Engaging environment-themed lesson ideas

Victoria Haughton
22nd August 2017
Globe reflecting natural surroundings in a healthy green environment

Raise awareness of biodiversity and climate change while encouraging planet preservation with this selection of hand-picked resources

With Enviroweek, Threatened Species Day and Keep Australia Beautiful Week all falling within a short period of time, it's fair to say that next month is jam-packed with environment-focused events. So, what better time of year to encourage your students to think more broadly about the impact that they and others have on their natural surroundings? To help you create a new generation of environment-conscious citizens, we’ve hand-picked a selection of presentations, lessons and classroom activities highlighting some of the key themes of these important events.

Primary resources

In honour of both Keep Australia Beautiful Week and Enviroweek, why not introduce children to the concept of littering and encourage them to reflect on the negative impact it can have using this short assembly? Once they know the basics, encourage your class to dispose of their waste responsibly with the help of this recycling lesson, which culminates in students creating an anti-littering poster.

Further raise awareness of natural surroundings with this resource book on indigenous and endangered wildlife, before encouraging pupils to write a report on an animal of their choice with the help of this handy template.

Assembly on littering

A short 10-15 minute assembly about littering. Includes an inspirational video to play as students enter the assembly and a moment of reflection at the end.
By srmw

Recycling and Reusing

Science Teaching Resources – Recycling and Reusing.

In this teaching resource, pupils will learn about recycling and reusing.

By Online_Teaching_Resources

Endangered Animals Resource Book

A great resource for the library!

The 'Endangered Animals Resource Book' contains over 60 pages with illustrated sections. It explores the reasons why some animals have become endangered and outlines conservation efforts to protect the animals from extinction. There are several fact pages on the “famous” endangered species such as the giant panda, the rhinoceros and the whale, however, there is also a strong emphasis on some of the lesser known endangered species, such as the leafy sea dragon, the manatee, the harlequin frog and the northern hairy-nosed wombat.

The 'Endangered Animals Resource Book' is part of the Activities for Young Learners Series and is designed to be used with the Endangered Animals Activity Book (BLM).

This is a Photocopy Master ebook (61 pages) and activity pages may be photocopied for use in the classroom. Our ebooks are in pdf format.
Edubooks is an imprint of Ready-Ed Publications.

Author: Jane Bourke
By edubooks

AUSTRALIAN ANIMALS: INFORMATION REPORT

Use these flipbooks to scaffold the writing of Information Reports on Australian Animals. Students have a choice of 14 Australian Animals to research on. This resource can be used as a stand-alone flipbook or in an interactive notebook.

What’s Included:
*EDITABLE Flipbook templates (2-7), in blackline to print.
*Self-editing checklist
*Peer-editing checklist
*Teacher Marking Rubric x 4 formats
*24 Vocabulary Display Cards
*Writing sheets x 4 styles

PARTS OF THE FLIPBOOK
COVER: 14 cover (not editable) options featuring Australian animals. Students can pick the cover depending on what Australian animal is under study.

The following Australian animals are featured:
Bandicoot, Black Swan, Cockatoo, Dingo, Echidna, Emu, Kangaroo, Kiwi, Koala, Kookaburra, Platypus, Possum, Tasmanian Devil, Wombat.

EDITABLE TEMPLATES (2-7)
The following seven sections of the Information Report flipbook are editable.

1. INTRODUCTION: weight, length, family, and group of Australian animal. Students may also write a brief description.

2. HABITAT x 2: location in Australia. A map of Australia is included to mark the location.

3. DIET: food the Australian animal eats to survive. There is place for illustration.

4. LIFE CYCLE: the breeding seasons and habits.

5. BEHAVIOUR: the physical and behavioural adaptations that enable the Australian animal to survive in its environment.

6. INTERESTING FACTS: any other interesting facts about the Australian animal that would sum up the information report.

HOW TO ASSEMBLE:
You can choose either of the options.

1. Print out the templates in blackline. Cut around each template and assemble from smallest template to largest template. Have students colour in cover page. Staple at top tab for flipbook or glue descending order in notebook.

2. Print out the templates on cardstock (different colours). Cut around each template and assemble. Attach at top.
** Have students refer to books, websites, and videos on the specific Australian animal to record information.

SUGGESTED USE:
Have students collect information in their flipbook on the Australian animal under study. This could also serve as their draft where they could use the self-editing and peer-editing checklists to edit. Finally have students publish on given writing sheets or type out content from draft observing corrections. The sections pertaining to habitat, diet, life-cycle, and behaviour can make-up the Body of the Report and 1-2 interesting facts to conclude the Information Report.

** These Australian Animal flipbooks are sure to make an interesting bulletin board display.

PRINTER SETTINGS: file >print > scale to fit paper
By Laurane Rae

Secondary resources

Bring students' attention to the causes and consequences of climate change and explore the impact it has on plants and animals using these stimulating case studies. Further contextualise humankind’s impact on the environment  with this comprehensive lesson, that focuses on the Great Barrier Reef and some of the threats it currently faces.

How much do you do to help the environment?  Pose this question to your students and allow them to assess how waste conscious they are with this personality quiz.  And, once completed, why not encourage your newly enlightened class to find out the ways in which they can reduce the amount of waste they produce with this thought-provoking challenge.
 

Climate Change

Students will learn about the causes and consequences of climate change, and through case studies, explore the ways in which climate change can impact plants and animals. They will also consider what actions can be taken to reduce the impacts of climate change.
By ARKive

The Great Barrier Reef

This is a lesson that explores the Great Barrier Reef, it aims to explore why the reef is considered one of the natural wonders of the world. In addition to this it explores the causes of the problems currently faced by the coral reef system.
By Helen Burlton

Are you a waste watcher ?

Questionnaire to see how much we do to help the environment.

By llequette

Down with waste challenge

Students are challenged to reduce the amount of rubbish their family sends to landfill. Key lessons and understandings of activity: A family can reduce the amount of rubbish they send to landfill through the 3Rs+C. There are many environmental and social benefits of recycling and composting. There are many environmental benefits of cutting the rubbish that is sent to landfill (especially as it will reduce the amount of methane, which is a potent greenhouse gas, from being formed in the landfill).
By CoolAustralia

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