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It's Easy Being Green!

Lesson Description:
Activity: Design a Green School Building! You and your teammates are going to improve your school by making it "greener" than it is now.

  1. The team members will close their eyes and visualize their school building the way it is now. Think about at all the floors, the roof, the composition of the outside walls, the areas surrounding the school, the windows and the shades.
  2. Draw a part of the school building that you imagine changing to be "greener".
  3. Make notes on what should be changed. e.g. more windows, solar panels, different lighting, different roof, floor heating , change in the playground etc.
  4. Each team could use construction paper to create a greener version of their school. 

Things to Think About:
How is your new school building different from the building you started with? Why do you think the changes in the school building will reduce its carbon footprint? What features and materials have you added to your school building? What features and materials have you removed from the school building? What might you imagine it would feel like when you are inside the new school building?

Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Group Work
  • Project

Sustainability Topic:
  • Green Building

GEF Program Category:
  • Green Building Program

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1 class
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