Mindfulness, Biodiversity and Wellbeing
New lessons out now:
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.
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 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.
Schools Tree Day – July 30
National Tree Day – August 1
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..
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.
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.
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: