BackWorkshops 1 to 9



"The seeds that the shepherd plants are the symbol
of all our actions, good and bad, which have far-reaching consequences
we can scarcely imagine. It is up to us to think and act in accordance
with our hopes for the future, and, if possible, to leave behind us a world
more beautiful and promising than the one we inherited."


Frédéric Back
   
  FILM SYNOPSIS  
  ACTIVITY KIT OVERVIEW
  TARGET PARTICIPANTS
  OBJECTIVES
  COMPETENCIES
  AREAS OF LEARNING
  DURATION
  REFERENCES
  ACTIVITY KIT WRITER
   
 
  The message
TREES, THE SOURCE OF LIFE

For Frédéric Back, trees are extraordinary things, ambassadors of the miracle of life. From the farthest reaches of their roots to the tips of their leaves, they transform water and light into something marvellous. Intermediaries between the sky and the earth, their infinite variety reflects the patient work of evolution over millions of years. Every tree converts depleted soil into fertile humus, purifies the air, prevents erosion, tempers the climate, and multiplies a hundredfold the area it covers. The result is shelter and nourishment for thousands of other life forms, engendering the incalculable richness and diversity of this world. "Benefactors, masterpieces, symbols of endurance", trees populate the forests whose great age, size and benefits to humanity have always been a source of inspiration and a place to commune with the beauty of creation.


 
 
Preliminary activities (experimenting)



Preliminary activities (experimenting)
1. The seasons (September)
2. Tree shapes (October)

Primary activities (understanding and doing)



Primary activities (understanding and doing)

3. Trees in nature (October)
4. The Man Who Planted Trees (March)
Extension activities (thinking and acting)


Extension activities (thinking and acting)

5. The importance of trees (April)
6. Saving paper (March to June)
7. Trees and the environment (May)
Enrichment activities (taking ideas further)




Enrichment activities (taking ideas further)

8. Enrichment activities 8.1 to 8.5
Additional activities (as needed)




Additional activities (as needed)

9. Additional activities 9.1 to 9.4

FILM SYNOPSIS
The Man Who Planted Trees tells the tale of Elzéard Bouffier, a Provençal shepherd who patiently reforests a barren piece of land. The narrator's fascination with the man and his mission leads him time and again back to the mountains where the shepherd lives.

There, he witnesses the gradual transformation of a windswept, desert landscape as springs, cultivated fields and thriving villages are regenerated by the incredible forest that is the work of one stubborn and uncommonly selfless man.

ACTIVITY KIT OVERVIEW
This learning situation includes a number of activities on the topic of trees. Using images from the “Forests” gallery and from the film The Man Who Planted Trees, students will develop their skill at representing a landscape with trees. They will also gain an understanding of how trees help balance Earth’s ecosystems and maintain the conditions needed for life to flourish.

TARGET PARTICIPANTS

Grades 3 and 4 (ages 8 to 10)

OBJECTIVES
Intermediate objective
Understand the importance of trees in maintaining Earth’s ecological balance.

Specific objectives
1.  To show attentive listening by reacting appropriately.
2.  To express a reaction to a written, visual or auditory work.
3.  To communicate orally, using a specific vocabulary.
4.  To use different visual arts techniques to represent a landscape with trees.
5.  To explain the importance of trees in soil conservation.
6.  To explain the role of trees in the reduction of greenhouse gases.
7.  To identify trees by their shapes.
8.  To identify geometric shapes in the forms of trees.
9.  To take concrete steps to protect the environment.

COMPETENCIES
1.  Appreciating artworks.
2.  Reading and writing different kinds of texts.
3.  Addressing an environmental issue.
4.  Solving mathematical problems (fractions, measuring, geometric figures).
5.  Solving problems through Internet research (ICTs).

AREAS OF LEARNING
French (reading, writing, oral expression)
Science and mathematics
Visual arts

DURATION
This learning situation comprises a number of activities that can be used together or in part. They can be developed over a number of weeks or days, based on the interest they raise. They can also be spread out over the school year.

REFERENCES
For the full mediagraphy, click here: Mediagraphy

ACTIVITY KIT WRITER
Céline Guilbert, PhD in Education, Montréal

English Translator: Lesley McCubbin



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