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Activity: Exploring Environmental Issues through Reading and Note-taking

Desired Outcome: I can make notes and organize them to develop my thinking, help retain and recall information, explore issues, and create new texts, using my own words as appropriate.

Suitable for Fourth Level (Scottish Curriculum)

Introduction: 1. Begin by discussing the importance of environmental issues and their impact on our planet. 2. Explain the purpose of the activity: to develop critical thinking skills, enhance note-taking abilities, and explore environmental issues through reading.

Activity Steps:

Step 1: Selecting Reading Materials 1. Provide a selection of age-appropriate texts, such as articles, reports, or short stories, that focus on various environmental issues. 2. Ensure that the reading materials cover a range of topics, such as climate change, pollution, deforestation, or endangered species. 3. Encourage students to choose a text that interests them the most.

Step 2: Reading and Note-taking 1. Instruct students to read their chosen text carefully, paying attention to key information, arguments, and evidence presented. 2. Encourage students to make notes while reading, using their own words to summarize important points, facts, or statistics. 3. Emphasize the importance of organizing their notes in a logical and coherent manner.

Step 3: Organizing and Analyzing Notes 1. Provide students with a graphic organizer or template to help them organize their notes effectively. 2. Instruct students to review their notes and categorize them into different sections or subtopics related to the environmental issue discussed in the text. 3. Encourage students to analyze their notes critically, identifying patterns, connections, or contradictions within the information.

Step 4: Developing Thinking and Creating New Texts 1. Ask students to reflect on the information they have gathered and the connections they have identified. 2. Instruct students to use their notes as a basis for developing their thinking and forming their own opinions on the environmental issue. 3. Encourage students to create a new text, such as an opinion piece, a persuasive essay, or a short story, using their own words and incorporating the information from their notes.

Step 5: Sharing and Discussion 1. Provide an opportunity for students to share their new texts with their peers. 2. Encourage a class discussion where students can present their findings, opinions, and creative texts. 3. Facilitate a respectful and inclusive discussion, allowing students to express their thoughts, ask questions, and engage in critical thinking.

Conclusion: 1. Summarize the activity by highlighting the importance of note-taking, critical thinking, and using one’s own words to explore environmental issues. 2. Encourage students to continue exploring environmental topics and to apply their note-taking and critical thinking skills in other areas of their learning. 3. Emphasize the role of individuals in addressing environmental issues and the importance of taking action to protect our planet.