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Posts from the ‘Science’ Category

Assessment & Evaluation for Outdoor/Enviro-Education

Strategies for assessing changes in the environmental knowledge, skills and attitudes of students aged 6-14

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Educator’s Summit at Antioch University

What if the 31,820+ middle and high schools in the United States turned their 47-­‐minute classes toward solving air pollution, water shortages and the many other problems associated with climate change?

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Connecting With Bugs

Use children's natural curiosity about insects to ignite a passion for science and the natural world. By John Guyton and Lois Connington.
Read the full article from Green Teacher's Summer 2013 issue.

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Two-Eyed Seeing in a School District

A description of how one school district is embracing the challenge of integrating Native and Western world views in environmental education programming.

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Stop the E-Waste Crisis: Engaging the Technological Generation

An introduction to the topic of electronic waste, created by technological obsolescence. A condensed 90-minute lesson plan on e-waste for grades 7 - 12 uses multiple media to analyze the e-waste crisis from the perspectives of environmental justice, toxicology, civic engagement and ‘green’ chemistry.

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Sustainable Futures: An Interdisciplinary Unit at the Australian Science and Maths School

Students at a specialized senior science and math high school in Australia enjoy an interdisciplinary curriculum, within a new building where more than half of the floor spaces is comprised of open-concept Learning Commons. The authors describe in detail the sustainable gardens project that asks students to consider local conditions in choosing their design and which flora and fauna to include. Includes a rubric which can be applied to similar projects elsewhere.

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Birdathons: Counting for conservation

By organizing a bird count as a class or club project, you will not only raise students' awareness of migratory bird conservation but may also be able to raise money for school environmental projects.

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Inspiring Eco-Clubs in South India

A description of how an organic farming program at impoverished schools in south India has improved health, and increased environmental awareness and self esteem amongst students, teachers, and communities.

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Rethinking Climate Change Education

Apart from teaching about climate change from a scientific perspective, developing attitudes and behaviors that will enable people to mitigate and adapt to climate change will require a holistic approach—the authors detail six important components which could form the basis for such an approach. (Appropriate for grades 7 and up)

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Localism as a Guiding Framework for Schools

Placing more focus on local issues in educational programs can serve to deepen students’ understanding of global issues, and increase caring and enthusiasm for learning.

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Growing Behavior Change

Strategies for making positive changes in students’ behaviors and attitudes towards the environment, whether students are taught on a short- or long-term basis. (For all ages)

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Dig, Measure and Observe

Independent work stations develop science skills during guided reading group instruction in the primary grades.

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Step Outside For Learning

A description of how an elementary school made student-led outdoor learning part of their everyday curriculum, and how this has benefited student learning, collaboration between staff and students in different grades, overall morale in the school, and community collaborations.

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Defending Place-based Education

Studies that demonstrate that outdoor place-based education improves student achievement.

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To Monitor or Not to Monitor

Creating a citizen science team to collect baseline data on a local watershed.

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Unleashing Blessed Unrest As the Heating Happens

How learning spaces can help to avoid the worst scenarios now before us for the heating of the planet, followed by four learning activities

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