With the outbreak of the COVID19 pandemic in March of 2020, schools were closed in British Columbia. Suddenly teachers were under pressure to develop ways of engaging with their students through the internet. In short supply, were plug-and-play resources that teachers could turn to and use specific to the region their students lived in.
Seeing this need, the Friends of Shoal Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary produced a migratory bird activity resource for middle and high school students in close collaboration with three teachers from North Saanich Middle School and Parklands High School in Sidney. Financial support came from Nature Canada.
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The resource has been tested by the teachers between March and June and all have plans to use it the school year that began in September. One of the teachers contributed an activity more specific to her Marine Science class.
Although the resource is specific to the Shoal Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Sidney and North Saanich, it has been designed to be easily adapted by other teachers within the Greater Victoria region. It’s hoped that the Migratory Bird Activity Resource will become a living document with teachers continuing to contribute ideas and activities to it.
Parents and guardians will also find the resource very useful for home-schooled students or for introducing children and youth to nature in their neighbourhood.
Whether you use the resource as a teacher, parent or guardian, we’d greatly appreciate receiving any suggestions intended to improve it. You can do so through our contact email.