Biodiversity: Lesson plans/Activities

Understanding Food and Climate Change – An Interactive Guide

Understanding Food and Climate Change: An Interactive Guide explores the links between what we grow, eat, and throw away, and the impact of climate change. But why explore the relationships between food and climate change? Because food is an essential human need and offers the potential for personalizing climate change. Food production depends on natural resources that are linked to climate and weather. Understanding the global food system can help your students comprehend how personal choices about food can impact climate change. By talking about food, we can demonstrate why climate change matters to all of us. The link below leads to an interactive e-book with loads of information and activities. The Center for Ecoliteracy offers a no-cost suite of digital education resources that explore the fundamental relationships between climate change and the food systems that sustain human life. These publications consider the potential for food systems-oriented climate change mitigation and adaptation. The first two resources in the suite are Understanding Food and Climate Change: An Interactive Guide and Understanding Food and Climate Change: A Systems Perspective. Understanding Food and Climate Change: An Interactive Guide incorporates text, video, photography, and an array of interactive experiences to deliver climate science alongside multicultural, interdisciplinary viewpoints. Its aim is to promote awareness and understanding of global climate issues, their intersection with food systems, and promising strategies for addressing climate change. This resource includes suggested activities and connections to both the Next Generation Science Standards and the National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies Thematic Strands. The companion publication, Understanding Food and Climate Change: A Systems Perspective, is a collection of essays that addresses topics that educators will encounter when teaching about food and climate change. These essays offer subjects for class discussion or student research and provide extensive resources for further investigation. This resource applies systems thinking to inspire readers to think in terms of systems, both human and natural. Used together, these publications serve as a strong foundation for developing and deepening our understanding of how we interact with nature. They are valuable resources for anyone engaged in shaping a more positive future. Copyright © 2018 Center for Ecoliteracy 2150 Allston Way, Suite 270 Berkeley, CA 94704-1377

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Nature for all Discovery Zone

Welcome to the #NatureForAll Discovery Zone. Curated from #NatureForAll partner resources, and ranging from videos to lesson plans, comic books to coloring books, this collection will help you connect people with nature, instill love of nature and learn about nature wherever you are. Refer to the link below for loads of online resources where you can browse hundreds of partner resources, from comic books to lesson plans. and a Conversation Space – A unique online platform allowing you to interact with nature enthusiasts interested in connecting people with nature.

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Earth School

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, an unprecedented coalition has come together to launch “Earth School,” which provides free, high-quality educational content to help students, parents and teachers around the world who are currently at home. Initiated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and TED-Ed, Earth School takes students on a 30-day “Adventure” through the natural world. The curated Earth School content features videos, reading materials and activities — which will be translated into 10 languages — to help students gain an understanding of the environment while considering their role within it. This is the biggest online learning initiative in UNEP’s history and is available for free on TED-Ed’s website.

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Eco-Gozo Resources

Various resources for schools available here

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Eyes on the Earth – NASA Climate Kids

All about climate change – weather and climate, air, sea, freshwater, carbon, energy, plants and animals and technology and much more.  All in an easy to understand setup and fun way to learn about.  Global climate change made easy and fun to learn about through playing, making, knowing, keeping, watching, dreaming and teaching!!

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It’s Time to Help! – Joint effort between Eco-Schools to produce resources

The major stimulus to launch the project „It´s Time to Help” (ITTH) was the idea of international cooperation among European schools involved in Eco-School Programme. All these schools have realized the methodology concept of “Seven Steps of Eco-School”; however, each Eco-School under the conditions of their country and their climate regions.

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52 Tips for Biodiversity

Biodiversity – the variety of life on Earth – makes our planet habitable and beautiful. Many of us look to the natural environment for pleasure, inspiration or recreation. We also depend on it for food, energy, raw materials, air and water – the elements that make life as we know it possible and drive our economies.

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Fun and Games in Nature – LEAF website link

Through this link you will be lead to our sister website www.leafmalta.org and the resource section aimed at enjoying the outdoors.

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Protecting our native forests/woodland – LEAF

Through this link you will be lead to our sister website www.leafmalta.org and the resource section aimed at Protecting our native forests/woodland.

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Planting More Trees – LEAF

Through this link you will be lead to our sister website www.leafmalta.org and the resource section aimed at Planting More Trees

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Making Responsible Choices – LEAF

Through this link you will be lead to our sister website www.leafmalta.org and the resource section aimed at Making Responsible Choices

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Instilling love for trees – LEAF

Through this link you will be lead to our sister website www.leafmalta.org and the resource section aimed at instilling love for trees.

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CoReflect – Collaboration and reflection

Project CoReflect (Title: Digital support for Inquiry, Collaboration, and Reflection on Socio-Scientific Debates) is a three year (2008-2011) research program, funded by the European Commission, under the FP7 Science in Society program. Bringing together eight diverse and multi-disciplinary teams from seven European states, the project members promoted evidence-based practice in science teaching and learning, by collaborating to iteratively design, enact, critique, and validate problem-based innovative inquiry learning environments.

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The Bee World Project

The BeeWorld Project promotes the understanding and value of bees in schools. By connecting schools worldwide, the program encourages schools and communities to share their learning experiences of these fascinating creatures and what they are doing to help.

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LEAF Newsletter 2

The local LEAF newsletter gives updates about activities organised by Learning about Forests Malta, information about trees and other biodiversity issues, contacts and points to ponder…

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LEAF Newsletter 1

The local LEAF newsletter gives updates about activities organised by Learning about Forests Malta, information about trees and other biodiversity issues, contacts and points to ponder…

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EkoSkola f’Tagħna t-Tfal – Frar 2014

Din il-ħarġa tippreżenta storja ħelwa li tispjega l-importanza ta’ kull ħaġa ħajja fis-sistema biex iżżomm bilanċ.  Anke jekk jonqos speċi wieħed ta’ insett jaf jaffetwa l-ikbar annimal u l-ammont ta’ pjanti fin-natura u jħawwad il-proċess naturali kollu.

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Where food comes from – Bucket farming

Farm to Table In this lesson, students explore the concepts of sustainability and systems thinking while considering the question of where their food comes from. As students construct their own self-watering container system to grow edible plants, they continuously address issues related to systems thinking while participating in food production. They weigh the importance of biodiversity and, after harvest, reflect on mistakes made and recommendations for future bucket farmers.

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Students learning about forests… LEAF

During the November 2013 FEE programmes seminar, primary school students attended a workshop about trees tailor-made by Mr Johann Gatt, National LEAF (Learning About Forests) Programme Coordinator

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The Enviromental Effects of Smoking

What are cigarettes made up from?… Air pollution from cigarette smoke… Cigarette related littering… Tobacco hurts people and their environment… Cigarette filters – silent killers… want to learn more?  Download the PDF document given below.  You will find more information and links about the topic.

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The Ugly Journey of Trash

This is a poster which depicts in one page what happens to trash, where it goes and how it effects the sea and life within and around.  A really sad story… This poster is part of the campaign Project Aware. Click here to download the poster of The Ugly Journey of Trash in PDF format.  

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The Earth Dog Story – Earth Dog returns to Save the Environment

The Earth Dog Story, first published in 1992, returns as an app in iTunes and an eBook as part of the U.S. Department of Energy environmental outreach program with Weekly Reader. Earth Dog is a superhero who teaches kids about taking care of the environment.

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Early Childhood Activities for a Greener Earth

This book by Patty Born Selly, Published by Redleaf Press helps to educate young children about the environment through experience and play. These activities encourage children to develop a sense of wonder, curiosity, and joy for nature.

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Road to Rio + 20 workbook – Activities and Lesson plans

This publication is designed to introduce young people to the issues that will be central to Rio+20, by first providing you with a useful context of the project (Part 1 -Overview) and then moving forward to what you and the young people you work with can do as part of a classroom or youth group activity (Part2 – Activities & Lessonplans).

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EkoSkola f’Tagħna t-Tfal – Marzu 2012

Some school committees and other people take up the initiative to plant trees but unfortunately others steal, uproot trees or vandalise these trees.  What can be done? Xi kumitati ta’ studenti fi skejjel u nies oħrajn, jieħdu inizzjattivi biex iħawwlu siġar imma hawn oħrajn li jisirqu, jaqilgħu jew jivvandalizzaw dawn is-siġar.  X’jista’ jsir?

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Virtual Pond Dip

The Virtual Pond Dip introduces some common organisms and encourages an exploration of the incredible ‘world within a world’ of a real pond. Click on each organism to read the factfile that links to more detail.  

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Project Learning Tree Releases New High School Curriculum

Nine activities in PLT’s Exploring Environmental Issues: Focus on Forests teach students about forest health, watersheds, climate change, who owns America’s forests, and more.

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Schoolyard Biodiversity Guide

The Schoolyard Biodiversity Investigation provides students with the opportunity to learn about biodiversity in a tangible and available environment – their own schoolyard.

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Nature Trust Outdoor programmes

Nature Trust (Malta) believes that establishing a link with nature at an early age is the first step towards a further in-depth experiences and critical approach to our surroundings, its biodiversity and all the environmental issues we face on a local and global level.

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Wied Ghollieqa outing

Wied Għollieqa is a good example of a restored habitat. Since 1990, the site managers, Nature Trust (Malta), have strived to convert a number of abandoned fields into typical local habitats.

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Hands on Farming – Gozo

The Hands On Farming Program is intended to familiarise students with our local environment and with the Maltese farming industry. Students attend the Xewkija Experimental Farm for a half day visit, during which they are given information on the work carried out on the farm.

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Biodiversity for Kids – Teacher’s Guide

This resource is an initiative of the NSW Biodiversity Strategy and has been developed by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service in collaboration with the Department of Education and Training. This resource book contains lesson plans, students’ worksheets, student fact sheets and teacher’s notes on the following topics: Introducing the term biodiversity Web of life Habitats and homes Aussie ecosystems (since this resource book is made in Australia) Helpful habitats Vertebrate survey Food chains and webs Biodiversity and comparison Improving biodiversity in school grounds  

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Learning about trees

These activities will help you teach children how to appreciate and understand the natural world around them. Chances are you’ll also have fun watching  the children’s face light up with wonderment and curiosity. From the project learning tree:  www.plt.org

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Armenia Tree project

The new edition of the Armenia Tree Project’s (ATP) Plant an Idea, Plant a Tree manual outlines lessons to understand environmental issues and identify practical solutions. The manual was introduced in 2005 when ATP published Armenia’s first teacher’s manual for environmental education, compiled and written by Dr. Karla Wesley. (http://www.armeniatree.org/whatwedo/eea.htm) ATP is developing environmental education as a core program area in order to prepare the nation’s youth for becoming the next generation of environmental stewards. By actively engaging youth in a process to better understand and appreciate the value of a healthy and sustainable environment, ATP seeks to protect the trees we plant today from future exploitation. AS you leaf through the curriculum you will find various related lessonplans for all age levels.  

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The Great Turtle Race

Help the great turtle travel a long journey by guiding it to avoid obstacles such as plastic bags and look for jellyfish.  It is a seven day long race… Thanks to National Geographic.

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PollinatorLIVE: A Distance Learning Adventure

While pollinators may come in small sizes, they play a large and often undervalued role in the production of the food we eat, the health of flowering plants, and the future of wildlife. A decline in the numbers and health of pollinators over the last several years poses a significant threat to the integrity of biodiversity, to global food webs, and to human health. PollinatorLIVE: A Distance Learning Adventure will provide a series of live interactive Web casts, Web seminars, and satellite field trips about pollinators, gardening, and conservation. All resources are free and geared toward grades 4–8.  

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