STAGE 4: ELABORATE AND WORK TOGETHER FOR CHANGE
The ‘Elaborate’ phase provides opportunities for students to apply what they have learned to new situations and so develop a deeper understanding of the concept or greater use of the skill. It is important for students to discuss and compare their ideas with each other during this phase.
Elaborate Step 4.1: Plan a project for change
Suggested Subject Area: Environmental Education/ Literacy
To provide students with opportunities to:
You will need:
Make a list with the class of the most common items that are regularly thrown away at home and at school.
In small groups, each group selects one item and brainstorms all the possible ways that the item could be re-used. They also select one or two ideas that they think are the most practical and useful.
Build a ‘sense of community’ in the class and explore and clarify the agreed direction for an action or a range of actions or a project for change at the school.
Ask students to:
Explore the wide range of effects that can follow from actions, issues or their project ideas.
A recycling programme could be started.
Plastic bags could be recycled, crocheted, knitted or sewn together to make warmer and waterproof clothing items.
Large containers could be recycled and cleaned to capture and store water in.
Newspapers could be recycled and bricks could be made with mud for burning in times of cold.