Helen Pugh used the Geo-Inquiry Process as a framework to guide her students in action projects within their school. Groups of Helen’s students developed projects related to composting, food waste reduction, gardening, and more, all with the goal of creating a cleaner school environment.
Lisa Abramovitz guided her third-grade students through a multifaceted investigation of water quality and access. Students completed a visual water usage survey, read picture books about clean water, conducted background research, and took part in a water walk to understand the difficulties of traveling long distances to obtain water. Their learning culminated in working with a nonprofit to construct water filters for those in need.
Judy Joung teaches 9th-grade biology at Schurz High School in Chicago, IL. She took students on a field trip to a state park, where they completed a modified BioBlitz and shared their findings using iNaturalist. A BioBlitz is an event that brings together community members to find and identify as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time.
Colleen Dunn teaches 10th-grade humanities at the Barrie School in Silver Spring, MD. Her ancient world history and literature students examined the origins of place names in England and pieced together their observations to retrace the path of the historical Viking invasion.
Jim Bishop is the Associate Head of School at Bozeman Field School, a new independent school in Bozeman, MT. His students learned landscape-reading techniques to hone their observation skills and share resulting insights with the community.