic learning experiences are provided

    • Satisfactory: learning takes place through ‘hands-on’ experience or simulation
    • Good: learning involves direct experience in a ‘real world context’
    • Very good: learning involves ‘real world experiences’ taking place’ beyond the school walls.
    Cooperative Learning Satisfactory
    Cooperative Learning:

    Group and cooperative learning strategies are a priority.

    • Satisfactory:  students work in groups
    • Good: cooperative learning skills are explicitly taught and practiced
    • Very Good: cooperative learning skills are explicitly taught, practiced and assessed
    Assessment & Evaluation Satisfactory
    • Opportunities for assessment are present, but specific directions and/or tools are not provided.
    Assessment & Evaluation: Tools are provided that help students and teachers to capture formative and summative information about students' learning and performance. These tools may include reflection questions, checklists, rubrics, etc.
    Peer Teaching Satisfactory
    Peer Teaching:

    Provides opportunities for students to actively present their knowledge and skills to peers and/or act as teachers and mentors.

    • Satisfactory: incidental teaching that arises from cooperative learning, presentations, etc.
    • Good or Very Good: an opportunity is intentionally created to empower students to teach other students/community members. The audience is somehow reliant on the students' teaching (students are not simply ‘presenting')
    Case Studies Satisfactory
    • Abundance of background information relating to this specific migratory bird is provided for students and teachers. 
    Case Studies:

    Relevant case studies are included.  Case studies are thorough descriptions of real events from real situations that students use to explore  concepts in an authentic context.

    Locus of Control Satisfactory
    • The majority of activities presented within this resource are teacher directed.  Students have limited opportunities to choose elements of their own programming. 
    Locus of Control: Meaningful opportunities are provided for students to choose elements of program content, the medium in which they wish to work, and/or to go deeper into a chosen issue.