To help fellow students learn about the important issue of climate change, 7th graders organized a Climate Change Fair for younger students and a Panel for older students, which featured climate change experts, educators and activists.
At the Fair, activities and games designed by 7th graders included a sorting game where kids learned about what goes into the recycle bin, the trash and the compost, a trivia wheel where kids answered questions about endangered animals, and stations where they created climate change drawings and planted sunflower seeds. “We did it! Yes!” 3rd graders cheered, as they watched the water run between rock and sand barriers they erected to protect their houses. Through this game, called “Save the City,” students learned about about the rising sea levels and the effects of flooding due to climate change.
The Panel followed the Fair and featured a number of climate change experts, educators, and activists: Janet Bowser, and environmental attorney attending on behalf of the Representatives for MCAN (Massachusetts Climate Action Network); Cheryl Schnitzer, a professor from Stonehill College; James Turner, a professor from Wellesley College; and Nick Rabb, a representative from the Sunrise Movement visited CRS to participate. Panelists talked about ways that everyone (regardless of age) can influence change, how greenhouse gases get trapped, the need to reduce trash and trash incineration, ways that the rising sea level will affect Boston, and alternatives for fueling cars in the future (like algae!).
“This was a learning experience. Plans went through multiple revisions, and students had to shift original ideas to make the Fair and the Panel work,” said Chris Raskin, 7th grade Social Studies teacher. “I think they are aware that they are making a small, but important, impact on mitigating climate change.”
Charles River School is a PreKindergarten through Grade 8 independent school that honors the pursuit of academic excellence and the joy of childhood. We nurture each child by igniting curiosity, encouraging creativity, and cultivating intellectual engagement. Our graduates know themselves, understand others, and shape the future of our diverse world with confidence and compassion.