Choose a day each year where students gather and explore different ways to keep our planet healthy and sustainable.
Instruction - in each of the older student classes, (i.e. grades 7 & 8), divide the students into groups. Each group is responsible for a specific topic. The goal of each group is to research their area of expertise, create a short presentation describing the issue or topic, and then design an activity for younger students that will teach about the topic.
Teaching about photosynthesis - the importance of plants in our environment
Seed dissection - learning about the parts of seeds
Owl Pellet dissection - learning about food webs
Recycling - learning about the different plastic classifications and what is recyclable and what is not
Composting - How to make your own compost
Solar power - S'more making - Make your own solar oven
Global warming - what is it and how it effects our environment
Acid Rain - pH testing of water
The Lorax - read and act out the classic Dr. Seuss story
The Giant Garbage Patch - learn about how plastics do not breakdown and end up hurting ocean wildlife
Oil Spill Clean up - design a method for cleaning up oil spills
Water FIitration - design a water filter from everyday materials.
Solar Desalination - design a solar still
Maker Space/craft area - teach how to re-purpose and re-use materials that would otherwise end up in our landfills or oceans. Have materials for students to create their own inventions or projects created out of recycled materials.