Climate Halloween Teachers
Here's Your Classroom Curriculum and Other Resources!
About This Training
This training is a Climate Halloween curriculum for teachers to teach their students for the Climate Halloween campaign. This curriculum was created by educator Nicole Marie.
Climate Halloween Overview
Climate Halloween is a global campaign through the month of October, with live actions on Friday, October 29. The purpose of the campaign is to draw awareness to the many species facing extinction and sound the alarm to global leaders ahead of COP 26.
Thank you for joining the Climate Halloween movement! Your role as educators in the global movement to heal the climate crisis is both vital and beautiful, we appreciate your efforts! Our aim is to suggest a simple structure to use as a jumping-off point.
Of course, you know your classroom, students and community best, so please feel free to tailor this experience to your context.
On October 29th, post a photograph of your students with representations of endangered species from the IUCN Red List.
Decide what materials and methods your students will use to represent the endangered species (animals, birds, plants, marine life). Here are a few ideas:
- Draw or paint endangered species and use the images as a mask.
- Build costumes out cast-off items and clean recyclables.
- Create sculptures that can stand with you all in the photo.
Take time to reflect on what your students already know about the endangered and the climate crisis.
- What kind of conversations need to happen to make Climate Halloween relevant to your students?
- How will you introduce them to the IUCN Red List? Do you want to introduce the whole list or pick a selection of species that are relevant to your local ecosystems?
- Considering the age of your class, what feelings might come up as a result of discussing extinction. How will you care for those?
- How will you communicate with parents?
- What do you need to do to help your community support this project?
Using your reflections, create a plan that will culminate on October 29th with your photograph. Preparing for your Climate Halloween could be done over several weeks or in a single day. It’s up to you. Just remember that students need time to make meaning. The longer they reflect, engage, and create, the more impactful the experience. Here are two examples of how it might unfold:
- Start with a simple discussion about what your students know about endangered species.
- Here are five sample questions you might use for the discussion:
- What is your favorite animal and why?
- What do you think it would feel like to know that that animal no longer existed?
- How does this animal make the earth a better place?
- Why do you think it's important to protect animals and our planet?
- Over several days, using the IUCN Red List, books, or other resources, introduce the list of endangered animals. Make sure to talk about animals in your own ecosystem that are at risk.
- Decide with the class, which animals they want to represent, and what messages they may want to communicate in the photograph.
- Put aside one or two sessions for creating the animals.
- Get students input on exactly how they want to arrange the photo.
- Start with a simple discussion about species extinction.
- You may want to limit your list and pick out some relevant to your context.
- Ask the children to do a simple drawing (use bold, thick-lined tools so that they will be seen in the photograph).
- Then stage the photograph by the end of the session.
- Be responsive: Whatever plan you create, leave some room for your student’s interests! The climate crisis needs passionate and engaged young people; the more they lead the experience, the more invested they will be.
- Post the photograph to the Climate Halloween community feed to inspire others!
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