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The Storm Whale – environmental care and artwork

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Topic: The Storm Whale – environmental care and artwork

Learning Outcomes

The child will be enabled to:

  • develop an awareness and understanding of the need to reduce waste and reuse and recycle materials to benefit the environment
  • debate on environmental issues

 

Introduction

‘The Storm Whale’ by Benji Davies

  • Show the cover of the book – ask for predictions – what will happen in the story?
  • Read the story ‘The Storm Whale’ to the class.

Development

Discussion and artwork

  • Ask the class to identify the key message(s) of the book.
  • Discuss the importance of looking after the environment and the animals who live in different habitats.
  • Examine the cover print in the book (showing the silhouettes of whales on a blue sea background).
  • On large sheets of paper, the children work in groups to paint a blue sea background.
  • Using potatoes and black paint, create whale-like shapes and print them on to the blue backdrop.
  • Add messages about the importance of animal and environmental care and display in the school corridor.

Plenary

Raising Awareness

  • At a school assembly, present the posters and explain the importance of environmental and animal care.
  • Display the posters around the school – on the Green Schools display board.

 

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Loss of Species and habitats

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Topic: Loss of Species and habitats

Learning Outcomes

  • identify features of different habitats
  • identify dangers to habitats and species

 

Introduction

Think-pair-share different habitats that exist around the world. Create a list of these on the blackboard.

Development

Tell the class how some habitats in the world have become endangered for a number of different reasons. Brainstorm what could be a danger to the different habitats that have been listed earlier.

Present: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QDk1c7fim8 to the class and see if they can identify the common element that exists in the loss of habitats i.e. human interaction.

Divide the class into groups and give each group a habitat to research. Tell the class to research what plants and animals exist in their chosen habitat and create a fact file on it.

When these have been created, get the groups to research what poses the greatest danger to their chosen habitat e.g. rainforest in danger of deforestation, ocean habitats in danger from pollution. When the main danger has been identified, the group can create an awareness poster that will be paired with their habitat factfile.

Plenary

When completed, each group can present their work to the class.

 

Other Resources for teaching this topic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QDk1c7fim8

Book Creator could be used in creating factfile.

Toontastic could be used to create a news report on the habitat destruction.

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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

 

Other Resources for teaching this topic

https://www.twinkl.ie/resource/t-l-54501-the-messy-magpie-ebook