Ten Ways to Introduce Sustainability into Your Classroom ... (Besides Building a Vegetable Garden)

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Ten Ways to Introduce Sustainability into Your Classroom ... (Besides Building a Vegetable Garden)


Zibell, Linda, Practical Literacy


1. Story telling--Introduce excellent picture-story books and non-fiction texts that stimulate children to explore sustainability issues. Get your school librarian to set up a display, or visit your community library. Start with Jeannie Baker's books; Leaf Litter by Rachel Tonkin, Life in a Gum Tree by Greg Pyers. Also see list at http:// www.sustainabilityleadershipinstitute.org/ references_childrens.php

The students can also create oral stories stimulated by bush treasures and found objects.

2. Ollie Recycles and Ollie's Island--This CD with sustainability games, quizzes, ready made units of work and sustainability inquiry material was sent to every school in Australia. Track it down! Students love it and it's full of terrific material.

3. Join 'DeforestACTION' see http://dfa. tigweb.org/schools/--a global collaborative project with, for and by students around the world to problem-solve global deforestation. DeforestACTION provides a range of educational resources incorporating social media and online technology tools, and allows students to be empowered as they take real action while cultivating 21st century skills like teamwork, problem-solving and critical thinking.

4. 'See through' to sustainability wherever you are. Play 'I spy with my sustainable eye'. Ask students to list how many ways is the environment actually present in this room? Challenge the students to find anything in the room that does NOT come from it.

5. 'AUSSI Schools' Find out the location of your nearest Australian Sustainable School and see if your class can go to visit. By clicking on 'AUSSI coordinators' at the link below, find your state's contact details. See also the link to download the National Environmental Education Statement for Australian Schools: the Sustainability educator's 'bible'. …

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