Year 5 Curriculum Activity G:
Trees, Land Management and Deforestation.
Start with the Shared Curriculum document, (Shared Curriculum Document Year 5) which outlines the topics studied in the curriculum in in your Year Group both in Malawi and the UK around the topics of 'The importance of trees, land management, deforestation and soil erosion'. These topics are being studied as part of your normal activities. We want to bring your lesson alive, as you share your findings with Malawi.
Activity G - The importance of trees
- Discuss and investigate the use made of trees in both countries. Why are they important? Compare findings between the UK and Malawi. What does it tell us about our connection to the land? Can you also name the trees in your school grounds?
Biodiversity is the most common word used to describe the variety of life and it's habitats on earth. Our gentle web of eco systems that binds us all together is being stretched almost beyond repair in so many countries around the world. Please Click HEREto download another excellent teaching resource published by the Lilongwe Wildlife Trustas part of their Eco Schools Malawi programme. In this "Teachers Guide" you will find out how schools in Malawi are teaching their children to face up to tackling the challenges of their rapidly changing environment.
There are numerous activities listed below to help you create a fun and informative lesson about the importance of trees. There are also some excellent resources about land management, deforestation and soil erosion, in the "Useful links" and "Downloads" sections.
Please produce a report to share with other schools about your lesson and what you discovered - click case study pinboard at the bottom of the page.
Find out all about the Baobab Tree (pictured above), and it's amazing fruit...
- Identify and name the trees in your school grounds - Please link this to "Trees of Britain" and "Images of trees in Malawi." Do the same trees grow in each country?
- Discuss the nine reasons why trees are important - What you think are the most important reasons? Separate the class into small groups to discuss for 10 minutes and do a diamond ranking exercise. Please link this into the “10 reasons why trees are important" in useful links.
- Starfish TV - Watch a film either "The importance of trees" or "Negative impact of deforestation” (See below).
- Starfish TV - Watch "Hear why kids love trees" (See below).
- Eco Bricks - Show the Eco-Bricks power point with notes. Eco Bricks Powerpoint, Eco Brinks Powerpoint: Teachers Notes.
Upload your findings on the Case Study Pinboard - Using theEco Study Template Schools in Malawi will be doing the same project and will upload their information to share with you. Click HERE for KS3 resources. We will be expanding the topic as we receive contributions from link schools.
The Importance of Trees - Useful Links
Tree planting in Malawi by Ripple Africa - A charity working in Malawi.
Starfishers - Useful Downloads
Ripple Africa: Tree planting in Africa - A charity working in Malawi.
Eco Bricks Powerpoint- An alternative to firewood in Malawi. Please use in conjunction with teachers notes below.
Eco Brinks Powerpoint: Teachers Notes- To be read in association with Eco Bricks PowerPoint.
Starfish TV - Useful Internet Videos
- The importance of trees - (above - 5:32) Beautiful images showing trees and their immense value.
- Negative impact of deforestation - (3:55) How nature is effected by deforestation especially evergreen species (powerful).
- Soil erosion for kids - (6:29) Cartoon for kids about soil erosion.
- Hear why kids love trees - (1:25) Children tell why.
- Our world, our choice - (1:25) An overview of the impact of rainforest deforestation on it's inhabitants.
Shared Work and Case Studies for Activity G
Please follow this link to download an excellent powerpoint presentation supplied by Fiona Gibbon at Old Bexley Primary school (linked with Napache) highlighting the power we all have to tackle environmental issue in our communities.
This inspirational presentation focuses on the life of Waangari Maathai who’s singlehanded determination and dedication in tackling deforestation in her homeland has helped to change the face of Kenya amongst other african countries, earning her the noble peace prize.
Salehurst Primary School linked with Katitima Primary School.
St Margaret's Junior School linked with Mtumbira Primary School.
Hollingbourne Primary School Linked with Kaputu Primary School.
Download: Global Education Case Study - Biodiversity.
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