6 activities to teach children to care for the Earth
Earth Day should be celebrated everyday -not just April 22. By teaching new generations how to practice environmental responsibility habitually, society will be able to progress in a sustainable way in the upcoming years.
This post presents a collection of simple and fun activities to be completed by children ages 7-12. All of them are aimed towards teaching environmental values as well as reinforcing cross-curricular subjects, such as energy, biology, mixtures and separations, etc. These activities are specially designed to develop skills such as observation, experimentation, collaborative work, analysis, exposition and reasoning.
Grades: 3, 4. NGSS.
Research and play in groups.
A activity that combines research and a Q&A game. The objective is to understand and think about animal characteristics, as well as the concepts of adaptation and extinction, using examples that are known around the world.
Grades: 4, 5, MS. NGSS.
Class activity to think and discuss.
A classroom activity to think about and discuss ideas on energy consumption and its impact on the environment. It encourages critical thought, discussion, and the exposition of conclusions and teamwork.
Grades: 5. NGSS.
Mixture experiment activity.
An experimentation and observation activity through which students will learn the difference between homogeneous and heterogeneous mixtures and methods of separating them used in daily life through a wastewater treatment model. It includes a short online assessment to be completed at the end of the activity. We recommend doing this activity after working with other resources of the unit “Matter: Mixtures and Materials”.
Human Beings and the Earth
Grades: 3, 5, MS. NGSS.
Who affects who more?
A group activity for the investigation, reflection and debate about the relationship between humans and the earth: how earth has altered human life throughout history, and how human activity has affected the earth’s systems. Students will need to think about natural disasters and other catastrophes, learning to recognize which phenomena can be prevented or predicted and which cannot. This activity promotes collaboration, reflection, speaking and learning to learn skills in students.
What Animal Is It?
Grades: 3, MS. NGSS.
A game designed to make students aware of their individual responsibility in maintaining and protecting biodiversity. It encourages them to reflect on and discuss topics related to water consumption and its consequences for the environment. Develop the students’ ability for analysis and creativity, reasoning, communication skills and teamwork.
Grades: 4, MS. NGSS.
Classroom activity about electric consumption.
A classroom activity about electric consumption to familiarize the student with the units of power and the consumption of domestic energy. It encourages students to think, discuss and formulate conclusions through teamwork. It encourages self-criticism and individual responsibility over collective results.