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General objective and specific objectives   GENERAL OBJECTIVE AND SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES
Competencies   COMPETENCIES
Target participants   TARGET PARTICIPANTS
Synopsis of the film The Mighty River   SYNOPSIS OF THE FILM THE MIGHTY RIVER
Companion book to the film   COMPANION BOOK TO THE FILM
List of materials provided   LIST OF MATERIALS PROVIDED
References   REFERENCES
Glossary   GLOSSARY

 

PRELIMINARY ACTIVITY 1
All the necessary information for preparing children to do the workshops in The Mighty River activity kit.

PRELIMINARY ACTIVITY 1
What's in a Name?

PRELIMINARY ACTIVITY 2

You Never Step into the Same River Twice
WORKSHOP ACTIVITY 3
All the necessary information for doing the workshops in The Mighty River activity kit.

WORKSHOP ACTIVITY 3
The Face of the St. Lawrence

WORKSHOP ACTIVITY 4

The Changing Landscape

WORKSHOP ACTIVITY 5
What Is Sustainable Development?

WORKSHOP ACTIVITY 6
Take Action!

 

FOLLOW-UP ACTIVITY 7

All the necessary information for encouraging children to think about what they have learned in doing the workshops in the The Mighty River activity kit.

FOLLOW-UP ACTIVITY 7
The River Nearest Me

FOLLOW-UP ACTIVITY 8

Extinct Species
  This activity kit was created by:
Barbara Genest and Marie-Claude Roy, Québec'ERE
and translated by: Janet Chapman and Valerie Vanstone


Atelier Frédéric Back is very grateful to Claude Villeneuve, the author of the book Le fleuve aux grandes eaux and Director of Eco-consultancy program at University of Quebec at Chicoutimi.
See the book Le fleuve aux grandes eaux



The Mighty River activity kit is intended to inform, sensitize and educate children age 6 to 12 and those around them to the concept of sustainable development. It makes children aware of the active role they will be called on to play as the adults and citizens of tomorrow.

More specifically, this kit is designed to encourage children to feel a sense of responsibility and to develop their critical-thinking skills by involving them directly in an innovative interactive cross-curriculum activity.


• To stimulate an awareness of and interest in the environment;
• To provide the necessary information for understanding the
   concept of sustainable development in an accessible, stimulating,
   interactive and hands-on way;
• To encourage reflection on the physical changes affecting the
   natural environment in order to bring about changes in children's
   and adults' values and lifestyles;
• To suggest concrete actions that can be taken in one's day-to-day
   life in order to encourage and facilitate behavioural change;
• To provide environmental education in a form accessible to
   children and to help them incorporate these concepts into their
   day-to-day lives;
• To make children aware of the active role they will be called on
   to play as the adults and citizens of tomorrow.


The activities are primarily related to Competency 3 of the Quebec school system's Visual Arts program (to appreciate works of art and traditional artistic objects) and Competency 2 of the French Language Arts program (to write a variety of texts), at the Elementary level.


Leaders: Teachers and parents
Locations: Home, school, day camps, community groups and centres
Participants: Children age 6 to 12


Over a million years ago, glaciers began gouging out the bed of a colossal river that the Aboriginal people would call "Magtogoek" (the path that walks), today known as the St. Lawrence River.

The Mighty River is a love song, a tribute to a gentle giant whose beauty we have taken for granted. The film has a lot to teach us: about the history of the river and its astounding riches; and about the people who have lived, and continue to live, on its shores. The story of the St. Lawrence is the story of the rivers of the world. It is the story of life itself - a fragile life that tentatively takes hold and then bursts forth. A life that abounds seemingly without end, only to wither under the relentless attacks of a rapacious and reckless humankind.


The film The Mighty River gave rise to a companion book called Le fleuve aux grandes eaux. It illustrated by Frédéric Back, the book is a gold mine of information on the ecosystem of the St. Lawrence River and the history of human settlement along its banks. It is thus an invaluable tool for those wanting to understand our complex environmental heritage and to learn how to preserve it better. Combining scientific information with sumptuous images, the book is written by internationally renowned biologist and science writer Claude Villeneuve, an environmental expert much in demand by organizations such as UNESCO. The book is not available in English; all excerpts have been translated specifically for this website.

VILLENEUVE, C. Le fleuve aux grandes eaux, Les Éditions Québec-Amérique and CBC/Radio-Canada, Montreal, 1995, 118 pages, illustrations by Frédéric Back.


Video clips
People make fortunes hunting everything in sight. Merchants crave the great auk's oil.
(www.fredericback.com/cineaste/filmographie/
le-fleuve-aux-grandes-eaux/media_synopsis_V_1251.en.shtml)

Interview with Frédéric Back on the pollution of the St. Lawrence.
(www.fredericback.com/cineaste/filmographie/
le-fleuve-aux-grandes-eaux/media_synopsis_V_0629.en.shtml)

Documents to be downloaded, photocopied and handed out to the children for doing the preliminary activities:
ACTIVITY SHEET 1 ACTIVITY SHEET 1: What's in a Name?
What's in a Name?

ACTIVITY SHEET ACTIVITY SHEET 2: You Never Step into the Same River Twice
You Never Step into the Same River Twice

Documents to be downloaded, photocopied and handed out to the children for doing the workshops:
ACTIVITY SHEET 3 
No activity sheet to be handed out

ACTIVITY SHEET 4 ACTIVITY SHEET 4: The Changing Landscape
The Changing Landscape

ACTIVITY SHEET 5 ACTIVITY SHEET 5: What is Sustainable Development?
What is Sustainable Development?

ACTIVITY SHEET 6 ACTIVITY SHEET 6: Take Action!
Take Action!

Documents to be downloaded, photocopied and handed out to the children for doing the follow-up activities:
ACTIVITY SHEET 7 ACTIVITY SHEET 7: The River Nearest Me
The River Nearest Me

ACTIVITY SHEET ACTIVITY SHEET 8: Extinct Species
Extinct Species


CROTEAU, A. Les îles du Saint-Laurent, Saint-Laurent, Trécarré, 1995.

ENVIRONMENT CANADA. Environmental Atlas of the St. Lawrence River,  from  St. Lawrence Update Series, Montreal, St. Lawrence Centre.

LASSERRE, J.-C. Le Saint-Laurent, Montreal, Hurtubise HMH, 1980.

MIA and KLAUS. Le Québec des grands espaces, Montreal, Libre Expression, 1991.

RAMADE, F. Dictionnaire encyclopédique de l’écologie et des sciences de l’environnement, Paris, Édiscience International, 1994.

ROSSIGNOL, A. L’estuaire maritime et le golfe du Saint-Laurent – Carnet d’océanographie, Rimouski, Institut national de la recherche scientifique – Océanologie, 1998.

VILLENEUVE, C . Eau-secours, Sainte-Foy, Multimondes, 1995.


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