Environmental Education through Literacy Ages 7-10 Cover

Environmental Education through Literacy Ages 7-10

Middle primary

Give students the opportunity to advocate for positive change. This series enables them to do that while also covering many areas of the curriculum. It is a complete set that simplifies delivery of the unit. The English maths and science activities are centred on key environmental concepts and students use a variety of learning tools including speeches, debates, surveys, scientific investigations to develop core skills.

Ages: 7-9 | Pages: 58 | Code: 0397A | ISBN: 9781877478246

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Patsy Blackstock

Growing up close to nature near Seattle, Washington, USA, Patsy Blackstock (BA, MA/ABS, Dip Tchg) became a passionate environmentalist in 1971 with the launch of the first Earth Day. She has worked in northeast Scotland helping to develop the Global Eco-village Network. She taught for four years in Steiner Education and now focuses on environmental education for sustainability in the primary sector.

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Paul Mason

Inspired by his own family and from his time as a primary school teacher, Paul likes to write stories that get young readers turning pages. Paul has an extensive body of published work crossing a range of genres, including the novels The International Yeti Collective and Shadowspring. He lives on an island in Aotearoa New Zealand, and can be found with a little book and a fountain pen in his hands, catching ideas before they disappear.


About this book
The key concepts of environmental education
Planning resources7
Curriculum links
Unit plan: Environmental education through literacy
We Are Learning To (WALT) overview and banner
Activity 1: Key concepts – if the Earth were an apple12
Activity 2: Key concepts – the web of life13
Our tree
Activity 3: Key concepts – our world is full of life15
Our world is full of life
Activity 4: Values and attitudes – caring for the Earth17
Values cards
Values trees
Activity 5: Responsibility for action – exploring the central idea21
Our list of environmental issues
Homework letter
Central idea banner
KWL worksheet
Activity 6: Topic research and investigation – using the internet and library26
Our questions
Research worksheet
Activity 7: Oral language – introduction to persuasive language29
Our persuasive language
Debate worksheet
Activity 8: Visual language – what makes a powerful poster?32
Our posters
Activity 9: Creating a persuasive poster – assessed visual language outcome34
Our poster plan
Visual language assessment (teacher)
Poster peer assessment
Activity 10: Guided reading – the features of a persuasive letter38
Persuasive letters
Writer's trail
Persuasive letter success criteria
Activity 11: Letter writing – following the stages of the writer's trail45
Our writing prompts
Written language assessment (teacher)
Letter writing template
Persuasive vocabulary and sentence starters
Activity 12: End of unit reflection – self assessment, KWL, restorative action50
Self assessment worksheet
Suggestions for restorative action
Other student resources53
Topic spelling list
Useful websites and other resources55