ERIC Number: ED063135
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Vacant Lot Studies, An Environmental Investigation.
Minnesota Environmental Sciences Foundation, Inc., Minneapolis.
New views of the city, together with new approaches for seeing the city in a positive way (not for what it lacks but rather for what it offers as an outdoor classroom), are supplied in this teacher's guide for grades five through nine. The interdisciplinary unit gives the city child an opportunity to understand ecology without ignoring the apparent influence of man. The suggested activities are intended to help instill this feeling for ecology by involving the children with the study of their own immediate environment. Activities deal with litter on the lot; visitors to the lot as determined by burrows, droppings, tracks and food; plant types as indicated by plant keys; and how the vacant lot affects the community. To complete these activities it is suggested that students have a working knowledge of grid mapping. Preliminary activities on grid systems, map drawing, and grid games are furnished in the back of the booklet for this purpose. Descriptions of objectives and methods, lists of required simple materials, and sample questionnaires and data sheets combine to make this a complete unit for the teacher to use with a minimum of preparation. (BL)
Descriptors: Ecology, Elementary Education, Environmental Education, Instructional Materials, Interdisciplinary Approach, Learning Activities, Outdoor Education, Teaching Guides, Unit Plan, Urban Environment
National Wildlife Federation, 1412 Sixteenth Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20036 (Order No. 79016, $1.50)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Wildlife Federation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Environmental Sciences Foundation, Inc., Minneapolis.