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Green Teacher 75, Winter 2005


Paradise Lost? How Do We Define Progress? by Brian Loggie and Jim Petrie
Through research and interviews, Grade Six students in New Brunswick examine how their grandparents’ local environment compares with that of the present, teaching them to think more critically about the meaning of “progress”. This multidisciplinary project can be adapted for use in any location.

In the Footsteps of Audubon by Brian “Fox” Ellis
The journals of early naturalists can lead to explorations in local natural history, serve as models for creative writing, and inspire students to conserve and restore the wild places that once existed.

Questing: Discovering community treasures by Steven Glaser
Adapted from the “letterboxing” phenomenon in England, student and community groups across in New England have created over 175 Village Quests, in which they investigate, map, and teach others about the cultural and natural assets of their communities. Exploring our villages and neighbourhoods opens doorways for studying the relationship between local stories and larger national ones of immigration, movement and settlement, technology, and transportation.

The Seed Ball Project: Greening a charred landscape by Linda Clarkson
As a service-learning project, Grade K-3 students made and dispersed more than 30,000 seed balls to regenerate vegetation in a local area devastated by wildfire.

Staking Out Peaceful Ground by Wayne Roberts
Community gardens in Bosnia and Herzegovina are healing the wounds of war.

The Earth Charter: A shared vision for our common future
After a decade of extensive international consultation with government agencies, religious organizations and NGOs, the Earth Charter was unveiled in The Hague in 2002. The Charter emphasizes our shared humanity on a shared planet, and provides a statement of universal moral and ethical principles to guide the conduct of nations towards a sustainable future. This article contains the text of the Charter, as well as an adapted version for children.

Exploring the Earth Charter by Linda Hill
A series of experiential education activities for guiding students through the Earth Charter.

En “grossing” Students in Their Environment by Kristy Sullivan
Through the study of scat, students can get the poop on topics such as the nitrogen cycle, the interdependency of plants and animals, and predator-prey relationships.

Inside the Internet: Project Based Learning on the WWW (available online) 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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