One of our favourite stories at Preschool is ’10 Things I Can Do To Help My World’. Isabella has drawn particular attention to the story lately. She enjoys it so much; she made her own project with drawings and environmental sustainability messages from the book. Her Mummy bought her a copy of her own and Isabella brings it to school to read to her friends. We were so impressed with the interest the children showed in the environmental issues raised in the book, we decided to make a felt story board to go with it. We went to the Library in small groups to look at it for the first time.
The story shows things that we can do to help our world, such as turning off lights, saving water, recycling and planting trees. We wanted to extend on this learning with the story board and used it to show how damage can be done to the environment by the things that we do. It shows how electricity is made by burning fossil fuel and how this causes pollution and damage to the environment. The children learned that the health and wellbeing of all living things are interconnected and depend on a healthy environment.
Later in the afternoon, we reflected on the stories and I asked the children to tell me one thing that they had learned or could remember from the story:
Maddison: The bad stuff (pollution) makes a big hole in the ozone layer
Rylie: The sun makes us warm
Sofia: Everyone drink water and have energy
Braedyn: Turn the lights off when you go to bed
Lily: The sun makes us nice and warm and gives us temperature
Maison: Brush your teeth. Turn off the water
Rachel: Trees make us breathe. Plant trees.
Daneeka: The rain makes the plants grow
Mason: Turn off the lights
Nicolas: The animals need the trees
Jacob: The fire makes electricity
Hayley: Paper comes from trees
Christian: The sun makes us warm
Ruby: We make paper from trees. Use both sides (of the paper)
Isabella: Make things from boxes
Ryan: The sun and the trees
Verity: Turn off the lights
Jack: We need food
Cruz: The fire was there and it made the power
Chance: People chop down too many trees
From this story board, the children have had discussions about recycling. For an activity we will look at making toys from recycled materials!