From theory to practice: how Uzhhorod schoolchildren learn to explore nature

In the schoolyard of the Uzhhorod Lyceum named after V. Grendzhi-Donsky, fifth-grade students engaged in applying their knowledge of nature acquired throughout the school year. The biology teacher, Hanna Popovych, led an outdoor observational class aimed at sparking the students’ interest in the fascinating world of nature, fostering a sense of harmony, and encouraging imaginative thinking. The class was conducted in a relaxed atmosphere, with no strict requirements or assessments imposed.

Hanna Popovych explained that these outdoor lessons aim to spark children’s interest in nature, create harmony, and foster imaginative thinking. The laid-back environment at the event, without strict guidelines or assessments, allowed the students to truly enjoy the learning process. The primary task for the students was to spot and identify as many species of living organisms as possible. This exercise helped them develop attentiveness to their environment and understand ecological interconnections, building associative series, and more.

The students enthusiastically shared interesting facts about animals and plants, which Ms. Popovych supplemented with more detailed information. Daniella Rosul, the teacher for class 5-A, pointed out that these lessons are great for displaying the students’ creativity and knowledge. As a reward for their active involvement, the students received eco-educational materials from IERS and IRCEF.

The event was held within the framework of cooperation between the Interreligious and Civil Environmental Forum of Eastern Europe (IRCEF) headed by Olexander Bokotey) and the German Nature Conservation Union (NABU BundesverbandNABU International), project coordinators  Ivan Tymofeiev (NABU), and Nataliya Kulya (IRCEF).

Informational Service of IRCEF

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