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Using Environment to Engage Students in Science

Using the Environment to Enhance Education

Victoria Rydberg

on 20 March 2011

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@WisDPIenviroed WI Administrative Code, PI 8:
"A kindergarten through grade 12 sequential curriculum plan in each of the following subject areas: ...environmental education..."

"Environmental education objectives and activities shall be integrated into the kindergarten through grade 12 ..., with the greatest emphasis in art, health, science and social studies education." Being environmentally literate means understanding
the natural world in a social context. It means understanding how human decisions and actions
impact environmental quality. Using our Environment to Engage Students Every graduate needs ____ literacy. environmental reading mathematical cultural global scientific technological information Media writing Current Happenings...

Wisconsin's Plan to Advance Education for Environmental Literacy and Sustainability in PK-12 Schools

Wisconsin's Plan for Environmentally Literate and Sustainable Communities

Cultivating Education for Sustainability in Wisconsin's Schools Common Core Standards RtI
Resources Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education (WCEE)
Wisconsin Environmental Education Board (WEEB)
Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education
Wisconsin Green Schools Network Reading

Choose a read-aloud about an environmental topic or issue (animals, fishing, eco-mysteries)
Ask students to consider environmental clues when determining the settting of a story
Environmental Poetry
Environmental writers (Leopold, Muir, Olson) Mathematics

Fibonacci Sequence
Measure area and perimiter of a prairie, school yard, etc.
Circumference and trees
Migration routes
Angles of flight
Determining amounts of water used
Studying population density Elements of a
Successful Program Interdisciplinary
Classroom connections to field activities
Real-world Connections (no busy work)
Community focus
Individual Needs
Value of Learning
Peer Teaching
Capitalizing on “teachable moments”
Connection with professionals
Parent backed
Administratively supported What if we viewed the land
as part of our community? To live on this planet as a community. Black River Area Green School (BRAGS)
Community School of Learning
Conserve School
Dimensions of Learning Academy
Discovery Charter School
Eagleville Charter Elementary School
Fox River Academy
Green Lake Global & Environmental Academy
Green LIFE Charter School
Harborside Academy
Hartland Green LIFE School
Hawley Environmental School
High Marq Environmental Charter School
Highland Community Middle School
Mercer Environmental Tourism Charter School
Merrimac Community Charter School
New Century School
Northwoods Community Elementary School
Niikuusra Community School
Oakwood Environmental Education Charter School
Rhinelander Environmental Stewardship Academy
River Crossing Environmental Charter School
Spruce School
Wildlands School
Vesper Community Academy
Wisconsin River Academy Wisconsin Green Schools Environmental Literacy process
foster awareness
new knowledge
gain skills
make decisions
take responsible action inquiry
critical thinking
problem solving
team work
decision making skills environmental education is... Have we bitten off
more than we can chew? common assessment Standards-based report cards 21st century skills bully prevention authentic assessment differentiation literacy How does the land tie into the economy of... How did our natural resources and environment shape history? In what ways can we see those influences in our community today? 3 Rs - Relationships, Relevance, Rigor Isn't learning really about making new relationships? Research shows:
"EIC" students outperformed students in traditional settings
Improved in behavior
Improved in core subjects
Improved interpersonal abilities
Revitalized teaching
Context for learning
Engage students
Builds critical thinking
Fosters leadership skills Can't get away from it! Naturally Interdisciplinary Science Connections Nature of Science Science Inquiry Physical Science Earth and Space Science Life and Env. Science Science Applications Science in Social and Personal Perspectives Questioning and Analysis Personal and Civic Responsibility Knowledge of Env. Processes and Systems Environmental Issue Investigation Skills Decision and Action Skills Standards Chemistry Physics Biology Anatomy and Physiology Astronomy Milkweek Seed Dispersal: http://eeb.bio.utk.edu/biologyinbox/unit4/readings/Bisbee%20&%20Kaiser%201997%20-%20Milkweed%20seed%20dispersal%20-%20a%20means%20for%20integrating%20biology%20&%20physics.pdf http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/education/teachers/activities/physical_science.html http://chemistry.about.com/od/environmentalchemistry/Environmental_Chemistry.htm http://www.uwsp.edu/cnr/wcee/EnvSci/Framework/Overview/index.htm Env. Science Env. Library:http://www.uwsp.edu/cnr/wcee/library/bibs.htm 7 Survival Skills critical thinking/problem solving
collaboration/leading by influence
agility and adaptability
initiative and entrepreneurialism
effective oral and written communication
accessing and analyzing information
curiosity and imagination techlearning.com http://www.odu.edu/educ/roverbau/Bloom/blooms_taxonomy.htm Earth Science is just a slice environmental education How the brain learns EEinWisconsin.org: http://eeinwisconsin.org/net/content/search.aspx?s= Thinkfinity.org: http://www.thinkfinity.org/search?txtKeyWord=environment
http://www.thinkfinity.org/search?start=0&partner_value=no&from_links=&txtKeyWord=environment&txtKeyWord2=environment&narrow=1&chkGrade%5B%5D=grades%3A9|grades%3A10|grades%3A11|grades%3A12&chkSubject%5B%5D=Science National Institutes of Health units: http://science-education.nih.gov/customers.nsf/WebPages/CSHome Teachersdomain.org: http://www.teachersdomain.org/search/?q=environment&start=0&fq_media_type=Lesson+Plan&fq_hierarchy=k12&fq_grade=9&fq_grade=12 Badgerlink.net: Science Reference Center, ECB VideoLink, Science Animations http://www.badgerlink.net/teachers.html Howard Huges Medical Institute: http://www.hhmi.org/coolscience/resources/SPT--FullRecord.php?ResourceId=33 NSTA Sci LInks:http://www.scilinks.org/MyScilinks/Home.aspx facingthefuture.org: http://www.facingthefuture.org/Curriculum/DownloadFreeCurriculum/tabid/114/Agg1389_SelectTab/4/Default.aspx#Download_Curriculum_by_Subject NASA: http://search.nasa.gov/search/edFilterSearch.jsp?empty=true# http://www.eric.ed.gov/PDFS/ED323111.pdf NASA: http://search.nasa.gov/search/edFilterSearch.jsp?empty=true# http://www.naturalinquirer.org/Climate-Change-Edition-i-29.html Victoria Rydberg
Education Consultant
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