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Green Teacher 93, Summer 2011


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Sustainable Happiness by Elin Kelsey and Catherine O’Brien
An article demonstrating that “sustainable” happiness comes from not from material goods, but from positive social relationships, good health and other positive life qualities. Three accompanying activities allow young people to explore what makes people happy, and how this might contribute to environmental sustainability and social justice.

Bear Beach Camping Trip by Alan Barwin
An example of how overnight camping trips early in the school year can help urban adolescents connect with the natural world and each other as a learning community

Amphibians and Two Game Structures by Edith Couchman
Role-playing games which help elementary students develop an empathetic relationship to the natural world, while learning about the lives of amphibians

Directed Outdoor Murals on Schools by Ann Coffey
A guide to engaging all children in an elementary school in painting a mural about endangered species or a schoolyard greening project
Click here to see photos of completed and partially-completed murals from several schools

Rewriting Our World by John Gust
A grade 6 class examines the barriers to sustainability underpinned by the Western cultural narrative, and ‘rewrites’ history to overcome these barriers

Climate Change Summits for Teens by Janice McDonnell, Laura Bovitz, Carrie Ferraro, Rachel Lyons and David Robinson
How partnering with university faculty to host climate change summits for teens in New Jersey has motivated students to educate their own communities
Click here for an example of one high school’s climate change Plan of Action

Climántica: A Web 2.0 Education Project by Francisco Sóñora Luna
A large, innovative climate change learning project in Spain uses online technologies to widely disseminate curriculum units and host an interactive exchange of student-led lessons and ideas

Nighttime Adventures by Brad Daniel and Cliff Knapp
A variety of activities during outdoor walks at night that encourage participants of all ages to overcome their fears and discover the wonders of nocturnal nature

Discovering Native Bees by Alison Pearce Stevens
The importance of teaching about native pollinators to those ages 9 and up, coupled with a number of learning activities
Click here for a chart showing common crop species and their animal pollinators
Click here for accompanying activities, and tables showing the nesting habits, timing and distribution of native bees, and common bee genera 

Star Power by Michael J. Caduto
A reading and 2 activities for 8-13 year olds that focus on harnessing the Sun’s energy

Educational Resources Reviewed

Buy, Use, Toss? A Closer Look at the Things We Buy PDF curriculum unit (Facing the Future)
Fuel DVD (Josh Tickell)
Asphalt to Ecosystems: Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation (Sharon Danks)
Get Growing! Activities for Food and Garden Learning, A Teacher Resource For Elementary and Middle Grades (Jolie Mayer-Smith and Linda Peterat, ed.)
Doable Renewables: 16 Alternative Energy Projects For Young Scientists (Mike Rigsby)
Hope Is an Imperative (David Orr)
Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home DVD (Andrew Nisker)
GRASP: A Tool for Developing Ecological Literacy through Rich Performance Tasks (Steve Bibla, ed. by Eleanor Dudar)
Wind Power: 20 Projects to Make with Paper (Clive Dobson)
Green Careers: You Can Make Money And Save The Planet (Jennifer Power Scott)
Free For All: Fixing School Food in America (Janet Poppendieck)
Surrounded by Science: Learning Science in Informal Environments (Marilyn Fenichel and Heidi A. Schweingruber)
Curriculum 21: Essential Education for a Changing World (Heidi Hayes Jacobs, ed.)
Planet Earth: 25 Environmental Projects You Can Build Yourself (Kathleen M. Reilly)
How to Grow a School Garden: A Complete Guide for Parents and Teachers (Arden Bucklin-Sporer and Rachael Kathleen Pringle)
The Tree Rings’ Tale: Understanding Our Changing Climate (John Fleck)
Farm to Table & Beyond (Columbia University Teachers College)
Watershed Investigations: 12 Labs for High School Science (National Science Teachers Association)
Kids in the Wild Garden (Elizabeth McCorquodale)
Earth Heroes – Champions of Wild Animals (Carol and Bruce Malnor)

Books for Young Readers

One Hen (Katie Smith Milway and Eugenie Fernandes)
Going Home: The Mystery of Animal Migration (Marianne Berkes and Jennifer DiRubbio)
Wangari’s Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa (Jeanette Winter)

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