Energy: Lesson plans/Activities

Our Future with Clean Air

Years: All, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Duration: 60mins Subjects: Art, Cross Curricular, D&T, English, PSHE, Science 60 minute to 240 minute lesson plans, which can be completed as individual lessons or a series of lessons. While the effects of poor air quality are felt worldwide, the sources are usually local. Every day, air pollution and carbon emissions are produced by our commutes to work, by heating our homes, or through our daily lifestyles. Understanding how we live – and the restrictions we face in those choices – is key to improving air quality. Solutions at a local level can make a big difference.  Through scientific investigation, discussion and a variety of writing activities, we can empower our pupils to create local change in their own lives, those of family and friends, school life and local communities. Engaging young people on these issues is critical – they are future voters! Many young people want to be heard and it is the responsibility of educators to give them a platform to voice their opinion.  The resources contained within this pack are the result of the collective effort of partner organisations across Europe, and the many young people who tried and tested them. These resources aim to empower young people to lead the way towards a clean air and zero carbon future! Curriculum Objectives English Key Stage 2 (Age 7-11) Year 3 and 4 (Age 7-9) Discuss and record ideas. Discuss words and phrases that capture the reader’s interest and imagination. Draw and justify inferences with evidence. Year 5 and 6 (Age 9-11) Ask questions to improve their understanding. Assess the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing. Discuss and evaluate how authors use language, considering the impact on the reader. Distinguish between statements of fact and opinion. Draw inferences and justify them with evidence. Identify the audience for and purpose of writing, selecting the appropriate form and using other similar writing as models. Note and develop initial ideas, drawing on reading and research where necessary. Perform their own compositions, using appropriate intonation, volume, and movement so that meaning is clear. Proof-read for spelling and punctuation errors. Propose changes to vocabulary, grammar and punctuation to enhance effects and clarify meaning. Provide reasoned justifications for their views. Punctuate bullet points consistently. Select appropriate grammar and vocabulary, understanding how such choices can change and enhance meaning.   Age 7-11)https://www.sustainablelearning.com/resource/our-future-clean-air?destination=teaching-resources Identify scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments Record data and results of increasing complexity using scientific diagrams and labels, classification keys, tables, scatter graphs, bar and line graphs Report and present findings from enquiries, including conclusions, causal relationships and explanations of and degree of trust in results, in oral and written forms such as displays and other presentations Take measurements, using a range of scientific equipment, with increasing accuracy and precision, taking repeat readings when appropriate Use test results to make predictions to set up further comparative and fair tests Year 3 (Age 7-8) Ask relevant questions and use different types of scientific enquiries to answer them Identify …

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Our Planet, Our Future

The Teacher’s Hub provided by the European Commission  contains a selection of classroom exercises and relevant materials for the “Causes”, “Impacts” and “Solutions” modules of the interactive site for students “Our planet, our future”. In each section, you’ll find an introduction worksheet, various thematic worksheets and one answer sheet.   Our Planet, Our Future: Fighting Climate Change Together Climate change is one of the most serious challenges facing our world today. Our planet is experiencing significant and accelerated climate change that began over a century ago. This educational tool is developed by the European Commission. It is based on information contained in “Our Planet, Our Future: fighting climate change together”, initially published in 2015 ahead of the Paris climate conference and updated in 2018.

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My Earth Day Pledge – 22nd April

Attached please found a downloadable pledge form which can be used by anybody.

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Nature for all Discovery Zone

Welcome to the #NatureForAll Discovery Zone. Curated from #NatureForAll partner resources, and ranging from videos to lesson plans, comic books to coloring books, this collection will help you connect people with nature, instill love of nature and learn about nature wherever you are. Refer to the link below for loads of online resources where you can browse hundreds of partner resources, from comic books to lesson plans. and a Conversation Space – A unique online platform allowing you to interact with nature enthusiasts interested in connecting people with nature.

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Eyes on the Earth – NASA Climate Kids

All about climate change – weather and climate, air, sea, freshwater, carbon, energy, plants and animals and technology and much more.  All in an easy to understand setup and fun way to learn about.  Global climate change made easy and fun to learn about through playing, making, knowing, keeping, watching, dreaming and teaching!!

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All about Energy – Be an Energy Star

Our planet is in trouble For thousands of years our planet has given us energy, lots of energy! But in the process we have put our planet under stress and now it needs our help.  If we want to keep our planet healthy we must find better ways of getting and using energy. Join Energy Star in the flight to save our planet by being energy efficient.  There is so much to learn and explore, and don;t forget to take action! This site was suggested by Peyton Vogel and her friends.

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It’s Time to Help! – Joint effort between Eco-Schools to produce resources

The major stimulus to launch the project „It´s Time to Help” (ITTH) was the idea of international cooperation among European schools involved in Eco-School Programme. All these schools have realized the methodology concept of “Seven Steps of Eco-School”; however, each Eco-School under the conditions of their country and their climate regions.

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Consumer Classroom – also in Maltese…

Consumer Classroom is a new collaborative website for teachers about consumer education. It provides free, high quality resources for teachers along with interactive and collaborative tools to help teachers prepare lesson plans to share with students and other teachers from across the EU. Sign Up now on www.ConsumerClassroom.eu

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Water & Electricity Consumption Monitor

Do you usually note down meter readings to calculate how much electricity and water is consumed per month in your school? Want a helping hand? Below there is an attachment – an Excel sheet initially developed by Mr Saviour Tabone.  It is being further developed to also monitor waste, transport and tree planting in order to be able to provide numerical data. All you have to do is to type in the meter reading for electricity and water at the end of each month in the orange cells and automatically you will get how many units were used up and a bar chart/graph comparing consumption between months.

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EkoSkola f’Tagħna t-Tfal – Ottubru 2013

F’din il-paġna se nibdew niltaqgħu ma’ żewġ nemliet, Ninu u Nina, li jgħaddu minn ħafna avventuri flimkien.  Illum ma’ Ninu u Nina nitgħallmu dwar l-enerġija nadifa.

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EkoSkola f’Tagħna t-Tfal – Diċembru 2012

December brings with it colder weather, more colds and of course Christmas! This issue is a discussion about heating versus moving around to keep warm. There are various ways how to keep warm without using electricity or other fuels. Well, quite something to think about… A Blessed Christmas to All.

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The Earth Dog Story – Earth Dog returns to Save the Environment

The Earth Dog Story, first published in 1992, returns as an app in iTunes and an eBook as part of the U.S. Department of Energy environmental outreach program with Weekly Reader. Earth Dog is a superhero who teaches kids about taking care of the environment.

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Early Childhood Activities for a Greener Earth

This book by Patty Born Selly, Published by Redleaf Press helps to educate young children about the environment through experience and play. These activities encourage children to develop a sense of wonder, curiosity, and joy for nature.

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Road to Rio + 20 workbook – Activities and Lesson plans

This publication is designed to introduce young people to the issues that will be central to Rio+20, by first providing you with a useful context of the project (Part 1 -Overview) and then moving forward to what you and the young people you work with can do as part of a classroom or youth group activity (Part2 – Activities & Lessonplans).

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EkoSkola f’Tagħna t-Tfal – Mejju 2012

How are Maltese proverbs related to renewable energy? There are quite a few proverbs related to weather – wind, sun, etc. which indicate how powerful these sources actually are. A wind turbine would certainly harness this power and turn it into electricity…

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Take 2: The Student’s Point of View

The Take2 Youth Media Program takes advantage of today’s youthful fascination with technology to motivate active learning in environmental science, English, and media literacy. Working individually or collaborating in teams, students create short documentaries or public service announcements that are designed to inform, entertain, or advocate on issues illustrated by the footage provided.

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Games Page on the United States Environmental Protection Agency

This webpage contains links to loads of games, videos and quizzes related to the environment, energy, water, mystery solving, science, recycling, waste and much more…

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Game Helps Students Learn About Environmental Issues

“PowerUp” challenges players to save the imaginary planet and learn engineering and science principles by carrying out missions to supply solar, wind, and water power.  

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Lesson Plans on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Energy Works Michigan has just released free downloadable lesson plans on energy efficiency, solar energy, and wind energy.

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Catch the Wind, Harness the Sun: 22 Super-Charged Science Projects for Kids

This entertaining book gives kids, teachers, and parents 22 exciting activities for using sun and wind power to produce and play with renewable energy. Ages 8 to 13 will enjoy environmental science while fighting global climate change.

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Which Switch? Game – Switch Campaign by OPM

The Office of the Prime Minister provided EkoSkola with giant size ‘snakes and ladders’ canvas games. Instead of the usual ladder there is an energy saving bulb whilst the snake has been replaced by a bolt of lightning indicating an electric shock (for those who are not energy and water conscious!). It has also hints how to use up less electricity and water…

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Climate change and lifestyles guidebook for youths

Loads of information, activity ideas, tips, online resources and case studies about climate change – considering the food we eat, things we buy, transport, energy, third world countries, water, jobs, lifestyle, good life, leisure and entertainment and above all ways to take action.  All this is available in the UNESCO produced downloadable pdf Guidebook.

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Plan it Green – National Geographic

Turn Greenville into the greenest city ever – building eco-home, zero energy homes, opening eco shops, upgrading existing houses, enhance the community with parks and more…

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The very hungry school – A whole week’s work on consumption

‘The Very Hungry School’ story and associated worksheet provide a useful resource for literacy and maths work, as well as offering good preparation for ‘The Very Hungry School’ online pupil discussion.

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Earth Day Network

Teach about the history of the environmental movement with Earth Day Network’s newest curriculum unit. This online resource for all ages and users provides lesson plans, activity ideas, and digital multimedia resources for the classroom. http://www.earthday.org

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NASA Gives Kids Their Own Guide to Climate Change

NASAs new Climate Kids Web site, targeting grades 4-6, de-mystifies global climate change science using simple illustrations, humor, interactivity, and age-appropriate language. The interactive Climate Time Machine shows how global changes affect our planet over time.

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