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Ecology & Environment Activities

Instructor: Tawnya Eash

Tawnya has a master's degree in early childhood education and teaches all subjects at an elementary school.

Do you need meaningful activities that will help make your students more aware of the environment and ecology? Check out this lesson for ideas to spark students' interest and deepen their understanding of environmental issues.

Ecology and Environment Activities

Our society places an emphasis on creating eco-friendly foods, toys and other products. By teaching your students what the environment offers, you can help them appreciate and preserve our natural resources for the future.

This lesson offers a variety of learning activities to spark student interest in the environment and ecology. You will help deepen their understanding as they engage in meaningful learning opportunities. Feel free to adjust any idea to meet your teaching preferences and the needs of your students.

What You Do Affects the Earth

Have your students practice their persuasive ability by convincing their classmates to prevent negative effects on Earth.

Materials

  • Resources about negative impacts on the environment (pollution, habitat loss, urban development, etc.)
  • Use of computers
    • Internet access
    • Programs such as Microsoft Word and Publisher
  • Poster board
  • Crayons, colored pencils, markers
  • Notebooks
  • Pencils
  • Index cards for speeches

Procedure

  • Students will work individually.
  • Invite students to discuss among themselves negative impacts on our environment.
  • Explain that students will choose one specific topic to persuade their classmates about protecting the environment. (Make sure they choose from a variety of topics, such as helping a specific endangered species, avoiding toxic chemicals in products, stopping pollution, etc.)
  • Provide time for students to research their topic and create a persuasive essay. Students must cover the following information:
    • What is the problem?
    • Who creates this problem or why does the problem exist?
    • What are the negative impacts on the environment?
    • What should be done to prevent it?
  • In addition to an essay, students must create a visual to go along with their speech. Students may create a poster by hand, with the aid of technology, or a combination of both.
  • When students are finished, assign presentation days. Students will deliver their speeches, display their visuals and turn in their essays after the presentation.

Just Stop!

Students get to be the brains behind designing a solution to stop pollution.

Materials

  • Access to Technology
    • Computers for internet research
    • Programs such as Microsoft Word and Paint
    • Printers and paper
  • Drawing paper
  • Markers, crayons, colored pencils
  • Resources describing negative impacts on environment

Procedure

  • Students will work individually or with a partner.
  • Explain that students are in charge of engineering something that will put an end to negative impacts on the environment.
  • Each student or pair will select a specific type of pollution or harmful effect on the environment and design a solution or way to stop it from occurring. (Examples: creating a new bill that will ensure no harmful chemicals will be used in makeup, or creating a local team that goes around picking up litter at the local park)
  • The limits are endless so encourage students to think outside the box and be creative!
  • Students must come up with a visual highlighting their design. They must also explain exactly how it is to work and provide a picture if applicable.
  • Students will present their solutions to the class and then display them.

What Does an Ecologist Do?

Students get to research and post an ad about the job requirements for an ecologist.

Materials

  • Option 1 - use of technology
    • Computers with internet access
    • Programs such as Microsoft Word or Publisher
    • Printers and paper
  • Option 2 - handmade advertisements
    • Poster board
    • Crayons, colored pencils, markers
    • Rulers
  • Resource(s) on role of ecologists
  • Notebooks
  • Pencils
  • Sample job advertisements (newspapers, online ads, etc.)

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