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Getting Started

Climate Action Schools Year Planner - Keep track of your Eco-Schools work and our offering of lessons and training with our new Climate Action Schools planner. Printable on A3 for your Eco-Committee to write on.

Application Template - Sample application form for pupils applying to be part of the Eco-Committee

Communications Pack - Share news of your Eco-Schools activities with the press

Eco-Committee Certificate - Template certificate for Eco-Committee members

Eco-Committee Certificate: Gaelic - Template certificate for Eco-Committee members in Gaelic.

Eco-Schools Bunting - perfect to hang in a classroom or on your Eco-Schools Noticeboard

Eco-Schools Social Script - A social script about Eco-Schools using Boardmaker PCS Symbols

Green Flag to Colour - Colour your own Green Flag to hang on the wall.

Green Flag Criteria - Read through the Green Flag Award Criteria

How to hang your Green Flag - Instructions on how to hang your Green Flag on a flagpole

Minutes Template - Sample template for pupils taking minutes during Eco-Committee meetings.

Printable Green Flags - Print and stick to pencils or sticks to celebrate your Green Flag

Renewing Your Green Flag Award - The path to renewing your Award

Sign Up Template - For pupils to sign up to the Eco-Committee at a groups fair

STEM Guide - How to use the Eco-Schools Seven Element process to deliver STEM experiences and outcomes.

Thank You Certificate - Thank a business or community partner for supporting your Eco-Committee

Your First Green Flag Award - The path to your First Award

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Climate Action

Curricular Map: Climate Action - Experiences and Outcomes related to the Climate Action Topic

An emergency for all of us - How you can play your part in Scotland's transition to a low carbon future.

A Guide to Climate Change - What is climate change and how will it affect you?

Board Game (12+) - Learn some trivia about climate change. 

Board Game Cards - Cards to accompany the Board Game. 

Carbon Footprint of Everyday Life - An exercise on the carbon Footprint of everyday items adapted from "How Bad Are Bananas?" by Mike Berners-Lee

Carbon Footprint Guidance - A guide to calculating your carbon footprint.

Climate Action Mystery Pack - Can you figure out who is the mystery climate activist by solving these puzzles?

Climate Action Week Live Lessons - Series of interactive lessons for all ages with accompanying classroom resources.

Climate Change Bingo (8+) - An introductory activity to gauge your group's feelings and experiences of climate action. 

Climate Change Infographic - Infographic explaining the climate emergency.

Climate Change Social Script - Introduction to the concept of climate change using Boardmaker PCS Symbols

Climate Emergency Training - Free online course for youth workers to understand the climate emergency.

Climate Emergency Toolkit - Toolkit for educators and youth workers on the climate emergency.

Climate Emergency Quiz (13+) - Learn new facts and stats about the global climate emergency with this quick-fire quiz.

Climate Influencer (13+) - Use social media for good and create your own content to urge others to take climate action. 

Climate Negotiations (12+) - Put yourself in the shoes of global decision makers and see if you can agree on a climate solution. 

Climate Ready Classrooms - Accredited Carbon Literacy course for primary and secondary pupils

Climate Storytelling Workshop (9+) - Think about how to have a productive conversation about climate change with an adult.

Craftivism Activity - Make an artwork inspired by the work of Scottish Artist Paul Bartlett. 

Emissions Matching (9+) - Learn more about different greenhouse gases and how reaching net zero emissions will impact young people.

Film Club - Use films to start the conversation about climate change. 

Greenhouse Gases Experiment 1 - Investigate how greenhouse gases are made and their effect on temperature.

Greenhouse Gases Experiment 2 - Investigate the insulating effect of greenhouse gases over time.

Host Mini COP Activity (14+) - To learn about local climate issues and solutions, and raise awareness within the community. 

Oceans, Water & Me - How climate change is affecting the oceans.

Ranking Activity (10+) - Explore how different countries contribute to and experience climate change. 

Scavenger Hunt Indoors (8+) - Put your knowledge of climate change into action. 

Scavenger Hunt Outdoors (13+) - Put your knowledge of climate change into action. 

Scotland 2100 (10+) - Welcome to the future. Map how climate change has impacted your community. 

Sea Level Change Experiment - Demonstrate the consequences of sea and land ice melt as a result of global warming.

Visualising Climate Futures (7+) - Imagine a positive climate future.

Where to Start Activity - Activity to think about your role within the climate movement.

Youth Climate Films - Climate change films produced by young people.

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Litter & Waste

Curricular Map: Litter & Waste - Experiences and Outcomes related to the Litter & Waste Topic

A Brief History of Plastic - A look into the history of how, when and why this material ushered in the plastics century.

Beach Litter Facts - The facts about beach litter and where it comes from. 

Borrow a Mascot Costume - Dress up like a crisp packet for your litter picking event or assembly!

Build a Wormery - Watch Rachel from The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland explain how to build your very own wormery. 

Comic Strip Template - Create a comic strip about the story of a plastic bottle, a marine animal or anything else!

Don't Waste Our Future - A food waste reduction charter created by young people across Europe.

Doughnut Economics (14+) - To learn about the concept of Doughnut Economics and how to stay within planetary boundaries. 

Fast Fashion (10+) - Explore your relationship with fashion. 

Fast Fashion Alternatives - To learn about alternative options to fast fashion in a fun way. 

Fast Fashion Supply Chains (14+) - Do you know the steps that go into making a pair of jeans?

Helping Hands Discount - Purchase equipment from Helping Hand Environmental with a discount code for schools. 

Experiment - It's Just an Apple! - How long does it really take litter to degrade? Find out with this experiment.

Lights, Camera, Plastic - Share your thoughts about plastic pollution in a 3 minute campaign video informing others about the issue and what everyone can do about it.

Litter & Waste Live Lesson 2021 -  The impact of litter on animals, how we used to live and what we can all do. 

Litter Analysis - An activity to convert data to a graph to make it easily understood by anyone who sees it. 

Litter Campaign Posters - Resources to support a litter campaign at your school. 

Litter Pick Plus Toolkit - Our guide to running a successful Litter Pick event

Litter Scavenger Hunt - Can you find our Roadside Litter Mascots in your litter pick?

Litter Survey - A litter survey helps us discover where and what types of litter are causing a problem in our community. 

Marine Litter Posters - Clean Up Scotland posters focusing on marine litter (scroll to the bottom of the page).

Mini Live Lesson with Paws On Plastic - We welcome Scottish charity Paws On Plastic for inspiring actions to tackle litter

Ocean Plastics Live Lesson - Join Doug Allan for a lesson on ocean plastics. 

Ocean Plastics Classroom Resource - To accompany the Ocean Plastics Live Lesson. 

Our Waste Collection Services - Can you imagine what the impact would be on all of us if waste collection services were withdrawn?

Plastic Pollution Live Lesson 2022 - What are the problems and benefits of plastic? How did we end up having such a big problem with plastic?

Plastic Pollution Wordsearch - How many words can you find?

Roadside Litter Colouring Sheet - Colouring sheet featuring our Roadside Litter Campaign Mascots. 

Roadside Litter Presentation - A PowerPoint presentation about the issue of Roadside Litter for Upper Primary.

Roadside Litter Teaching Resource - Teaching resource to accompany our presentation. 

Scottish Spring Clean Live Lesson 2022 - Interactive lessons supporting Scottish Spring Clean - one of our flagship campaigns to keep Scotland beautiful. 

Sea Turtle Game - a simple way for children to understand the impacts of plastic pollution on wildlife.

Single Use Plastic Infographics - Infographics from Scottish Government and Zero Waste Scotland on single use plastic

Single Use Plastic - Find out how much single use plastic you use. 

Source to Sea Litter - Investigate the pathway from source to sea in your community. 

The Story of Bottled Water - look into the concept of manufactured design, and how a marketing decision helped make single use plastic popular.

Waste Audit - Find out what's in the bin and how you can make less waste.

Wildlife Watching - How to spot wildlife at Scotland's beaches.

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Biodiversity

Curricular Map: Biodiversity - Experiences and Outcomes related to the Biodiversity Topic

All About Flapper Skates - A worksheet to accompany our Live Lesson with RZSS.

Biodiversity & COP15 Live Lesson 2022Interactive lessons on our Biodiversity Topic timed to coincide with the UN Biodiversity COP15 in Montreal. 

Biodiversity Live Lesson 2021Learn why every species counts, how books help us connect with nature and how Fairtrade is important for habitats.

Craftivism Activity - Make an artwork inspired by the work of Scottish Artist Paul Bartlett. 

Comic Strip Template - Create a comic strip about the story of a plastic bottle, a marine animal or anything else!

Garden for Life Resources - Make your garden a haven for wildlife with the Garden for Life Forum. 

Hurray for Dandelions! - Dandelions are often considered weeds but they are a source of pollen and nectar for insects in the Spring.

Mini Live Lesson with FroglifeWe welcome British wildlife charity Froglife for a fantastic workshop all about pond building and creating wildlife habitats in schools and communities.

RZSS Animal Bingo Game - A game designed to increase pupils' knowledge of biodiversity. You'll need Bingo Cards too.

RZSS Native Nature Bingo Game - Increase pupils' knowledge of Scotland's native wildlife. You'll need Bingo Cards too.

Sea Turtle Game - a simple way for children to understand the impacts of plastic pollution on wildlife.

Web of Life Activity (9+) - Learn about the wider impacts of biodiversity loss and ecosystem collapse.

Wildlife Watch Part 1 - We share our environment with thousands of other species - what wildlife lives near you?

Wildlife Watch Part 2 - How can we care for an animal that lives near us?

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Energy

Curricular Map: Energy - Experiences and Outcomes related to the Energy Topic

Earth Hour Pledge - Earth Hour is one special hour to turn off the lights in our classroom or home and think of ways we can help the environment. What will you do for an hour without electricity?

Energy Investigators - Understanding where energy comes from and how not to waste it is key to reducing carbon emissions.

Energy Savers Activity - If we could all reduce our energy usage we could significantly reduce our carbon emissions. 

Energy Source Game (9+) - Learn about the pros and cons of different sources of energy and heat.

Low Carbon Skills - Films and resources made by pupils about how consumer choices can fight climate change.

Sunny Schools - Resources on climate justice and solar lighting from SolarAid and Keep Scotland Beautiful. 

Youth Club Audit (10+) - See if you can reduce the carbon footprint of your Eco-Committee or Youth Club. 

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Food & The Environment

Curricular Map: Food & Environment - Experiences and Outcomes related to the Food & Environment Topic

Compass - A planning tool to develop learning and teaching about food and sustainability.

Compost in a Bottle Experiment - What happens to food waste when it breaks down?

Dandelion Music - A collection of Gaelic and Scots songs all with themes of growing and harvest from the Dandelion project.

Dig Where You Stand - A Dandelion resource introducing some of the cultural traditions, folklore, customs and crafts associated with the growing year and harvest in Scotland. 

Don't Waste Our Future - A food waste reduction charter created by young people across Europe.

Eat Locally (7+) - How far has your food travelled to get to your plate?

Eat with the Seasons (5+) - To learn about which foods are in season in which months.

Experiment - It's Just an Apple! - How long does it really take litter to degrade? Find out with this experiment.

Flapjack Flavour - A quick and easy snack to make with your class.

Have a Grow!A Dandelion resource offering all the guidance you’ll need to start growing.

Life of a Strawberry - Think about the food supply chain through the life of one strawberry. 

Low Carbon Skills - Films and resources made by pupils about how our food choices can fight climate change.

Lunch Boxes (7+) - Calculate the carbon footprint of the food we eat and see if you can design a low carbon lunch. 

One Planet Picnic - A picnic that's good for you and good for the environment. 

Pocket Garden - Create a pallet sized garden with plants you can eat, space for biodiversity and something reused.

Scotland's Local Food StoriesDid you know that Scotland grows lots of different kinds of food, all with different names and characters, tastes, and tales? A Dandelion resource.

The School is the MenuA Dandelion resource created by food innovator Simon Preston that invites your school to celebrate its character by creating a signature dish inspired by the school and everyone in it.

Thinking About Food - Get pupils thinking differently about the food that they eat. 

Totally Tatties - A Dandelion resource on how to get started with spuds including harvest and storage, different tattie varieties, tips to reduce plant pests and diseases and ideas for tattie activities.

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Global Citizenship

Curricular Map: Global Citizenship - Experiences and Outcomes related to the Global Citizenship Topic

Campaign for Change Letter & Email Template - Use your voice to ask for change

Children's Rights Activity - Meet Adline who lives in Haiti and learn about your rights. 

Comic Strip Template - Create a comic strip about the story of a plastic bottle, a marine animal or anything else!

Global Citizenship Live Lesson 2022Interactive lessons on our Global Citizenship topic

Mini Live Lesson with Edinburgh Dog & Cat HomeOur friends at Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home join us for a workshop on pet welfare and how supporting pet food banks can help. 

My Invention That Will Save the Planet - Design an invention that will solve an environmental issue.

Scotland 2100 (10+) - Welcome to the future. Map how climate change has impacted your community. 

Sunny Schools - Resources on climate justice and solar lighting from SolarAid and Keep Scotland Beautiful. 

Visualising Climate Futures (7+) - Imagine a positive climate future.

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Health & Wellbeing

Curricular Map: Health & Wellbeing - Experiences and Outcomes related to the Health & Wellbeing Topic

Place Standard Tool - A simple framework to structure conversations about place. 

Thinking About Food - Get pupils thinking differently about the food that they eat. 

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School Grounds

Curricular Map: School Grounds - Experiences and Outcomes related to the School Grounds Topic

Dig Where You Stand - A Dandelion resource introducing some of the cultural traditions, folklore, customs and crafts associated with the growing year and harvest in Scotland. 

Garden for Life Resources - Make your garden a haven for wildlife with the Garden for Life Forum. 

Have a Grow!A Dandelion resource offering all the guidance you’ll need to start growing.

Hurray for Dandelions! - Dandelions are often considered weeds but they are a source of pollen and nectar for insects in the Spring.

Mini Live Lesson with FroglifeWe welcome British wildlife charity Froglife for a fantastic workshop all about pond building and creating wildlife habitats in schools and communities.

Place Standard Tool - A simple framework to structure conversations about place. 

Pocket Garden - Create a pallet sized garden with plants you can eat, space for biodiversity and something reused.

Trees Through the Seasons (5+) - To gain a deeper appreciation for nature and its rhythms through the seasons. 

Totally Tatties - A Dandelion resource on how to get started with spuds including harvest and storage, different tattie varieties, tips to reduce plant pests and diseases and ideas for tattie activities.

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Transport

Curricular Map: Transport - Experiences and Outcomes related to the Transport Topic

Active Travel Challenge - Are there good habits from lockdown that we can keep? Such as using more active travel solutions.

Map Your Journey (8+) - How big is your footprint? Challenge yourself to reduce your footprint by changing the way you travel. 

Seasonal Map Activity - Create a map of all the different environments in your local area. 

Snapshot of Active Travel (8+) - Cameras at the ready as you explore barriers and solutions to active travel in your community. 

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 Water

Curricular Map: Water - Experiences and Outcomes related to the Water Topic

Bathing Water Quality - Find out what affects bathing water quality.

Just One Piece of Paper - this activity shows pupils how much water is needed to produce one sheet of paper. 

Mini Live Lesson with FroglifeWe welcome British wildlife charity Froglife for a fantastic workshop all about pond building and creating wildlife habitats in schools and communities.

My Beach Your Beach - Classroom resource from S1-S6 on water quality issues affecting bathing water.

My Own Folktale - Some questions from Allison Galbraith to help pupils create a water creature folktale. 

Ocean Plastics Live Lesson - Join Doug Allan for a lesson on ocean plastics. 

Ocean Plastics Classroom Resource - To accompany the Ocean Plastics Live Lesson. 

Oceans, Water & Me - How climate change is affecting the oceans.

Oceans, Water & Me Lesson Reflection - Reflect on learning from our Climate Action Week 2021 lesson on Oceans and Water

Plastic Pollution Live Lesson 2022 - What are the problems and benefits of plastic? How did we end up having such a big problem with plastic?

Sea Level Change Experiment - Demonstrate the consequences of sea and land ice melt as a result of global warming.

Sea Turtle Game - a simple way for children to understand the impacts of plastic pollution on wildlife.

Water Calculators Activity - It might rain a lot in Scotland but saving water helps to save energy.

Water Filter Activity - Learn how polluted water is filtered to make it drinkable. 

Water Live Lesson 2021 - A series of workshops on water as habitat and inspiration. 

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