Iwona Kowalik

Poland
I am a Math and Computer science teacher In Primary School no 16 in Wrocław, Poland. I’m participants and founder of many eTwinning, iEARN and Edmodo projects related to Math, Science and Ecology. I am interested in climate change and problem of pollution. I participated in a few international projects about thouse problem (“Say No to Plastic Pollution” awared with European eTwinning prize , The World’s Largest Lesson, World Environment Day etc.). I try to involve and develop my student

 

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School: Primary School no 16 25 students are involved The average age of the students: 11-12 Year

Projects 2020

What causes climate change?

The first week of our project was to look for threats to the climate of our planet. We started the classes by finding the differences between the terms "weather" and "climate". The students themselves tried to create definitions of both terms. They then compiled a list of threats to the climate in a shared text document in Google Drive. They also searched for the causes of climate change online. Here is our list:

  • smog caused by too many cars
  • burning garbage
  • coal firing
  • overpopulation of the planet
  • fires and smoke
  • deforestation
  • combustion of oil and gas, fossil fuels
  • the use of nitrogen fertilizers
  • volcanic eruptions
  • aerosols, i.e. particles like soot floating in the atmosphere
  • cement production releases greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, in particular CO2
  • increasing agricultural land
  • increasing livestock farming - cows and sheep produce large amounts of methane during digestion
  • warfare - the use of chemical and biological weapons, bombs
  • use of combined heat and power plants
  • no use of filters in industry
  • water pollution by industry
  • irresponsible waste management
  • buying too many unnecessary things
  • overheating and then airing the apartments

Later students created collages to present threats to the climate.

We will continue our work next week.

Best regards

Iwona Kowalik, Primary School no 16 in Wrocław, Poland

Week 2 in Grade 6c in Primary School no 16 in Wrocław, Poland

This week we took a look at the longest list of climate change causes , created by all participants. We were working on finding effect of climate change. My students created a list of the effects of climate change, and then presented a few of them in their own collages. Students worked in small teams using the BeFunky application.

https://youtu.be/Ue--Gv_4t-g

 

We watched movies from Zaporizhzhia special education boarding school "Djerelo" (Ukraine), School: Centrul de Excelenta in Energetica si Electronica (Moldova), Liceul Tehnologic de Industrie Alimentară G.E.Palade Satu (Romania), Ii Upper Secondary School (Finland), Școala Gimnazială Mastacăn (Romania). We are delighted with the work of students from other schools, and a few ideas inspired us to continue working for the climate.

Students from Primary School no 16 in Wrocław, Poland, couldn’t plant any trees around our school so we decided to  plant 80 crocuses in the front of the school building. Each spring they will remind us to take care of our planet

https://www.calameo.com/read/0019013308ce151f92cc3

Videoconferences and comics

Our class took part in 3 videoconferences with foreign schools: Delhi Public School in Gurgaon, Haryana state, India, "Teodor Murășanu" School in Turda, Romania and The Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad, India. During the meetings, students briefly introduced their schools and cities, and then talked about their participation in the CLIMATE ACTION PROJECT. The children talked about the causes of climate change they noticed in their environment and the impact of these changes. They also presented proposals for actions that will help limit climate change and protect our planet. We had the opportunity to see photos of the work progress and talk about our culture, cuisine, and the most interesting places in our countries.
The students from grade 6c presented suggestions for potential solutions to climate change and environmental problems in simple comics. Participants paid special attention to the need to segregate rubbish and reduce coal burning. Works on garbage burning and water pollution were created. The children also saw the possibility of protecting the climate by cycling to school or using renewable energy.

Videoconference

This week we had an amazing meeting with students and teachers from The Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad, India. We talked about the course of work in the project. We got to know the problems related to climate change of our partners in India and told about the changes we see in Poland. We talked about the effects and causes of changes and our ideas how to change this situation. Children have very practical ideas and notice what is disturbing around them. Thanks to the meeting at the zoom, we had the opportunity to learn about problems that also affect other continents. It's amazing how much information you can get through video conferencing. You can see some pictures from our meeting:

https://en.calameo.com/read/0019013306bda8bc450d2


Impressions

Images by Iwona Kowalik 2020-10-18Kowalik
Images by Iwona Kowalik 2020-10-10Kowalik
Images by Iwona Kowalik 2020-10-18Kowalik