【MCEE】Amazing tour with the migrant children -- let's enjoy nature together!
Date:2015-10-21 Editor: Big Normal Small 】【Print Close

On 21 October 2015, the MCEE project under the Roots & Shoots Beijing Office organized an outdoor activity that 140 students and teachers from Beijing Shuren Primary School, Qinghonglan Primary School, and Jingshun Hope School participated in. We took an enjoyable and meaningful trip to Beijing Teaching Botanical Garden. The activity aimed to fulfill students' comprehensible education demands, and add to their environmental knowledge about field work, giving them hands on experience.


It was a clear and crisp autumn day. The botanical garden became more beautiful in the peaceful and drizzly rain. Wandering in the garden, we could smell the pleasant fragrance from the moist soil and plants.


The children were divided into 4 groups, and led by the teachers from the Beijing Teaching Botanical Garden to take nature classes in the field. Walking through the tree-lined cobblestone lanes, teachers introduced many unique plants in detail to the children. For instance, the distinctive features of pines which have hair-like slender leaves, the Chinese Tulip Tree whose leaves are like Chinese traditional cloths, high medical valued Forsythia, curious Sophora japonica which have tortuous trunks, etc. The teachers guided children in how to carefully observe the various plants, and think about their characteristics and values. Also, teachers would assist children in reminding them of their classroom environmental knowledge and how to relate that to the field study. The children listened carefully, and answered the teachers' questions actively. Though the answers may have not been all correct, they were full of creativity and imagination. Recording what they were taught and their own findings in their field notes, all the children were absorbed in reporting their observations in nature--like little scientists investigating in the forest.


After visiting a variety of exotic plants in the botanical garden, the children played the "bats and moths" game together. Forming a circle hand in hand, they were taught the methods of bat predation. In order to help the students understand it deeply, the teachers combined textbook knowledge with funny games. One child acted as a bat and another as a moth. A "bat" is able to catch a "moth" by only hearing the moth's sound. The game's rules try to imitate bat predation methods, which use sound waves to capture their prey in the dark. We saw that this game was a preferable way to help the children comprehend the methods and characteristics of bat predation.


After the game, the children scampered around the garden. At this time, it was a bright sunny day after drizzly rain, the wind whistled through the trees and the children's happy laughter filled the whole garden. These harmonious sounds composed a lively and warm melody of autumn. Children took photos of the plants in the garden and/or continued to just observe and take notes on various plants. Talking and laughing, running and jumping, the children really enjoyed themselves.


ime went by quickly because everyone was so happy. In the afternoon, after taking a group photo, the children embarked on their return. They learned and abundance of environmental and planting knowledge and observed many interesting trees and flowers. Having the children physically closer to nature helped them realize nature's charm and helped them understand the grave importance of environmental protection.

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