ERIC Number: ED142488
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
The Cemetery: An Outdoor Classroom. A Student Workbook, Project KARE Edition.
Stranix, Edward L.
Twenty-seven activities are suggested for middle or junior high school students to perform while visiting any local cemetery. The activities make use of skills in mathematics, language arts, social studies, science, and environmental studies. All activities require a pencil and a copy of this workbook. Other materials for specific activities include camera, tape measure, and newsprint and crayons for making rubbings. Gravestone rubbings are not only enjoyable to make, but they also allow information to be transported to the classroom in its original state. Many of the activities involve students in recording birth and death dates, comparing ages of death of men and women during various periods, analyzing epitaphs, and identifying the social causes of death such as war. An open-ended sentence completion activity encourages students to describe their feelings about death and life goals after having spent some time in the cemetery. A number of activities with a science orientation involve the students in identifying and studying the plant and animal life within the cemetery. Parts of flowers are to be identified, scientific names of leaves are to be researched, and insect life is recorded. Sketches or photos of plants, rocks, and animals are encouraged. Classes will have to make several trips to the cemetery in order to accomplish most of the activities. (AV)
Descriptors: Death, Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Influences, Field Trips, Human Geography, Interdisciplinary Approach, Junior High School Students, Language Arts, Learning Activities, Mathematics, Middle Schools, Sciences, Social Studies, Student Attitudes, Student Projects, Urban Environment
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Project KARE, Blue Bell, PA.; Con-Stran Productions, Philadelphia, PA.
Note: For a related document, see SO 010 193