Since the beginning of the season, our class has been studying pollination. After watching the Disney documentary The Wings of Life, the students explored the idea that “all life begins with a plant.” Their conversations acknowledged the role that winged animals, such as bees, bats, and birds, play in sustaining their surrounding ecosystems.
“We should teach people how to take care of bees.” A child suggested after watching The Wings of Life. The documentary had mentioned that without bees, we would lose over 1,400 types of plants, many of which form a direct part of our diet. “We could draw a flower and put a gate around it, so people won’t pick the plants bees need to eat,” she finished.
The documentary included a call to action at the end, listing the different ways a viewer could practice being eco-friendly. The students decided to do some of the things mentioned, such as creating a window garden and planting in recyclable objects. Another child suggested that we put a sign in the window telling everyone, “We love bees!” We used recyclable objects brought in from home to our classroom to create the display.
Being globally aware demonstrates the thoughtfulness of the children. It shows they understand their actions not only have consequences to their life but to those around them and beyond.
“I’ve noticed something about people who make a difference in the world: They hold the unshakeable conviction that individuals are extremely important, that every life matters. They get excited over one smile. They are willing to feed one stomach, educate one mind, and treat one wound. They aren’t determined to revolutionize the world all at once; they’re satisfied with small changes. Over time, though, the small changes add up. Sometimes they even transform cities and nations, and yes, the world.” –Beth Clark