Earth’s Changing Climate (LS-MT-311)

Through this Learning Scenario, students became aware of the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse and Recycling) through a discussion involving sorting for Recycling.  Through a brief description, they were then made aware of why they are doing this. All this through a connection in Mathematics involving Shapes and Ratio. 

Implementation

This implementation was done with 6-year-old students at the Gozo College Victoria Primary School together with the Eco-School students, who were also involved during the implementation and gave their utmost contribution. They shared more in-depth ideas on how one can give his/her contribution to reduce Global Warming.  They also helped out during the activity by distributing resources and helping the little ones in class.  These students had some basic knowledge considering they had heard about the fire incidents which happened in Australia.  Some of the parents had already explained briefly the cause of such fires. 

Curiosity was aroused by the simple picture from the Europeana Collection of Spinach in a Bag.  From that picture, students were triggered to ask more about the danger of plastic the sea habitats.  One of the aim of this Learning Scenario was to trigger questioning by students so as to enhance creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and communication (the 4 Cs of the 21st century skills).  Both videos shown grasped their attention, mostly pitying the dead animals. 

Class Discussion

The following session after the videos was an activity.  The 10-year-old Eco-School representatives in class gave each student a slice of bread.  Before starting the activity, students were asked in-depth questions about shapes which aroused their creativity.  Such questions asked if one could bite a slice of toast into a perfect square, circle or triangle?  Then the recipe was shown in the PowerPoint presentation.  Students were given an introduction to Ratios where they had a mixture of milk with food colouring so as to paint the Earth on their Toast.  Students were also exposed to the concept of time, that of 3 minutes to wait for their toast to be ready. 

Experiment time!
Earth on my toast!
Earth on my toast!

Reflection

In my opinion, the aim of the Learning Scenario was reached, that of everyone’s contribution will help to decrease Global Warming and Earth’s Climate Change. This is shown through the feedback of students and parents after the lesson. One student also made a drawing of Antarctica without snow.  She worriedly gave it to me saying she will do her utmost so that snow will not melt and she will manage to go on a skiing holiday before. 

Would you like to know more about this learning scenario? You can download it below:

Resource: Earth’s Changing Climate – Presentation

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CC BY 4.0: the featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on Europeana Collections and provided by the Wellcome Collection.

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