My House, My Planet... and Me!

Authors : David Wilgenbus(plus d'infos)
Myriam Ahmed-Yahia(plus d'infos)
Anne Clémenson(plus d'infos)
Raphaële Héliot(plus d'infos)
Summary :
“My House, My Planet... and Me!” is an educational project for sustainable development on the theme of eco-habitat. Students study the impact of habitat on the environment and understand that greener building practices are possible. They work on the control of energy, materials, shape of buildings, water management and the relationship between the habitat and the neighborhood.
Publication : 1 November 2011
Duration :
21 sessions
Material :

 

  • thermometers of “bain-marie” or double-boiler type (ranging from -10°C to +110 °C)
  • water bottles
  • cups
  • containers (cardboard and plastic boxes, plastic pans, trays, etc.)
  • insulators: wool, cork, polystyrene, etc.
  • aluminum foil
  • cellophane
  • neoprene glue
  • small cars
  • clothespins
  • a pipe
  • cubes
  • a kettle
Note :
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The pedagogical module My House, My Planet... and Me! is also available on a dedicated website (www.fondation-lamap.org/ecohabitat), as well as in paper form, in a book  published by Le Pommier (in the book, there are also scientific and educational insights).

An evaluation protocol is proposed at the end of the project, in order to verify the students’ achievement. Click here How to use this pedagogical module?

 

This module includes a series of activities organized in a “turnkey” progression, which can be implemented in classrooms of cycle 3 (CE2, CM1, CM2) throughout the year. For each session are listed the objectives, the mobilized competencies, the list of materials needed, the expected duration, the vocabulary to define a possible course and the possible extensions. To help teachers, typical questions and conclusions are also shown. The teacher is perfectly free to adapt them and even strongly encouraged to develop them with his students.
Whenever documentary work is necessary, the documents can be downloaded from this site. Other documents may also be used to exploit data specific to the context of the classroom.
Most sessions involve a multidisciplinary approach. However, we wanted to show what the “dominant” discipline of each was, in order to better reflect the contribution of geography or mathematics alongside science and technology.
 

 

How much time will it take?

The pedagogical module My House, My Planet... and Me! consists of 11 “core” sessions of an average of an hour, and  ten optional sessions that offer interesting extensions with scientific, technological, educational, and citizen point of views.
All of this progress is adjustable depending on the context: students’ level, available materials, time to devote to this project, etc. The pedagogical module was designed to be completed in one class of cycle 3, but it is possible to split within a project cycle, even in the context of liaison work between school/college.
 

 

Conceptual scenario of the project

The ideas and learning sequences of the module My House, My Planet... and Me! follow a progression with the following conceptual scenario, expressed in the students’ language.

(click on it to enlarge).

scenario_conceptuel

Access to classroom sessions

The module includes 11 “core” pedagogical sessions (in bold in the table below) and ten optional sessions organized into five sequences.

Click on the titles of sequences to access the sessions they contain.

Sequence 1 Which habitats for which needs?

Sessions

Core

1-1

Draw your ideal home

Science and technology

1-2

What are the different types
of homes in the world?

Geography

1-3 (optional))

How do we lodge
in France today?

Geography

Sequence 2 The impact of the habitat on environment

Sessions

Core

2-1 Unequal access to the resources

Geography

2-2 The life cycle of construction materials

Science and technology

2-3 (optional) Let’s build with different materials

Science and technology

Sequence 3 Energy in the habitat

Sessions

Core

3-1 What is a thermal insulator?

Science and technology

3-2 (optional) What are the insulators used
in the habitat?

Science and technology

3-3 (optional) How to ventilate a house
without damaging the insulation?

Science and technology

3-4 (optional) How to orient your house?

Science and technology

3-5 How to heat water with
the sun?

Science and technology

3-6 Design a solar water heater

Science and technology

3-7

Build and test a solar water
heater

Science and technology

3-8 (optional)

Intermediate assessment on the energy

Science and technology

Sequence 4 Water in the habitat

Sessions

Core

4-1 (optional)

Water on Earth Mathematics

4-2

Water in the habitat

Science and technology

Sequence 5 Beyond the individual habitat

Sessions

Core

5-1 Apartment or house: is it the same? Mathematics
5-2 (optional) Density compactness and loss of heat

Science and technology

5-3 What is an eco-neighborhood? Geography
5-4 (optional) Study of our neighborhood (1) Geography

5-5 (optional)

Study of our neighborhood (2)

Geography

 

Evaluation protocol

An evaluation protocol is proposed at the end of the project, in order to verify the students’ achievement.. Click Here to access the assessment (sheets, course, answers, etc.)