Because of the forest, you and your pupils can take a deep breath of clean air and serves as habitat to thousands of life forms. Forests also regulate the water cycle and ensure that rivers can still carry water, ensuring biodiversity, adds medicinal value. Finally, it also has a strong economic significance, as it allows the production of wood. As a teacher, you are educating the future guardians of the earth, so there is a lot you can do! Because every gesture count, it is extremely important that children are accustomed to good practices in relation to the environment. Besides, strengthening ties with nature can only be but fun.
Here, we propose to you a series of materials that connect the programme with everyday issues discussed in the classroom. Deforestation and its well-management are interlinked to many topics that every school teaches to their pupils. In addition, it can improve education by making it more inclusive and dynamic.
An Ecosystem Escapade:
Pupils will role-play elements of a food web to illustrate the connections in ecosystems. They will enjoy creating an arts and crafts project that will help them better understand the role the environment plays in their lives.
Make a Difference in Your School:
Select a class clean-up song. When they hear that song playing, students know it is time to start clean-up and recycle! When the music ends, they must return to their seats immediately. For the older ones, you can post within each area of the classroom required clean-up tasks for that area. Each week, designate a clean-up captain for each area, and make the captains responsible for getting the tasks done. Provide captains with a supply of stickers to award to other students who pitch in to help.
Join the Wildlife Club!
Raise awareness to the children and parents about the wildlife clubs that they could join and what family activities they provide.
Planet Protectors Calendar of Activities
Encourage your students to become “Planet Protectors” with the calendar of events and activities. The calendar can include a variety of projects that make students live a “greener” lifestyle, plus making them more aware of the environment as a whole. These activities can include calculate their weekly fingerprint with a simple matrix, packing a waste free lunch, take care of the plants in the school garden.
Associate images with keywords for the environment. This will not only improve children vocabulary but they will also be able to better understand the importance of forestry and the environment in general.
A photo contest can be approached in many ways. Ask your students to take a picture of their favourite plant they see every day going to school or to bring a drawing to class of their pet or favourite animal. You can even subscribe to the class as a group to international art contests! This can only enhance their creativity and create bonds among students.
Mapping the migration patterns of animals
Draw a big map of the world on whatever surface you have available. Let the kids decide what migratory animal they would like to study today. This will allow them to understand why migration exists and how humans affect migration patterns.