Engaging Enviroweek resources

Nicola Davison
24th August 2016
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Celebrate environmental achievements and kick-start new projects with these top lesson and activity ideas

Enviroweek, from 11-17 September, is a chance for schools to showcase and celebrate the impact of the environmental projects they’ve been working on throughout terms 1, 2 and 3. But even if your class hasn’t been involved from the start of the year, it's the perfect opportunity to spread the word about sustainability and build a generation of citizens who are informed about their impact on the environment.

So what are you waiting for?  From early childhood to secondary, encourage your students to get outside and be empowered to make positive choices to help to preserve our world with this selection of lessons, activities and projects.

Working outdoors

Take maths learning outdoors using these engaging numeracy activities, especially for young learners. Or, get creative with this twig tower art project, inspired by environmental artists, such as Andy Goldsworthy and Chris Drury.

This collection of primary PE games includes plenty of ideas for having fun and keeping fit outside. Meanwhile, energise older students’ writing about the end of the world by taking them outdoors and allowing them to use their senses to enhance their descriptions.

Maths outside document

Quite useful!! Covers lots of areas of mathematical development with outdoor activities
By magmac

Twigs - Twig Towers

Get building with twigs. Have a twig tower-building contest - who can build the tallest and the strongest tower? Then once you've built your tower, half the fun is knocking it down again! Be adventurous this half-term with tons of cool ideas. Get kids outdoors exploring with this fresh activity from the Woodland Trust's nature detectives website.
By naturedetectives

PE Games for Primary School

A selection of popular games for the PE lesson.
By amw2088

Creative writing - The End of the World

This task will hopefully inspire your creative writers. It asks students to dwell on the five senses and aims to entertain a reader. The learning objective at the top of the tasksheet is as follows: To write an effective descriptive piece of writing that dwells on the five senses and aims to entertain a reader.
By maz1

Growing gardens

Introduce pupils to a range of tools and garden-themed vocabulary with these visual keyword cards, which can be easily adapted into a simple game of lotto. Complement any time spent growing fruit and vegetables outside of the classroom with this short, detailed lesson on healthy eating.

Explain how humans are an essential part of the web of life by showing and discussing the themes in this Da Vinci Code-inspired animation. Then, get students to put their learning into action by planning out a revegetation project to enhance biodiversity at school, or in their local area.

Gardening words and pictures

Set of pictures relating to gardening e.g. trowel, soil, watering can, red flower etc. Suitable for a range of uses including; lotto, labelling introducing new vocab etc.
By 1castleschool

Healthy Eating

A range of resources I made for our unit titled "healthy r us". There are also some slides / a worksheet on Needs vs Wants - we incorporated this into our unit about children who don't have what they need.
By StephElise

The Bio Da Versity Code

Join animal symbologist Robert Penguin and the dashing agent Sophie Minnow as they race to expose the greatest lie ever told. Sure it's just a cartoon, but this may be the most important movie you'll see this year. In fact, mankind's very survival may depend upon it! Author & copyright: Free Range Studios
By GreenTV

Biodiversity revegetation project

Students design and conduct a biodiversity project. Depending on the partner, students might find a location and plan an entire revegetation project. NB – There are two suggested ‘Considering social action’ projects. This one and ‘Wildlife garden website.’ These are both lengthy projects and most classes will only have time for one of these.
By CoolAustralia

Conserving energy

This picture-sort activity offers a useful introduction into the topic of electricity for young learners, while primary pupils can demonstrate their understanding of saving energy through the creation of a poster highlighting a particular tip.

By analysing energy-themed articles, older students will not only increase their knowledge of a variety of issues, but also expand their subject-specific vocabulary. Later, they can revise facts about and definitions of different energy resources with this loop game.

Electricity picture sort

Sort the pictures into things that do and do not use electricity.
By lbrowne

Don’t waste energy poster

Students produce a poster focusing on a single energy tip.
By CoolAustralia

Analysing Articles - energy

Students are introduced to the topic of energy by analysing research articles and creating a Wordle cloud. Wordle is a free word art tool that crunches any chunk of text and produces a visual representation of the content. The resulting word could emphasise the most common words by amplifying their size based on frequency. Students will increase their knowledge of subject-specific vocabulary and use this knowledge to create an energy limerick.
By CoolAustralia

Revision loop Energy Resources

A revision game, covering keywords such the renewable and non-renewable energy resources and their advantages and disadvantages. Designed for KS3 but could also be used as KS4 revision. I have also used this with EAL students.
By hanmphillips

Managing waste

Ideal as an introductory activity, this short questionnaire will single out the “waste-watchers” in your class. Go on to consider how people have used materials and disposed of waste through history, before predicting how it might be in the future, with this cut-and-stick exercise.

In this eye-opening video, students will discover how they can make better choices about how to dispose of packaging. Encourage them to use this learning in their own homes by taking this collaborative challenge, in which they must try to reduce the amount of rubbish their family send to landfill.

Are you a waste watcher ?

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

By llequette

Doorways to waste

Students are to construct a piece of art that will show the changes in the way people used materials and disposed of their waste over the past 400 years. They will also be able to predict what life might be like and waste disposal methods in the year 2050.
By CoolAustralia

Eco-Friendly Packing Peanuts Demonstration

Steve Spangler shares an easy science demonstration to learn the differences between Styrofoam and the more eco-friendly starch-based packaging material.
By stevespanglerscience

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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