Book: Seeds of Change by Jen Cullerton Johnson
This is the story of Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2004 and founder of the Green Belt Movement in Kenya. It tells the real life story of how Wangari spread the message of the importance of planting trees.
Links to Goal: Life on Land
Sit back, relax and listen to the story! Senior primary can listen to this version of the story below which has lovely illustrations
A shorter version, possibly for junior primary students can be found below:
Once you have listened to the story you are ready to fill out the Character Profile sheet: download below.
Now get ready to meet Wangari herself as she tells a lovely story about a hummingbird (video below). When you are finished listening to the story can you think of one small thing you do to help Life on Land? What is your little thing? Try the seeds of change art activity below.
If you could choose one thing to change about the world, what would it be? Fill in the persuasive writing activity sheet below.
Now we are moving on to our very own Green-Schools storyteller Arran! Please listen to Arran introducing the book club reading of the month below:
Now you can move onto listen to Arran’s story about the robin inspired by Wangari’s story of the humming bird below: ‘How Robin got its red breast’
Are you ready for another fun activity? Try out the Ogham – Family/Friend Tree Activity and you can use the List of Irish native trees: mythology, uses and characteristics to find out even more.
It’s so very important to feed the birds in the winter, when there isn’t much food or water for them… have a look at some tips from Arran below.
Watch Jo and Lizzy make some easy homemade birdfeeders below using recyclable materials and try it out yourself!
If you still want to learn more about Wangari Maathai’s life and the green belt movement you can have a look at the video below and be inspired!