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Plastic Pollution

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Topic: Plastic Pollution

Learning Outcomes

The children will be enabled to:

  • Identify the different types of pollution and the effects it has on our environment
  • Discuss pollution and ways to prevent it

 

 

 

Introduction

  • The word pollution is written on the board and the children brainstorm what they think the word means. These ideas are written up around pollution in a spider diagram form.
  • The children are shown an age appropriate powerpoint on Pollution and the effects it has on the environment both on land and in the water
  • The powerpoint shown in the introduction is discussed. Questioning is used throughout.
  • Using different coloured marker on the board, the children add to their spider diagram to further develop their understanding of pollution

Development

 

  • The story ‘The Messy Magpie’ is read to the children and discussed in detail at the end. The children role play their reaction to the story in their groups using stick puppets from the story.
  • The children look at the role of the magpie and the role of people in the story. They decide who is more to blame, the people or the magpie? This is done as a group or think/pair/share activity and discussed afterwards as a whole class.
  • The children discuss the different dangers for the environment when plastic isn’t disposed of correctly. They are given a worksheet with 5 different boxes and they must draw five ways they can help the Earth

Plenary

  • The children in their groups are given A1/A3 card and are asked to create their own poster to prevent plastic pollution
  • The teacher writes key words up on the board to help the children with ideas and spelling.
  • They come up with their own slogan after certain ones are given as an idea.
  • They create a poster and this is shared with the class at the end

 

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One Plastic Bag

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Topic: One Plastic Bag

Learning Outcomes

The child should be enabled to

  • Locate Gambia on a map.
  • Know that developing countries and developed countries exist.
  • Understand the main differences between developing countries and developed countries.
  • Understand that people’s actions impact the environment, positively and negatively.
  • Identify current threats to our environment.
  • Explore ways that their actions can make a difference to environmental threats.
  • Understand that often a systematic change is needed.

 

 

Introduction

Locate Gambia on the map.

Elicit prior knowledge around the concept of developing world and developed world.

In groups children record their ideas about what the  developing world is and  what the developed world is.

Discuss each other’s ideas.

Explain that there is no one agreed definition of what a developing country is, developed countries are socially and economically advanced. Developing countries do not enjoy the same advances, aspects of their country are still developing and they are poorer.

In groups children discuss the kind of challenges that people in the developing world might face.

Development

Introduce the story.

Ask children to pay close attention to the challenges that Isatou and the women of the village are facing and how they overcome this challenge.

Read the story, One Plastic Bag to the class.

Think- Pair- Share discussions answering four questions:

  1. What happens in the story to encourage Isatou and her friends to make a change?
  2. Why did they not see the plastic as a problem before?
  3.  What did the women do about the rubbish problem?
  4. Do you think their solution will solve the problem permanently?

Plenary

Inform the children of the impact of the plastic bag levy on our society.

Class discussion are there similar issues in our society now that require a fundamental change e.g single plastic use?

Children finish sentence starters.

I see……….. as a threat to environment.

 

I can……… to help change this…….

 

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