Get your class outside this spring and ask students to go to a place that matters to them, such as a special spot in the schoolyard, neighbourhood park, students’ backyard, or a window to view an outdoor space. Students can draw a series of maps of this place from a variety of unique perspectives.
Have your students consider:
- What the place looks like from the sky?
- What animals, insects and birds live in this place?
- What travels through their special place?
- What is under their place (buried streams, soil, rocks etc.)?
- What might their place have looked like 100 years earlier?
- Other ideas students might come up with to imaginatively explore their space.
In a class or virtual presentation, students can share their favourite map and why the place matters, who else (or what else) uses this place, and who else lives there.
Source: Imaginative Ecological Education