Guardian: Emma Drury delves into the Guardian Teacher Network resource bank goody bag to deliver some eco lesson treats.
Looking after our valuable resources:
A comprehensive series of lesson plans, image banks and resources looking at global water issues, in particular tourism destinations where water scarcity is a growing problem. Ideal for KS3/4 pupils.An activity designed to discuss needs and wants with pupils – with an eye on sustainability and global resources. Can be adapted to suit a number of subjects and pupils.Thinking of making your own wind turbine to help with the school’s fuel bills? Well maybe this plan will help. Suitable for secondary pupils. Windpower model making CAT.
Making good food choices:
This resource encourages pupils to think about where they buy their food and the impact it has on their environment. It offers an excellent background to sustainability and helps to inform sessions on the issues, challenges and possibilities related to the way we produce and consume food.This geography pack for 11 to 14 year olds covers the issues of over-fishing and the problems it causes and also takes a look at farmed fish and the need for sustainability in fish production.Forage for a free meal, make plant pots from rubbish and more inspirational eco ideas are available in this fun and engaging resource. Could easily be adapted for pupils of all ages but would mostly appeal to KS2/KS3 pupils.This is one of a series of similar projects – the others cover harvest, cooking, eating, soil and this fabulous one on waste.Looking at food rights this PowerPointfocuses on the UN conference on sustainable development Rio+20 and has case studies illustrating why people are going hungry around the world and looks at different approaches to solving the problem of hunger. It also addresses the issue of how climate change is affecting food supplies. This would be perfect for science and geography teachers at KS3.
Talking about climate change:
Worksheets are available here to allow younger pupils to think about diet and climate change. The resources help pupils to learn, think and take action as global citizens to help them understand the importance of food from a global perspective.Older pupils wanting to explore the complex arguments surrounding climate change could take a look at this resource – it explores the role that scepticism plays in the ongoing debate about the existence of climate change. An interesting one for debate.This report takes a detailed look at the impact of climate change on the Russian Arctic and also ways to find a solution to the problems. Best suited to students aged 14 to 18 years-old.Another resource focusing on the issue of melting ice, this time in Greenland, is this downloadable pack based on recent news stories which also includes activities and discussion points for use in class or as homework. Stimulating stuff for secondary pupils.Staying with the journalism focus on weather conditions this PowerPoint offers a look at the extreme weather of the past year including flash floods and torrential rain using photojournalism to stimulate the discussion. Some amazing pictures included in this resource.These cross-curricular lesson plansare broken down into six units that can be used with KS2 classes, clubs or with the whole school during an eco week. They can be used individually or all together to create a whole term’ s topic and focus on climate change, energy, carbon footprints and solar energy around the world.
Getting to grips with recycling:
So is household recycling a waste of time? This topical guide looks at whether household recycling can reasonably be said to be a waste of time and offers lots of further reading too.Ingenious ways with plastic bottles is the focus of this resource for pupils of all ages. Lorna shows how the bottles are reused on her farm in Uganda – what could your pupils use them for?Take a look at how important it is to recycle household objects – a good intro to the subject for younger pupils who are coming to grips with different materials and what can be recycled and what can’t.A perfect activityto send out for homework for KS2 pupils. An activity to help children learn what their carbon footprint is and how they can reduce it – tips on recycling and saving energy too.This content is brought to you by Guardian Professional. Sign up to the Guardian Teacher Network to get access to more than 100,000 pages of teaching resources and join our growing community. Looking for your next role? See our Guardian jobs for schools site for thousands of the latest teaching, leadership and support jobs
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