Environmental Exchange Box
Last school year, I attended a workshop for Project Learning Tree (PLT). The resources I gathered throughout that day gave me some fantastic ideas to incorporate the environment into our daily learning. One activity I was particularly excited about gave students a tangible way to experience a new environment and continue to develop awareness of our own environment. Through the environmental exchange box, PLT gets us connected with another school that resides in a very different area. For us, that school is in Atlanta, Georgia! The students and I enjoyed this project so much when we did it last year that I couldn’t wait to start it again this year. The teacher I was in contact with from Georgia emailed me over the summer with the same thoughts, wanting to continue this unique opportunity.
Here’s the plan: Students brainstorm ways we can communicate what our environment is like by collecting items to place inside a box. We have already worked together to write a letter introducing ourselves. The class will work together to consider how we can represent our environment through different forms of communication.
After creating, gathering, and writing, we will send off our environment box to Georgia! Meanwhile, students in Georgia are doing the same activity. When they receive our box, hopefully they will be able to imagine what the PCCS campus is like! We will receive their box from Atlanta to help us understand the similarities and differences between our two environments. Students will explore and discover Georgia’s surroundings through this exchange. We can’t wait! We will keep you updated as we complete this exciting project!