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A green school - (Lower primary: year 3 to 4)

Staff |  01 August 2012

More schools now are green. To be green, means you care about nature.

More schools save water and energy. They also recycle. Recycle means reusing cans, bottles, paper and plastics. Schools teach kids how to be green too.

Lots of kids want to learn how to care for nature. Many don’t know where to start. Bill Thomas works in a state school in Melbourne. He wants kids to learn to live green.

Bill had lots of ideas to make his school ‘greener’. His school changed the way they water their fields and use less water to flush their toilets. Now they save tons of water every year. 

The school also added solar panels. Solar panels are put on roofs, walls or on land. Solar panels catch the sun’s heat. They then turn it into energy. Now, Bill’s school makes its own energy. Other schools were inspired by Bill’s ideas and he has won lots of awards for what he has done.

Bill says it’s important for students to learn about climate change and how it affects us. Bill wants to show kids a new way to think. Then they can help clean up the planet. 

Some kids don’t think it’s their job to protect nature. They blame adults. They want them to fix it. Bill helps kids see why they need to help too. 

Kids have to pitch in if they want a healthy planet for their future!

Questions and activities for 'A sustainable school' (Lower primary: year 3 to 4)

1. Why should schools become green?
2. Why should kids learn to be green too?
3. Why is caring for the planet all of our jobs - not just adults?


Kids go green Break up into groups of three or four and brainstorm five different ways kids could become more green. Then create a poster showing these five different green ideas. Use lots of colour and words to clearly explain your ideas. Then, hang up your poster in your classroom or in hallway at your school where lots of students will see it!


Topic tags: sustainableliving, volunteeringandtakingaction, environmentalissues, healthycommunitylife

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