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Green Teacher 66, Fall-Winter 2001

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Educating the Community: A Watershed Model Project by C.S. Perryess
Students from Monarch Grove Elementary in California created a 12’ x12’ model of the 48,000 acre Morro Bay watershed. They enthusiastically share what they’ve learned about the importance of watersheds to a group of parents, teachers and other students in a presentation to their community. Included are instructions for “Building a Watershed Model”.

Tempting the Inner Beaver: A Working Stream Model by William F. Hammond
The Kingfisher Centre in British Columbia helps schoolchildren discover their “inner beaver” – and learn about local streams and land use practices – by asking them to create a model village by a stream. The catch? They must manipulate the stream system with dams and diversions to ensure that their “village” doesn’t become flooded by sudden overflows. The idea has been expanded and used in EE centres and schools throughout North America.

Building Green: Creating Enviro-friendly Trade Programs by Jennifer E. Wolf
Environmental education need not be limited to just the sciences and social studies. High school trade programs are an ideal forum in which to introduce students to green friendly construction plans, and this article provides educators with concrete teaching ideas that will help them create environmentally friendly trade programs in vocational-technical schools. Includes Green Building Resources section.

Greener Driving Lessons: Oxymoron or Opportunity? by Tim Altieri
If kids are going to join the ranks of millions of lifelong drivers, then parents and educators would do well to encourage driving habits that minimize harmful and unnecessary fuel consumption. Tim Altieri offers driving “eco-tips” and teaching ideas for educators who would like to encourage environmentally responsible driving habits in their students. Includes a “Green Driver Pledge”.

Connecting Students with Special Needs to the Environment by Lynn Dominguez and Mary Lou Schilling
A five-week environmental education program offered to high school students with disabilities demonstrates that EE can be successfully integrated into the curriculum of special needs students. The authors describe highlights of their program and offer teaching hints and recommendations that focus on educating people with special needs about the environment.

The School at the End of the World: EE in Sumatra by Mark Dickison
As traditional ecological knowledge loses ground to the forces of modernization, Sumatra’s future may depend upon education programs that help young people learn to maintain a balance between themselves and the environment that sustains them. This article looks at the success of a community environmental education project that emerged from the the Bohorok Sustainable Development Program in Sumatra.

Schoolyard Trees: Planning and Planting for Survival by Ann Coffey
Ann Coffey offers tips, strategies and planting guidelines that can ensure that the trees planted in schoolyards as part of schoolyard greening programs will survive in the long term the sometimes inhospitable environment of school grounds.

Inside the Internet: Environmental Literature – Primary Sources on the Web (available online)
A column by Katharine Isbell

And as always, over 20 new educational resources are profiled and evaluated in this issue of Green Teacher.

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