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Green Teacher 86, Fall 2009

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Two-Eyed Seeing: A Cross-cultural Science Journey by Annamarie Hatcher, Cheryl Bartlett, Murdena Marshall and Albert Marshall
An introduction to Integrative Science— science that integrates the best of Western and Indigenous sciences and helps young people appreciate the strengths of each

MSIT: Transdisciplinary, Cross-cultural Science by Annamarie Hatcher and Cheryl Bartlett
A summary of a unit on birds that presents questions one might ask high school students in order to learn about birds from both Western and Indigenous science perspectives

Traditional Medicines: How Much is Enough? by Annamarie Hatcher and Cheryl Bartlett
An integrative science activity for 9-15 year olds which describes how to measure vitamin C levels in teas made from the needles of coniferous trees

Traditional Legends: Meanings on Many Levels by Annamarie Hatcher, Sana Kavanagh, Cheryl Bartlett and Murdena Marshall
An introductory lesson for teenagers in astronomy, using an Indigenous legend as a guide for observing celestial changes through the seasons

Earth Alive! by Judy Wearing
In this activity, students in grades 6-10 deify ecosystems based on their physical characteristics, and consider how adding subjectivity to our perceptions of ecosystems might affect our treatment of them

From Scared to Sacred: Changing our Relationship to Nature through Story by Michael Gowing
An examination of how the objectification of nature in Western storytelling can promote negative attitudes towards nature, and how Native people’s stories can provide a counterbalance

Bridging the Gap: Integrating Indigenous Knowledge and Science by Deanna Kazina and Natalie Swayze
A multidisciplinary outdoor habitat study for grades 3-6. Native elders help students develop new perspectives on nature, learn about medicine wheels, and use their new knowledge to create a habitat wheel

Mother Earth, Grandfather Sun by Cheryl Bartlett
A “two-eyed seeing” activity for 10-15 year olds that integrates Western and Aboriginal world views while teaching about solstices and equinoxes 

Money From the Sea: A Cross-cultural Indigenous Science Activity by Gloria Snively
This activity introduces grades 5-12 students to the technical sophistication of west coast Native peoples. Students are asked to design a shell-harvesting device and then compare it with the design used by one First Nation/tribe more than a century ago to harvest a special shellfish that lives 70 feet below the surface.

Two-Eyed Seeing in a School District by Drew Myers (Free article)
A description of how one school district is embracing the challenge of integrating Native and Western world views in environmental education programming

Educational Resources Reviewed

The Jumbo Book of Outdoor Art (Irene Luxbacher)
Organic Crafts: 75 Earth-Friendly Art Activities (Kimberly Monaghan)
The Refugees of the Blue Planet (Hélène Choquette and Jean-Phillippe Duval)
The Wilderbeats (Joyce Saunders and Ashley Moffat)
The Oil Age poster (
Consume This! (Kady Cowan)
Fire! The Renewal of a Forest (Celia Godkin)
Salmon Forest  (David Suzuki and Sarah Ellis, illustrated by Sheena Lotts)
Kids Go Wild (Sarah Burke, illustrated by Katie Steele)
Home Now (Lesley Beake, illustrated by Karin Littlewood)
Talking with Mother Earth Poems (Jorge Argueta, illustrated by Lucia Angela Perez)
In the Path of the Great Bear, Magic in the Mountains, and Where Wolves are Wild (Carol McTavish, and Lori Nunn, illustrated by Linden Wentzloff)
One Well: The Story of Water on Earth (Rochelle Strauss, illustrated by Rosemary Woods)
Being Caribou: Five Months on Foot with a Caribou Herd (Karsten Heuer)
Kilowatt Ours (Jeff Barrie)
An Inconvenient Truth [book] (Al Gore)
The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions)
Nature Trails: Teach Kids to Identify Wildlife by Sound (Dan Gibson)
Life Through Time: Evolutionary Activities for Grades 5-8 (Kevin Beals, Nicole Parizeau and Rick MacPherson)
Notes From Canada’s Young Activists: A Generation Stands Up for Change (Cohen Et Al.)
Ecoholic (Adria Vasil)
Aquatic Stewardship Education in Theory and Practice (Barbara A. Knuth and William F. Siemer, ed.)
Mysteries of the Forest board game (Northern Games)
A Visit to the Farmers’ Market and All About Farmers’ Markets: A Teaching Guide for Classrooms, Camps, and Community Programs(Peggy Sissel-Phelan)
“Climate Change: Connections and Solutions” online unit (Facing The Future)
Gas Trees and Car Turds: A Kids’ Guide to the Roots of Global Warming (Kirk Johnson and Mary Ann Bonnell)
The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (Michael Pollan)
How to Re-imagine the World: A Pocket Guide for Practical Visionaries (Anthony Weston)
Science Adventures: Nature Activities for Young Children (Elizabeth Sherwood, Robert Williams, and Robert Rockwell)

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