May 23. Sophany and I facilitate Zero Waste and Recycling presentations to the 6th then 9th grade students in their classrooms. As two former teachers, we had a great time presenting to the students and fulfilling our passion. We discovered that we worked very well together.
Mr. Ouk Sen is my translator.
From the Project Learning Tree Pre-K Through 8 Activity Guide, Looking at Leaves: Each student is asked to collect 5 leaves from the school grounds.
Students are then divided into large groups and asked to sort all of thier leaves based on leaf characteristics of their choosing.
A spokesman from each group is asked to explain to the rest of the class what leaf characteristics their group used to sort the leaves.
Students then create art with an impression of several leaves of their choosing on white paper using crayons - Leaf Rubbing Activity. These PLT activities are designed to connect the participants to nature.
The students are proud of their leaf art.
Sophany creates a waste sorting activity for the students to practice sorting trash: plastic bottles, other plastic, cans and organic waste. All of the material was litter on the school grounds.
I facilitate Every Tree For Itself.
I facilitate another Project Learning Tree activity: Tree Factory. Students are asked to name a part of a tree, roots, trunk, branches, etc. then "act" out that part together as a single tree for the rest of the class. Two beetles attack the tree.
Saturday, May 24. Eight 9th Grade Chi Phat students and one young community member are assembled and meet for the first time in the CBET meeting room. These are the Chi Phat Green Ambassadors and are our sustainability factor. Green Ambassadors are part of the GreenSchools Program of Project Learning Tree. This group is excited to do projects together and to keep their village recycling and litter free. They will keep the fire burning long after we are gone.
Vanak shows the Green Ambassadors the potted flower plant that he made from a 2 liter plastic bottle and broken flip flop shoes. This demonstrates reusing and serves as art for his tourist bungalows. Sophany showed a video of bottle brick construction in India where plastic bottles are filled with local dirt and used as bricks to build a school. We also discussed how plastic bottles can be used to build a raft. Perfect as the village of Chi Phat is on the river and is an important mode of transportation.
We divided the Green Ambassadors into 2 groups and tasked them to make decorative mobiles from litter they found on the ground and some colored paper. They proudly present their mobiles. We then set the ambassadors up with an email account and facebook page: Chi Phat Green Ambassadors. One of the goals is to connect them with Houston's East End Green Ambassadors so that the two student organizations can communicate, gain ideas from each other and keep current on their activities.
The local long-tailed maquaque pays a visit to our meeting.
The Chi Phat Green Ambassadors, Sophany Touch and myself.