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Creating an Eco-Friendly Classroom

Creating an Eco-Friendly Classroom

Deep Ecology MovementGeorge Sessions and Arne Naess (1984)Basic principles:Human interference with or destruction of the natural world poses a threat not only to humans but to all organisms constituting the natural orderAdvocates for wilderness preservation, simple living, and green movementsThe world does not exist as a free resource to be freely exploited by humans Materials do not guarantee happiness beyond a very moderate level, and over-consumption is endangering the biosphere Humans interference with the world is excessive and damaging and we must implement the necessary changes

What is a Sustainable ClassroomMaterials that are eco-friendlyIntroducing sustainability to studentsMake it personalReducing, reusing, and recyclingHaving students bring these ideas and practiceshomeImpossible to create a fully paperless classroom,but there are things you can do

Recycling in the ClassroomCommunity-based approach to environmental issuesWhile school-wide is ideal, not completely practicalCreate a classroom policy Set up recycling bins, sort it, track itCompete with another classroom to see who can reduce their waste output the most - kids love competition

Recycle Ranger and Green Teams!Student jobs make cleaning up the classroom easier. Put students in green teams and use the last 5 minutes of class to power down computers, close the blinds, check faucets, and sort recycling.Recycle Rangers would serve the same purpose, only making it one students special job

Upcycled Art and Classroom OrganizationUsing recycled materials to organize suppliesVeggie/Coffee cans for pencil/marker/pen/brush holdersMilk Crates and old plastic drawers for shelvesOld cupcake/muffin trays for smaller supplies organizationMilk jugs cut open could also be used for pencil/marker/brush/pen holders

Upcycled Art and Classroom OrganizationBringing in things from home to create bulletin boardsNewspaper for backgroundUsing scrap colored paper for letters/picturesHanging plantersPlants help freshen the airCan use plastic bottles to create hanging planters

Green TrackingGet students involved with projects that help them to see how sustainable they are in their everyday lives.Have a classroom graph of how many recycled bottles, cans, or boxes the class accumulates have students be in charge of graphing at the end of everyday Try to reduce waste and consumption over the year!

Eco-Friendly Supplies

Lessons for Sustainability in the Elementary ClassroomScience Water pollution Compost bottlesEnglish / Language Arts The Lorax Writing contest with National Wildlife FoundationMath Calculate carbon foot print for fictional character Green graph of recycled materials

Standards (You can teach sustainability and hit your standards!)CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.1Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.2Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.3-LS4-4 Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem caused when the environment changes and types of plants and animals that live there may change3.MD.B.3Draw a scaled picture graph and a scaled bar graph to represent a data set with several categories. Solve one- and two-step how many more and how many less problems using information presented in scaled bar graphs.CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.1Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text

Lessons for Sustainability in the K-12 Art ClassMaking recycled paperUse paper scraps and glue to make your own recycled paper for the classroom.Recycled egg carton flowersUse egg cartons to create beautiful recycled flowers for the classroom. Eco-friendly and aesthetically pleasing!Bottle Cap MuralAs a school, students can recycle bottle caps throughout the yearArt teacher, alongside with students, can then design a mural, and work on creating a mural with the bottle caps with each class

Lessons for Sustainability in the K-12 Art ClassUsing CardboardCorrugated Cardboard collagesPaper towel/ toilet paper tube artCans and Milk JugWind chimesCrushed Can art- faces, animals, etcMilk Jug masks

Art StandardsVA:Cr1.2.3a: Apply knowledge of available resources, tools, and technologies to investigate personal ideas through the art-making process. VA:Cr2.3.2a: Repurpose objects to make something new.VA:Re.7.1.2a: Perceive and describe aesthetic characteristics of ones natural world and constructed environments. VA:Cn10.1.2a: Create works of art about events in home, school, or community life.

Sustainability: So what?Long-lasting, eco-conscious decision-making skills: A child is more likely to develop healthier habits and make eco-friendlier choices as an adult when exposed to the benefits and meaning behind leading a greener lifestyle at an early age.Money saved: an eco-friendly classroom helps reduce overall expenditure.Students see themselves as part of the environment Increases community support

How to get involved?http://www.greeneducationfoundation.org/index.phpTeachers can get certified in sustainabilityEducate yourself so you can educate your studentsGreen Classroom Pledge

QuestionsHow could you see these classroom practices leading to the consciousness of a sustainable world?How could these small steps contribute to the bigger picture of sustainability?