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  • 2010 Forestry Week Lesson (Elementary Level) "Climate Change" for Primary or Intermediate grades. Includes power point slide show, curricular connections, teacher website listing and student activity pages.  (See the Learn Forestry website under "Lesson plansà Forestry Week". To be posted following June 2010.) 
  • 2009 Forestry Week Lesson (Elementary Level) "The Importance of Our Community Watersheds" Last year's forestry week lesson is now up on the website, along with a watershed poster  developed by COFI South Forest Education to accompany the lesson. (To access a pdf copy of the poster or to see the complete catalogue of Forestry Week lessons and resources , go to "Lesson Plansà Forestry Week- 2009 "Watersheds" at www.learnforestry.com )
  • 2008 Forestry Week Lesson (Elem.) "The Fire Story- An Unpredictable Truth". NEWLY-UPDATED FIRE ACTIVITY PAGES will be posted soon with the 2008 lesson on fire, along with overheads, activity board template, fire poster and web list.

Feature Books:

  • Forest Life: British Columbia Woodlots
    Federation of BC Woodlot Assoc. ISBN #978-0-9812657-0-4

    This recently-published coffee table book from the Federation of BC Woodlot Associations showcases and celebrates BC’s woodlots and woodlot licensees and the families who diligently manage them. With beautiful photos and minimal text, this book captures the seasonal beauty of coastal and interior woodlots and portrays the landscapes and diversity of our forests, as well as the stewardship evident on BC woodlots.  Order from the Federation of BC Woodlot Associations website at:  www.woodlot.bc.ca
  • Martin Mars - The Mighty Water Bomber                                                          
    Suzan Coulson  ISBN#978-0-9812987-1-9

    A recently-published children's book about BC's famed Martin Mars water bombers, owned and operated by the Coulson family, with highly-appealing illustrations by noted Canadian artist Dianne Bersea.  Author Suzan Coulson tells the story of these mighty aircraft, beginning with their role in the Second World War up to their current use in fighting wildfires around the world, using characters based on real life people, aircraft and equipment.

    Available for purchase online. To see excerpts from the story and its illustrations or to order, go to: www.martinmars.com/books.htm#01

Teacher Resources:

  • Climate Change Resource Binders Two resource kits, "Climate Change and our Forests" (Intermediate) and "Climate Change- Our Forests, Our Future" (Secondary) were developed in 2009 by the Council of Forest Industries, in partnership with Forest Innovation Investment, and distributed to BC schools in Sept. 2009.  The kits provide teachers with new tools to help students learn about the impact of climate change on our environment and how our forests and its wood products are vital to mitigating those effects. 

    Each resource kit includes lesson plans, narrated PowerPoint, teacher background information and activities, where students can calculate the carbon footprint of their school and home, discuss the benefits of building with wood, design their own climate change machine and learn how they can personally take action to tackle climate change.

  • Forestry Fact Booklets - Canadian Women in Timber
    Join Splinter in his latest educational feature as he tests forest IQ and helps students learn new forest facts.  Illustrated with appealing artwork, the CWIT's Forestry Fact booklet provides a fun way to teach children about the science and ecology of BC forests.  Available at a nominal cost on the CWIT website: www.canadianwomenintimber.com
    Suitable for mid-elementary students.

    **NEW TEACHER RESOURCE COMING SOON!!!: The CWIT are currently working on a new Splinter booklet for Grades 5-7 to follow up their first Splinter workbook, that was aimed at lower elementary grades. Copies will be available through the CWIT website at a nominal cost and pages will also be available for direct download, as with the first Splinter booklet.  www.canadianwomenintimber.com .

  • The Forest Foundation
     "Talk about Trees" (Lessons #1-9)
    A great source for forest lessons, with topics such as Forest Health, Sustainable Resources, Waste Not- Want Not, Nature's Treasure Chest, Forest Carbon and Our Climate and Forest Watersheds. Includes lessons, vocabulary and student activity pages and graphics.


Teacher & Student Web Links:

  • www.learnforestry.com 
    The Okanagan-based Learn Forestry Website
    contains Forest Education lessons, links & resource materials, bibliographies , teacher kits and lessons as well as locally-developed forestry posters for download.
  • www.forest-education.info
    Council of Forest Industries
    A BC forest education website with info on forestry terms and facts, careers, virtual tours, teacher resources and more.  
  • www.bcclimatechange.ca
    The BC Forestry Climate Change Working Group site provides information about climate change, bioenergy, healthy forests & carbon and how wood products store carbon, as well as a five minute video, "Tackle Climate Change, Use Wood", that can be viewed. 
  • www.naturallywood.com
    Forest Innovation Investment's
    "Naturally Wood" site features sections on BC's sustainable forest management, wood products, tree species, fact pages and a section on Climate Change & BC Forests and Forest products. 
  • www.goforestry.ca
    This Council on Forestry Promotion and Improvement site (Eastern Canada) outlines the many career opportunities in forestry. Includes forest professional videos, forestry facts and product info, a career search feature on forest sector opportunities and an entertaining forest professionals' video under "Tree TV".
  • www.pacficloggingcongress.com
    See the Pacific Forest Foundation's new career video, "This Is My Office" on their website, promoting the benefits of a career in the forest industry and an office in the great outdoors. Entertaining and well worth watching!! 

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