ERIC Number: ED118347
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Reference Count: 0
Environmental Education in the Elementary School. A Selection of Articles Reprinted from Science and Children.
Shugrue, Sylvia K., Comp.; Lamberton, Berenice, Comp.
Included in this document are a selection of articles reprinted from SCIENCE AND CHILDREN. They focus on environmental education in the elementary school, and present a number of environmental perspectives. Those concerning general or background information are: an examination of environmental education: children's attitudes about the environment; teaching resources in the national parks; and a school/community effort to preserve an urban environmental study area. Ecology is treated through investigations at the individual level, populations of one species, communities, and ecosystems. Adapting traditional activities to an ecological approach, emphasizing concepts of interaction and change, is suggested. Earth science experiences to increase awareness of the child's own and natural enviornment center on site experiences. They focus on analyzing small parts of a larger environemnt--investigating change, age, movement, erosion, deposition, etc. The field trip is presented utilizing a conceptual approach to develop environmental relationships. Suggested activities for children for observing their town as a man-dominated biotic community are examining construction, tree identification, soil samples, zoo trips, food chains, and succession. A calendar for teaching conservation activities is constructed. One article is devoted to the associations between nature and creativity. References are included following some articles. (BP)
Descriptors: Conservation Education, Earth Science, Ecology, Elementary Education, Environmental Education, Field Trips, Instructional Materials, Learning Activities, Natural Resources, Outdoor Education, School Community Programs
National Science Teachers Association, 1201 Sixteenth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 (Stock Number 471-14626, $2.75; discounts on quantity orders)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Science Teachers Association, Washington, DC.