Category: Activities for Schools

Dynamic Earth – The Greenhouse Effect
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Dynamic Earth – The Greenhouse Effect

This video and activity pack will help you to understand the greenhouse effect and how human action is changing the climate. The Greenhouse effect is why increases in greenhouse gasses such as carbon dioxide cause the planet to heat up. We call things which cause greenhouse gasses sources and things which absorb them sinks. Curriculum…

Bees and Biodiversity (University of Edinburgh Open.ed)
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Bees and Biodiversity (University of Edinburgh Open.ed)

Three lessons on the contribution that bees make to our planet on the topics of pollination, bee diversity, and hexagons in the bee hive (STEM activity). Lesson 1: Flower structure and pollination Lesson 2: Types of bees Lesson 3: Why bee hives are made up of hexagons Includes lesson plans, activities, presentations and worksheets. Curriculum…

Plastic in the Ocean (University of Edinburgh open.ed)
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Plastic in the Ocean (University of Edinburgh open.ed)

Plastic in the Ocean is a resource aimed at educating learners about the negative environmental effects of plastic. Over the course of four lessons, the learners are taught what plastic is, why it is bad for the environment and what can be done to address this environmental problem. As well as fun and interactive lessons…

Sustainable Schools: an IDL STEM design challenge
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Sustainable Schools: an IDL STEM design challenge

This interdisciplinary approach using STEM/ STE(A)M subjects involves the learners being ‘hooked’ by a plea from the head of their Council to design a new school sustainably. Ideas of fair trading and fair testing are explored in the resource. It comprises five sessions: auditing your school’s current sustainable features, learning about fair trading using: a…

Outdoor Learning (University of Edinburgh, open.ed)
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Outdoor Learning (University of Edinburgh, open.ed)

An outdoor learning activity to promote the health benefits of using green spaces. It includes a visitor questionnaire, health diary and drawing and interpreting graphs. Two of the lessons are classroom-based, however the other lesson is an outdoor field trip that encourages the learners to put into practise what they have learned in the first…

Adaptation and Extinction of Woolly Mammoths (University of Edinburgh – open.ed)
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Adaptation and Extinction of Woolly Mammoths (University of Edinburgh – open.ed)

Three lessons covering, adaptation, survival characteristics and the extinction of the woolly mammoth with comparison to living elephants. Includes presentation slides and student worksheet with answers. Aimed at Level 2 (Biodiversity and interdependence, SCN 2-01a) This resource bundle includes: Lesson 1: Woolly mammoths and the ice age Lesson 2: The pygmy mammoths Lesson 3: Comparison…