Teaching Green, The Elementary Years : Hands-On Learning in Grades K-5, is designed for anyone working with young people in grades kindergarten to five, whether in schools or non-formal education settings. It offers 50 kid-tested teaching strategies that promote interdisciplinary hands-on learning about natural systems and foster critical thinking about environmental issues, both local and global. The book includes background information and instructions for practical projects and activities in the following areas:
- Exploring Nature
- Plants & Animals
- Environmental Issues
- Building Community
- Global Awareness
- Imagination and Celebration
Rich illustrations and a US curriculum index make this book of contributions from over 60 educators from across North America appealing to a wide range of teachers, educators and parents seeking innovative ideas for incorporating green themes into their programs.
About the Authors
Tim Grant and Gail Littlejohn are former high school teachers and the editors of Green Teacher magazine. Published in Toronto since 1991, Green Teacher is an award-winning non-profit quarterly offering practical ideas for K-12 educators and parents who seek to foster environmental literacy and global awareness in young people.
`This book is a delightful collection of activities to connect the elementary classroom to the natural world in an active and engaging way.` – Joseph Baust, Director of the Center for Environmental Education, Murray State University, Kentucky
`Teaching Green: The Elementary Years brings multiple voices and experiences to our practice as teachers, nature interpreters, museum educators and youth leaders. It`s like sitting down with colleagues to share new approaches, discuss current issues and reflect on what we do.` – Catherine Dumouchel, Project Coordinator, Canadian Centre for Biodiversity, Canadian Museum of Nature
`Teaching Green: The Elementary Years offers a collection of richly detailed stories about life in classrooms and schools where teachers and students are working together to understand human/environment relationships, develop environmental literacy, and effect positive change. It provides a sound base of concepts and curriculum frameworks from which teachers can build or enhance environmental education programs in their classrooms, and at the same time offers a wealth of practical examples of how teachers and students can work together to develop and model environmental citizenship in their communities. This book is a wonderful resource for teachers concerned with educating students about the place of humans in nature and our responsibilities to the planet and to each other.` – Milton McClaren, Professor Emeritus, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia