Teaching the importance of the environment to special needs children can prove to be challenging. There have been many times when I have seen Niam, my younger brother with Autism, leaving the lights on or running the water tap while brushing his teeth. Oftentimes, I have to remind him to do the actions which we consider “basic” in our everyday lives to protect our environment.
Teachers often integrate the environment in their curriculum by introducing complex subjects of renewable energy and greenhouse gas emission or giving complex lectures, which can be difficult for a child with a language barrier to understand . I have made the Environmental Mega Workbook in an adapted form, to allow kids with Autism or other learning disabilities to be included in classroom environment so they can understand the basic environmental skills of recycling, Earth Day and other ways to reduce their environmental impact in their daily lives . This module includes a recycling journal, a Earth Day Social Story ( explaining what is Earth Day), Large Simple Posters for reinforcement and a Sorting Mat, Journal Writing ( with prompts) , Fact Poster, Colouring and drawing (to visualize recycling)
Learning about the environment brings a sense of responsibility to all children to bring a positive impact to their home.
3 TIPS TO USE THE ENVIRONMENTAL MEGA WORKBOOK
1: MEGAPACK CAN BE USED CROSS CURRICULAR
The megapack can be integrated in multiple subjects to enforce the protection of the environment in the minds of student. The bingo can be utilized as a recreational activity, the recycling journal can be used in English to practice writing and the posters can be used to teach safe recycling. The mega pack is cross-curricular.
2: TEACHERS CAN USE EARTH UNIT IN SCIENCE AND SOCIAL STUDIES CLASSES
Teachers can incorporate a “Earth” unit in their science classes to explore the megapack in depth and discuss the various ways to help the Earth in their everyday lives. April 22nd is Earth Day. It needs to be remembered with the growing controversy and deregulation in the United States.
3: HAVE THE CHILDREN BE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY IN THEIR DAILY LIVES
Teachers can set up 3 bins in the classroom for garbage, recycling and compost. Teachers can tell the students to turn off the lights in the classroom when they leave.
4. DO ENVIRONMENTAL PRACTICAL TEACHING. CAN YOUR STUDENTS RECOGNIZE VARIOUS EVERYDAY OBJECTS AND DETERMINE THE APPROPRIATE BIN?
Teachers can teach students about various materials in the classroom and having them being able to properly sort each item in the classroom.
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