Teacher: İnci AYRANCIOĞLU
Students: 6-9 years
The results of this activity with primary school students are as follows:
First of all, the students discovered the environment. We asked some questions to the students. Can you do something about the garbage? What are recyclable materials and what are the measures to be taken for less waste?
We did an online course activity through Zoom and asked some questions. We shared photos of our natural and artificial products with Padlet.
Students thought and designed what they could do with artificial materials for the “Garbage Museum”. They organized an online exhibition for the resulting natural and artificial objects. I wanted them to explore the environment, realize the damage they caused to the environment, find solutions to these problems and exhibit the concrete examples they prepared in the museum.
They tried to produce solutions for nature by making the products they collected from the environment striking, they came up with new ideas to reduce waste and worked on waste reduction-waste recycling. You can reach the online exhibition we have created on the Padlet.
With this activity:
1. Students discovered nature
2. They succeeded in separating the materials in nature
3. They tried to think about environmental pollution and find a solution
4. They became conscious of nature
5. They understood the importance of recycling to protect nature
6. They prepared an exhibition to raise awareness.
The activity will continue and students will upload them to Padlet as they make new discoveries.
Why others should use this or similar methods with their students?
Because solving the problems discovered by students with their own observations is the most effective way to raise awareness for them. Thanks to this scenario, more sensitive, environmentalist and solution-producing students will be trained. Nature observations, especially with primary school students, are very important in terms of getting to know nature. It also allows them to understand that the substances they collect are natural and artificial. They make creative products from the items they find and display their importance.
The event includes interdisciplinary work.
Topics; pollution, separation of substances, natural and artificial materials, data collection and interpretation, cleaning the environment, saving, recycling, art