We are all connected by our environment. We depend on natural resources for the food we eat, the clothes we wear and the energy we use. The great diversity and possibility of Earth is truly awe-inspiring! Ideally every student would have the opportunity to experience the similarities and differences of our planet’s ecosystems first hand: to visit the Great Barrier Reef or hike alongside rhino’s in their South African habitat, for example. This may not be possible for every student, but thanks to technology, students and their peers around the world students can now learn together about Earth and our shared challenge of protecting it.
How? Together with TIME For Kids we are launching a new project to help students explore environmental issues. Students will connect and collaborate with peers globally while learning about topics like how different farming practices can help save bees or the effects of oil production. Students will also learn about leading activists and young people from around the world and explore ways that they can address environmental issues in their own communities.
“For the past 21 years, TIME For Kids has brought the world to U.S. students. We are thrilled that now, in collaboration with PenPal Schools, we will be able to connect American students with peers in other communities and around the world,” says TIME For Kids editor Nellie Gonzalez Cutler. “We hope that by making personal connections, students will not only learn about each other but also gain a deeper understanding of a topic that affects us all—the environment.”
This project, Protecting the Planet, is not only an innovative way to teach science-related topics. It also enables students to practice their reading, writing, technology and collaboration skills, all while reflecting and communicating with peers from diverse perspectives. “It explores the human impact on the environment,” says PenPal Schools Chief Learning Officer Mark Danforth. “It also challenges young people to discover ways to advocate for the environment in their own communities.”
This project is loaded with TIME For Kids’ high-quality videos, photos, and weekly news articles. Combined with our vocabulary charts, printable classroom activities, grading rubrics, and completion certificates, Protecting the Planet will make learning science topics fun and meaningful (as well as an easy easy to implement class project!). The course is available for students age 9 and up and requires students’ participation for about 45 minutes per week for 6 weeks. It’s also aligned to academic standards and suits multiple ability levels. You can demo the entire project and see the full syllabus here.
Realizing how our shared actions impact the world we share is more important than ever. The environmental challenges that we face are global, and will take decades to address, so it’s crucial that we inspire the next generation of leaders to learn and collaborate on new solutions. Join us and help your students understand how to protect the planet:
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