Teaching Green – The Middle Years
Teaching Green – The Middle Years was designed to serve as a complete “green” teaching resource for those working with middle school-aged youth, inside or outside of schools. Readers will find a wealth of kid-tested ideas contributed by educators from across North America and covering a wide spectrum of environmental topics, from biodiversity to resource consumption to green technology. They include practical projects and new learning strategies that will inspire educators seeking innovative ideas for incorporating green themes into their programs.
The learning activities and teaching strategies in the book engage adolescents in learning the fundamentals of citizenship for the 21st century. Some provide strategies that help young people learn about the ecosystems where they live, and what is needed to sustain them. Others explore what it takes to live sustainably on this planet. Some help students recognize global disparities in resource use and their connections with other people and other species that share this planet. Finally, other articles and activities provide opportunities for young people to develop and reflect on their values. All of these elements are critically important in enabling adolescents to make sense of their world.
Those who have spent time with young people between the ages of 10-15 years know that they are going through major mental, physical, and emotional changes. This is reason enough for us to develop more effective learning strategies for working with young people inside or outside of schools. In this book: students and teachers are engaged in active leadership; partnerships are fostered between schools and their communities; curriculum is relevant, integrative, exploratory and developmentally appropriate; multiple learning strategies are used and interdisciplinary team teaching is employed.
We have designed this book to be welcoming to those less familiar with environmental and global education. On the first page of most articles, readers will find a handy summary box that indicates the subject relevance and the key concepts. If the article includes one or more activities, the summary box also lists the skills to be developed as well as the time requirements and materials needed. At the back of the book, a glossary defines terms that may be new to some readers, and a subject index directs readers to the articles and activities associated with 11 subject areas.
The environmental and social problems bedeviling humankind will not be solved by the same kind of education that helped create these problems. It is our hope that this book will invigorate a large number of educators, so that education can once again actively contribute to the enhancement and restoration of our troubled, but extraordinary planet.
Tim Grant & Gail Littlejohn, Co-editors
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Learning About Ecosystems
Teaching with the Seasons by Larry Weber
The Biosphere Challenge: Developing Ecological Literacy by Jimmy Karlan
Surveying Biodiversity by Roxine dePencier Hameister
Monitoring Wetlands by Patrick Stewart
A Constructed Wetland: From Monitoring to Action by Dan Kowal
Tracking and Stalking the Wild by David Kowalewski
Teaching Tracking and Stalking by Dan Rain
Attracting and Studying Hummingbirds by Kim Bailey
Discovering Our Temperate Rainforests by Anne Lindsay
Zoning Out: Getting the Most Out of a Beach Walk by Terry Parker
Protected Areas: Arks of the 21st Century by Sue Staniforth
Habitat Fragmentation and Genetic Diversity by Gareth Thomson
The Race Against Desertification by Friederike Knabe
Learning about Desertification by Jackie Kirk
Declining Fish Stocks: Pieces of a Puzzle by Jeannette Winsor and John Goldsworthy
Blowing Up Your World by Jean Harding
Encouraging Global Awareness by Donna Lyseng
How Big is My Ecological Footprint? by Tim Turner
Simulation on Basic Needs by Mary Gale Smith
Population, Consumption, and the Environment by John Goekler
Our Watery Planet by Madeline Lunney
Water Across the Curriculum by Meredith Cargill
Teaching about Food Systems by Carmela Federico
Designing a Sustainable Food System by Carmela Federico and The Sustainability Education Center
Tools of Hope Game adapted by Carmela Federico
Worm Composting Revisited by Jennifer Kusmanoff
Building with Straw by Gilbert DiSanto
The Power of Wind: It Will Blow You Away by Marcee Camenson and Michelle Finchu
The Wind in the Schoolyard by Jim Wiese
Living Within Earth’s Means by Barbara Duncan
All Species Projects by Marty Kraft
From Child Rights to Earth Rights by Alanda Greene
Where Do You Stand? by Alanda Greene
Superheroes: From Fiction to Reality by Ron Ballentine, Al Finlayson, and Sharon Laivenieks
Theme Days: A Cause for Celebration by Sara Coumantarakis
Making Interdisciplinary Connections
Rivers and the Arts by Francine Morin, Ann Stinner, and Elizabeth Coffman
A Mohawk Vision of Bioregional Education by Mary Henderson and Margie Skidders
Two Rivers Project by Loris Chen
Environmental Laws: A Matter of Debate by Ruth Ann DePitera, Joe Rossow, and Gretchen Lange
Streams: Integrated Curriculum by Fred Wilson
Growing an Integrated Unit – Organically! by Dianne Clipsham and Letitia Charbonneau
Maps Tell Stories: Folklore and Geography by Brian “Fox” Ellis
Environmental History: If Trees Could Talk by Marsha Alibrandi, Lucy Laffitte, Cheryl Oakes, and Steven Anderson
Paradise Lost: How Do We Define Progress? by Brian Loggie and Jim Petrie
Making Global Connections by Graham Pike and David Selby
Press Agent for a Day by Adrienne Mason
Computers for Environmental Learning by Sue LeBeau
The Greening of Home Economics by Robin Ruff
Not the Final Word
Twenty Leaden Rules to Make Sure Your Project Sinks! by John Perry