|Environmental Education in the Schools (Peace Corps, 1993)|
|Activities, activities and more activities|
"Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in
order to look at things in a different way."
-Edward de Bono
Cartoons can help liven up a lesson plan and help motivate students. They're also effective tools to help promote critical and creative thinking skills. For example, by having students analyze environmental political cartoons and comic strips focusing on culture and lifestyle, students can compare and contrast cultural attitudes, discuss differing opinions about environmental issues, and examine values and beliefs. They can also develop creative skills by developing their own cartoons and comic strips and sharing them with others.
Using fantasy in the classroom can also liven things up. For example, having students read and analyze stories about environmental conditions on a made-up planet or looking at how fantasy creatures are adapted to environmental conditions can help students apply the information they learn.
In this section, we've included activities that use cartoons and fantasy to help students investigate and understand environmental issues. In the first activity, students read descriptions of endangered fantasy animals to discover what makes an animal more prone to extinction. In the second activity, students use humor and cartoons to discuss forest-related issues. In the third example, a cartoon about ozone helps students understand why the ozone layer is thinning over many parts of the world.
ACTIVITIES IN THIS SECTION
1. THE RARE SCARE, reprinted with permission from Ranger Rick's NatureScope: Endangered Species-Wild and Rare, published by the National Wildlife Federation ( 1988).
2. CARTOONS AND HEADLINES, reprinted with permission from Project Learning Tree, published by the American Forest Council and the Western Regional Environmental Education Council.
3. HOLEY OZONE, reprinted with permission from Ranger
Rick's NatureScope: Pollution-Problems and Solutions, published by the
National Wildlife Federation ( 1990).