Friday, February 20, 2009

Brainstorming Sustainable - An Intorodcution to Enviroschools

I was invited to Rooms 16 & 17 to help them kick off their year and school wide focus on Enviroschools. What an offer. We decided one of the best ways to do this was to explore the idea of the word 'Sustainable' & 'Sustainability' and what it meant to the children.

We had so much fun. The children were awesome and we soon got into the nitty gritty of what the word meant to them. Where things came from, as in resources, how we cna renew them and why we used resources that we couldn't use. So many ideas.

We had a think about Water, Waste, Energy, Leisure and transport. Then using the fabulous big picture form the Enviuroschools kit we split into groups. Each group had one subject and their mission was to look at the picture and find as many elements of their topic as possible. Armed with paper, used on one side of course, and some pens the groups set about their search.

They had about 10 minuts to get investigating then one person from each group came and presented back to the whole class. You guys were awesome. The investigation was fabulous and pretty much no stone was left unturned.

Both these classes now have a much better understanding of what these words mean and from what I could see they are already thinking about what they can do as part of being an Enviroschool. Well done Queenstown Primary.

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