Life Terra Pilot

Join Life Terra sustainability course pilot – test 4 lessons in English!

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Plastic soup, polluted air, litter… Children are confronted with news about climate change and environmental problems on a daily basis. Awareness is the basis for change. Therefore, Life Terra is proud to present the first series of lessons in which children can learn how to actively contribute to a more sustainable society (amongst other things). Try these lessons in Gynzy. Read on for more information about this unique pilot.

The pilot phase has ended. Would you like to view the complete Terra Mission teaching package? Then click here.

Background

What is it?

The pilot consists of 4 online lessons that are part of Life Terra’s sustainability course designed for students aged 8-14. The trial version covers 2 out of 8 climate change and sustainability related themes of the final version of the course. Using inspiring sources and examples, they challenge you to enter into an exchange with your students. Then students are asked to investigate themselves, both inside and outside of school: what is the situation like in my surroundings? What can I do?

The lessons can easily be integrated into most European curricula and courses at school. They have increasing difficulty levels: from issues close at hand (in and around the school) to issues looking at the bigger picture (nationwide versus global).

The pilot consists of:

  • Teacher guides, which provide information about the learning goals and instructions on how to carry out the lesson in the classroom with your students.
  • Lessons on the interactive whiteboard including information, exercises and video materials.
  • Worksheets and answer keys which provide answers to the assignments provided in the lesson.

What are we asking?

We would like you to try two Life Terra lessons with your class(es) during March / early April 2021 and tell us what you and your students think (information in order to collect your feedback will be sent to you separately by email). Each lesson takes about 1 hour (excluding the extra suggestions/exercises). 

Student Questionnaire

When participating in the Life Terra Sustainability course, we would greatly appreciate it if your students can complete this questionnaire. It aims at assessing the knowledge and attitudes children have before and after they complete the Life Terra course. This will serve project beneficiaries to analyse the impact of the course on children’s knowledge and attitudes about climate change.

  • Click here to open the questionnaire for students aged 8-10.
  • Click here to open the questionnaire for students aged 11-14.

What makes this pilot so special?

  • Lessons are all connected to each other, but can still be given separately
  • Variety of exercises both online and outside of school
  • Room for own input from the teacher (sources, materials)
  • 8 European countries working together on this project

As a participant in the pilot, you will have access to the entire series of lessons.

The lessons

The first two themed lessons for ages 8-10 and 11-14 are now available. Every lesson consists of a lesson on the interactive whiteboard, a teacher guide, a worksheet and an answer key. When preparing the lesson, it is best to print the worksheet and check if you need any extra material for the introduction, practical assignment and outdoor experience.

The lesson on the interactive whiteboard consists of the following parts:

  • INTRODUCTION: during the introduction you activate prior knowledge on the subject and you discuss the learning goals of the lesson.
  • INSTRUCTION: during instruction you look at the problem, the (possible) solutions and how students can contribute to a solution.
  • WORKSHEET: The students can work on the worksheet individually. Some exercises can be made in pairs or groups.
  • PRACTICAL ASSIGNMENT: The students can work in groups doing the practical assignment (for example making a poster). Check the needed materials beforehand. Students can start the practical assignment beforehand. You can also choose for a classical start of this assignment after working on the worksheet.
  • CLOSING: You may discuss the answers that can be found in the answer key together with your students. Depending on the exercises, you can, for example, let your students present their answers in front of the class. After this you discuss the learning goals set in the beginning of this lesson. When there is not enough time to finish the practical assignment during the lesson, make sure to discuss with students when they are expected to turn in or present their work.
  • OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE: The students can do the outdoor experience individually or in groups. An example of an outdoor experience is to keep up with the weather for a week. After that they can present their findings at the end of the week.
  • EXTRA’S: At the end of every lesson extra materials are offered (for example extra information or video’s). Besides this, there are fun activities like hangman or the memory game!

Because of the extensive material in the interactive whiteboard lesson, it is possible to divide the lesson into separate components. You can, for example, choose to work on the worksheet, practical assignment, or outdoor experience at another time.

You get to decide how to use the lessons and materials to best meet your student needs. You can delete or adjust pages to better fit your student population. Please note that no registration/signing in the Gynzy’s platform is needed to access the pilot lessons. You will need to sign in only if you want to save your adjustments made on the white board. To be able to save your adjustments, you will need a Gynzy account, which you can request for free.

Interactions with Gynzy on the interactive digital whiteboard

To get a quick overview of the possibilities within the Gynzy board you can follow this link to a quick tour of the board.

Each lesson has a variety of interaction types you might come across. You can click on squares, drag to reveal text, or to drag answers to where they belong on the page.

If you see this hand or an arrow, you can drag the object. Use this button to drag an answer to where it belongs or to reveal the correct answer. You will also see orange buttons with text or cards with images that can be dragged.
Click on the house to return to the table of contents of the lesson. From the table of contents, you can select any of the linked pages to quickly move to a specific part of the lesson.
When you have selected the arrow in the menu bar you can click on blurred out boxes to reveal the text or image hiding below.
When you have selected the arrow in the menu bar you can drag these covers or click them to reveal the content below.
Click here to play the video. Some videos open in a new window.

Life Terra is co-financed by the European Commission through the LIFE Programme (LIFE19 CCM/NL/001200).