Environmental Education through Statistics Ages 10-13 Cover

Environmental Education through Statistics 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: 0397D | ISBN: 9781877478277

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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 statistics
We Are Learning To (WALT) overview and banner
Activity 1: Key concepts – if the Earth were an apple12
Activity 2: Key concepts – the cooperation game13
Cooperation game offer and response options
Cooperation game cards
Activity 3: Key concepts – our world is full of life16
Biodiversity chart
Biodiversity cards
Activity 4: Values and attitudes – caring for the Earth19
Values and attitudes cards
The park near us
Activity 5: Taking care of our Earth for the future – exploring the central idea22
Key sustainability terms
Central idea banner
KWL worksheet
Protect–damage cards
Activity 6: Collecting and recording data – using a frequency table in simple20
Frequency table template
Activity 7: Introduction to data displays – creating pictograms and bar graphs31
Pictogram template
Bar graph template
Annotated bar graph
Home rubbish survey
Activity 8: Learning about rubbish and recycling – reduce, reuse, recycle36
Extension activity: internet discoveries
Facts about recycling and rubbish
Activity 9: Statistical investigation – how do we get to school?39
Statistical investigation cycle
Extension activity: how does everyone get to school?
Activity 10: Interpreting investigation results – writing conclusions and connecting to the environment42
Statistical investigation assessment (teacher)
Writing guide: our transport investigation
Activity 11: Waste audit45
Preparing for the waste audit (teacher)
Waste audit worksheet: what we found in the rubbish
Activity 12: Taking action – making a difference using what we have learnt49
Ideas for restorative action
Activity 13: End of unit reflection – KWL, self assessment, restorative action52
Self assessment worksheet
Other student resources54
Topic spelling list
Useful websites and other resources56