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bringing the natural world into your classroom

Bringing the Natural World into Your Classroom

Presented to you by:

Stacey Selcho

& Anne Norling

why are we here
Why are we here?

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?

by the end of this workshop you will
By the end of this workshop, you will…
  • be able to integrate learning about the natural environment into school curricula.
  • be able to incorporate the natural world into their classroom setting and instructional design.
  • understand the importance of the inclusion of the natural environment in the school curricula.
nature deficit disorder what is it
Nature Deficit Disorder…What is it?

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.

nature theme
Nature theme:

Whenever possible, select units or books

with topics about animals, ecosystems,

farming, gardening, or anything that may

generate interest about the outdoors.

living things
Living things:

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.

natural objects
Natural objects:

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.

pictures
Pictures:

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

the computers.

turn your classroom into a nature discovery center
Turn your classroom into a nature discovery center:

See the Audubon Adventures Nature

Discover Center Page!

http://www.audubon.org/educate/educators/class_nat_dis_cen.pdf

cooperative group activity
Cooperative Group Activity

Objective:

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,

and technology

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.

louv story an interview with richard louv about the need to get kids out into nature
Louv Story: An interview with Richard Louv about the need to get kids out into nature

What do you think?

Why do you think so ?

the nature literacy series
Book One:

Beyond Ecophobia:

Reclaiming the

Heart in Nature

Education

by David Sobel

The Nature Literacy Series
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Book Two:

Stories in the Land: A

Place-Based

Environmental

Education Anthology

with an introduction by

John Elder

slide18
Book Three

Into the Field:

A Guide to Locally

Focused Learning

by Claire Walker

Leslie, John Tallmadge,

& Tom Wessels, with

an introduction by Ann

Zwinger

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Book Four:

Place-Based Education:

Connecting Classrooms

& Communities

2nd Edition with Index

by David Sobel

for the week
For the week…
  • Reflections
    • Find an article and reflect
    • Journaling outside (3 days)
      • Whatever comes to mind
      • Choose a particular object/site in nature to write about.
      • How are you going to change your current practices to incorporate the natural environment into the curricula?
  • Lesson Design