WE2 Unit 5

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The Wilderness Experience Semester Two with David is an integrated program designed for an alternative secondary school setting by educator David Spencer. Wilderness Experience 2 (WE2) program provides three (3) secondary school course credits during semester two. Students should attend and participate in all classes, outdoor field trips and events. Literacy and communication skills developed during this program include jot note writing, writing journal entries, researching in public, college and university libraries, interviewing, script writing and oral reading comprehension. New media technology skills developed include audio and video recording presentations for the DVD authoring and documentary production for FM radio broadcasting and web podcasting. Students will be provided with opportunities to learn how to research, plan for, promote, hold and debrief a community event about an issue facing Indigenous Peoples.

Download the Wilderness Experience Information Brochure (PDF format).


Program: WE2 Wilderness Experience Semester Two with David program integrates two Ontario Ministry of Education certified courses:

  • Environmental Science (SVN3M) This course provides students with the fundamental knowledge of and skills relating to environmental science that will help them succeed in life after secondary school. Students will explore a range of topics, including the role of science in addressing contemporary environmental challenges; the impact of the environment on human health; sustainable agriculture and forestry; the reduction and management of waste; and the conservation of energy. Students will increase their scientific and environmental literacy and examine the interrelationships between science, the environment, and society in a variety of areas. See more of the SVN3M Curriculum Guideline from the Ontario Ministry of Education. Text used is Environmental Science Interactions.
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (IDC40G) This course emphasizes the development of practical skills and knowledge to solve problems, make decisions, create personal meaning, and present findings beyond the scope of a single subject or discipline. Through individual and collaborative inquiry and research into contemporary issues, real-life situations, and careers, students will apply the principles and skills derived from the complementary subjects and disciplines studied, evaluate the reliability of information, and examine how information technology can be used safely, effectively, and legally. They will also learn how to select strategies to define problems, research alternative solutions, assess their thinking in reaching decisions, and adapt to change as they acquire new knowledge. See more of the IDC40G Curriculum Guideline from the Ontario Ministry of Education.


WE2 Unit 5

Location: In our classroom and a local swimming pool.

Today's Tasks

  1. 8:45 a.m. View the canoeing photos and videos today's afternoon lesson plan.
  2. Welcome to our new students activity, view photos of past field trips, take photos,
  3. What is a "flipped classroom"? T= __/5 marks (Print and hand in.)
  4. Why is your teacher David using the "Flipped Classroom" approach? C= __/5 marks (Print and hand in.)
  5. As a class, plan our visit to a local public school.
    a) What environmental science and Indigenous studies themes will we teach?
    b)Which songs will we sing and lead in a singsong to these grade 3 and 4 students?
    "My Paddle is Keen and Bright Flashing with silver" and/or "Just a Boy and a Girl in a little canoe when the moon is shining all around." c)Will we bring items to show and talk about such as sweetgrass, moccasins, snowshoes, mini canoe, plants, photos of animals, talk about Colin Harris and the importance of getting outside. Refer to Colin's TakeMeOutside Movement, his @TakeMeOutside Twitter feed and Children & Nature Network (C&NN) and their ChildrenNature Twitter feed d) List the students from our class who will do the speaking, demonstrations, bristol board, video and/or visual presentation? e) When are the two (2) dates that we are making our presentations? f) How is our class travelling to this public school? A= __/20 marks
  6. Team Bree-Anna and the Weeping Ducks
    Topic:environmental science topic
    Team members: Yaritza, Rebecca B., JD, Greig, Shanda, Tyson, Rebecca J., Ryan, Bree-Anna, Caitlin
  7. Team Jasmine and the Eagle Feathers
    Topic:Indigenous studies
    Team members: Colin, Kim, Jasmine, Katelynn, Keanna, Talon, Anojan, Taylor, Ravi
  8. Show your Brampton library card and the progress of your two (2) Culminating Units. CU= __/20 marks
  9. With a partner read the rules, research, find a name of a person and nominate them for the Top 25 Environmentalists Under age 25 Award. Fill out the nomination form, show David and submit. A= __/20 marks
  10. Create two (2) Twitter lists. You created a Twitter account in Unit 2.
    Now create:
    a) one Twitter List for your Environmental Science (SVN3M) topic.
    b) one Twitter List for your Issues of Indigenous Peoples (NDW4M) CU
    You should add at least five (5) people and/or organizations who are using your hashtag about your topic.
    Send David an Engrade message along with your Twitter handle so that he can mark your two (2)lists.
  11. Finish any incomplete assignments from Unit 1, Unit 2, Unit 3 and Unit 4.
  12. What is Envirothon? T = __/2 marks
  13. Watch this video about Envirothon. How could students become involved? Explain. C = __/2 marks
  14. What is Canada’s Next Green Journalist? T = __/2 marks
  15. How could these handbooks help a student interested in journalism? A = __/6 marks

Lunch 10:55 a.m. to 11:55 a.m.

  1. 11:55 a.m. sharp meet in Rob's room 4. This is a school field trip, so there is no smoking in the taxi nor outside the pool recreation centre. See David for your taxi group. Board taxis to the swimming pool.
  2. Swim test and canoe over canoe rescue instruction. View canoeing photos and videos from our lesson plan.
  3. 3:00 pm Dismissal from school.