Teachers' Domain, Reconnecting with Your Environment, published March 31, 2010, retrieved on ,
In this media-rich activity designed for teacher professional development, take a nature walk to observe aspects of your local environment, then plan an activity for students that will help them better understand their own surroundings and how they interact with the natural world.
During this activity, you will spend an hour or so immersed in the environment just outside your door. You will also watch videos that feature Native American people and the environments with which they are interconnected. The experience and insights you gain will then be used to prepare a parallel lesson and experience for your students.
At various stages of the activity, you will be prompted to write down your thoughts and respond to some questions. While you may complete many of these tasks directly on your computer, you might want to use a loose-leaf binder instead, which you can separate according to the sections described below:
You will be asked to record your thoughts on a particular subject or your responses to questions posed in the activity.
Using a journal and/or sketchpad, you will be asked to document your outdoor experience. The journal you create—ideally, a mix of written notes, drawings, and even small collected objects—may serve as a good example for your students when they are preparing for their own outdoor activity.
You will be prompted to record your ideas about ways to help your students complete a similar activity.
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We assign reference terms to each statement within a standards document and to each media resource, and correlations are based upon matches of these terms for a given grade band. If a particular standards document of interest to you is not displayed yet, it most likely has not yet been processed by ASN or by Teachers' Domain. We will be adding social studies and arts correlations over the coming year, and also will be increasing the specificity of alignment.