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