What is the value of an ecosystem? Teacher’s Kit for Human Activity and the Environment 2013: Measuring ecosystem goods and services in Canada

Introduction

These educational resources provide instructors with innovative materials, lesson plans and case study assignments to accompany the 2013 release of the Human Activity and the Environment article, “Measuring ecosystem goods and services in Canada.” The materials and activities were developed by the Critical Thinking Consortium, a non-profit, registered association of 55 educational partners—school districts, schools, teacher associations and other educational organizations.

Resources were developed for a junior high school, senior high school and introductory post-secondary audience. Curriculum links include grades 7 to 12 geography, social studies, biology, science and economics, as well as introductory post-secondary geography and environmental science.

The materials introduce and develop critical thinking about the topics of ecosystems, ecosystem goods and services, valuation of ecosystem goods and services and research methods associated with measuring ecosystems and ecosystem goods and services.

All lessons, case studies, assignment sheets and evaluation rubrics are provided in HTML and PDF formats. Three classroom-ready presentations are provided in PowerPoint, PDF and HTML formats.

Lesson # 1: What is an ecosystem? (PDF) (HTML)

  1. Slide set # 1: What is an ecosystem? (PDF) (PPT) (HTML)

Lesson # 2: What are ecosystem goods and services? (PDF) (HTML)

  1. Slide set # 2: What are ecosystem goods and services? (PDF) (PPT) (HTML)

Lesson # 3: How can the value of ecosystem goods and services be measured? (PDF) (HTML)

  1. Slide set # 3: How can the value of ecosystem goods and services be measured? (PDF) (PPT) (HTML)

Detailed lesson plan # 1: Can the value of ecosystems and ecosystem goods and services be measured? (PDF) (HTML)

Detailed lesson plan # 2: The value of ecosystem goods and services in changing ecosystems (PDF) (HTML)

Case study #1: Thousand Islands National Park case study (PDF) (HTML)

Case study #2: Exploring methodologies for measuring ecosystem goods and services (PDF) (HTML)

Image collection (PDF) (HTML)

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