Miscellaneous: Lesson plans/Activities

Introduction to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (Early Years – Year 3)

Fun, games, crafts, discussions and more for all the family! Stay tuned! Join the fun and the discussions online! Information is mostly in the form of short videos for the following streams: 1) Early Years 2) Late Primary/ Middle School and /or 3) Secondary Follow-up activities: 1) Early Years – Games, crafts and storytelling 2) Late Primary/ Middle School – Coming up with solutions! 3) Secondary – Posters with statements as discussion primers. Parents/ guardians, siblings and educators are very welcome to join in the games, fun and discussions! Please do! The SDGs, also known as the Global Goals, are 17 goals and 169 targets set to achieve by the year 2030 to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Achieving the SDGs requires the partnership of governments, private sector, civil society and citizens alike to make sure we leave a better planet for future generations. LEARN about the SDGs by clicking on the following links:

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Introduction to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (Year 4 – Year 11)

The SDGs, also known as the Global Goals, are 17 goals and 169 targets set to achieve by  the year 2030 to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Achieving the SDGs requires the partnership of governments, private sector, civil society and citizens alike to make sure we leave a better planet for future generations.

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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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Environment and school initiatives: Issue 83

Find here a variety of tools and ideas – which may support your own daily work for ESD.

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Global themes for international learning

Our five global themes have associated classroom resources, including resources to use with a partner school, as well as project templates to shape classroom activities.   Global themes Identity and belonging Sustainable living Conflict and peace Fairness and equality Rights and responsibilities The British Council believes that the inclusion of children and young people into the regular education systems of their respective countries is an entitlement and a fundamental human right regardless of their gender, ethnicity, ability, socioeconomic background, health or medical condition. We are committed to working with school systems to create more inclusive classrooms and have brought together international thinking and practice in this area to examine it further.  Read about how some practitioners are tackling issues of inclusion in our Core Skills for All brochure.

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Eco-Gozo Resources

Various resources for schools available here

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Song: Eating Responsibly

St Benedict College Birzebbugia Primary created this song as their EkoSkola Eco-code.  Original lyrics by Ms Isabelle Incorvaja and original music composed by Maestro John Zammit.  The song is all about responsible food consumption as the lyrics indicate…

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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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EAThink 2015 – Food Learning units

“EAThink2015 – eat local, think global” is a project that aims to enhance European students and teachers critical understanding and active engagement on global development challenges with a specific focus on food security and sovereignty, sustainable food systems and smallholder farming.

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MARLISCO educational material on marine litter targeting formal & non-formal educators

Within MARLISCO the educational material “Know Feel Act! To Stop Marine Litter” has been prepared to inform, sensitise and enable European teachers and students to take action to tackle the problem of litter in our seas and coasts. The material has been designed to primarily serve youth aged 10-15 yrs, but can be used also by educators outside the formal schooling system.

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Song: Sustainable is Possible…

Eco-Schools are using this song to promote sustainability and the Eco-Schools Programme through a music video. You can use the lyrics , song and perhaps even record your own music video.

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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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Consumer Classroom – also in Maltese…

Consumer Classroom is a new collaborative website for teachers about consumer education. It provides free, high quality resources for teachers along with interactive and collaborative tools to help teachers prepare lesson plans to share with students and other teachers from across the EU. Sign Up now on www.ConsumerClassroom.eu

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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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EkoSkola f’Tagħna t-Tfal – Ġunju 2013

F’din il-ħarġa insibu sora f’forma ta’ diskussjoni bejn naħla u żunżana…  Kif għandna nġibu ruħna meta naraw naħal jew żunżan???

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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 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 – April 2012

Do we know enough about Fairtrade products? What is the difference? Are we aware that products we buy might have been made by children? Or by adults who work very long hours and are underpaid? We should put in more effort to look for Fairtrade products and buy them instead of the usual ones. Naf biżżejjed dwar prodotti Fairtrade? X’inhi d-differenza?

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Take 2: The Student’s Point of View

The Take2 Youth Media Program takes advantage of today’s youthful fascination with technology to motivate active learning in environmental science, English, and media literacy. Working individually or collaborating in teams, students create short documentaries or public service announcements that are designed to inform, entertain, or advocate on issues illustrated by the footage provided.

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Nab the Aquatic Invader!

Nab the Aquatic Invader! is a fun way to learn about aquatic invaders. By using this site you can check out lots of unusual species that create real problems in the Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf, and Great Lakes regions. There are many ways that this site can help you with your class projects. By doing the activities and playing the games on this site, you will learn about nature and be inspired to help the environment by “nabbing” these pesky critters and seeing that you can make a difference. You may want to start out at your grade level, but if you are a “junior detective” don’t be afraid to take the “super sleuth” challenge. And, if you are in the higher grades, feel free to check out the “junior detective” case file activities.

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Fairtrade Song

Here is a link to this Fairtrade Song. Music and lyrics (not pictures) property of and copyright to Rob Wix SCIntillate Education Services (Corwen) Limited & Huw Ellis Ysgol Bryn Gwalia, 2009. It is an initiative of SCIntillate – Science development education through science.

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Explaining Fairtrade to Students

St Joseph School Blata l-Bajda did a lot of work on fair trade.  Here the students are sharing a powerpoint presentation which they themselves made to explain what is Fairtrade to their fellow students…

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Friends Environmental Education Network (FEEN)

In 1999, a group of educators from Friends schools began the Friends Environmental Education Network (FEEN) to further environmental stewardship and green practices in schools. Since then, FEEN share ideas, inspiration, and friendship. FEEN participants firmly believe that a commitment to sustainable living and environmental stewardship needs to be a fundamental component of a Quaker education. This website provides input about various green practices, projects, etc all realted to nature, environment, food, green buildings & spaces, etc.

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Lesson Plans Database: Science & Health Education Partnership

The Science and Health Education Partnership (SEP) lesson plan database provides K-12 teachers reviewed, quality hands-on lessons created by SEP classroom partnership teams and staff.  

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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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Sustainable Schools Project Kits and Guides

Shelburne Farms’ Sustainable Schools Project has released three new resources in celebration of National Education for Sustainability Week. All of these resources are available as free downloads from the Sustainable Schools Project Website.

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X’inhu l-NCF? – Sketch għat-tfal tal-primarji

Audrey Gauci, bil-għajnuna ta’ Elizabeth Saliba preparaw dan l-isketch biex permezz tiegħu jispjegaw lil studenti taħt l-għaxar snin x’inhu l-NCF u kif ser jaffetwa lilhom.

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Mad about Air and more

Designed for 5-10 yr olds, these lesson plans and colourful posters provide useful information and suggestions on how to make a difference. The accompanying lesson plan has curriculum links into geography, maths, citizenship, ICT and English.

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Earth Day Activities and resources

The Educatall team provides a long list of activities, games, ideas for workshops by topic.

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Mother earth song

Mother Earth it’s a great place to be – is an environmental children’s song! Youtube link shows students singing this action song with lyrics at the bottom of the screen.

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Climate change and lifestyles guidebook for youths

Loads of information, activity ideas, tips, online resources and case studies about climate change – considering the food we eat, things we buy, transport, energy, third world countries, water, jobs, lifestyle, good life, leisure and entertainment and above all ways to take action.  All this is available in the UNESCO produced downloadable pdf Guidebook.

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Teach-nology

Loads of free lesson plans – any topic

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Creating Our Future

Using an action-planning model, students visualize their desired future, identify objectives, develop a plan to address local and global issues, and implement their vision through action and service learning. How do we create a just and humane world for ourselves and for future generations? Help students identify and plan what they want their future to look like. Using an action-planning model, students visualize their desired future, identify objectives, develop a plan to address local and global issues, and implement their vision through action and service learning. (All lesson plans, resources and more are available from http://www.facingthefuture.org)

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Buy, Use, Toss? A closer look at the things we buy.

Buy, Use, Toss? A Closer Look at the Things We Buy, is a free interdisciplinary curriculum unit from Facing the Future that leads students through an exploration of the system of producing and consuming goods that is called the materials economy. Students learn about the five major steps of the materials economy (Extraction, Production, Distribution, Consumption, and Disposal) and are asked to analyze the sustainability of these steps to determine how consumption can benefit people, economies, and environments.  (All lesson plans, resources and more can be found from http://www.facingthefuture.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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Extraction, Production, Distribution, Consumption, and Disposal of Products

Students are surrounded by “stuff” – from blue jeans to the latest cell phone – in their everyday lives. Pique your students’ natural interest in stuff with interdisciplinary, standards-aligned lessons that will build 21st century skills

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One Sun One World

One Sun One World is a WWF school musical by Peter Rose and Anne Conlon.

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Film About Environmental Education

A Simple Question explores the remarkable STRAW Program — a collaboration among elementary school students, ranchers, government agencies, and environmental professionals to restore habitat and save the endangered California freshwater shrimp.

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Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood

Just as more attention is being focused on the need to connect students to nature at a younger age, PLT has published a new curriculum guide and music CD to engage children ages three to six in outdoor exploration and play. Eleven field-tested, hands-on activities showcase over 130 “early childhood experiences”

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Sea Turtle Education Program

SEE Turtles, a non‐profit conservation project, educates and inspires students and adults to take an active role in protecting sea turtles. This school outreach program includes hands-on educational trips to Costa Rica and Mexico, engaging classroom presentation by sea turtle experts, lesson plans on sea turtle ecology, threats, and more. http://www.seeturtles.org/1350/school-programs.htm…

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