Environment Club

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Environment Club
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Project Type(s):



Region: Ashanti
Country: Ghana
Volunteer(s) Name: PCV Bangert and Nicolaison
Funds community contributed: 0
Funds needed were: 0
Funds requested were: 0
Year of project approval: 2010
Projects started in Ghana 2010 (19).
Camp BALL, Capacity-Building Workshop on the Health Benefits of Moringa, Cape Coast Field Trip, Community Rabbit-Rearing Project, Daughter to Work Day, Environment Club, Fufulso Schools Rainwater Collection System, Ghana Longboat HIV Educational Expedition (GLEE), HIV/AIDS Educational Murals, HIV/AIDS Outreach Radio Broadcast, HIV/AIDS Peer Educator Workshop for Tea and Kenkey Sellers, Household Compost Latrine Project, ICT Computer Lab for JHS, Love Life: Valentine's Day Football Gala, No Wealth Without Health … further results
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Other Projects in Ghana (41).
Beaders' Community Workshop, Business Camp, Camp BALL, Capacity-Building Workshop on the Health Benefits of Moringa, Cape Coast Field Trip, Community Rabbit-Rearing Project, Computer and Library Access, Computers for Junior High School, Cultural Club, Daughter to Work Day, Environment Club, Expansion of Rainwater Harvesting System, Fufulso Schools Rainwater Collection System, Ghana Longboat HIV Educational Expedition (GLEE), HIV/AIDS Educational Murals … further results
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Environmental Activities for Kids

Contents

[edit] Using the Senses: Adopt a Tree


[edit] Observations

Go out (without the kids seeing you) and get 10 everyday “nature” objects from outside the school, community, etc. These can be rocks, leaves, feathers, branches, etc. Place them on the ground, and cover them with a handkerchief. Gather all the children around. Lift the handkerchief for 25 seconds, and have them try to remember everything that was on the ground. See who can remember all of them, or as many as possible. Maybe give the winner some little prize?

After that, have all the kids go out and find identical objects in the surrounding area. Call them back after a few minutes, and pull out each object at a time, see who found something like it, and tell a story about what that item is, where it comes from, and how it is somehow important in the ecosystem.

[edit] Natural Art

Get some unlined paper, enough for each of the kids to have a few sheets each. Collect some dirt, oil, charcoal, clay, etc. Have kids use their hands and fingers to make pictures with the different colors of naturally occurring media. It will most likely be messy… but teaching kids that they can create things out of only the things directly surrounding them—will decrease their dependency on pencils, paint, brushes, and canvas, if they want to pursue art and pick up a fun hobby.

[edit] Trash Art

Go around the community, and see what trash you can find that could make a cool sculpture or multimedia piece. Of course, try and watch out for kids picking up sharp metal objects and such, but you can always find some fun things that don’t work anymore, but still have some sort of aesthetic value. Try old cans and bottles, broken radios, hair nets, combs… anything! If you can, get some glue and cardboard (and paint, should you wish) and put it all together! If there is anywhere in the classroom to display it, kids will be proud of what they have done—no matter how elementary it looks to us… since they don’t have access to art teachers for the most part here, they will be excited to try something new!

[edit] Creative Journal

Kids here are not taught to think for themselves… they just copy, memorize, copy, memorize. Go out into the community, and have the kids sit for a while, paying attention to nature. Ask them to write what they see, what they hear, what they smell. Ask them to write a story about what they are experiencing, or maybe a poem. Even if they don’t write full sentences, have them make lists of what they are noticing about their community that they had never thought about before, and why it caught their attention… what is so special about it? Why does it interest you? After each student has had some time to think by themselves (try not to have them sit in groups, they will only be distracted). Back in the class, have each kid make a drawing or collage about what they saw, and how if effected them personally… post these on the wall when they are done—they’ll be proud!

[edit] Pollution Bingo!

Familiarize your kids with some basic pollution terms… Fossil fuels, CFCs, Acid Rain, Climate Change, Greenhouse effect, ozone, leaching, runoff, smog, renewable and non-renewable resources, point pollution, solid waste, toxic, etc. Make a “game board” of 5x5 squares, and make enough copies for all the kids. Write or print squares that fit onto the game board, each with one pollution word on it. Have the kids each put their squares down on the board, each in different place. Try to make sure the kids aren’t just copying each other. Otherwise you will have a multiple bingo. Try to have the kids familiar enough with the definitions of each word, so that when someone wins bingo, they can try to tell the class what each of the bingo words mean.

[edit] Weather Scavenger Hunt

Go around town, choosing items that you want your kids to pick up, or identify… make them a list, and put them in groups of 3 or 4. Give each group a list of items needed, a pencil or pen, a notebook, and a “weather find” back to collect things. Come up with some sort of treat or reward for the group that finds all things first and returns to you! Ideas for the hunt can be…

Anything really… just to get the kids thinking! For the things that cant be picked up, have them make a drawing of what they see, and describe where it is in town.

[edit] Project Reflection

From Nicolaison

At my local JHS School I took over a previous volunteer’s Environment Club. This club was for Form 2 and 3 students only and had an executive board of 7 students who met outside the club to plan meetings. The club met bi-weekly (or weekly depending on the school schedule) immediately after school and did a variety of activities such as eco-art crafts (magazine bead jewelry and water sachet purses), educational games, and event planning. The club also participated in a local field trip to the Oda Big Tree and also planned an Environment Day.

When I took over the club there was interest for the Form 1s to also join. Eventually each grade was allowed to be in the club based on attendance and school behavior. Some days there would be anywhere from 25-50 students. The club was entirely funded by myself and the money made from the sales of the magazine bead jewelry. Sadly, there was no teacher support for the club, thus it was not very sustainable.

The club was enjoyable when the students were well behaved. Sometimes it was difficult to handle so many of them all by myself. I would have liked to have more teacher involvement so the school could continue the club. The teachers showed interest but never actually stayed after school to help. Not sure how to inspire them to help with the club.

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