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Green Teacher 79, Summer 2006

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Exotic Invasive Species: The Guests That Won’t Go Home by Kim Cleary Sadler
In the continental United States, approximately 6-8 percent of species are introduced exotics.  In Canada, exotic species account for about 5 percent of mammal species and 27 percent of vascular plants.  Many are not harmful, but those that are pose a serious threat to biodiversity on this continent.  Kim Cleary Sadler examines the problem, looks closely at examples of exotic pest invasions such as purple loosestrife, zebra mussels, exotic tree fungi and non-native birds, and explains why educators should address this critical topic.

A Date with Freddie Kudza
In this highly interactive physical activity, students learn about the characteristics of invasive exotic pest plants by becoming exotic pests themselves!
Adapted with permission from “Noxious Neighbours: Exotics in Our Backyard”, Centre for Environmental Education, Middle Tennessee State University

Something’s Choking Auntie Elm 
In this activity, students learn about several exotic species in North America and gather information to determine their impact on the environment.
Adapted with permission from “Noxious Neighbours: Exotics in Our Backyard”, Centre for Environmental Education, Middle Tennessee State University

Sun Block
In this active game, students emulate the transfer of food energy in a lake habitat in order to compare a healthy habitat and one disrupted by an invasive plant species.
Adapted with permission from “Making Waves! Protecting Ontario’s Aquatic Habitats from Invading Species”

Kids Teaching Kids: The Tantramar Wetlands Centre Project by Chris Porter
Known as the “Wetheads,” a group of New Brunswick high school students are delivering wetland education programs to 4,000 schoolchildren annually at the school’s restored wetland.

Sunnyside and the Wolf by Steven Siegal
Testifying at public hearings on contentious issues is an opportunity for students to gain first-hand experience in participatory democracy and an understanding of their role as citizens.

Valuing Nature in Environmental Education by Nicholas Bayard
Activities for introducing concepts of environmental economics, for grades 5-6.

Georgia’s Outdoor Classroom Symposium by Karen Garland
How Georgia educators have developed the most successful outdoor classroom movement on the continent.

The Field of Dreams (and Other Outdoor Classroom Myths) by Karen Wood
It takes more than benches and butterfly bushes to create a well-used outdoor classroom. Here’s how one school is succeeding through creative ideas that give teachers the training, tools, and confidence to take learning outdoors.

Sustaining Outdoor Classrooms by Amanda Kail
How to keep outdoor classrooms from becoming a forgotten and abandoned bed of weeds

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

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