Rewrite the Story with STEAM Activities (LS-RO-350)

A wizard with a wand in an enchanted forest. Wood engraving

Because stories are part of the children’s lives, my students decided to “rewrite” the story The Wizard of Oz. The journey to the Emerald City gave them the opportunity to get to know each other better, develop social skills, cooperate and express their feelings, work as a team, reflect on environmental protection, recycling materials and dangerous weather, understand the difference between weather and climate. Not before telling the stories, they read, characterizing the characters, enriching their vocabulary, using Europeana resources to better understand and know the phenomena and materials, recreating the characters using recycled materials, learning new things, having a good time.

Aims of the lesson

  • Developing the capacity to understand the environment in the context of practising oral and written communication; making connections between the studied literary texts and the surrounding reality…
  • Become familiarized with climate change and aware of global warming consequences, natural disasters
  • Making group mini-projects by applying previously acquired practical skills.

Outcome of the lesson

Students made figurines of the characters in the story “The Wizard of Oz”, using recyclable materials, after having previously drawn a sketch and designed the stages of work. During the work, they will discover certain properties of the materials used: shape, colour, density, magnetization, adhesion. Moreover, they painted and drew scenes from the story. Using Padlet, students collected images about climate change, extreme weather events, as well as gemstone like an emerald.

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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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