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The Good, The Bad and The Fungi activity day has been running annually in Aberdeenshire since 2001 and has received positive feedback from both teachers and children. It is a full day of linked activities, mostly undertaken outside, and suitable for 7 11 year olds. The activities provide interactive learning and fun while enabling the children to find out about the kingdom of the fungi.  Here we provide you with everything you need to organise this event. And we do mean everything from the script for the activity leaders (though you don't need to follow it verbatim) through to sample risk assessments and including all the props and class sheets.

 

Aim

Explore the kingdom of the fungi and discover their vital importance in the natural world through a series of fun and interactive activities.

Objectives 

Activities

Have an enjoyable and informative day out 

Demonstrate how all parts of the natural world are related 

Find out how flowering plants and fungi differ

Find out why fungi are important in the forest habitat

Find out where fungi fit into food chains

Find out how people use fungi today

Practise using a simple key

Introductory parachute games

What is a toadstool?

Spore prints and spots

Make a mycelium

Fungi in the field

Build a tree

Mushroom murder mystery

Indoor activities

Toadstools and trees

Compiled by Liz Holden (Grampian Fungus Group) in association with Aberdeen Environmental Education Centre, Aberdeenshire Council Health and Safety Unit, Aberdeenshire Council Ranger Service, British Mycological Society and Buchan Countryside Group. With support from Scottish Natural Heritage. 

 

Use the hyperlinks in the table below to access the resources for downloading and/or reading online

  

An article by Liz Holden in the BMS magazine Field Mycology (2003, vol. 4, pp. 19-24) describes this whole day of games and activities. CLICK HERE to download the complete PDF file of this article.

Teacher's Notes

CLICK HERE to view online

CLICK HERE to download PDF

CLICK HERE to download word.doc

Teacher's Notes Appendices (including Risk Assessments) CLICK HERE to view components CLICK HERE to download PDF compendium

Activity Notes for Leaders

CLICK HERE to view online

CLICK HERE to download PDF

CLICK HERE to download word.doc

Activity Notes for Leaders Appendices Suggested Timetable PDF

Activity Pictures PDF

Suggested Timetable word.doc

Activity Pictures word.doc

Props and materials

CLICK HERE to view components

CLICK HERE to download PDF compendium

 

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15/08/2006