Environmental Education Saves the Dayby: Sarah Haines and Cynthia Kilpatrick

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At the start of each school year at Oil City Elementary Magnet School in Oil City, Louisiana, eager students ask, “What’s our theme this year?” This curiosity comes from their expectations that they will study a different environmental concept each year. Kindergarten classes learn to “Be a Friend to the Earth,” followed by life cycles in the first grade, and continuing through forestry, aquaculture, horticulture, meteorology, and finally habitats in sixth grade. This environmental science focus has not only increased enrollment and produced dramatic increases in test scores but also brought national recognition to the school and staff.

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  • on Thu Mar 28, 2013 5:44 PM

This article describes how an elementary school changed their focus and curriculum around an environmental focus that used PLT, Project WET, and Project WILD materials to develop Language Arts, Math, Science, Art and other activities for their students. They do a nice job of describing how they have continued to fund and develop the program after the initial funds/training - something that adds a needed piece of information for teachers or schools looking to initiate this type of change.

Tina Harris  (Bloomington, IN)
Tina Harris (Bloomington, IN)

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