This daylong program is based on a sequence of activities that give emphasis both on theoretical and practical aspects as well as on the aspects of the expression and evaluation. It is organized in such a way that supports the conceptual development of students on both environmental concepts and issues and at the same time, its design enables a smooth transition from the simple to the complex, from the familiar to the unfamiliar and from the easiest to the most difficult.
1. The life of plants.
Students are gathered into a special screening room where they have the opportunity to watch an excellent eco-documentary entitled Akrotiri Peninsula – An Environmental Tour created by the CY.C.E.R.E. as an introduction to its programs.
Through an interactive discussion concepts related with the plants and the flora are highlighted and are discussed. In addition, the role and the functions of the plants are considered into the framework of the culture and the human societies. The emphasis of the program is focused on the identification and the classification of the plants. The pressures and the threats that these plants receive are also considered and the need for conservation through appropriate environmental management practices as well as the adoption of attitudes and behaviors friendly to the environment are also highlighted.
2. Study and discover.
Students study and discover the variety of plants in several ecosystems. Students are divided in groups and are asked to follow a driving question. Students observe, record, collect samples and other information about the plant habitats and distinguish several microhabitats.
3. The plants and the man.
Students in the ecology laboratory, use both a print and an electronic identification kit in order to identify the plants recorded. Students classify and categorize the plants; they relate them to their habitats, they identify their adaptive features, they discuss their concerns and they compare their results. In addition, they investigate the relationship between man and the flora of a place and they identify the need for sustainable management of ecosystems developing positive attitudes and values towards the environment.
4. Expression – Evaluation.
Students participate in artistic activities and in activities of creative expression. At this time, the program is also evaluated.