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10 Ways to GO GREEN in Your Classroom!

10 Ways to GO GREEN in Your Classroom!

So if you follow us on social media or are currently signed up to receive our email newsletters, you may have seen me mention a little something about Go Green week!

Go Green week starts this coming Monday (11-15th February) and is a time for us as teachers and school leaders to focus on our planet and all the different ways we can get our children thinking about earth’s future and how they can help to make a difference, help it to stay green.

What I LOVE about this topic is how vast it is. You could spend the whole week just encouraging pupils and parents to ditch the cars and walk to school instead, you could focus on current trends like Palm Oil and the plight of the orangutan or go superhero mad and get every classroom thinking about what changes they can make to help save the world!
Whatever age you teach, however you want to approach it, there is something for everyone.

I’ve always believed in power in numbers so I do like to see the whole school take this topic on. I think it’s more memorable for the kids that way and a bit of competition between classes is always good too.

Anyway, enough ramblings from me. Here’s 10 useful links to see you through next week:

Teacher’s Pet Activities

I have put together a simple range of activities, with everything from yoga to challenge cards. Lots of quick and also differentiated writing tasks will be a great way to finish off the week and see what the children have retained.
Click here >>> http://activities.tpet.co.uk/#/Topic/GoGreen to browse.

Teacher’s Pet Displays

OK it’s us again but I did write this blog 😀 As well as activities, I have also put together loads of free displays and teaching aids for you. Our alphabet mat is my favourite! And there’s loads of great information packs about things like climate change and carbon footprints too.
Click here >>> http://displays.tpet.co.uk/#/Topic/GoGreen to browse.

Video

You might have seen me post this video on our Facebook page this week. Read by the man himself Steve Baskshall. This video is his own story and tells the tale of what happens to the plastic that we leave behind. Very powerful and a great talking point. I’d happily use this for all year groups. I think children of all ages can take something away from this.

Watch the video here >>> https://bit.ly/2Dvlcrk

Craft ideas

Think link contains over 500 craft projects you can use for Go Green. Not all of them are gems but there are some fantastic ideas in there. Something for all ages, all abilities and time scales. Have a browse and don’t forget to share your finished projects with us next week on our Facebook page or tag us on instagram. We love to see what you’ve been up to!
Here’s the link you need >>> https://www.pinterest.co.uk/planetpals/green-crafts-for-kids/?lp=true

Games

This blog has 22 great game ideas. Some need more prep than others so have a read through and see what works best for your class and the time that you have. Click here to see the game ideas >>> https://mylifeandkids.com/22-awesome-earth-day-games-for-kids/#_a5y_p=5035877

Website Counter

I stumbled across this website while looking for facts about deforestation and noticed in the side bar that they had loads of real time counters bout everything from the population count to the tonnes of waste dumped into the ocean.
I think the children would find it really interesting to see and if you’re looking to read up on all things green before you start this project then it has lots of useful info for adults.
You can find the counter here >>> http://www.theworldcounts.com/themes/our_environment but there are others dotted around the website too.

Nat Geo Kids

They have loads of useful information pages about everything from climate change to plastic pollution as well as downloadable posters and ideas. If you’re looking to download then you need to create an account but it’s free and takes seconds to do. Well worth a look. Click here to head to their website >>> https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/discover/science/nature/conservation-tips/

Nasa Climate Kids

NASA also has their own website aimed at children called climate kids and it covers absolutely everything! This one is a real gem. Full of great photos, facts, figures, graphs, the works. They also have games, activities and videos. The website is well organised too so it’s easy to find what you’re looking for. I’d be happy just to let the children explore this one on their own but it is also great for teacher led exercises, carpet time or give them game access for golden time.
Click here to see their website >>> https://climatekids.nasa.gov/

Teacher’s Pet Facebook

I have started a collection of useful ideas that you can use in the classroom in a facebook album. Any photos that you share with us will also be added to the album so that we can help inspire teachers with all our great teaching ideas. Here’s the link you need >>> https://bit.ly/2DtdgqL

Earth Hour

This one is less about being a useful link and serves more as a reminder. If Go Green week hasn’t been on your radar and you feel it’s too late to start this topic on Monday then why not save it until March 30th? Thats when Earth Hour begins – an hour when the entire world is encouraged to turn out all their lights as a reminder of the responsibility we hold towards our planet and the powerful impact we can have if we all work together.
If you’d like to read more about earth hour and how it all started, you can do so on their official website. Click here >>> https://www.earthhour.org/ There’s also a brilliant count down clock on there that you can share with the children.

So that’s it! My TOP 10 to see you through Go Green week!
Although its official date starts on Monday, does it really matter? Schedule this in for your school any time of year. Make it happen, that’s the important part because those little faces will one day be the decision makers and we need to empower them to do what’s right for our planet.

Have a great week everyone!

Christina

Author: Christina

My name's Christina and I work over at Teacher's Pet. I'm the gal responsible for creating all the resources, answering emails and taking care of our social network pages. I'm a fully qualified teacher (taught mostly in lower KS2 but secretly 'Reception is my favourite'). Also spent a lot of time working with children and young adults with disabilities with a passion for working with those with ASD.

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