Discussion Ideas

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Building

Walls

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Start the discussion with children in pairs each with an opposite view. Either pair children with opposite choices or introduce the idea of role play (representing another’s point of view) with more mature children. The children must try to persuade their partner that their idea is best. This initial discussion will reinforce their ideas and show them what sort of thinks might be said against their choice.

The pairs then snowball into groups of 4 and then 8 to gather ideas and extend the discussion. In the plenary ask if any of the children changed their ideas and what it was that convinced them.

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Insulation

envoying

Each group is given one of the materials to find out about.

They could try to find out:

The group can then decide how well it will do the job and how friendly to the environment it is. Each group member then moves to another group to tell them all about the material their group has researched.

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Plastics

Plants or oil?

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Ask the children to think of reasons that plants might or might not be better to make plastics. Share ideas with your talk partner and see how many different ideas you had.

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Plastic pick 'n' mix

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Ask the children to think about why the different types of plastic are needed for each product. Take turns in pairs to tell your partner what you think.

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Lifestyle

Lifestyle

jigsaw Children are split into groups. Each child in the group has a different product to research. New groups are made from children researching the same type of product i.e. cosmetics. When research is complete original groups reform to feed back on each product.

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Cars

individual think timea>b talkMost of the plant products used in this car are waste from food production.

This means the plant crops are grown for two purposes. Ask the children to think about this, and then to share their ideas with a partner.

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