Chapter One

The System of Things

Research matters. What does good research look like? Why is good research necessary if we're to be good stewards?

Part One

Lesson Media - The System of Things

Click👇 for the story about systems change.

Hot Takes

Libby Garg

In early 2016, Libby Garg left the practice of law to start a “Freshii” franchised restaurant.  Her motivation was to honour a dream she...

Ian Brown

As one of Canada’s leading writers and storytellers, Ian has been satisfying his curiosity by asking questions both important and whimsical for over forty...

Reflection Activity

Select ONE of the options below to complete after watching the Lesson Media.

  • Option One: Write down 3 questions you have about the lesson media and try to come up with the answers by doing some research.
  • Option Two: Complete a sketch that demonstrates one of the messages from the lesson media.
  • Option Three: Select a concept from the lesson media you are not very familiar with, do some research and then describe what it means to a peer, using examples.

Further Exploration

Part Two

The following activities will help introduce you to the concepts throughout the chapter. Your teacher will direct you to the activities to complete below.

Truth vs Lie

What do you already know? Try to trick your classmates in a friendly game of two truths and a lie.

Know the Terms

What terms and concepts will you uncover in this unit? Learn and practice, and practice again!


Have a conversation with your classmates to help each other understand the unit. *Mandatory


Create a Pinterest Board with ideas gathered throughout this unit.


The classic game, with a twist. Apply what you have learned so far and compete to win!

Mapping Biodiversity Hotspots

Where are the go-to places to find a biodiversity in your community?

What is Systems Change

Systems change is the reconstruction or evolution of an entire system and all of the various players involved in that system. It could include...

What is Design Thinking

Design thinking is a problem-solving methodology that focuses on the consumers needs and experiences to generate creative solutions. It is a human-centered approach to...


It's important to build a base of understanding for this unit. First, let's start with a few questions: What do you know about storytelling? What...

External resources from the Sorted Library

Additional Resources

Part Three

How does doing good research relate to you?

Systems change is change that addresses the root causes of social problems. The process is designed to reshape the structures that cause the system to behave in a certain way. Confused? We’re going to break it down, starting with this podcast. 

There have been 23 Canadian prime ministers, but only one was born in BC and only one was a woman. That, of course, is the Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell. In this podcast, we will hear her thoughts on system change, the importance of biodiversity and why it’s so important for YOU to be involved.

This podcast is featured across all 5 subjects here on Nature Labs. We’re going to show you throughout this unit how each subject links to one another. You might not like art, or science, or English, or social studies – but hey – they are all related. Let’s begin to find out how!

  • Do you agree that our democracy is fragile?
  • If it is, how can we contribute to its health?
  • Is it good enough to vote, and understand the issues from all sides when doing so?
  • Is the bar, as Ms. Campbell said, that low? Or do we need to do more? Do we need to involve ourselves with political parties and be part of a party’s policy and candidate selections?
  • Are too few of us giving up important decisions to too few?
  • Do we need to consider running for office, or is it fair to say that politics – and party politics specifically – isn’t for everyone?
  • Is proposing and advocating for good policy the best help we can provide our democracy, our level of debate? And if it is, what idea will you propose?

Theme Media

Apply what you have learned to YOUR world!  The theme will help guide you through the entire unit.


Can we save every species?

Unit completion


Chapter One

The System of Things

Chapter Five

Here’s How

Chapter Nine

Own Your Hypocrisy

Chapter Two

The Context of it All

Chapter Six

Your Turn

Chapter Ten


Chapter Three

We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know

Chapter Seven

Dig Deeper

Chapter Eleven

One Last Thing

Chapter Four

Hard Stuff is Hard

Chapter Eight

Be Better

Chapter Twelve

The End