Ecosystem Journalismby: Kathryn Mahlin and Amy Robertson

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Third-grade students display their understanding of life science concepts by creating an imaginative newspaper. This creative writing project engages students in researching, writing, and editing a newspaper based on a prairie ecosystem.

  • Elementary
  • Middle
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  • on Sun May 04, 2014 2:07 PM

Writing across the curriculum is not a new topic but it is one that is emphasized again within core standards, STEM approaches to the study of science, and NGSS. This article, although written in 2005, continues to offer pertinent information to a teacher guiding students through the process of creating an eco-newspaper as a means to communicate their understanding of their observation while in the field. One of the most useful artifacts within the article is the Assessment Rubric. The suggested time-line for the various tasks is also useful. Although the ecological core for this article is the prairie, the methods discussed easily may be adapted to any ecosystem available to the elementary school, even a backyard habitat.

Patricia  (Arlington, VA)
Patricia (Arlington, VA)

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