Throughout the year there are many special days and events that are worthy of celebration in the classroom. They may draw attention to issues affecting our world and its inhabitants or celebrate achievements and contributions to the arts or our collective knowledge.
On the last Friday of each month, I will provide you with a list of days and events worthy of celebration in the following month. This is the list for January. The list is not exhaustive and is simply some ideas to spark your imagination.
International Year of Plant Health
As 2020 is the International Year of Plant Health, January is the ideal time to start thinking about how you can use the theme Protecting Plants, Protecting Life to foster learning throughout the year. It fits perfectly into Science Biology units that focus on living things, habitats and the environment; or perhaps you might consider using it as an overarching theme in your classroom for the year.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, the year “is a once in a lifetime opportunity to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and boost economic development.”
- Establish a vegetable or native garden
- Adopt an area of bushland
- Decorate your classroom with a plant theme
- Have potted plants in your classroom
- Schedule time in your program for exploring outdoors
- Conduct experiments about the needs and features of living things — plants
- Read books about plants
- Discuss the importance of plants to our lives
- View and discuss this promotional video