Have you ever wondered what could be inside a shipwreck at the bottom of the Great Lakes or what animals living at the bottom of the ocean look like? What about how technology, math and science can shape a future career?
EE Week joined Living Classrooms and other environmental organizations at the end of October to help teach local DC elementary students about stream quality and environmental health. Located in the middle of the Anacostia River, Kingman Island provided a great venue to think about what makes a healthy river run smoothly.
At Shedd Aquarium we see the impact of informal education on science learners outside of the classroom every day. We have witnessed how connecting students with experts on animal care and conservation, allowing them to observe animal behavior and brainstorm solutions to real-life challenges, excites students and brings the lessons from their classroom to life.
Have you ever noticed that in the days and weeks leading up to summer, many magazines, local newspapers and blogs start publishing lists of outdoor activities to do with children during their time off from school? As a teacher and a mother of two kids of my own, I definitely appreciate these resources because it means I can actually take a break from having to think of and plan the activities we do every day.
I am still teaching at G.W. Carver Middle School, 23 years and counting. I am very involved with the Dream in Green Organization. I am crossing my fingers that my students and I will win first place in our school district's Dream in Green contest this year. I will find out on May 22. The contest involved the integration of green lessons across our curriculum, the installation of rain barrels on our campus, and several student projects including a water bottle drive and a solar cooker competition.
Starting with the polar vortexes that ushered in 2014 and following up with recent spring snow storms on the East Coast, the weather and the environment have been dominant topics of conversation these days. It is particularly true in our schools, where scheduled vacations have been cut short and school years have been extended to accommodate the environmental shifts communities across the nation have felt.
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