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Nurture Mother Nature (LS-PT-280)
alexandraduarte
March 22, 2020
Citizenship, Cooperative learning, Cultural awareness and expression, Digital literacy, English, Environment, External visit, Face-to-face, Formal, Gamification, Group dynamics, Learning Scenarios, Lower Secondary Education, Mind map, Non-formal, Oral presentation, Problem-based learning, Project-based learning, Quiz, STEAM (STEM + Arts)

Natural disasters have become a reality. The environment is somehow integrated into the curricula, and 2020 is the year of Climate Change and Environmental Challenges for eTwinning. For all these reasons, we started the New Year raising awareness for this global problem, having Europeana galleries as starting points.
“Think Globally, Act Locally”
Using the PBL methodology, we urged students to reflect on the health of the planet and start taking action in their own communities. Using their handheld devices, students were challenged to identify and locate green and red posts around them and point out possible solutions, which may include contacts with the local stakeholders.

students participating in a quiz
Exchanging of good practices
These documented situations are shared with our project partners in order to spread a much more responsible attitude towards environmental protection not only at our own school and the local community but also within a European network of schools, based on the exchange of good practices.

Materials used during the lesson
Next steps…
Our ambitious project is ongoing and, for our young activists, it is not going to come to an end in a foreseeable future. Not before their voices are heard. Not before their red posts turn into green ones.
Every single step of this activity is described in the Nurture Mother Nature Learning Scenario along with timings, goals, trends and skills as well as the resources used and created.
Would you like to know more about this learning scenario? You can download it below:
Europeana-DSI-4-LS-2020-PORTUGAL-DUARTE-docx​Download
Europeana-DSI-4-LS-2020-PORTUGAL-DUARTE-pdf​Download
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CC BY 2.5: The featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on Europeana Collections and have been provided by the Malmö museer.
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15 Responses to "Nurture Mother Nature (LS-PT-280)"
Paulo Antunes says:
March 22, 2020 at 2:38 pm
Great proposal! I’m seeing me implementing it, in my Geography classes (CLIL methodology). Congratulations!
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Alexandra Duarte says:
March 22, 2020 at 6:48 pm
Thanks for your feedback, Paulo.
In case there’s anything else you need, lease let me know and I’ll be glad to help.
Alexandra
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Alexandra Duarte says:
March 22, 2020 at 6:57 pm
Thanks for your feedback, Paulo.
In case there’s anything else you need, lease let me know and I’ll be glad to help.
Alexandra
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raffaelaserrani says:
March 23, 2020 at 12:56 pm
Thanks for sharing your scenario! I love the way you connected it to the eTwinning project. Good job!
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Alexandra Duarte says:
March 24, 2020 at 12:35 am
Hi Raffaela,
Thank you for your kind words. I really loved implementing it and so did my students. Soon I’ll share more resources here. Stay tuned 🙂
Alexandra
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brendanbuttigieg says:
March 23, 2020 at 5:25 pm
This is a great LS. I really agree that in order to nurture our mother nature we should think globally and act locally. Well done and thanks for sharing!
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Alexandra Duarte says:
March 24, 2020 at 12:42 am
Definitely. We should all start doing something in / around and for our own neighbourbood in the first place.
Thank you very much for your precious comment.
Alexandra
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Cristina Lima says:
March 25, 2020 at 11:02 am
Great LS, Alexandra!
It develops critical thinking, environmentally aware and
proactive citizens, certainly. About
Sustainable Development Goals and their possible contribute to their own country.
A lot of possible connections with other areas of knowledge.
Well done, Alexandra!
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Alexandra Duarte says:
March 25, 2020 at 1:30 pm
Thank you very much for your kind words, Cristina. Those were definitely some of my goals while creating and implementing this LS.
Alexandra
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ayrtoncurmi says:
March 28, 2020 at 9:44 am
Well done!! This can be easily delivered using online teaching methods. I really like the fact that you created a network between a number of schools by using AnswerGarden and Padlet amongst other digital resources. You can also create a class discussion by using Skype or Microsoft Teams. Thank you for sharing your ideas. Keep up the good work!
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ivanabusuttil says:
March 30, 2020 at 4:59 pm
What a great and current LS. I believe that with some adaptations it can be also done online. Before the school lockdown, I was going to introduce Greta and climate change to my students. I will surely implement this lesson once all this is over and we’re back in class unless I manage to do it online. Thank you for sharing.
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Alexandra Duarte says:
March 31, 2020 at 2:10 am
Dear Ivana,
With adaptations or not, I’m looking forward to reading about your implementation of my LS :).
Thank you very much for your precious comment. Best wishes,
Alexandra
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Alexandra Duarte says:
March 30, 2020 at 6:36 pm
Definitely, Ayrton.
Being a project involving different countries, all steps can be easily achieved just using online teaching methods and tools, available 24/7.
Being an EFL teacher, I cannot ignore speaking and listening in a foreign language teaching / learning context. Reading and writing go hand in hand and so do listening and speaking, but unlike the first two, these latter are often “The untaught skills” as Adler (2002) calls them. Now more than ever, with my own students and for the projects I’m involved in, I’m using videoconferencing tools like the ones you mention for debating / discussing and presentations.
Thank you very much for your input. Best wishes,
Alexandra
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dilajlapavletic says:
April 3, 2020 at 10:39 am
Dear colleague,
I have just ordered this book and I will definitely try to implement your LS. The health of the planet is always an issue but due to current circumstances we need to teach our kids how to be responsible. I will start with the statement “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Great LS!
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Alexandra Duarte says:
April 3, 2020 at 4:05 pm
Hi dilajlapavletic,
Thank you very much! I do appreciate your kind words about my LS. It really worked out very well with my students and now I can hardly wait to read your SoI.
Best wishes from Portugal,
Alexandra
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