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Green Teacher 98, Winter 2012-2013


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MindShift by Alan Warner
Explore the potential of peer leadership to engage teenagers in sustainability issues, using drama and teamwork to enrich learning opportunities and find solutions to real-world issues.

From Restoration to Resilience by Daniel Goleman, Lisa Bennett and Zenobia Barlow
In this excerpt from the new book Ecoliterate, children and teachers in California work together to restore local ecosystems and help endangered species.

Zambian Girl Inspires Water Action by Michelle Macdonald
Real-life stories of hope empower youth to become global citizens and learn about water and sanitation issues.
Download the action cards for “The Action Exchange” activity

Engaging Youth in Biomimicry

 Concrete Without Quarries by Sam Stier, Dona Boggs and Dave Jones
A sustainable chemistry lab inspired by ocean corals that allows students to create concrete through a reaction using car exhaust and seawater.

Swimming with Sharks by Karen McDonald
Teach biomimicry to 8-12 year-olds via lessons that model how the biology of sharks can be used to solve human problems.

Improving the Air We Breathe by Nel Smit and John Todd
Practical opportunities to involve students aged 10-16 in investigating indoor and outdoor air quality in their communities.

Investigating Water Pathways in Schoolyards by Bess Caplan, Kristin L. Gunckel, Andrew Warnock and Aubrey Cano
Based on a learning progression of student understandings, this hands-on activity provides high school students with a locally-relevant way to learn about the water cycle.

Ecological Literacy through Permaculture by Nelson Lebo
An approach to teaching and learning using permaculture thinking and design philosophy.

Environmental Exploration and Youth Development by Hallie Martenson and Jack Phillips
Environmental exploration can help ensure that all young people have the supports and qualities necessary to become successful adults.

Sustainability Education in Classrooms by Lawrence Myers
High school students follow the framework of Education for Sustainable Development to collaborate and develop solutions to real-life issues in their school community.

Educational Resources Reviewed


How to Raise Monarchs…A Step-by-Step Guide for Kids (Carol Pasternak)

No Student Left Indoors (Jane Kirkland)

Understanding the Danish Forest School Approach (Jane Williams-Siegfredsen)

Owls of the World (Heimo Mikkola)

Early Childhood Activities for a Greener Earth (Patty Born Selly)

Carbon Nation DVD (Earth School Educational Foundation, Inc.)

Making Waves: Protecting Ontario’s Aquatic Habitats (Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters/ Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources)

Mother: Caring for 7 billion DVD (Tiroir Films)

A Warmer World (Caroline Arnold)

Ecoholic Body (Adria Vasil)

Into Nature (Back to Nature Network)


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