Engaging Enviroweek resources

Nicola Davison
24th August 2016
Enviroweek, teaching, resource, lesson, activity, project, early childhood, primary, middle years, secondary

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.

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.

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.

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.

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