Developing Environmental Care In The Classroom Teaching Guide Upper Primary

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Big Ideas! Developing EnvironmentalCare in the Classroom – Lower Primary

More than ever, each and every one of us has a vital role to play in safeguarding our planet for future generations. Teaching children about the importanmce of energy conservation and environmental care should be an important priority – although not without its challenges.
Big Ideas titles incorporate two levels – one for the lower-primary classes (senior infants to 2nd Class) and one for upper primary (3rd to 6th Class). Each level comprises a Teacher Guide with an option set of Learning Journals for pupils.
The project outlined in these books are designed to offer practical opportunities for children to foster the following skills:

Teamwork – working effectively with others while exercising dignity and respect
Communication – sharing ideas and listening to those of others
Creativity – using the imagination to invent and makes ideas a reality
Problem-solving – understanding a problem and exploring solutions
Critical thinking – analysing information, making predictions and forming plans
Adaptability – adjusting to new challenges and learning from experience
Teacher’s Guide

Each teacher’s guide focuses on a core project to promote the development of a fundamental skill. This core project is carried out over seven sessions, which are structured to provide a practical and child-centred approach to the learning.
Each session is divided into the following:
Explore: children are encouraged to use a variety of research methods to find out a range of information that will provide the stimulus for their Create activity.
Create: during the Create activities, children communicate their learning from the Explore session by demonstrating their understanding through practical work.
Support/Extend: differentiation advice is provided for how you might support less confident or more confident learners. This may include additional preliminary activities or extension activities that will give children additional opportunities to develop their learning and understanding.
Cross-curricular links: should you wish to extend the themes of the project into other areas of the curriculum, then these practical ideas will provide detailed support on how you might plan and deliver a multi-disciplinary approach to the topic.