Engaging Ecosystemsby: Jerry Papers, Woody Franzen, Pat Otto, and Susan Duncan

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These inquiry-based projects ensure that students use higher-level thinking skills to improve the community and investigate global and environmental issues. Each project is connected to the previous year's to give students a deeper understanding of how research can help citizens build a sustainabale community. Teachers work together to plan field studies and guide students in presenting their findings to others in the community using models, PowerPoint presentations, a web accessible database, and reports from field investigations.

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  • on Tue May 03, 2011 6:57 PM

This article outlines an innovative program designed by curriculum consultants and teachers to engage students in meaningful inquiry about environmental issues in their community. It is vertically aligned and progresses during 6-8th grades. It is an amazing program and its description, while focused on the environments the teachers have access to, is adaptable for other teachers and their local environments with some research and work. However, as the authors mention, to coordinate the efforts involved required a team consisting of the teachers, curriculum consultants, and well developed connections with both the school and local community. I love these units, but I worry that not every school district can locate or afford the assistance of outside educational developers. Still, the units described combine instructional methods to enable students to identify issues that interest them and to use research and imagination to suggest solutions and that process allows students to work

Tina Harris  (Fairmount, IN)
Tina Harris (Fairmount, IN)

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