“The Case of the Disappearing Habitat: The Candy Culprit” is a hands-on scholastic project, targeting grades 4 through 8, that invites students to become environmental detectives. Created by New England Primate Conservancy, this interactive learning adventure for youths raises environmental awareness and inspires action.
As they embark on their adventure, students participate in five engaging lessons that build on the one before it. Fun and whimsical film noir-style detective videos introduce and explain each lesson and give helpful hints for successful investigative strategies. In the course of their investigation, the student detectives uncover how the ingredients in their candy may be harmful to tropical rainforests and to the animals who live there, thousands of miles away. In so doing, they unmask the “candy culprit” and learn about sustainable practices, identifying companies that follow them—and those who don’t. More importantly, students learn how their own daily choices impact our environment. Clear and specific action items teach the students how to become effective environmental advocates.
Easily adapted to younger and older grades, whether students are learning in the classroom or from home, “The Case of the Disappearing Habitat: The Candy Culprit” captivates kids’ imaginations, teaches them to think critically, and inspires them to take action to help save our planet.
With more students being schooled from home during COVID-19, “. . .The Candy Culprit” provides an entertaining and alternative educational experience that actively engages young minds and sets achievable learning goals.