Outside Learning: It’s Elementaryby: Mary E. Outlaw and Steven H. Bell

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Through a partnership with elementary teachers at Main Elementary School in Rome, Georgia, 42 children (one third-grade class and one fourth-grade class) learned how to use newspapers to rebuild slopes on their schoolgrounds that had been eroded by runoff. The project made environmental issues come alive for students, teachers, and professors as students reconstructed their ideas about their neighborhood and their role as stewards.

Grades
  • Elementary
Publication Date
10/1/2001

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  • on Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:42 PM

The article discusses an elementary school that recycled a portion of dead space into an area of environmental learning for students. The students transformed the worn out area into a grassy lawn complete with a composting area. The authors stated that it was a collaboration from the students, teachers, and many others in the community. Overall, the article showcases an opportunity that the school seized to turn a rundown dirt patch into a teachable moment. I believe science is a gateway for students to learn and question their environment as they come across it. I loved this project in the article because it accomplished just that. The students learned about composting, recycling, and environmental restoration. The teachers offered the students an outdoor classroom where they learned by doing. The environmental project creates a memorable experience that will stick with the students possibly for the rest of their lives. While the article provides a specific example, it serves as an inspiration for teachers to incorporate every day outdoors into a science lesson.

Derrick
Derrick

  • on Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:42 PM

The article discusses an elementary school that recycled a portion of dead space into an area of environmental learning for students. The students transformed the worn out area into a grassy lawn complete with a composting area. The authors stated that it was a collaboration from the students, teachers, and many others in the community. Overall, the article showcases an opportunity that the school seized to turn a rundown dirt patch into a teachable moment. I believe science is a gateway for students to learn and question their environment as they come across it. I loved this project in the article because it accomplished just that. The students learned about composting, recycling, and environmental restoration. The teachers offered the students an outdoor classroom where they learned by doing. The environmental project creates a memorable experience that will stick with the students possibly for the rest of their lives. While the article provides a specific example, it serves as an inspiration for teachers to incorporate every day outdoors into a science lesson.

Derrick
Derrick

  • on Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:42 PM

The article discusses an elementary school that recycled a portion of dead space into an area of environmental learning for students. The students transformed the worn out area into a grassy lawn complete with a composting area. The authors stated that it was a collaboration from the students, teachers, and many others in the community. Overall, the article showcases an opportunity that the school seized to turn a rundown dirt patch into a teachable moment. I believe science is a gateway for students to learn and question their environment as they come across it. I loved this project in the article because it accomplished just that. The students learned about composting, recycling, and environmental restoration. The teachers offered the students an outdoor classroom where they learned by doing. The environmental project creates a memorable experience that will stick with the students possibly for the rest of their lives. While the article provides a specific example, it serves as an inspiration for teachers to incorporate every day outdoors into a science lesson.

Derrick
Derrick

  • on Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:42 PM

The article discusses an elementary school that recycled a portion of dead space into an area of environmental learning for students. The students transformed the worn out area into a grassy lawn complete with a composting area. The authors stated that it was a collaboration from the students, teachers, and many others in the community. Overall, the article showcases an opportunity that the school seized to turn a rundown dirt patch into a teachable moment. I believe science is a gateway for students to learn and question their environment as they come across it. I loved this project in the article because it accomplished just that. The students learned about composting, recycling, and environmental restoration. The teachers offered the students an outdoor classroom where they learned by doing. The environmental project creates a memorable experience that will stick with the students possibly for the rest of their lives. While the article provides a specific example, it serves as an inspiration for teachers to incorporate every day outdoors into a science lesson.

Derrick
Derrick

  • on Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:40 PM

The article discusses an elementary school that recycled a portion of dead space into an area of environmental learning for students. The students transformed the worn out area into a grassy lawn complete with a composting area. The authors stated that it was a collaboration from the students, teachers, and many others in the community. Overall, the article showcases an opportunity that the school seized to turn a rundown dirt patch into a teachable moment. I believe science is a gateway for students to learn and question their environment as they come across it. I loved this project in the article because it accomplished just that. The students learned about composting, recycling, and environmental restoration. The teachers offered the students an outdoor classroom where they learned by doing. The environmental project creates a memorable experience that will stick with the students possibly for the rest of their lives. While the article provides a specific example, it serves as an inspiration for teachers to incorporate every day outdoors into a science lesson.

Derrick
Derrick

  • on Wed Nov 16, 2016 10:47 PM

This was a great article to get the students involved within their community. Most of the schools are built within a community. The community and the school should be partners to help enhance their environment. There are many things that can be done such as: a newspaper drive, collecting cans, recycling, and etc. Students need to see the community working with the school to ensure a clean and safe environment. As the students get older and become adults hopefully the same determination will continue. Planting gardens is a great way to teach students and communities to eat healthier. Exercising is another way to promote wellness (for example: maybe have exercise nights for the community and school).

Tandra
Tandra


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