Environmental Science Unit [Photo Gallery]
The environmental science unit is an exciting, hands‑on and interactive set of 7 different learning activities for elementary cycle 3 and secondary cycle 1 students. It incorporates essential knowledge’s from the QEP in the areas of science; the ‘material world’- matter and energy, ‘earth and space’- cycles and interactions, and ‘living things’- transformations of energy, classifications, interactions, adaptations.
The activity set also incorporates Broad Areas of Learning for Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities.
Project Design and Implementation:
A teacher resource manual and student activity booklet were created in order to implement this unit of study. The activity sets and teaching materials are assembled in a kit format.
The unit is implemented over six 45 minute periods. The class is divided into two groupings and rotated through two different activities at one time. The unit is spread out over three days with one and a half hours per day being allocated in order to implement six different activities. Two or more periods are required in class after the activity set has been implemented to complete the unit.
Project outcomes for teachers:
- Teachers gain valuable knowledge and experience about teaching science and environmental awareness curriculum to their students’.
- Seven different environmental science learning activities were designed and implemented in six cycle 3 classes from three Western Quebec schools (=100 students).
- The student booklet and teacher resource manual were created for the activities.
Project outcomes for students:
- To help consolidate the new knowledge, the students are required to answer questions and complete written tasks in a science booklet after each activity. All students were engaged in a variety of activities and tasks across the learning spectrum of Multiple Intelligences and Bloom’s taxonomy for higher-order thinking.
- As a cross-cycle study, this unit has also involved secondary students and teachers in Secondary 4 and 5 from two schools with their carpentry and art classes. As an assignment students were to assist with the building design and creation of teaching materials and props for the activities. The secondary students were quite proud and motivated to be involved with a project that will be used for helping others learn about the environment.