Household and the Environment Survey – Elementary level teacher’s kit

Theme 1: Water Use and Conservation

Information from Statistics Canada’s 2011 Households and the Environment Survey revealed that the conservation of water is a significant issue for Canadians. 

In this theme, students will think about the way they use water on a daily basis and the impact of those habits on the environment. They will investigate the source of water they use in their community and consider different ways in which it is used.  They will think critically about using bottled water, and explore methods of conserving water as a useful resource both inside and outside.

Theme 2: Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Household Waste

Information from Statistics Canada’s 2011 Households and the Environment Survey revealed that household waste is a significant issue for Canadians.

In this theme, students will explore the impact that different kinds of household waste have on the environment and investigate solutions for reduction and disposal. They will explore and assess ways of disposing of unwanted electronic devices and discuss what to do with old batteries. They will investigate solutions to manage wastewater and think critically about solutions to reduce plastic bag waste.

Theme 3: Making Responsible Choices

Information from Statistics Canada’s 2011 Households and the Environment Survey revealed that household and purchasing decisions can be a significant factor in a home’s environmental impact. In this theme, students will explore the impact of household and purchasing decisions by investigating the use of programmable thermostats and “green” cleaning products. They will think critically about the production and consumption of locally produced foods. They will also investigate the energy efficiency in their home and classroom.

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