Toddlers are aware of climate change with STEM

Climate change is the most important global environmental problem today, which scientists believe is mainly due to human intervention. Objective 13 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals focuses on Action to combat climate change.

The mission of this scenario is to help students through a climate of action and exploration to begin to understand the interdependence between the individual and the environment, to raise awareness and realize that what actually helps the individual is positive for the environment at the same time. Our ultimate goal is to lead students to change their behavior, to act as small global citizens and to mobilize the local and wider community towards a green planet. Collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity permeate the entire teaching scenario. The script will be implemented in a Kindergarten class consisting of 20 students.

Mode of delivery: Classroom-based

Purpose: To raise awareness of the issue of climate change and to acquire environmentally friendly behavior, while raising the awareness of the local and wider community.

Side goals:

  • To discover the effects of climate change and its effects on our daily lives
  • Recognize their responsibility towards the environment
  • Identify the causes of climate change
  • To explore ways to solve the problem of climate change
  • Analyse the causes of climate change
  • Draw conclusions about the causes of climate change
  • Plan actions to address the problem and adopt a more environmentally friendly behaviour
  • To enter into situations of reflection, to plan and solve problems, to develop their imagination and creativity
  • To support their views in front of others
  • Become Active Citizens and take action against climate change by raising awareness of the local and wider community

Activities

Awareness of students and provision of internal mobilization. The teacher presents in the classroom a poster for climate change made in PosterMyWall which depicts images showing desertification, ice melting, greenhouse effect, coral reef destruction, etc. Toddlers are asked to capture these emotions that evoke their emotions. in an online collaborative painting making emoticons emoticons. The whole class discusses the changes that have taken place in recent years in the environment based on the previous poster. Students state their views on the reasons why they believe this is happening. The children’s views are captured by the teacher on a concept map ( Kindspiration software is suggested , which is ideal for these ages because students combine pictures and words and thus develop vocabulary, writing and critical thinking skills).

Toddlers are divided into small groups of 3-4 people via a wheel of names ( Random Name Picker ) and search for information in the Junior search engine Safe Search on the concept of climate change, its causes and effects. The plenary of the class presents the results of our internet search on the causes and effects of climate change.

Toddlers divided into small groups of 3-4 people discuss in plenary about the presentations they saw and suggest ways to tackle climate change. All views are recorded by the teacher in a simple online Etherpad copywriter and then the discussion focuses on our individual actions. Each group creates a simple PowerPoint presentation with suggestions for what we can do and a student from each group presents it to the whole class (other options are slideshare, Google Slide, Canvas, Price etc). In the plenary of the class we watch videos on you tube related to the recycling of materials.

For a week the students collect plastic bottles, lids, batteries, paper and aluminium at home and on Friday they bring them to school and place each material in separate boxes. One leader from each team (random selection via the online wheel of Random names Name Picker) photographs the action with a digital camera and another student from each group weighs each box. Each group creates an electronic collage in PicCollaze.com utilizing photos from the previous activity. In the plenary of the class, students watch the teacher’s presentation on Google . Drive on different ways to combat climate change. By online voting at Easypolls . toddlers are called upon to argue whether we should do something about all that is happening, or whether we will remain apathetic.

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