Welcome! Get ready to take your students on an easy and inspiring environmental education adventure. Don’t worry – the prep for this project has been thoughtfully designed to be quick and painless. To get started, simply go through the steps below and then you’ll be off to the races.
Once you have completed the prep for the program you can start showing the lesson videos to your students. The lesson resources are included in the side menu. Each lesson includes a list of steps (like the one below – scroll down), a student video, and a buffet of extension activities for you to choose from.
- PRINT – Download, print, fold, and review student booklets. Get the student booklet file here. We recommend printing it single-sided in black & white on letter size paper. Then photocopy the pages double-sided and fold the 3 pages in half to get your booklet. If you have a long-neck stapler, you can staple the pages together.
- PRINT – Consider printing our teacher guide, if you like checklists and feel a paper version could help you stay organized. Our teacher guide contains the lesson checklists, a printed schedule, a place to record your feedback, and more. It’s not essential, but can be useful.
- PLACE – Choose a container to store the student booklets between activities. To help keep student booklets easier to find, we recommend collecting the booklets after each lesson so they don’t get lost. Choose a container to store all the booklets or have a bag designated for each group
- SCHEDULE – Book time in your schedule. Videos run 4-7 minutes long. It is ideal to also provide student writing time (5 minutes) and class discussion time (5 minutes) after viewing the video. You could schedule these once a day for 7 days OR once a week for multiple weeks. When you have completed the Design & Build lesson, you need to schedule some longer chunks of time for students to start building. We recommend at a minimum including 1 design and 2 build sessions. Use the printable scheduling page that follows to schedule your time to complete this project.
- GROUPS – Decide on the size of the groups and who is in each group. We recommend having students work individually to complete their planning booklet first, then share in groups.
- STUDENT SHARE – Consider how students will share their completed projects. You don’t need to decide this now, but start thinking about time to organize the final sharing session. Will they host a community tour for the other groups in the class? Will they host a showcase for other classes? For parents? Define how and when this will happen.
- CHOOSE – Consider what materials will be allowed for the build. Choose what materials you will allow students to use for the build. We encourage using cardboard and paper from the recycling bin. Consider what you will do with the student projects at the end
- DEEP DIVE – Consider taking a deeper dive by using the extension buffet. You can choose to take a deeper dive into each of the lessons (waste, energy, water, transport, food). An extension buffet is available on each lesson page that offers games, outdoor activities, and more