It’s the small actions we take each day that will end up making the difference, and together our students are making a big difference in our school forest!
The Intermediate Pod has been investigating sustainability in unit time, so in P.E. we have been playing games that provide a lens into environmental sustainability. Many of the games focus on the impact humans have on ecosystems. Then we finish each game with our attention on the choices we can make each day to have more of a positive effect.
We often get bombarded with all the negative effects humans are having on our planet, and the feeling of defeat can be overwhelming. The challenges we are facing seem too large, and there is no chance of saving what we have. In an effort to minimize the feeling of defeat and there is no hope for our planet, the Intermediate Students are turning their learning into action!
We are spending the final four class sessions of our Sustainability Unit removing invasive plants in our forest classroom. Our focus has largely been on removing English ivy, and the students are beginning to see the positive change they can create when we all work together. We are finding many native plants that have just been waiting for their chance to thrive, and now with the help of our motivated students they will get that chance.
The idea of doing something so small like removing a few plants is making any kind of difference in such a large scale problem is hard to put into perspective, but we have to start somewhere. It’s the small actions we take each day that will end up making the difference, and together our students are making a big difference in our school forest!