This learning scenario created by Karoliina Mutanen, a Finnish primary teacher, is suitable for the students of all age groups. With this learning scenario, students revise their knowledge about forests and meadows as habitats. They also learn about the appearance and names of invertebrates that live in forests and meadows. In this learning scenario, different subjects are combined, including learning English as a second (ESL) or foreign (EFL) language, Art, Science, Environmental Studies and Physical Education (PE).
Interdisciplinary learning scenario for the virtual classroom
My class is a 4th-grade CLIL class that is learning all subjects in English. I emphasised the language integration in Environmental Studies and we continued combining these 2 subjects by making presentations about different animals in Finnish nature. This learning scenario is a good hands-on alternative for solely online learning.
After completing the above-mentioned activities, students go outside and create artworks of invertebrates. They use materials, such as leaves, twigs, cones and rocks, that can be found in nature. When the artworks are made, students take photos of them and upload these photos on Google Classroom.
Students revise their knowledge about forests and meadows, learn about flora and fauna, typical for these habitats. The specific focus is put on invertebrates. For the hands-on activity, students construct them out of materials found in nature.