1—Introduce the unit with a recycling/reuse activity
Reading The Tomorrow Book by Jackie French and illustrated by Sue de Gennaro can introduce the unit to the class. The book addresses the theme of sustainability, emphasising that we need to work together as global citizens in order to save our world. The book focuses on our influence on the environment and how we can work together to reduce our impact, with the aim of living in harmony with our surroundings and each other, to sustain our world for future generations to enjoy. It tells the reader how together we can save our world by reducing, reusing and recycling. Items in the book have been reused and recycled in wonderfully creative ways by children.
Build on the general introduction in a first activity. Revise the text of The Tomorrow Book and discuss the illustrations. Have students identify items that have been made from recycled materials and list them on the chart below. Locate items in the text illustrations. List their original use, and note down how they have been reused and recycled to create a more sustainable world.
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Millennium Development Goals
In 2000, the nations of the world came together through the United Nations and agreed on eight goals to halve extreme poverty by 2015. These goals are called the Millennium Development Goals and they are an example of how countries are seeking to work together and cooperate to make a better world for all.
Read the play Millennium Development Goals — A football drama (.pdf 98 kB). In small groups, read through the play and discuss the following questions.
- Who are the teams?
- Who are the players that need to be tackled and stopped?
- What are some strategies that Humanity can use to do this?
- Who are the players who need to be supported and helped?
- What is happening to ‘the environment’?
- What are some strategies that Humanity can use to achieve this? What is one thing that you and your school could do to help?
- The drama suggests that life is like a football game. What are some of the language features or idioms that you would expect to hear on a football show? (For example, ‘The game has been tough’ ... ‘on top at the moment ’... ‘ need to tackle poverty and hunger aggressively’... ‘too much space to move … ‘)
Create a performance of the play to share as an assembly item.