Educator Spotlight: Language Arts Goes Green

Shakenya Humphries, this week’s Educator of the Week, makes language arts compelling by connecting readings and writings to real-world challenges. Shakenya teaches language arts at Washington School for Girls in Washington, D.C. Activity: Water Rights and Responsibilities  Grade Level: 6-7  Time Commitment: Around 2 weeks Connecting Reading and Writing to Living Some students who live in inner-city schools struggle with language arts because they are … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Language Arts Goes Green

Weekly Warm-Up: 5 Ways to Inspire Student Environmentalists in Time for Earth Day

Nearly 50 years ago, the first Earth Day inspired millions of Americans and helped spark the modern environmental movement. Yet today the issues Earth Day brings to light—climate change, water pollution, deforestation, and many others—remain as relevant as ever. Wondering how to introduce your students to Earth Day? Check out our National Geographic Explorer! magazine article, “Celebrate Earth,” and our corresponding activity. Ready to dive … Continue reading Weekly Warm-Up: 5 Ways to Inspire Student Environmentalists in Time for Earth Day

‘Drinkable Book’ Could Give Millions Access to Clean Water

HEALTH Normally, pouring water onto a book is an unfortunate accident. But with pages that can filter out bacteria, the drinkable book may solve a major public health problem for the 750 million people worldwide without access to clean drinking water. (Christian Science Monitor) Use our activity to better understand “Water Treatment for Human Consumption.” Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources … Continue reading ‘Drinkable Book’ Could Give Millions Access to Clean Water

Yosemite Fire is ‘Highest Priority’ Blaze in U.S.

UNITED STATES The Rim Fire, raging through Yosemite National Park, is “the highest priority fire in the country right now because of its location, because Yosemite National Park is at risk. It’s not just a national treasure, it’s a world treasure,” says Dick Fleishman of the U.S. Forest Service. In addition to Yosemite itself, the threat the Rim Fire poses to water and electricity resources … Continue reading Yosemite Fire is ‘Highest Priority’ Blaze in U.S.

EE Week Guest Blogger Series: Ride the WAV

Debra Weitzel teaches environmental science at Middleton High School in Middleton, Wisconsin. Debra won the 2007 Richard C. Bartlett Environmental Education Award, presented annually by the National Environmental Education Foundation to an outstanding educator who has successfully integrated environmental education into the curriculum.

This week, April 12-18, is National Environmental Education Week (EE Week.) EE Week promotes understanding and protection of the natural world by actively engaging K-12 students and educators in an inspired week of environmental learning before Earth Day. This year’s theme is Be Water Wise! To learn more or get involved, visit www.eeweek.org.

Ride the WAV
By Debra Weitzel

Have you ever engaged students in water testing during a water resources unit, collected data, and then moved on to a new unit? What happened to all the data the students collected? Did you only collect data once that year, during that one unit on water?

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At Middleton High School (WI) my AP and general Environmental Science students are monitoring Pheasant Branch Creek, both during the water resources unit, and as part of the Water Action Volunteers (WAV). WAV is citizen science initiative and associated database maintained by the University of Wisconsin-Extension.

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