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Green Teacher 77, Fall 2005

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The Dinner Game by Jan Cincera
A fun and enlightening game for high school (and older) students that demonstrates the true costs of dinner when the environmental costs of producing various food items are considered. This activity introduces the concepts of environmental tax reform and “life-cycle assessment”.

Food for Thought by Heather Montgomery
These activities help raise awareness about the environmental impacts of the global food system, and teach students about food waste and the importance of food conservation. The activities are appropriate for students of many ages, and can be adapted to most settings and program formats.

Drama in Environmental Education by Shelagh Levey
Cross-curricular drama activities that help students explore environmental topics and develop empathy for the natural world. These activities include guided imagery, in-role drama, writing and performing plays, and creating skits or raps. Appropriate for all ages.

Please Touch by Anita Sanchez
Anita Sanchez argues that environmental educators should not just teach about nature in the abstract, but should encourage students to actually get their hands dirty while learning about the environment. The article provides tips on how to incorporate the “real stuff” of nature into environmental education lessons.

Environmental Education After-School Programs by Alison Varty
As after-school programs gain in popularity, environmental educators have new opportunities to apply their expertise in a fun and flexible learning environment. The article offers environmental education lesson plans that program designers can easily integrate into their after-school programs.

Learning with Lichen: Using Epiphytic Lichens as Bio-indicators of Air Pollution by Andrew Kett, Sonia Dong, Heather Andruchuk and Brian Craig
Using lichens as bio-indicators to monitor air quality provides students with a concrete and engaging introduction to the abstract concept of air pollution. The article offers step-by-step guidelines for middle and high school educators.

Earth and Religion: Seeking a Common Ground by Carmela Federico
A report on the interfaith/environmental conference “Earth & Religion: Crisis, Opportunity, Convergence,” held June 9-12, at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. The conference brought together those who were re-examining their faith traditions, in order to uncoverl an underlying Earth ethic that could form the basis of environmental action by their congregations.

The “Who-Am-I” Project by David Rude
A year-long independent set of tasks that gets middle school students thinking about their relationship with the natural world around them.

India’s Recycling: Challenges and Lessons by Suhasini Jayakumar
Lacking comprehensive state-sponsored recycling ventures, India has recently experienced an outgrowth of programs sponsored by local and international organizations whose mandate is to raise awareness about environmental issues and to promote recycling programs in India. Suhasini Jayakumar’s article explores this recent trend.

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

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