Environmental and sustainability education for primary and pre-school aged children
|Scooped by Monique Jamgotchian|
Kellie Bollard’s Growing Up Greener site is an excellent resource for educating HSIE Stage 1 students about environmental sustainability and responsibility. Bollard’s three books: Worms: the Mechanics of Organics, In the Bin and Permaculture Gardens; Sow, Grow, Care, Share are suitable textual introductions to the themes outlined in the HSIE syllabus for Stage 1 Environments, in which students will learn about caring for resources, including waste disposal. All three books work to engage a Stage 1 audience though rhyming narratives. In the Bin asks:
Where does is all go? Where does it end up?
When it goes from the bin, into the back of the truck.
Bollard’s books are a great way to introduce important environmental themes through content relatable to students experiences. By posing such questions about where waste goes, students are lead to consider their personal responsibility in reducing waste through recycling. After reading In the Bin, a teacher could direct students to investigate their own school recycling practices, and consider the ways in which they could be improved. Activities such as identifying recycling signs or matching the correct recycling bin lid colour to a rubbish item are some ways teachers could improve students’ recycling knowledge. Worms: the Mechanics of Organics and Permaculture Gardens; Sow, Grow, Care, Share are the perfect introduction to starting a school garden project, in which students can gain a hands-on approach to caring for the environment, and contribute to the minimisation of waste through composting and worm farming.