Environmental Education through Science Ages 10-13 Cover

Environmental Education through Science Ages 10-13

upper 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: 10-13 | Pages: 58 | Code: 0397F | ISBN: 9781877478291

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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 science
We Are Learning To (WALT) overview and banner
Activity 1: Key concepts – if the Earth were an apple12
Activity 2: Key concepts – biodiversity in light of our attitudes and values13
Biodiversity matching cards
Damage–protect matching cards
Activity 3: Exploring the central idea – interdependence in the food chain16
Food chain sequence map
Information sheet: pollution and the Arctic food chain
Activity 4: Exploring the scientific method – up, up and away!19
Scientific investigation method
Exploring the scientific method worksheet: up, up and away!
Results graph: up, up and away!
Activity 5: Using the scientific method – balloon rockets27
Balloon rockets worksheet
Homework letter
Activity 6: Conducting supporting research – water and soil pollution32
Research organiser
Pollution facts
KWL worksheet
Activity 7: Using the scientific method – soil and plant growth37
Scientific investigation instructions: soil and plant growth
Plant growth recording sheet
Scientific investigation assessment (teacher)
Activity 8: Using the scientific method – toxic water (the effects of pollution)44
Scientific investigation instructions: toxic water – the effects of pollution
Seed germination and root growth recording sheet
Activity 9: End of unit reflection – self assessment, KWL, restorative action50
Suggestions for restorative action
Self assessment worksheet
Extension activity: paint the drain! worksheet
Other student resources54
Topic spelling list
Useful websites and other resources56