ERIC Number: ED209061
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
Activity Approach to Just Beyond the Classroom. Environmental Education Series.
Skliar, Norman; La Mantia, Laura
To provide teachers with some of the many activities that can be carried on "just beyond the classroom," the booklet presents plans for more than 40 outdoor education activities, all emphasizing multidisciplinary, inquiry approach to learning. The school grounds offer optimum conditions for initiating studies in the out-of-doors. While every school day of the year should be favorable for some activity, the amount of time spent in the out-of-doors is determined by the particular activity chosen and the individual needs and situations of the student. Students are encouraged to use all of their senses and observe carefully in order to arrive at conclusions. The teacher's role is to direct this inquiry, finding the "teachable moment." The multidisciplinary approach to learning incorporates many academic subjects: mathematics, science, social studies, art, ecology, English, etc. Plans for each activity include a description, list of required materials, step-by-step procedures, discussion topics, and additional follow-up activities. Suggested activities range from sensory nature strolls, scavenger hunts, animal tracks, sand study, earthworms, and root ecology to exploring a sidewalk wilderness, rainfall measurement, curb weed and seed study, bark rubbings, bird watching, shadow study, and air pollution testing. (NEC)
Descriptors: Animals, Botany, Discovery Learning, Ecology, Elementary Education, Environmental Education, Experiential Learning, Field Studies, Geology, Interdisciplinary Approach, Learning Activities, Lesson Plans, Mathematical Enrichment, Outdoor Activities, Outdoor Education, Physical Environment, Playground Activities
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Nassau County Board of Cooperative Educational Services, Westbury, NY.
Note: For a related document, see RC 013 028.