ENVIRONMENT A large-scale conservation project is underway on an Australian cattle ranch. Its aim: to help save the Great Barrier Reef, 12 miles away. (New Scientist) Why is ag not so sweet for the Great Barrier Reef? Teachers, scroll down for a text set in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas “The Great Barrier Reef is a World Heritage Site, and one that is known to … Continue reading Saving the Great Barrier Reef, One Wetland at a Time
ENVIRONMENT While the dogs are reportedly fine, their appearance prompts a number of questions, chief among them—how did a bunch of dogs turn bright blue? (Nat Geo News) What is turning Mumbai’s dogs blue? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Why are dogs in the Taloja neighborhood of Mumbai, India, blue? Consult the Nat Geo … Continue reading Why Is This Dog Blue?
This is the second post in our EE Week Guest Blogger Series. Read the previous entry, “Wondrous Wetlands,” by 4th grade teacher Tasha Kiemel of Sammamish, Washington, to learn more about how educators across the country are incorporating hands-on environmental field work into the curriculum.
Dave Wood teaches 8th grade Environmental Science at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC, and he serves on the National Environmental Education Week (EE Week) Teachers Advisory Committee. EE Week promotes understanding and protection of the natural world by actively engaging K-12th grade students and educators in an inspired week of environmental learning before Earth Day. This year’s EE Week celebration occurs April 12-18, 2009, and the theme is Be Water Wise! To learn more or get involved, visit www.eeweek.org.
After teaching 8th grade environmental science at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. for over a decade, I came to realize that our students did not know some fundamental facts about the water upon which their lives depend. For them, water just magically came out of the tap, and it had to be clean and healthy because, evidently, no one was getting sick from drinking it. And, when my students dumped anything and everything down the drains or toilet, they assumed that, of course, the sewage treatment plant would take care of it all–because that’s why it was called a “treatment” plant. Where their drinking water came from, how it was treated, and what happened to it after it was flushed down the drain; they couldn’t say. And, I had to admit, neither could I.