To strengthen their ability to visualise their thoughts and work together to examine and discover links between causes and effects.
Post-it notes or cut-out shapes to attach to a whiteboard/wall.
Please note: The exercise is meant to be carried out together as a whole class or large group. But of course it can be adapted and done individually or in smaller groups, depending on ability.
- Draw a tree and write the problem/challenge on the trunk, for example, homeless children, children who are forced to work, become soldiers or enter child marriage. Each pair or group work with one problem at a time.
- Write down possible causes on the tree’s roots, such as poverty, prejudices, tradition, or discrimination of certain minority groups. Other possible causes can be climate change, war and conflict.
- Write down effects and consequences of the problem on pieces of paper and place on the branches. For example health problems and/or abuse.
- Take a step back and see if any of the causes and effects should be switched round?
- Try to come up with ideas for solutions. Draw fruit and write the solutions on them before ‘hanging’ the fruit on the branches.