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Green Teacher 114, Fall 2017

Our Fall issue includes ten great articles and more than 20 reviews of new wonderful educational resources. Among the highlights, the cover story describes a success story about teaching city and suburban students about nature, and how easy it is to make friends and partnerships while learning. Check out this and other innovative learning strategies in the Fall issue.

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Rooting Readers in the Literary Garden

How a Literary Garden turned a required high school English class into an exciting opportunity for students to dig literature outdoors

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Where Does Our Food Come From?

A lesson to help grade 3-8 students appreciate the impact our food system has on climate change

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Activity: Where Do You Stand?

An activity that encourages open-mindedness and demonstrates the wide range of views on any controversial topic.
From Green Teacher 54, Winter 1997-1998

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Fear and Facing the Future

Dr. Kool examines which philosophical outlooks towards the future we should encourage in our youth if they are to overcome fear and fight for a better future.

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Tales from the Trail

Writing about a personal outdoor adventure for an eco-tourism web site can promote both ecological awareness and language skills for students aged 14 and up.

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Participatory Eco-Drama

Unconventional dramatic forms that foster critical thinking and environmental learning in children 7 and up. Allows children to unpack environmental frustrations and to foster creative local solutions. Participants learn how to use alternative modes of decision-making that promote equal participation and respect.

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Transformation is in Our Hands

A creative process for deepening teachers’ and students’ connection to nature through drawing, painting, and dialogue, called “Creative Nature Connection”. This process emphasizes the importance of observing both nature outside of ourselves and our inner feelings in creating nature artwork.

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From Newcomer to Environmental Citizen

Demonstrates one method of incorporating environmental ethics into an English-as-a-second-language classroom, using the teachings of Albert Schweitzer as a vehicle.

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First Person Singular: Documenting Climate Change

Yup’ik high school students in Alaska, disturbed by the signs and symptoms of climate change in their far northern village, came up with a creative ways to communicate these concerns to a group of student teachers in Washington state. Similar projects elsewhere could serve to strengthen the writing skills of middle and high school students, while giving pre-service teachers exposure to real student writing, and voicing local environmental issues to a wider audience.

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Connecting to Nature through Art

Creating illustrated journals of natural life in or near schoolyards helps to develop elementary students’ understanding of nature, art, and higher-level thinking processes such as valuation and analysis.

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Greening the Elementary Education Curriculum One Course at a Time

Tips for incorporating environmental education into elementary teachers college courses.

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Environmental Writing Projects: Empowering Students, Documenting the Natural World

Writing based on hands-on research teaches environmental science and develops literacy skills for grades 6-12 students.

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Drama in Environmental Education

Cross-curricular drama activities that help students explore environmental topics and develop empathy for the natural world. These activities include guided imagery, in-role drama, writing and performing plays, and creating skits or raps. Appropriate for all ages.

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