Wednesday, April 05, 2006
By 2007, the No Child Left Behind law requires all states to test for mastery of specific science standards. What can you as a teacher do to make science education constructive, interactive, and ultimately meaningful for your students? Get them involved, and show them how to care, of course!
Working in the environment and using outdoor classrooms are an exceptional way for students to get hands-on and minds-on learning. They get to be a part of what they are studying, and this will help create lasting and meaningful science schema.
Some useful websites for environmental education:
National Arbor Day Foundation http://www.arborday.org/
OK Dept of Agriculture, Food and Forestry http://www.oda.state.ok.us/
Oklahoma Association for Environmental Ed http://www.okaee.org/
Project Learning Tree Grant Program http://www.plt.org/
Urban and Community Forestry http://www.oktree.org/
What if Forestry? Educational Initiative http://www.whatisforestry.org/
National Wildlife Federation/ Grants Info www.nwf.org/schoolyardhabitats