Hands-on learning invites students to discover the world by engaging with it directly, something our brains are geared towards on a profound level. When you think over your time in school, what classroom activities do you remember the best?
I’d be willing to bet that for a lot of people, the answer involves building something, cooking something, taking something apart, planting something, pouring one substance into another…in short, getting your hands dirty. Hands-on learning invites students to discover the world by engaging with it directly, something our brains are geared towards on a profound level. Why not harness this powerful pedagogical method to teach students about one of the most pressing issues of today: climate change?
Of course, when selecting climate change activities for students, you want to make sure that they really complement the material you’re covering. A well-chosen hands-on lesson can liven up class time, engage your students, and help them to understand the subject matter more deeply— plus, it’s likely to be fun. It can also be a lot of work, but we’re here to help. To start, check out these seven climate change hands-on activities.