Environmental Leadership Project
An interdisciplinary approach to integrating
Cross-curricular competencies and broad areas of learning:
- Environmental awareness
- Media literacy
- Citizenship and community life
Chelsea School, Dr. Wilbert Keon School, Eardley Elementary School, Greater Gatineau School, Maniwaki Woodland High School, St.Michael’s High School, Queen Elizabeth School, Wakefield School
(Please see student pictures: click on links to phase 1, phase 2 and phase 3 for school pictures and project highlights).
Teachers plan to motivate their students through a series of interactive learning activities with 3 separate phases. The 3 learning phases are based on implementing Bloom’s taxonomy of learning and developing critical thinking skills. Lessons begin with lower order thinking activities and progress in complexity. The 3 phases of learning activities are intended to help the learner develop higher order thinking skills by creating and designing student-led projects for citizenship and community involvement related to increasing environmental awareness.
(Click on the planning framework and activity chart for outline).
3 Phases of learning are:
- Phase 1- Creating an awareness of global environmental issues (Lower order thinking activities).
- Phase 2-Developing a deeper understanding of environmental issues (Lower to middle order thinking activities).
- Phase 3-Implementing environmental action projects in the classroom and schools (Higher order critical thinking activities).
This project integrates QEP learning through media literacy, environmental literacy and responsible citizenship activities. In summary the project involves students viewing an environmental film(s), interacting and learning together through 5 classroom activities. After the 5 or more lessons, students would choose to do a community based project that could help improve the environment.
(Click on Lesson plans and project template for more information).
The students work together through cooperative learning and project based methods.
The lessons are instructional intelligences activities which develop environmental literacy and media literacy knowledge’s. The lessons are quite effective and students become easily engaged: (KUD, KWL, Think, Pair, Share, Jigsaw activity, Academic Controversy, Developing a DVD jacket for the Film, W5 Research, Brainstorming, Mind Mapping and Role Playing.)
Teachers chose films which are age appropriate and informative on current environmental issues ranging from water, air, human health, climate change, wildlife habitats or populations, etc…The documentary films come from the National Film Board as well as other sources. After having completed the lessons on the film and chosen topic, the students are encouraged to take action and lead a citizenship project, which can take on a variety of shapes and/or sizes: (research issues and share knowledge through oral presentations with other students or community members, video-commercials, video interviews, letter writing campaigns, write letters to film makers, become a film critic, design DVD jacket covers, creating news paper articles, design new environ-products, clean-up natural areas, help wildlife with rehabilitation by building bird nest boxes, fish restocking, population census of local species, poster design, art projects about environ-issues, develop music and songs, drama- plays, skits, role playing, plant trees, etc…)