I asked my students to tell me if they have observed any change in weather pattern lately. They said that there was less snow in the past few years. I asked them what do they think the cause was. All of them agreed that pollution is the cause. I showed them a PPT and than talked about weather/climate, the four seasons and how the climate is changing due to human action. We watched some videos indicated in the course, we talked about their meanings, we tried to identify as many causes of climate change as we can. Finally, I asked each of them to realize a small drawing representing the cause of climate change which he/she considered the most destructive. At the end, they all presented their own drawing and pinned it on the wall of causes.
The activity took place in online because the school was closed due to Covid restrictions. Therefore, I asked my students to inquire their family members about plants, animals, human activities and the change in weather patterns caused by global warming in our country. They also had to complete a table with 4 dials. They could draw or write few words. Then, we discussed together and they shared their research. Finally, we filled out a common table with all their ideas. We reached the same conclusion: it's time to take action against global warming in order to save the planet. The students were happy and they felt like small people with big ideas.
Because of many Covid cases, our school switched to e-learning. Therefore, we set up a virtual class on Microsoft Teams platform, where my Romanian students met their peers from Brighton School , Pakistan. We exchanged ideas regarding the Climate Action Project and also we disscussed about the solutions we had found. The children were very excited to see each other, to get to know each other. Our common conclusion was: even though we were far away, we had the same big ideas about saving our planet.
We are still taking on-line classes. Therefore, I gave them a very easy task: to collect materials from nature, which they could find around their house. Before that, we had a discussion about what we could do to stop the waste of natural resources. One of the sollutions was to use natural materials in order to made small objects or small school projects. With all the materials they had got around the house, they did very interesting projects which they had to present to their classmates. The students were very happy to share their work with their collegues. They also gave feedback to their friends.
For this activity, I proposed to my students to make a poster with our tips about how to be careful people with our planet. Because this was an online activity, we used https://www.canva.com/ . We formulated 5 tips which we were happy to share with our collegues from our school, city, even country. All these tips were easy things that everybody can do, like: use natural materials to make a school project, take care of small plants, adopt a tree, recylce, dont't waste the drinkable water. We posted our poster on the school platform.
Due to Covid situation, we are still taking on-line classes. Even though it is difficult to plan and organize common activities, we decided to plant beans. Therefore, each student had to prepare a little pot with all the necessary ones to grow 5-10 bean seeds. After the beans were out of the dirt, the students were supposed to take care of their new plants, to provide them the best conditions in order to grow: light, heat and water. This was a good exercise for them to learn how to be a small gardener and to develop a proper behavior regarding the nature protection. All the children were delighted and proud to have their own plants to take care of. Some of them, even did some measurements in order to see how much the plants had grown each day.