Students Use Real World Data to Make ‘Green Maps’ of their Community by Todd Burley Homewaters Project, Seattle “Green Mapping connected Cleveland’s students to their community by opening up their eyes to the environmental benefits and detriments around them. It gave the students a sense of ownership, pride, and responsibility. The culminating presentation at City […]
By Kristen Cook This year I learned that EarthCorps don’t only make the forest a better place, they teach other people how to take care of the forest and some of those people are us. — Joseph, 5th grader As the youth outreach coordinator for Earth Corps, a Seattle-based conservation corps, I provide in-depth service […]
Gregory A. Smith ONE OF THE PRIMARY STRENGTHS of place-based education is that it can adapt to the unique characteristics of particular places, and in this way it can help overcome the disjuncture between school and children’s lives that is found in too many classrooms, Mr. Smith points out. LAST SUMMER I spent a morning […]
Crumple Your Own Watershed by Erica Ritter Make your own three-dimensional map, and use it to explore how flowing water defines the areas of land we call “watersheds.” This activity provides opportunities for creativity and for meaningful discussion, a great combination for engaging students. (more…)
Clearing’s Children’s Literature Consultant looks at three books that help students learn more about and understand these often misunderstood creatures.