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A While in the Wild: Educating for Environmental Empathy

A While in the Wild: Educating for Environmental Empathy Experiences in wild nature, the leadership of a significant adult, and the educational support of the classroom offer powerful tools in shaping students toward lifelong leadership in environmental stewardship.   by Fay Mascher M.Ed., Cayley School Jonas Cox Ph.D., Gonzaga University Charles Salina Ph.D., Gonzaga University […]

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Guiding Students’ Questioning

by Jude Curtain The sun was shining. There was just a hint of fall in the September air. Twenty three fourth graders were hunched over their white dishpans, excitedly sorting through their samples of forest litter. So began a series of lessons designed to guide students in generating questions, creating investigations, and ultimately finding answers. […]

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K-12 Activities: Monitoring Biological Diversity

K-12 Activity Ideas: Monitoring Biological Diversity by Roxine Hameister Developing a biodiversity monitoring project at your school can help students develop many skills in an integrated manner. Here are some simple ideas that you can use to get your students started. Children and teachers are being pulled in many directions. Children want to “learn by […]

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Winging Northward—A Shorebird’s Journey

by Sandy Frost and Ben Swecker For many people, a trip to Alaska is the dream of a lifetime. Yet cost and logistics keep many people away. In 2002, a group of dedicated educators joined forces to make such a visit— if only a ‘virtual’ visit—a reality for thousands of children across the Western Hemisphere. […]

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Beach Hoppers: Inquiry-based learning while having fun!

Beach Hoppers: Inquiry-based learning while having fun! Field trips are exciting. Field trips incorporating inquiry-based learning and live animals are even better. by Stephanie Schroeder This second grade unit focuses on beach hoppers, tiny amphipods found on most sandy beaches. The first three lessons focus on learning beach hopper characteristics in the classroom and teaching […]

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