Environmental Education through Science Ages 7-10 Cover

Environmental Education through Science 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: 56 | Code: 0397E | ISBN: 9781877478284

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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 apple11
Activity 2: Key concepts – biodiversity in light of our attitudes and values12
Habitat matching cards
Help–harm matching cards
Activity 3: Exploring the central idea – deadly links15
Homework letter
Central idea banner
Activity 4: Using the scientific method – bouncing balls19
Scientific investigation method cycle
Bouncing balls graph
Activity 5: Exploring interdependence – how pollution is linked to water, soil and living things23
Pollution questions and key to map
Water and soil pollution map
Activity 6: Finding supporting facts – research into water and soil pollution26
KWL worksheet
Bus stop headings and facts
Note-taking worksheet
Extension activity: in-depth research worksheet
Activity 7: Using the scientific method and fair testing – thirsty plants34
Thirsty plant procedure diagram
Thirsty plant report sheet
Thirsty plant observations worksheet
Activity 8: Using the scientific method – soil and plant growth39
Setting up the investigation (teacher)
Bean investigation worksheet
Bean plant observations worksheet
Bean plant growth record sheet
Activity 9: End of unit reflection – self assessment, KWL and restorative action46
Suggestions for restorative action
Self assessment worksheet
Extension activity: paint the drain! worksheet
Science investigation and fair testing assessment (teacher)
Other student resources52
Topic spelling list
Useful websites and other resources55