At CLIMB Theatre we know that healthy schools want to teach students to keep the environment healthy, too. So, how can you work sustainability into your lesson plans in a fun and effective way?
If you want to encourage environmental responsibility in your students, trying using these three steps:
1) Identify the problems. Students may not realize what happens to their trash after it leaves their house or understand how driving a car contributes to air pollution. Simply talking to students about daily habits that impact environmental health is important – and it can be fun! Try:
- Taking a field trip to your local waste management facility.
- Testing local ponds and rivers for pollution.
- Recording and tracking your classes’ carbon footprint.
2) Explore local resources. There is a vast wealth of knowledge and resources available to students who want more information on environmental responsibility. Need some ideas? Start by checking out these youth-friendly resources and encouraging students to find apps and websites that help them take clean, green action:
And for teachers who want to make their school more sustainable, check out the Recycle More Minnesota Toolkit!
3) Find solutions. Students need to know that they can work to help keep their environment healthy. Make sure to follow up lessons on environmental damage with discussions about the ways kids can be sustainable! Letting students take the reins on recycling initiatives and water conservation projects will empower them to make more sustainable choices in the future – and will help them build practical skills they can use at home or in their community!
CLIMB Theatre’s environmental classes and plays focus on developing a sense of responsibility to our planet – helping students to develop practical habits for keeping their school and community green, and help students realize the steps they can take to build a more sustainable future. Learn more about our environmental programs today!