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Please fill out the green survey at your seats while you are waiting... Thank you!. Bringing the Natural World into Your Classroom. Presented to you by: Stacey Selcho & Anne Norling. Why are we here?. Through observation and experience, we have decided that children
Presented to you by:
& Anne Norling
Through observation and experience, we have decided that children
are not getting enough exposure to our natural environment. A
study by Lieberman and Hoody (1998), suggest that when educators
develop their instructional practices in the context of the local
environment, students do better academically.
We are here to provide environmental education materials and
instructional tools to you, that can be easily incorporated into their
classroom curriculum in order to provide students with the
necessary exposure to the natural environment.
Why are you here?
Environmental Literacy is becoming more and more
important to our curriculum and something that is now
being referred as “Nature Deficit Disorder” is also becoming
more and more a hot topic. The idea of “Nature Deficit Disorder” is
that children are spending less time in the natural environment and this
is resulting in behavioral and possibly physical disorders. This is not a
scientific fact but more of an observational study based on experience
and statistics first introduced by Richard Louv. We will be talking more
about this phenomenon and the book that Louv wrote called Last Child
in the Woods.
Whenever possible, select units or books
with topics about animals, ecosystems,
farming, gardening, or anything that may
generate interest about the outdoors.
Bring living things into the classroom!
Don’t let school restrictions deter you –
you could at least put some plants around
the room. If it possible, have a fish tank,
terrarium, window bird feeder, or grow
things from seed.
Put natural objects of all kinds in your
classroom. Your students will spend a lot of
time exploring these things. Almost any rock,
shell, exoskeleton, bone fragment, or even a
stick can be an object of great interest to
touch and explore. Assign a specific area or
table where these objects can have a home and
have your students add to this.
Cover your walls with pictures of anything
in our natural environment; create a
bulletin board for these special pictures,
and your students could bring there own.
Even put up an interesting screen saver on
See the Audubon Adventures Nature
Discover Center Page!
Within groups of 3-4 to create an activity or a lesson within an
assigned subject area, that can be created using the given natural
objects or object.
Subject Areas: math, writing, reading, art, social studies, science,
Natural objects – dirt, leaves, branches, plants, seeds, rocks, sand,
feather, lichen, bark, flowers, insects, turtle
When designing the activities you will have access to any materials
they currently have within their classroom.
Groups will then present their activities.
What do you think?
Why do you think so ?
Stories in the Land: A
with an introduction by
Into the Field:
A Guide to Locally
by Claire Walker
Leslie, John Tallmadge,
& Tom Wessels, with
an introduction by Ann
2nd Edition with Index
by David Sobel