Our Planet Series
The Our Planet series is now available on YouTube
Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, this eight-part series explores the unique and precious wonders of our natural world. In partnership with WWF, Our Planet combines stunning photography and technology with an unprecedented, never-before-filmed look at the planet’s remaining wilderness areas and their animal inhabitants. The series focuses on the breadth of the diversity of habitats around the world, from the remote Arctic wilderness and mysterious deep oceans to the vast landscapes of Africa and diverse jungles of South America.
This series was previously only available to subscribers through Netflix. To support educators and students during this challenging time, all episodes are now available on Netflix’s YouTube channel.
All episodes are available in English, with subtitles in more than a dozen languages, including French. Please note: as you make your way through our Planet, here are some moments that animal lovers might want to skip:
Watch (or re-watch) the episodes with your students from home, and access the educational resources that have been developed for educators and students to support learning during this difficult time, including:
Our resources include instructions for facilitators, guided discussion prompts, and activity ideas across subjects. Log-in to Living Planet @ School to access the Our Planet Educator Pack.
1. Register your classroom’s interest in Our Planet
Sign into Living Planet @ School and register to show your support of Our Planet and resources like this.
2. Review the educational resources and identify which episodes you’d like to feature.
Use the sample discussion or reflection questions (or craft your own) for students to address after each episode.
3. Incorporate screenings of Our Planet into your lesson plan
Create a schedule and identify a date for each episode, circulating the YouTube episode link and questions to your students.
Is there an opportunity to turn this into a group activity? Consider grouping students together to review an episode, put on their educator-hats, and present what they’ve learned to the rest of the class.
If students have access to a backyard under the supervision of an adult to ensure social distancing guidelines are following, your students can use the Seek for our planet app to explore and identify plants, trees and wildlife found in their backyard.
4. Collect student reflections
Today’s young people will be the stewards of our planet for years to come. Student reflections help educators and WWF identify what issues or concerns are most pressing for our youth. And can help in the design of future classroom actions and activities to help students help nature.
5. Share your classroom’s support for nature
In your teacher dashboard, you can reflect on the impact Our Planet has had on your classroom, and the impact your students create. Under “Record Results”, share your classroom reflections and student quotes with WWF-Canada.
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