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New MPB Teaching Resource Kit Hits BC Secondary Schools
Chris Lear, Forest Education Manager- COFI Northern Operations
By the end of January, every public and private high school throughout the province will have received copies of a new secondary school teaching resource kit “British Columbia’s Mountain Pine Beetle.” Developed in partnership with COFI Northern Operations Forest Education Manager, Chris Lear, and Market Outreach Network, the new resource provides Grade 8-12 science, social studies and forestry teachers with the information they need to teach their students about the current epidemic. “Because the beetle epidemic will continue to impact the pine forests of British Columbia for many years, it is important for all students and teachers, especially those in communities affected by this epidemic, to understand what is happening,” noted Lear.
Each resource kit includes a binder with lesson plans and activities keyed to the learning outcomes of various subject areas, two DVD’s each containing a video and PowerPoint presentation, five posters, an samples of the mountain pine beetle and larvae, as well as bark and wood that has been affected by the beetle.
A similar teacher resource kit was developed in 2005 for grades four to seven and has been well-received throughout the province.
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