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Posts from the ‘Social Sciences’ Category

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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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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The Learning Barge

How this unique and innovative project in Virginia is teaching students about river ecology and inspiring them to clean up their river.

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Evaluating & Promoting Eco-Products

Activities for middle school students which promote student and community awareness about the ethics of consumer products

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Parties, Praise, and Plastic Bottles

Three projects to help elementary schools up their green factor – creating a reusable classroom party box, celebrating environmental ‘idols’ in the school and community, and setting environmental world records.

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Defending Place-based Education

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

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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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Growing an Endangered Plants Network

In communities across North America, threats to plants are at record levels. The Endangered Plants Stewardship Network, initiated by educators from botanical museums, government agencies and environmental groups, is engaging teachers and students in learning about and helping to restore populations of rare and endangered plants in the southeastern U.S.

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Environmental Education in Nepal

Perched at "the top of the world" on the southern slopes of the Himalayas, Nepal is a culturally and geographically diverse country that is threatened by rapid environmental degradation. In this issue's "Global Green Teaching" feature, Bishnu Bhatta reports on a number of student-led environmental education initiatives in both urban and rural areas.

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A Recipe for Outdoor Classroom Management

A three-step process for preparing yourself and your students for the joys and challenges of learning outdoors.

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Growing a Just Society: Linking Trade, Human Rights and the Environment

This series of activities and games helps student understand that a healthy environment is a human right, and how global trade and consumer choices affect those rights.

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The TREK Program

For 20 years, this alternative Grade 10 program has offered students wilderness adventures combined with education for sustainability.

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Bringing Children Back to Nature

Five activities for children aged 4 - 13 developed by outdoor educator Joseph Cornell. The activities follow the principles of Cornell’s “Flow Learning” to gently guide participants into deeper and more profound experiences of nature through the following principles: “awaken enthusiasm”; “focus attention”; “direct experience”; and “share inspiration”.

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Developing a Sense of Place Through Native Science Activities

Twenty five basic activities inspired by the writings of people who have lived close to the land. These activities aim to develop a deeper sense of place by going beyond Western science to observe and interact with nature qualitatively as well as quantitatively.

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Salad Farmers

A first-grade class in New York City tries to grow their own food as part of an integrated unit that combined science, social studies and literacy.

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The Outers Club

Over its 40-year history, this extracurricular program of outdoor experiential education and community service has become a rite of passage for senior high school students in Atikokan, Ontario.

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