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.
Activity 8: Creating an Environmental Advocacy Press Kit
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 ...