Creative world goal projects

Marine environment on the time table

Hanne Bindslev Gregersen, teacher and author

During a school science week, a group of school children from a year 2 school class worked with one of the UN's 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) to transform our world; i.e. development goal No. 14: 'Life below water'

Through creativity, the children had to learn about the subject they were introduced to by reading about marine animals and watching a video about plastic in the oceans.

One of the joint creative projects for an overall exhibition was lots of blue-painted boxes (the ocean) filled with plastic items with marine animals on wooden sticks (marine animals that did not want to be in the ocean with all the plastic).

Another project was a joint collage - also with marine animals and glued-on plastic items. Small blue card fish were attached underneath the collage with the children's written statements and thoughts about the subject and what they had learned.

Collage 1: Together the children painted the ocean and the sky using watercolours. Cut-out and decorated marine animals were glued on and plastic waste was added and attached with glue lacquer.

Collage 2: The floating, cut-out card marine animals symbolize: 'I don't want to be in the ocean with all that plastic.'

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