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East Kootenay Forest Education Highlights
Norma Blissett ( East Kootenay Forest Educator)

A new teaching kit with lessons has been created in the East Kootenay by forest educator, Norma Blissett, to support the newly-developed grade 5 science curriculum. This kit focuses on wood as a renewable, sustainable resource and has been tailored for schools in the East Kootenay with references to local industries and the management of forest resources in Ktunaxa traditional territory. The lesson package was reviewed by local grade 5 teachers and representatives from the Ktunaxa nation and kits have been provided to the resource centres of the three East Kootenay school districts.

Norma has also been visiting classrooms to make presentations on topics such as "The Importance of Trees" (grade 1), "Forest Harvesting, Then and Now" (grade 3), "The Mountain Pine Beetle Epidemic" (grades 4-7) and "Careers in the Forest Industry" (grade 10).

Goals for the coming year include preparing additional forestry lessons for class use to support the science requirements for each grade level, continuing with the existing presentations and organizing a Professional Development field tour for local teachers for the spring.


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