Environmental Science (SNN 3M)

University/College Preparation

Environmental Science, Grade 11 Course

This course provides students with the fundamental knowledge of and skills relating to environmental science that will help them succeed in life after secondary school. Students will explore a range of topics, including the role of science in addressing contemporary environmental challenges; the impact of the environment on human health; sustainable agriculture and forestry; the reduction and management of waste; and the conservation of energy. Students will increase their scientific and environmental literacy and examine the interrelationships between science, the environment, and society in a variety of areas.


Big Ideas

Scientific Solutions to Contemporary Environmental Challenges

Scientific knowledge enables people to make informed decisions about effective ways to address environmental challenges.

Human Health and the Environment

It is possible to minimize some of the negative health effects of environmental factors by making informed lifestyle choices and taking other precautions.

Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry

Modern agricultural and forestry practices can have positive and negative consequences for the economy, human health, and the sustainability of ecosystems, both local and global.

Reducing and Managing Waste

Well-thought-out waste management plans help to sustain ecosystems, locally and globally.

Conservation of Energy

The impact of energy production and consumption on environmental sustainability


Planning, organization and delivery of Earthkeepers

- prepare and understand key environmental principles so CELP student can teach others

- manage and present the intensive two-day environmental science program

- teaching over 250 grade five students from local school

- CELP students lead, manage and evaluate all components of the program

Community Projects

- working in local communities with environmental experts, town officials and community members to take action to provide education and create environmental change

- design and complete and environmental project to benefit local community

Community Days

-students work in small groups to design a complete and engaging educational day informing CELPers in detail about an environmental topic. Students are responsible to bring in a public speaker, design a range of activities and create a positive and meaningful context for learning that helps the audience understand the key concepts.


Term Evaluation: 70 Percent of Final Mark

Knowledge and understanding of the Earthkeeper curriculum

Communication skills essential to deliver the Earthkeeper program and Community Day

Making Connections and effectively communicating curriculum expectations to Earthkeepers

Preparation and delivery of the Community Days

Community Day test and peer evaluation


Summative Evaluation: 30% of Final Mark

Community Service Project Peer and Teacher Evaluation

Community Day Peer and Teacher Evaluation

Participation and Action as an Advocate and Environmental Steward

Earthkeeper and Community Day Tests