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powerfulnaturekingdom.et

  • Level : From 10 to 11
  • Key competencies : Digital / Foreign language / Learning to learn / Social and civic
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  • Objectives

    • Educational and pedagogical: to develop pupils’ feelings, emotions and the way of looking at the nature with “green” eyes
    • To be aware of and actively participate in protecting the natural environment and to become responsible, environmentally aware and active citizens of tomorrow
    • To introduce pupils to environmental education by respecting plants and animals, taking care of them and fighting against the destructive elements
    • To develop pupils’ oral and written abilities
    • To motivate pupils to use English through the practice of the four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing
    • To make pupils actively participate to the learning process by making them reflect on their strategies
    • To develop pupils’ creativity through their cognitive skills
    • To promote their work by collaboration, cooperation and communication
    • To expand the results of this collaborative work out of the pupils’ community(school, town, country)
    • To develop digital competence in a didactical way
    • To assist the pupils to express their concern over the issue through painting, photography, theatre education and general art

  • Process

    There are several steps that need to be taken in running this project. Obviously the first point below must take place. After that the steps may be chosen according to your time availability and curricular objectives.

    Meeting point.
    a. Pupils introduce themselves and discuss their interests, hobbies, likes and dislikes and worries about the powerful kingdom of nature. Pupils send to their partners a detailed description of themselves and their partners create an avatar according to the information received. (they can use Voki or bitships.com or any of the suggested tools)
    b. Talking about their immediate environment: their school and their town (usina tool like smilebox) Partners solve a little questionnaire about their partners’ school and town using a tool like photopeach for example.

    Magic friends.
    Once the pupils know each other, they start working on the first part of the project: They can do one or all of the following activities
    o find a mascot (art work)
    o design a common logo on-line using a toll like DrawItlive.com
    o create a song for the project.

    The pupils can then vote for the best logo/mascot/song to represent the project

    Dangers all around.
    Observing, taking notes and sharing responsibilities as citizens of this world. Pupils work in small groups, select an animal/plant in danger.
    a) Photograph competition. Pupils take photos of different places, animals, plants they have in their local environment. The best photo will be selected as the image which will be in a poster with an educational message. A good tool for this is Glogster.
    b) Small groups work on the creation of a story about an animal/ plant which is in danger of extinction. The partner’s group will continue the story. A tool such as Storybird is good to use here.
    c) A play for each story. Each group receive at random, the story created by another group and they prepare a pantomime/ play for it (video recorded).
    d) Journalists. Different journalists interview the actors and the writers of the plays.

    Witches. Learning about the stories from the past, how the nature is involved in many legends and real stories that one day were true. Use the eTwinning Live videoconference or directly invite an expert about witches to visit the class and tells about these amazing characters and stories that were part of the nature.
    As an outcome pupils could create a common eBook about medicinal herbs and their healthy properties.

    Humans. Powerful kingdom of nature is in our hands. Pupils learn about, analyse and decide what to do with our world through some of the proposed activities.

    Interview adults working in the field of conservation.

    Survey the adults and pupils in the project on their attitudes to conservation, nature, birds, animals etc. The questions to be asked may be prepared by the pupils from school a to be asked of the groups in school b etc. A simple tool like a Google form may be used here. The results of the surveys may be compared and presented in the TwinSpace.

  • Evaluation

    The evaluation process was developed in different ways: interviews and surveys by our pupils. Here teachers could get a feedback of the best activities of the project and what to do to improve the ones that got less qualification.
    Parents’ feedback was also very interesting and rich. The Great Celebration Day was an excellent moment (at the end) to check impressions with them and consider their opinions about the project we had been developing with their children all along the school year.
    The both teachers also evaluated all the activities once they have been done and at the end of the project we could share our opinions of everything: pupils, teachers, parents, and also the school staff.

  • Follow-up

    The powerfulnaturekingdom celebration Day. Using an eTwinning Live event, celebrate an on-line party where participants enjoy and present a famous nature event: The quizzes, songs, videos and diplomas could be present during the celebration.
    The powerfulnaturekingdom dictionary. Create a dictionary w parallel as the project is developed. The most relevant words will be here in the languages of the partner countries
    Powerfulnaturekingdom.et magazine. An on-line magazine/ newspaper could be prepared as the project is being developed. Here the participant schools could post the most relevant points created with the project.

Comments (13)

  • Hi, I' m a German teacher in a secondary school and this project would be perfect for my students. Please contact me if you are interested in a collaboration with an Italian school:sabry.sv@libero.it

    Sabrina Venti 23.02.2016
  • Interesting ideas!

    Maria Silva 26.02.2016
  • Hi! I´m a bilingual teacher in a Spanish school and I´m looking for a project related to environment, ecosystems, endangered species, etc. My students are 10-11. If someone is interested to work with us, please let me know: nabascalp03@educantabria.es Thanks

    NOEMI ABASCAL 28.02.2016
  • Hi, I'm a schoolhead in Sicily near Syracuse. Our scholl is searching for european partners . This project seems very interesting. My email: agata.balsamo@istruzione.it

    Agata Balsamo 19.03.2016
  • I would like to join in this project with my students!

    Luljeta Koçi 24.03.2016
  • Hi! I`m interested. I`m a Romanian teacher from Bucharest, Gymnasium School. My students are 10-11 years old and they are very curious. Please contact me: bataus_cornelia@yahoo.com. The best wishes!

    BATAUS CORNELIA 26.04.2016
  • Shume domethenes

    Zemrite Hereni 26.07.2016
  • zovem se Tatjana Krpović i sviđa mi se projekat. Ideja je zanimljiva. Srdačan pozdrav od Tanje

    Tatjana Krpović 28.08.2016
  • Hi, I am an English language teacher from Italy, working with a class of middle school students aged 13-15. Together with the Science teacher, we would like to start a project which involves our class and students from a different country (approx. January - April). The aim of the project is to initiate a vegetable garden under guidance of teachers and provide an opportunity to learn by doing. We are looking for partners (any nationality but the project must be carried out in English). School gardens are an effective way to use the schoolyard as a classroom, reconnect students with the natural world and the true source of their food, and teach them valuable gardening and agriculture concepts and skills that integrate with several subjects, such as Science, Art, Health and Physical education, as well as educational goals, including personal and social responsibility. The end product could be a short film/documentary/tutorial in which students would explain benefits of own vegetable gardens from a "scientific" point of view, and film operations like land preparation and sowing with a commentary in English. Finally, students could share own end products and compare/contrast projects based on the experience in each country. This is a general idea and we are quite flexible about implementing the project, so if you are interested in starting a collaboration, get in touch asap. Thank you!

    Licia Arcidiacono 03.12.2016
  • I M a french teacher in Martinique, an Island of Caraibes. This project is perfect for the students of my school. The nature of pur Island is a good subject !

    GAELLE ALBIN 24.05.2017
  • I'm a teacher of English in a highschool in Valencia, Spain and I'm very interested in this project. It would be perfect for my students of second year, 13-14. if you would like to contact with me, this is my email: morbice@gmail.com XELO BIENDICHO

    XELO BIENDICHO 11.10.2017
  • An interesting project! The project addresses a topical theme for the environment. The purpose of the project was to look, to observe, to analyze and to understand how important nature is in our lives in our world. Through the activities it was intended to teach students how to treat nature, respect it, love it and take care of it. The project targets key competencies digital / foreign language / learning to learn / social and civic. The plan is organized, it contains all the important elements of an integrated approach. The process is clear and suitable for the age of the students. The tools are varied, The products produced within the project are particularly useful. The project is a good example for a similar eTwinning project.

    Veturia Seserman 20.10.2017
  • This is a well balanced project. I would be interested to adapt it to my kindergarten children. Congratulations to the teachers and children for your inspiration for the choice of the theme and tools and also for the hard work.

    Ionela Camelia Lazea 29.10.2017