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`What If ...' start with a book

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Using a picture book as a starting point for planning an integrated topic in the primary school.

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`What If ...' start with a book

  1. 1. Starting point: What if? A book about recycling CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING & DIVERSITY GEOGRAPHY PLACE & SCALE • Coastal location • Decide on a real place where this event could have happened – photographs & maps o What is this place like? o How do I feel about this place? o How is this place linked to other places? Curriculum Links ENVIRONMENTAL INTERACTION ART (including ESD) • Sculpture using recycled objects • Waste, safe disposal, recycling • Shipwrecks, salvage, safe disposal • Finite resources • Recycling in school/ energy saving schemes • Looking at traditional societies that regard the earth as sacred – take only what is sustainable – GLOBAL FOOTPRINTS CHANGING HUMAN and PHYSICAL SCIENCE PROCESSES • Habitats – sea • Coastal erosion • Environment (How the water wears away the cliffs and rocks • Materials (properties) e.g. in the recycling and reshapes them) plant a magnet is used to take away the • Sorting activity – pebbles from the beach – sharp bottle tops pebbles, round pebbles, glass pebbles etc • Video/ movie clip – the power of the sea • Materials – new glass from old • Energy LOCATION & SPACE CITIZENSHIP/ PHSE • Where could the bottle float to? (Use of • Message in a bottle/ in the post (the way we are maps, globes, Google Earth). linked to other people and places around the • Use Google Earth, Live Local, Google Maps, world) Globe Tossing • Internet – real stories – message in a bottle • Role Play activity – travelling to distant • Finite resources • Recycling in school/ energy saving schemes places • Looking at traditional societies that regard the • Bee Bots – where in the world – travel mat earth as sacred – take only what is sustainable – GLOBAL FOOTPRINTS INTERDEPENDENCE & CONNECTEDNESS There are three books in the WONDERWISE • Message in a bottle/ in the post (the way we series from FRANKLIN WATTS that would provide a useful starting point for a KS1 & lower are linked to other people and places around KS2 plan focused on GEOGRAPHY & SCIENCE. the world) All of the books in the series are by: Mick • Internet – real stories – message in a bottle Manning & Brita Grandström. • What’s Up? 0 7496 5691 3 • What’s Under the Bed? 0 7496 5685 9 • What If? 0 7496 5692 1 Resource sheet developed by Wendy North wnorthgeography.org.uk 25/07/2009

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