Footprint Futures

Footprint Futures
The key stage 2 and 3 eco-footprint teaching resource from the Centre for Alternative Technology

Other Warm up game Activities

  • The Globe Game
    This warm up activity improves pupils awareness of their global connections.
    (From module Module 1: The Big Picture)
  • Global Washing Line
    A warm up game for pupils to discover the origins of the clothes they are wearing.
    (From module Module 6: Stuff)
  • Shopping Basket Challenge
    This warm up active team game involves pupils running to sort food packaging into low footprint and high footprint shopping baskets.
    (From module Module 5: Food)
  • The Globe Game
    A repeat of this warm up activity improves pupils awareness of their global connections.
    (From module Module 7: Think Global, Act Local)

Things needed for this Module...

Building Consequences:
  • Paper and Pencils
Site Visit:
  • A site to visit. The Centre for Alternative Technology has several sustainable buildings made from different materials but you may want to visit somewhere closer to your school.
  • If you cannot find any examples of sustainable buildings to visit, try and find out about buildings that have had energy saving features added to them, such as insulation.
  • Even if you cannot find any positive sustainable examples, it will still be valuable to leave the classroom. Investigate a traditional building using natural materials – the materials may have low embodied energy, but how energy efficient is the building when in use? Or even investigate bad examples – pupils will gain a lot from being able to apply their knowledge.
Build it Yourself!:
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Craft materials, paper, scissors, glue etc
  • Clear plastic (eg windows from processed food packaging, or old A4 clear plastic wallets)
  • A icon printed set of designs (687.54 kB) for photovoltaic panels, solar water heating panels, tiles etc
Sustainable Planning - Buildings:
  • You could invite the person they interviewed on the site visit to help with this activity
  • Maps and aerial floor photo mats if you have them
  • Variety of media for recording
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You will need:

  • Paper and Pencils

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Module 4: Buildings

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This quick warm up game will allow pupils to design their own sustainable buildings in a fun way.

What to do:

Each child has a piece of paper and pencil. Explain that this is a game in which they will quickly design an eco house. This is just a warm-up game and the element of speed will add an element of fun and encourage them to think quickly. Ask each child to draw just the walls of their eco house (no roof, windows, doors etc) and clearly indicate what the walls are made of. Explain that the wall can have more than one layer, made of different materials. Give them just one or two minutes. Then they must pass their drawing on to the person sitting next to them. Now ask each child to add a roof to the walls that they have been given. Again a quick time limit, and again they must label what it’s made from. Pass it on again. Do the same, for windows, doors, and one turn for any extras to allow for creativity. Make a gallery of the drawings so that everyone can see. Discuss some of the common and more unusual features, but do not critique.


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