Culminating Day 3- Green Transport, Heating and Cooling


  • Complete “Transportation Modes” Section of your research package
    • Individual Section (A)
    • Think, Pair, Share (B)
  • Samples of Green Transport (see below)- Can be done for HW
    • Debrief Questions
  • Samples of Green Energy heating and cooling options (complete accompanying section)
    • Passive Solar Heating
      • Handouts and Video needed to complete package
    • Shade and Tree placement
    • Type of Tree choice is important (losing leaves in winter to let sun through)
    • Native Species + Station Activity

Green Transport 1:


Green Transport 2: AIGT


Green Transport 3: Bike parking options

Debrief Questions

  1. What features could you incorporate in your school to make it more transport sustainable?

Hint: Think teachers, students, parking lots and the 3P’s 

Passive solar heating is the least expensive way to heat your home or any building for that matter. Put simply, design for passive solar heating aims to keep out summer sun and let in winter sun while ensuring the building’s overall thermal performance retains that heat in winter but excludes it and allows it to escape in summer.

Passive Solar Heating Video 1


Tree and Shade Placement


Native Species Activity

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When we visited the UFT Medical Sciences building, they talked about the failure of the BAMBOO GARDEN- do you remember why it failed?

Native species and their survival is very important- researching and choosing trees that can survive in ONTARIO as well as in our local Toronto area will be very important for your build.




Activity Instructions

  • Your teacher will post information in the classroom about Tree choices and information about Native Species
  • Rotate through the stations taking notes on the respective topics to complete the corresponding page of your research package.

Culminating Work Period 2


  • Reminders: Living off the Grid
    • Why is this a good thing?
    • What are some ideas that you have already gathered to help with this?
  • “Building Green”
    • Using the videos below, compile/gather information about building technologies for your green school
    • You will be completing p. 4-5 of your research booklet.
  • Part 2: QOL Activity (work period)

Video 1: Building Green Part 1


Video 2: Building Green Part 2


Video 3: Building Green Part 3



Culminating Work Period Day 1


  • Take up the Walk TO sheets (ideas for your eco-school)
  • Finish sharing/doing your dream school + share (page 1 of booklet)
  • Complete p. 2 (Where you assess you own school from P.1)
  • For p. 3
    • Earthship Film
    • Earth ship In Detail
    • Eco-school in Bali

Earth Ships in Detail

Eco schools:



Culminating Activity: Greening Vanier for the Future

AgendaImage result for big project

  • Introduce Culminating
  • Copy of Culminating Packages (below):
  •  Walk TO instructions
  • Work on p. 1 of Research Package: Brainstorming features for your PERFECT school (think green)
  • Due Dates below (not negotiable b/c culminating for course, no late work accepted!
Date Class Topics
May 24th (Wed) Introduction of Assignment

-your ideal school and re-introduction of sustainability model

-Walk TO field trip

-“Earthships” film as model sustainable homes

Research – Model Homes and Transportation

-building green – two types of construction and model homes

-sustainable transportation

Research – Energy and Green Space

-passive solar heating and cooling

-naturalizing and greening school grounds



Research – Greening Design in Action

-case studies of greening around Canada

-begin concept map à rank and choose your greening ideas



-Research Package due (keep a copy for yourself)

Begin Master Sketch/Model/Blueprint/Virtual Tour

-finish concept map of green school: all 5 themes must be included

-begin sketch of model school and annotations

Finish rough sketch with annotations
Master Plan/Model
Master Plan/Model
Written Reflection – Sustainability of Project (in class)



Carousel Presentations

Trip Instructions

Our Geography Trip is fast approaching, there are a few housekeeping items that we need to go over with you!Image result for field trip

The trip is the 1st step of your FINAL assignment for this course, it is worth 15% of your final mark. It is very important that you attend the trip.

The trip has 2 parts 

  1. Eco-lution Tour : these are 10 examples of Green Building Technologies in practice right now in the urban landscape of Toronto. This is 1st hand research for your Green Vanier Project.
  2. Kensington Market: A very “organic” Toronto experience, it is a neighbourhood that has offered much refuge for immigrants over the years to its transition into a very livable area in Toronto. Take note of “livable” and “green spaces.” Good ideas to think of when you build your livable and green Vanier

Trip logistics:

  • We need to leave school by 8:30 and will meet in the FOYER, verify with your teacher if you are meeting at Don Mills
  • We will be taking public Transit, don’t forget your tickets!
  • All Academic and Applied classes will be attending and placed in a GROUP with your teacher
  • You will need something to write with and possibly a clip board or book to press on, refillable water bottle and dress for walking and weather.
  • You are welcome to bring a lunch or money to purchase lunch in Kensington
  • Use your phone to add yourself to the texting list in case we are separated or get lost. Instructions are below—>
    • Open a new Text message 
    • The number you are texting is 289-278-3127
    • The message is @geotrip17  (include the @ sign)
    • Press SEND
    • You will get a welcome message back asking you for your FULL NAME (school name please, first and last)
    • Text your name back and the program will send you a text message again
      • SAVE THAT NUMBER /TEXT that number 
      • you can now use that number to contact me for the trip
  • Below are  your Boundaries for lunch!


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Lesson 32-33: Immigration Story Working Period

Here are some resources to help with your Immigration Story assignmentImage result for news report template

  • Copy of the Assignment (updated)
  • Class Handouts:
    • “How to write a newspaper report”
    • Handout 2: What to include in a newspaper report”
    • Handout 3: Peer evaluation
  • Newspaper Report Templates


Lesson 31: Intro to Immigration

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  • Students can identify types of immigrants, push and pull factors
  • Students can analyse the push and pull factors for Kensington Market (application)
  • Actively apply the “points” immigration system


  1. PPT: lesson-29-immigration-and-logistics
  2. Note taker worksheet: lesson-29-immigration-worksheet
  3. Kensington Market Case study with handout (hard copy only)
  4. Video 1: What is Kensington market?Image result for kensington market
  5. Video 2: Kensington Market: 150 year history + Questions (below)
  6. Resources on visiting Kensington–             –
  7. Online immigration points calculator (HW)–Use this site instead:  -

Video 1: What is Kensington?

Video 2: Kensington 150 year anniversary

As you watch the above videos, consider/notate the following:

  1. What are the pull and push factors for new immigrants to Kensington Market?
  2. What immigrant groups found their way into this area over the years?

Lesson 30: The Great Controversy- Resources vs Sustainability

Image result for oilLearning Goals:

  • To identify the variety of problems in “The Great Controversy”
  • To evaluate solutions to solve “the controversy”
  • To present these arguments through a structure debate/ government meeting


  • You Image result for sustainable environmentwill be given a real life scenario that deals with all of the natural resources and industries that you have been learning about for the past two weeks.
  • You will be split into groups and given two work periods to research information to help form an opinion and solution to the variety of problems surrounding the life scenario.
  • Your group will then take part in a town meeting where arguments will be presented from all sides until a solution for all parties has been reached.
  • Please be sure to research facts to help defend your side of the argument
  • As well, be sure to discuss what the opposing sides will be using for arguments at the town meeting and how you are going to dispose of these in a proper manner
  • Look carefully at the rubric to see how you are going to be evaluated
  • Take a look at the SUCCESS CRITERIA document below! It tells you how to know you will be GREAT!

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The Great Controversy – Scenarios

Work ScheduleImage result for Debate

  • Day 1 + 2 (Work periods in class, BYOD- Bring your own Device)
  • Day 2: Brainstorm Success Criteria with class + Work period
  • Day 3: Debate Day!
    • Make sure you familiarize yourself with what the STRUCTURE will be on the day of the Town Hall (see above)
    • Don’t forget your Rubrics!

Lesson 29: Solutions for Global Poverty- MDG

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  • Students can make connection from Global Poverty Articles to the solutions presented in the next few lessons
  • Students can think critically and analyze the 8 proposed solutions or the MDGs
  • Students know what MDG stands for


  1. MDGs- What is this?
    • Video
  2. MDG Gallery Walkpoverty
  3. Goal Case Study
  4. Share your info
  5. What happens now?
    • Video





UN-Logo-660x3308 goals created by the UN (United Nations) in an attempt to end Global Poverty.


Now that we have some background information, let’s learn more about each goal…

  • There are 8 posters with a specific goal on each download
  • Walk around to look at each poster
  • On your worksheet, fill out the table with the name of the goal and the target 


  • In groups, you are going to read a case study and answer the questions on the front of the worksheet… Make sure you understand your goal very well because you will have to share!
  • Find another group to share with and jot down 5 interesting facts about their MDG

Since we were supposed to have this accomplished by 2015, what do you think happened?

  • Did we accomplish the goals?
  • If not, what do you think the next steps are?


What goals we didn’t meet in 2015: 


Since 2015, the UN has developed SDGs or Sustainability Development Goals;

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Lesson 27+28: 3P’s Evaluation


  1. Each student will receive an assignment sheet with an article to review/analyze
  2. The article choice is done by lottery
  3. You will have 2 in class working periods to get the assignment completed- you may not take the assignment home
  4. The videos posted below are to help with your understanding of the article that you choose- you are only required to watch the video that corresponds with your article

Video: Eating Insects 1

-Click on the link below

Video: Eating Insects 2:

Video: Jute in Bangladesh

Video: Trees 1

Video: Trees 2

Video : Pee poo Bags 1

Video: Pee Poo Bags 2