Quills Theme: Biodiveristy Crisis

Biodiversity and Contaminants

Students will be provided with a visual of a healthy ecosystem compared to an unhealthy ecosystem, to which they will then research how different species within that area are affected by contaminants.

How Does Language Mirror and Shape Our Relationship to Land?

Students explore how language affects and mirrors our relationship to land, by learning Anishinaabemowin and Kanyen’kéha words. Students also learn the Indigenous origin of many local place names.

Minds On: What Do We Know About Water?

Together, students determine what the topic of the Learning Bundle is and brainstorm everything they already know about water.

Minds On: What is Biodiversity? 

Together, students develop an understanding of what biodiversity is.

Culminating Activity: Living in Reciprocity: Contributing to a Pollinator Garden

Students explore pollinator gardens and how they can give back to them.

Culminating Activity: Snapshot of Resistance: Showcasing Indigenous Leadership 

Students will explore and share the importance of Indigenous leadership in protecting biodiversity.

Culminating Activity: Entering into Relationship with our Plant Relatives

Taking inspiration from Ra’nikonhrí:io Lazare and Katsenhaién:ton Lazare, students will create their own videos that capture our relationships with a specific plant. Duration: Over multiple work periods

Plants as Good Relatives

Students will explore the Haudenosaunee Ohèn:ton Karihwatéhkwen (The Words That Come Before All Else). Students then participate in an experiment focused on whether indoor plants have an impact on humans.

Looking Inward: How Do We Impact the World Around Us?

Students explore the principles of the Honorable Harvest through an in-class activity.

Living in Reciprocity with All Our Relations

Students explore the meaning of All Our Relations and interdependence by creating a community web that demonstrates these important concepts. Students will also explore how many of the things they depend on in their everyday lives come from the natural world.

Biodiversity and Climate Change: What do Frogs Have to Say About It?

Students will explore the impact of climate change on biodiversity, specifically on frog species and their life history traits.

Biodiversity and Invasive Species: A Garlic Mustard Case Study

Students will explore the impact of invasive species on biodiversity specifically by looking at garlic mustard. Students will draw a scientific drawing of the plant, play a game to understand how it moves through ecosystems, discover plans on how to eradicate it, and contribute to citizen science.

Colonization and Our Changing Landscape

Students will explore how different landscapes change within 20-30 years from urbanization. Students can then extend this thinking to a timeline before colonization, and how the present landscape will look 100 years from now.

Can you Recognize your Relatives? Why Does it Matter?

Students are asked to identify different logos, plants, and animals and reflect on why in our culture we are more familiar with corporate logos than we are with local plant species.

Exploring Different Ways of Classifying

Students will explore classification processes from different knowledge systems using fallen leaves.

Classification Systems

Students will explore the process of classifying species, using an assortment of items and different categories.

The Importance of Biodiversity

Students explore two different types of ecosystems (rich habitat vs. barren habitat) to understand why biodiversity is important for an ecosystem.

Getting to Know Our Plant Relatives

Students take steps to form a more meaningful relationship with plants.

Language Scavenger Hunt

Students learn Anishinaabemowin, and Kanyen’kéha words by going on a scavenger hunt for local plants.