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Incorporate Nature-Based Learning into Everyday Instruction

Posted by admin on Apr 19, 2019 4:48:47 PM

Earth Day doesn’t have to be celebrated just one day per year. You can incorporate nature-based learning into your teaching every day by using the ideas from these three classic Stenhouse books. Read on to learn more!

Schoolyard-Enhanced Learning

Schoolyard-Enhanced Learning: Using the Outdoors as an Instructional Tool shows how the school grounds—regardless of whether your school is in an urban, suburban, or rural setting—can become an enriching extension of the classroom. In this comprehensive handbook, Herb Broda blends theory and practice, providing readers with practical suggestions and teacher-tested activities for using the most powerful audio-visual tool available—the outdoors.

Childhood and Nature

In Childhood and Nature: Design Principles for Educators, author David Sobel makes the case that meaningful connections with the natural world don't begin in the rainforest or arctic, but in our own backyards and communities. Based on his observations of recurrent play themes around the world, Sobel articulates seven design principles that can guide teachers in structuring learning experiences for children through place-based education projects.

To Look Closely

Whether it's a trickling stream, a grassy slope, or an abandoned rail line, the natural world offers teachers a wonderful resource around which to center creative, inquiry-based learning throughout the year. Nobody knows this better than veteran teacher Laurie Rubin. In To Look Closely: Science and Literacy in the Natural World, she demonstrates how nature study can help students become careful, intentional observers of all they see, growing into stronger readers, writers, mathematicians, and scientists in the process.

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