Sunday, September 30, 2018

Teaching and Learning in and about Nauture

Students will engage in a week of multidisciplinary environmental study this week. What does that mean?

This means that students will learn about life science through writing, the Earth and water cycle through reading, and physical science via math.

Via an introductory slideshow, students will also learn about the history of the land, the rationale for learning about our local river and wetland habitats, and how the past has affected the present and will impact the future.

Students will specifically study watersheds including the SUASCO watershed where we live. They will create three-dimensional watershed models with small groups and review specific facts and concepts related to our watershed as they complete Junior River Ranger workbooks, workbooks created by the National Wild and Scenic River System.

Children will also learn about the land's history, geography, and living organisms via exploration and discovery with maps, ponding, testing water, and observation during a day in nature at the end of the week.

How will we assess this effort and use that assessment to continue to build this standards-based year-long study of watersheds? Next week we'll assess the learning and related attitudes to date. We'll use the assessments to note what students have learned well, what we need to teach more and better, and where we'll take the study as we lead towards climate change education and student community action efforts.

This is a worthy and exciting curriculum to teach, one that comes to us, in part, via the generosity and commitment of Drumlin Farm educators/naturalists and a SUASCO grant.