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Green Teacher 84, Winter 2008-2009


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Human by Nature: Reclaiming our Natural Human Heritage by Kendra Hunding
Three hands-on activity plans to educate elementary students about traditional technologies and skills.

Fashioning Flora to Fiber by Marcia Eames-Sheavly and Charlotte Coffman (free article)
In this unit, students learn about the importance of traditional technologies through basic mat-weaving techniques and loom construction.

Our Community Geoscape: Living Sustainably by Tom Harding
Two sustainability education activity plans, including a role playing/scenario game and “green” design challenge. For students in grades 6 – 9.
Download Ecosystem models PDFs

Rethinking Lunchtime: Making Lunch an Integral Part of Education by Michael K. Stone
How the Berkeley School Lunch Initivative enhanced lunchtime learning for 4th and 5th grade students at John Muir Elementary.

School Food Gardens in Multicultural Inner-city Settings by Sunday Harrison
A model for maintaining gardening programs year round through school-community partnerships.

Imagine: Ecology and Teacher Education by Veronica Gaylie
Using a campus garden to teach pedagogical principles and ecology in middle school teacher education.

Waiting For Rain or Seeding the Clouds? by Brian “Fox” Ellis
Lesson planning using poetry and creative writing to teach essay writing principles, and scientific ecological knowledge.

Urban Gardening Renaissance by Krystyann Krywko
Urban school gardens reach out to their communities and complement “green school” philosophy.

Nature Mapping by Mark Batcheler
Schoolyard nature mapping teaches basic mapping techniques and encourages close observation of plants and animals through the seasons.

Educational Resources Reviewed

The Backcountry Classroom: Lesson Plans for Teaching in the Wilderness  (Jack Drury, Bruce Bonney, Dene Berman and Mark Wagstaff)
The Camper’s Guide to Outdoor Pursuits (Jack Drury and Eric Holmlund)
Outdoor Living Skills Instructors Manual (American Camping Association)
Making Outdoor Programs Accessible (Kathy Ambrosini)
Global Education Program lesson books (CHF)
Let’s Go Wild! (Zoocheck Canada)
Grounds for Change: A User’s Guide to Schoolyard Naturalization (Sue Arlidge and Tian Dalgleish, Schoolyard Naturalization Project, Calgary Zoo)
Strange New Species: Astonishing Discoveries of Life on Earth  (Elin Kelsey)
Who’s Been Here? series (Lindsay Barrett George)
Small Wonders: Nature Education for Young Children (Linda Garrett and Hannah Thomas)
Canines in the Classroom: Raising Humane Children through Interactions with Animals (Michelle Rivera)
Discover Bats! (Merlin D. Tuttle)
Perspectives of San Diego Bay: A Field Guide (High Tech High, San Diego)
A Handbook for Stream Enhancement and Stewardship (The Izaak Walton League of America)
Stories From Where We Live (ed. Sara St. Antoine)
Learning About Fall [Winter / Spring] With Children’s Literature (Margaret Bryant, Keiper, and Anne Petit)
The Spirituality of Gardening (Donna Sinclair)
Child Health and the Environment — A Primer (Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health & Environment)
Birds: A Visual Guide (Joanna Burger)
Environmental Detectives (Lawrence Hall of Science)
Trash Action: A Fresh Look at Garbage (Ann Love and Jane Drake)

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