Your Place Tells a Story
Encourage students to choose a tiny part of the local area (a space about the size of their hand) and discuss its significance. They might think that this place is inconsequential but, in reality, it is not.
- In a journal entry, students can describe what they think is remarkable about this place. Ask them to imagine the feet (paws or hooves) that have walked there before…someone laughed here. Why? An animal paused here, why?
- Ask students to describe the spot in intricate detail. What can they deduce about it? What questions do they have about it? (Students might direct their questions directly to the place in the form a letter. (E.G. dear place …). How might the place respond?)
Galaxies of Wonder
Students can be asked to bring to school a natural object that fits in the palm of their hand.
- Students will ask five other students in the school what they wonder about the object and will ask five adults what they wonder about it.
- Students will indicate what is wonderful about the object—how does it boggle the mind?
Spotlight on a Species
Change of context! Enlist students as “urban naturalists” who have been hired to teach people in their human community about the animals and insects also inhabiting the place. They will need show what they know about a local species. So, students will adopt a species and prepare to indicate what is unique about the animal/insect.
- They might design a trading card about it.
- They might create a pamphlet nominating this species for a local award or recognition—how is this being an unsung hero?
- As an imaginative extension activity students could be asked to invent a species and describe its predators, prey, food, habitat, habits etc
Not Just From The Mall
Have the students pick an article of clothing they are currently wearing and research its history. Students can research where all of the “ingredients” come from, the costs involved to make it (human, social, economic) and to transport it etc. Students can present their findings to the class. Challenge students to think of a resolution for the huge global ecological impact of the fashion industry. Ask them to design a proposal for reducing this impact while maintaining their ability to dress with style.
Allow the students to explore the playground/school ground. Have them find a special or “secret” place that they would hide away in if they could.
Ask the students to recreate the shelter using various craft supplies. What natural materials would they use to create their shelter?