Topic 5: Tricky Transport (and Emissions)

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How we move around has an impact! We'll check out Owain kayaking in Antarctica (he might even show us an Antarctic Eskimo Roll...) and talk about how the different ways of getting around can be super fun, and have different impacts on our environment. Students will be challenged to think about their chosen methods of transport, and how their local street-scape/area has been designed to facilitate certain types of transport modes - is there anything they think they’d like to change?

Core objective:

  • Year 1-2: Explore the joy of active transport, and how we can move without cars. Create a more walk- and bike-friendly community around the school.
  • Year 3-5, 6-8: Guide students to understand the benefits of active transport, and how our local world can shift away from the current state of automobile dependence.

Mātauranga Māori: To be decided (it's a working progress 🙂)

Call-to-Action: Use active transport to get to/from school!

Year 1 and 2 - Level 1

Major links 

Science 

  • Material World - Properties and Changes of matter, Chemistry and Society

Arts 

  • Visual Arts - Developing Practical Knowledge, Developing Ideas, Communicating and Interpreting Ideas

Health & Physical Education 

  •  Personal Health & Physical Education - Safety Management, Regular Physical Activity

Social Studies

  •  Understand that people have different roles and responsibilities as part of their participation in groups. 

Year 3 and 5 - Level 2

Major Links

Technology 

  • Nature of Technology - Characteristics of Technology
  • Technological Practices - Brief Development, Outcome Development & Evaluation

Science 

  • Planet Earth and Beyond -Earth Systems, Interacting Systems
  • Material World - Properties and Changes of matter, Chemistry and Society

Health & Physical Education 

  •  Personal Health & Physical Education - Safety Management, Regular Physical Activity

Social Sciences 

  •  Social Studies

Year 6 and 8 - Level 3 

Level 3 

The Arts

  • Visual Arts - Developing Practical Knowledge, Developing Ideas

English

  • Listening, Reading and Viewing, Purposes and Audience, Ideas

Health & Physical Education

  • Personal Health & Physical Development - Regular Physical Activity, Safety Management, Personal Growth and Development 
  • Healthy Communities and Environments - Societal attitudes and values, Community resources, People and the Environment 

Mathematics & Statistics

  • Numbers and Algebra - Number strategies, Equations and Expressions
  • Geometry & Measurement -Measurement

Science

  • Planet Earth & Beyond -Earth Systems 

Social Sciences

  • Social Studies - Understand how people make decisions about access to and use of resources.

Level  4

Level Four

Major Links

English

  • Speaking, Writing and Presenting - Purposes and Audiences, Ideas

The Arts

  • Visual Arts - Communicating and Interpreting

Health & Physical Education 

  • Personal Health & Physical Education - Safety Management, Regular Physical Activity,
  • Movement Concepts and Motor Skills - Challenges and social and cultural factors, Movement skills

Mathematics & Statistics

  • Numbers and Algebra - Number strategies and knowledge, Equations and expressions
  • Geometry and Measurement - Measurement, Transformation

Science

  • Nature of Science - Participating and contributing
  • Living World - Life processes
  • Planet Earth and Beyond - Earth systems, Interacting systems
  • Physical World - Physical inquiry and physics concepts

Years 1 - 2

Core objective:

Explore the joy of active transport, and how we can move without cars. Create a more walk- and bike-friendly community around the school.

Lesson summary:


In this topic’s suggested lesson plan students are immersed in the process of moving without motors. .They’ll begin by moving around the schoolyard, finding comfort and fun in active transport. From there, they'll get imaginative! Students will explore and share creative ways of getting around town. After this concept chat, it’s time to get to work. Students will get artsy and make cardboard signs to encourage walking to school; signs will promote a safe ½ kilometer around the campus for students to “Park and Stride!’ 

Topic Call-to-Action:

Use active transport to get to/from school!


Remember - feel free to give us direct feedback by commenting directly on the lesson plans themselves!

Did you find alternative resources or an alternative use for this lesson plan in your classroom? Share it here!

Year 1 - 2 Resource
Extra Resources

Extra Resources:

  • Design and Build a Hagglund (30 Minutes)
  • Alternative Slow School Zone Activity (30 Minutes)
  • My Trips: Weekly Carbon Counter  - Maths exercise ( Years 4+, 20 Minutes)
  • Big Street Survey Activities (Up to 60 Minutes)
  • Create Transport Solutions (15 Minutes)

Years 3 - 5

Core outcome:

Guide students to understand the benefits of active transport, and how our local world can shift away from the current state of automobile dependence.

Lesson summary:

To inspire students to move without emissions, this week’s lesson highlights the power, independence, and fun of active transport. To begin, students will imagine and design communities without cars. Once they’ve gotten their creativity into gear, they’ll explore how the world of active transport is growing through inspiring the class to move around safely and actively. Students will have the opportunity to move their feet and minds by running around, and calculating their speed! To finish out, your class will make school an active transport oasis by building signs that promote safe, active transport to school!


Topic Call-to-Action:

Use active transport to get to/from school!


Remember - feel free to give us direct feedback by commenting directly on the lesson plans themselves!

Did you find alternative resources or an alternative use for this lesson plan in your classroom? Share it here!

Year 3 - 5 Resource
Extra Resources

Extra Resources:

  • Design and Build a Hagglund (30 Minutes)
  • Alternative Slow School Zone Activity (30 Minutes)
  • My Trips: Weekly Carbon Counter  - Maths exercise ( Years 4+, 20 Minutes)
  • Big Street Survey Activities (Up to 60 Minutes)
  • Create Transport Solutions (15 Minutes)

Years 6 - 8

Core outcome:

Guide students to understand the benefits of active transport, and how our local world can shift away from the current state of automobile dependence.

Lesson summary:

Students will get started by mapping out their transportation around town, and how it can be active. From there, they’ll get on their feet (or wheels) and cruise around school to solve tasks in teams. Students will then use some maths so see how much carbon dioxide could be saved by switching from cars to active transport. Finally, they’ll plan a week of using active transport to get to school!


Topic Call-to-Action:

Use active transport to get to/from school!


Remember - feel free to give us direct feedback by commenting directly on the lesson plans themselves!

Did you find alternative resources or an alternative use for this lesson plan in your classroom? Share it here!

Year 6 - 8 Resource
Extra Resources

Extra Resources:

  • Design and Build a Hagglund (30 Minutes)
  • Alternative Slow School Zone Activity (30 Minutes)
  • My Trips: Weekly Carbon Counter  - Maths exercise ( Years 4+, 20 Minutes)
  • Big Street Survey Activities (Up to 60 Minutes)
  • Create Transport Solutions (15 Minutes)

Core Objective:

Build the fundamental features of a Waka Hourua and describe its relationship to the natural world.

Description:

Te Pūtake is all about finding purpose! This topic focuses on exploring the purpose behind the design features of a Waka Hourua. Looking into how Kaitiaki elements or Atua influences design and supports practical outcomes to do with waka.

Lesson plans:

This week is about being creative innovators and practical inventors. This topic focuses on analysing traditional Waka and exploring ‘Te pūtake o te Waka’ the purpose of a traditional Waka.

Why is this relevant? A traditional Waka is designed like all species to live and travel harmoniously within the laws (Kawa) of nature.

Tikanga & Kawa are a set of customs that guide indigenous cultures to live harmoniously in the laws of nature. This topic encourages critical thinking about carbon emissions, prompting students to be sustainable thinkers and reflect on how the environment's natural laws can assist us in being indigenous innovators.

These Te Ao Māori resources have kindly been put together by Hinga

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