We all belong to the Earth and each one of us can act as Stewards. We have a responsibility to learn about the land and how to take care of it for future generations.

Sample Cross Curricular Integrated Unit – Grade 3

Climate Change and Ecosystems: What would happen if our climate shifted in BC?

We are in a time of great change in our environment. The diverse number of ecosystems that makes up our province will be impacted if there is a change in the temperature of the Earth. Ecosystems are a delicate balance between non-living components such as air, water, and soil, which are linked to the living organisms in a community. If there are adjustments in any of the abiotic factors in an ecosystem, it shifts the balance and can have devastating effects.

Unit Overview:

Core Competencies are a new approach in British Columbia to Expected Learning Outcomes beyond content to developing the ‘Educated Citizen.’ They focus on Personal and Social, Thinking, and Communication. An integrated unit that interweaves these competencies is a valuable way to use learning.

Each of our activities is flavoured by Literacy Learning using the Curriculum Area for the content direction.

Direct content connections can include:

  • Biodiversity
  • Populations
  • Communities
  • Biotic and Abiotic Factors

Aboriginal connections include:

  • Traditional Environmental Knowledge (TEK)
  • Historical knowledge of climate change
  • Oral History
  • Change over time in communities

Process learning connections can include:

  • Inquiry – Gathering, Analyzing, Summarizing, Predicting, and Presenting
  • Making meaning – questioning, exploring, planning, and conducting

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English Language Arts



Social Studies

Fine Arts

Core Competency

Big Idea
Stories help us learn about ourselves, our families, and our communities.


  • Comprehend and Connect
    • Recognize and appreciate the role of story, narrative, and oral tradition in expressing First Peoples’ perspectives, values, beliefs, and points of view
    • Use personal experience and knowledge to connect to text
    • Develop awareness of how story in First Peoples’ cultures connects people to land


Language features, structures, and conventions:

  • features of oral language
  • effective paragraphing
  • language varieties
  • sentence structure and grammar
  • conventions

Activity Synopsis:
Choose one of the 9 activities to explore the Kokanee land-locked salmon.

ERAC Report

Big Idea
We use patterns to represent identified regularities and to form generalizations. The regular change in increasing and decreasing patterns can be identified.


  • Reasoning and Analyzing
    • Use reasoning and logic to explore and make connections
  • Communicating and Representing
    • Describe, create, and interpret relationships through concrete, pictorial, and symbolic representations
  • Connecting and Reflecting
    • Draw upon local First Peoples’ knowledge and/or expertise of local Elders to make connections to mathematical topics and concepts


  • Pattern rules using words and numbers based on concrete experiences 
  • One-to-one correspondence with bar graphs, pictographs, charts, and tables

Big Idea
Living things are diverse, can be grouped, and interact in their ecosystems.


  • Questioning and Predicting:
    • Demonstrate curiosity about the natural world
    • Make predictions based on prior knowledge
  • Planning and Conducting
    • Make observations about living and non-living things in the local environment
  • Processing and Analyzing Data and Information
    • Use tables, simple bar graphs, or other formats to represent data and show simple patterns and trends
  • Evaluating
    • Identify some simple environmental implications of their and others’ actions
  • Applying and Innovating
    • Contribute to care for self, others, school, and neighbourhood through personal or collaborative approaches
  • Communicating
    • Express and reflect on personal or shared experiences of place


  • Biodiversity in the local environment
  • Aboriginal knowledge of ecosystems

Big Idea
Indigenous societies throughout the world value the well-being of the self, the land, spirits, and ancestors.


  • Continuity and Change
    • Sequence objects, images, and events, and explain why some aspects change and others stay the same
  • Communicating and Representing
    • Explain why people’s beliefs, values, worldviews, experiences, and roles give them different perspectives on people, places, issues, and events
  • Cause and Consequence
    • Recognize the causes and consequences of events, decisions, and developments


  • Cultural characteristics and ways of life of local First Peoples and global indigenous peoples
  • Oral history, traditional stories, and artifacts as evidence about past First Peoples cultures
  • Relationship between humans and their environment

Big Idea
Creative experiences involve an interplay between exploration, inquiry, and purposeful choice.


  • Exploring and creating
    • Explore identity, place, culture, and belonging through arts experiences
    • Explore relationships among cultures, communities, and the arts


  • Traditional and contemporary Aboriginal arts and arts-making processes
  • A variety of local works of art and artistic traditions from diverse cultures, communities, times, and places
  • Personal and collective responsibility associated with creating, experiencing, and performing in a safe learning environment

Contributing and Caring for the Environment

Students develop awareness and take responsibility for their social, physical, and natural environments by working independently and collaboratively for the benefit of others, communities and the environment.

Sample “I” Statements:

  • With some support, I can be a part of a group.
  • I can participate in classroom and group activities to improve the classroom, school, community, and the natural world.
  • I contribute to group activities that make my classroom, school, community, or natural world a better place.
  • I can identify how my actions and the actions of others affect my community, and the natural environment and can work to make positive change.
  • I can analyze complex social and environmental issues from multiple perspectives. I can take thoughtful actions to influence positive, sustainable change.

Earth Related Resources


The following resources are from the ERAC Evaluated and Approved collection accessible at bcerac

We Are a Community

We Are a Community

Grade: PreK - 12
Supplier: Strong Nations
Part of the "From the Mountains to the Sea" series, this beautifully constructed and visually appealing resource incorporates science and social studies content using an Aboriginal worldview and appro...+ River ecosystem seasons habitat eagle salal stories Elders source melt water glaciers spring lakes ponds cedar trees sol nutrients Tree of Life totem poles stream salmon spawning moss First Salmon Ceremony respect determination strength nutrients bear hibernation food preserves forest waterfall ferns fish hatcheries life cycle salmon species Chinook Coho Chum Sockeye Pink estuary longhouse ceremonies ocean tides responsibility Mother Earth community Aboriginal...
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We Share the Seasons

We Share the Seasons

Grade: PreK - 12
Supplier: Strong Nations
Part of the "From the Mountains to the Sea" series, this resource highlights science and social studies topics centred on the seasons and First Nations' cultural and community activities that take pla...+ Seasons winter spring summer fall autumn Solstice Equinox lunar cycle lunar calendar Elder Moon Moon of the Frog Salmon Moon Harvest Moon storytelling ceremony cedar stream river estuary frog salmon bird mammal amphibian arachnid insect tree plant Talking Circle Aboriginal...
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Backyard Biodiversity and Beyond, 1999 Edition

Backyard Biodiversity and Beyond, 1999 Edition

Grade: 4 - 7
Supplier: WildBC
BC produced teacher resource has been revised and is now coil bound. Contains background information and student activities around the topic of biodiversity. It features native flora and fauna, as w...+ ...
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Little Earth Charter

Little Earth Charter

Grade: K - 2
Supplier: Cinafete
This series of short animated clips addresses outcomes across the primary curriculum. The Earth Charter is a set of fundamental principles that seek to define a just, sustainable and peaceful society ...+ ...
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Urban Stewards

Urban Stewards

Grade: 4 - 7
Supplier: Stanley Park Ecology Society
Engages students in stimulating hands-on science and environmental education activites in the classroom and outside. Match to the learning outcomes in a cross-curricular fashion....+ ...
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