Use your notice board to speak to your class about living an environmentally conscious lifestyle. Kids are never too young to start thinking about this important concept. Use the board as a backdrop for class discussions and projects on the theme. And make the board itself "green" by creating it with fabric, if possible, rather than paper, as a teacher on Scholastic's forum on green notice boards suggests.
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Ways of Going Green
Create a board that states different reasons for going green. Draw a big tree, or cut it out of pieces of construction paper, and cut out big leaves as well. On each leaf, write an idea in a different colour and script. Leaves could say, “Hang your laundry out to dry,” “Turn off the AC,” “Carpool or ride a bike,” “Buy in bulk,” and similar statements.
The board could display a diorama of a school or home that has “gone green.” Solar lighting, open windows and fans, recycling bins, and even a wind turbine to generate electricity on site are all great details to include. Discuss how these solutions help a school to become more green, and give students a chance to make other suggestions.
Focus the board entirely on a single green technology. For example, you could create a board about a wind turbine. A turbine’s flat panels spin to capture wind energy that a generator can transform into electricity, as the U.S. Department of Energy explains on its website. Explore this process through a large diagram of a turbine. On the edges of the board, post pictures of real turbines with captions explaining where they’re located and what they provide power for.
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
Create a chart showing ways to reduce, reuse or recycle different items. On the board, make three columns labelled “Reduce,” “Reuse” and “Recycle. Place an additional column on the left in which you post pictures of different items, from ink cartridges and eyeglasses to furniture and plastic bags or wrapping. In each column, state how to reduce, reuse, or recycle the items, with a star by the preferred option—which, in most cases, will be “Reduce” or “Reuse.”
Show a whole neighbourhood going green together. Create a scene with people carpooling, taking a bus or riding bikes, while others work together in a community garden or plant trees and other plants around their solar-powered houses. Most importantly, portray how happy the community is as it works together to create a healthier world.
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