Planet Ark has a really great program for schools. Students can learnt about their environment in a more literal way. A great opportunity for teachers to plan an activity like this would be during a topic that explores the environment and life cycles. Students can have ownership by planting a tree and knowing the effects their actions have on the environment. This activity guide states the outcomes of students participation and how others can get involved such as parent helpers, organisations and guest speakers. It also has some activity ideas that could be classified as incursions or excursions.
Baker's picture book is a great way to introduce students to both natural and man-made changes to the environment. This book has no words, so the pictures allow students to think deeper about what lies behind the window and get students to describe the environments they recognise. It is a story of changing environments that an individual experiences. Students may be able to relate to this if they lived in an area that has now been built up or something as simple as the growth of a tree in their garden. This is a great “Now and Then” project starter as it can explore themes related to change, whether it be the growth of communities or the impacts of climate change. Another activity could be getting students to draw their ideal environment if they could look through the perfect window.
This website would be a great resource for students to complete a research project on Evolution. This site discusses Evolution and examples of evolution from the Charles Darwin Theory. I think that this will be great for students as they can understand that people believe in different forms of evolution and the profound effect Charles Darwin has had on history today. This site can also be a great introduction to science at a primary level as this site has Fossil records and geological timelines.
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Haley Turner's insight:
I really liked this website for environmental issues. I liked how it explores activities that will be useful in teaching students about their environment and environmental changes. I particularly liked the Earth Day - Carbon Footprint (Year 2) activity as it explains the age appropriate language needed to teach and has two full lesson plans based on this idea. I liked the idea that each student gets a carbon footprint and they have to explore ways they could reduce their footprint. This (will hopefully) make them more aware of things that need to change going forward to help our earths future.
This website was created by the Victorian Government. Its intention is to inform Victorians of what the Government is doing to create a Sustainable future. Sustainability can be taught from an early age, this website in particular can raise questions about what we as a class can do to help in creating a sustainabile future. The “Latest news and events” in Victoria are highlighted on this site so children can get an idea of what is currently happening or what has been done in the past.
This is a document produced by the United Nations, it is titled “Climate Change and Lifestyles”.
It has a variety information that teachers can use as talking points to relay to students. They have information on topics such as learning for change, changing climates; its effects and impacts on the world and travel and transport lifestyles. I really liked the fact that the document includes both statics as a “in numbers” text box so students can put the facts into perspective and it also has “case studies” and “get active” prompts. The case studies, in particular the UNEP’s Green Passport campaign is very relative to primary students. As it talks about choosing the most environmentally friendly option of transport to lower pollution levels in the atmosphere. This could lead into a classes own case study as they could collaborate data of transport options in the school. They could then work out ways they can help the environment like “ride to school days” or carpooling options.
Lourie, P., Somoza, D. (2010) “Writing to Explore: Discovering Adventure in the Research Paper, 3-8” Main: Stenhouse Publishers.
This book focuses on breaking down the barrier between the real world (with the adventurous things the world brings) and the classroom. It provides various techniques that teachers can discuss with students to assist them in their “adventurous” writing. Factors such as setting descriptions and elements of adventures are explored and teaching research skills are provided so that teachers can focus on teaching certain key skills.
This resource is a great reference for teachers to understand what aspects of evolution are important and how to teach them. Exploring different people significant to change and the theories behind evolution. It also goes on to show examples of lesson plans that can further students knowledge and help them relate to themselves thinking about their evolution story. This site also explores the kind of language important to understand evolution. The topic of evolution would be great for upper primary as they will start to be wondering about where they came from and how people think we got here on earth.
This website is a page by National Geographic all about Global-Warming it discusses the Causes, Effects, Science and Solutions. It has links about current/past Global-warming issues, like the Gulf Oil Spill, photos and quizzes with fun facts.
I feel that this would be useful in class because most students are familiar with the National Geographic television channel. This kind of website will connect with them on a personal level and they might be more interested in something that it familiar as they might be reminded of this topic when watching TV at home.
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