Inside-Out: Environmental Science in the Classroom and the Field, Grades 3-8 - PB273X (also reviewed), but perhaps broader in its applicability in that many of its suggested activities could be accomplished by kindergarteners. It could also be a useful resource for a parent trying to keep kids engaged with learning during the summer. Though its instructions are less detailed than those in Inside-Out, it includes a wider variety of activities, many of them involving plants, insects, birds and other animals. The chapter and checklist on grant-writing are cursory, but give a nod to the need to creatively pursue additional resources to improve the quality of science educationů and then the book goes on to suggest a whole gamut of activities that can be done with little extra resources or effort. Of particular interest was the social studies chapter that recommended activities that could provide a lens for discussing the ways that humans interact with the environment, providing the instructor a valuable opportunity to create both an intellectual and emotional connection between science and the daily lives of the students. Issue"> TechRevu Outdoor Science: A Practical Guide - PB272X
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Outdoor Science: A Practical Guide - PB272X by Steve Rich
NSTA Press Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 1935155121
Date: 25 February 2010 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK /

Outdoor Science: A Practical Guide is less rigorous in its approach than Inside-Out: Environmental Science in the Classroom and the Field, Grades 3-8 - PB273X (also reviewed), but perhaps broader in its applicability in that many of its suggested activities could be accomplished by kindergarteners. It could also be a useful resource for a parent trying to keep kids engaged with learning during the summer. Though its instructions are less detailed than those in Inside-Out, it includes a wider variety of activities, many of them involving plants, insects, birds and other animals. The chapter and checklist on grant-writing are cursory, but give a nod to the need to creatively pursue additional resources to improve the quality of science educationů and then the book goes on to suggest a whole gamut of activities that can be done with little extra resources or effort. Of particular interest was the social studies chapter that recommended activities that could provide a lens for discussing the ways that humans interact with the environment, providing the instructor a valuable opportunity to create both an intellectual and emotional connection between science and the daily lives of the students.

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Product Description: Research shows that environment-centered education improves student achievement. Whatever your school s setting urban, suburban, or rural you can create stimulating outdoor classrooms for your students, with a little help from Outdoor Science. Author and state science specialist Steve Rich shows teachers how to create outdoor learning spaces that can be used from year to year with little extra effort or resources. These practical suggestions for creating, maintaining, and using outdoor classrooms work for both elementary and middle school students. The simple and inexpensive lessons satisfy national standards and curriculum objectives in the areas of life, Earth, and environmental sciences without a field trip permission slip in sight! Math, social studies, and language arts activities that can be easily integrated into the curriculum are also included. Additionally, Rich offers ideas for increasing community involvement and funding to help teachers develop their outdoor classrooms. Get your students thinking outside the traditional classroom walls. Outdoor Science: A Practical Guide can help you make it happen.

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