Forty classroom-ready science teaching and learning activities for elementary and middle school teachersGrounded in theory and best-practices research, this practical text provides elementary and middle school teachers with 40 place-based activities that will help them to make science learning relevant to their students. This text provides teachers with both a rationale and a set of strategies and activities for teaching science in a local context to help students engage with science learning and come to understand the importance of science in their everyday lives.

Creating an Environmental Advocacy Press Kit
Creating an environmental advocacy press kit

Science Background

Teaching students to be aware of environmental issues is a basic part of most place-based education programs. A natural extension of creating environmental awareness is promoting environmental advocacy. While some may feel that teaching students to take a position and act on their beliefs is beyond the scope of basic education, we believe that it is an essential part of educating people to be engaged members of a democratic society.

Students need to reflect and think carefully about issues that might affect their lives. Is there a polluted stream that needs cleaning up in their community? Is there a water shortage that needs to be overcome where they live? Do they believe that animals ...

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