Weekly (or Monthly?) Challenge for #EnviroEd # 73 April, A Celebration of Environmental Impact
April is a special month … in Canada we celebrate National Wildlife Week from April 10-16. April 22 is Earth Day. Arbour Day is April 29th. And of course many of us are preparing our teaching gardens and outdoor classrooms this month. It’s a month to celebrate the Earth and therefore a month to promote environmental education as well.
I’ve often told classes that the most important thing one can do for the environment is to learn more about it. And – the best way to learn about it is to immerse yourself in it frequently … as such I was thinking of putting out a challenge for the entire month!
These are for the most part quite simple challenges – I purposely didn’t set them up for specific days for while one day may seem perfect for one class to do item 1 – another class may decide to do another task because of the weather or even let’s say the “indoor climate” that day.
As such, this month I would like to challenge the #EnviroEd PLN to tackle as many of the following as possible this month:
- With support of school administration, clean up the school yard
- Learn about a local endangered species & share with others
- Promote outdoor play ideas for other classes
- Discuss ways to save water at home
- Begin to grow native plants in the classroom
- Don’t turn on the classroom lights all day (saving energy)
- Do an outdoor math lesson (& share it with others online!)
- Plant a tree
- Challenge another class to see who can reduce more waste in the classroom
- Help the students plan & then have them lead staff on a short interpretive hike
- Discuss the concept of “Noise” & “Light Pollution” and their effects on wildlife
- “Flip” an environmental education lesson – send outdoor play home as homework
- Take time for a Visual Arts lesson outdoors
- Take time to speak to an “expert” – a Naturalist – on Nature Inquiry (ie Skype, Twitter, in person)
- Working with your Librarian create a “Fave Earth-Friendly Books List”
- Have a “Picnic Lunch” or “Outdoor Nutrition Break”
- Create constellations in the classroom (ie Tin Can Constellations“)
- Interview an Insect
- Have your students/school create a challenge for other schools utilizing social media
- Document, Storify, Tweet, Blog or share all your learning and exploration this month with the #EnviroEd PLN!
That’s 20 challenges for your class – perhaps even one a day in the month of April. How many are you up for?