Schools Tree Day: July 31st

The theme of this year’s Schools Tree Day is regeneration – whether it’s fauna recovering from the vicious bushfires, or our mental and emotional recovery in the wake of COVID-19.

It’s a time for students to get outside, learn about their local environment, and have some fun. With National Tree Day just two days later, students can take home their learnings and participate on Sunday 2 August by planting a tree at home

We have lessons for all year levels that can prepare you for Schools Tree Day. Check them out below. 


New lessons out now:

Mindfulness (Years 3-4)

This year has been particularly difficult, with situations like the bushfires and COVID-19 taking a toll on our mental health and wellbeing. 

This Schools Tree Day mindfulness lesson will be all about regenerating our minds. Kids will go on a walk in the forest and think about nature, seasons, and how trees change over time.

 

 

Biodiversity (Years 5-6)

In the wake of the terrible bushfires during summer 2019/20, it’s important for everyone to learn about how the regeneration of land after fires and droughts, and ensure the ongoing survival of Australian bushland. This regeneration is absolutely crucial, as these areas provide homes to native wildlife and support plant and animal biodiversity. 

Get involved as a school. 

Planet Ark’s National Tree Day (Sunday 2 August) has become Australia’s largest community tree-planting event. 

Since 1996, over 26 million trees have been planted by over 5 million people.

Check out the National Tree Day website for ways to get involved this year and for other nature themed resources. 

#NationalTreeDay

 

Dirtgirl shows us how to plant!

This activity is designed to help students learn about how to plant, and care for the seedlings they grow during Schools Tree Day. The perfect activity to help students define and focus on the issues they will be dealing with in the unit of work.

To access the lesson and get planting, click here..


Early Learning Lessons:

Following these lesson plans is an ideal way for your school to take part in the largest nature-care event in Australian schools, Planet Ark’s Schools Tree Day.  You’ll be joining thousands of amazing teachers in making a difference, fostering a child’s love of nature and creating positive environmental change. So, get growing!

Our Schools Tree Day lessons include mindfulness activities that help to develop skills in focus, resilience, emotional intelligence and regulation of the body and emotions.

Find all of our Schools Tree Day lessons for Early Learning here

Your Mind in a Jar

The aim of this activity is to help children make sense of mindfulness. Children will create a glitter jar and use it during the activity as a way of focusing their attention. 

Super Senses

This activity is designed to help children to tune into each of their senses, their environment and their inner thoughts and feelings. Children develop skills in focus, attention, resilience, emotional intelligence and regulation of the body and emotions.

Mindful Explorers

This activity is designed to help children to tune into each of their senses, their environment and their inner thoughts and feelings. This activity is designed to help children develop mindful practices through sensory and play-based experiences.

Mindful Bodies

The aim of this activity is to help children make sense of mindfulness by using nature as a stimulus. Children will tune into their breathing and body, their inner thoughts and feelings. 

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Primary Lessons

We have 17 primary lessons and activities for all year levels across Primary School. You can find them all here

Featured below are two Dirt Girl lessons, as well as 4 mindfulness lessons to help students tune in by defining and focusing on the issues they will be dealing with in the unit of work.

   

SMARTboard Lesson:
Foundation

In this activity students explore the importance of nature and trees. They gain literacy skills by building understanding of vocabulary relating to nature and everyday experiences.

SMARTboard Lessons:
Years 1 & 2

In this activity students explore the importance of nature and trees. They gain literacy skills by building understanding of vocabulary relating to nature and everyday experiences.

   

The Nature of Mindfulness:
5 minute activities

This lesson gives students an opportunity to connect with their five senses: touch, sight, hearing, smell and taste. 

The Nature of Mindfulness:
60 minute activities

There are three 60 minute activities in this lesson that teachers can choose from: ‘Posy of Possibilities’, ‘Chain of Life’, and ‘Kindness Seeds’. 

The Nature of Mindfulness:
15 minute activities

In this series of 15 minute activities, students will examine the colours, shapes and elements of nature and discover how mindful observation and stillness can change the way they feel. 

The Nature of Mindfulness:
2 minute activities

In this series of 2 minute activities, students will develop body awareness through a variety of mindful practices, including crouching, standing, shape-making, breathing and balancing. 

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Secondary lessons:

What is Biodiversity?

This activity can be amended to suit all year levels as the aim is to build an understanding of the word ‘biodiversity’. Students will begin to understand the concept of biodiversity and explore why there is poor public understanding of the word. They use the digital learning tool Wordle to create a word cloud that demonstrates their understanding.

Schools Tree Day can mark the beginning of a long-term environmental program, engaging your students in a fun, hands on activity that can reinforce their environmental, maths, science and creative arts learning or simply contribute to creating beautiful school grounds. 

Check out all of our Secondary lessons and activities here. 

To help students define and focus on the issues they will be dealing with in this unit of work, we’ve put together some ‘tuning in’ activities:

 

The Nature of Mindfulness:
15 minute activities

The aim of these activities is to help students make sense of mindfulness by applying it to life. 

The Nature of Mindfulness:
2 minute activities

These activities will allow students to experience and share a range of sequential nature-based mindfulness practices.

The Nature of Mindfulness:
5 minute activities

These mindfulness activities are based upon our five senses: touch, smell, taste, sound and sight.

The Nature of Mindfulness:
60 minute activities

These activities have been designed to promote a deeper personal connection to nature-based mindfulness. 

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