ERIC Number: ED220312
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: N/A
Nature Trails - USMES Teacher Resource Book. Second Edition. Trial Edition.
This Unified Sciences and Mathematics for Elementary Schools (USMES) unit challenges students to develop an outdoor area to help others appreciate nature. The challenge is general enough to apply to many problem-solving situations in mathematics, science, social science, and language arts at any elementary school level (grades 1-8). The Teacher Resource Book for the unit is divided into five sections. Section I describes the USMES approach to student-initiated investigations of real problems, including a discussion of the nature of USMES "challenges." Section II provides an overview of possible student activities with comments on prerequisite skills, instructional strategies, suggestions when using the unit with primary grades, a flow chart illustrating how investigations evolve from students' discussions of nature trails problems, and a hypothetical account of activities in a grade 5/6 combination. Section III provides documented events of actual class activities from grades 4, 4/5, and 7. Section IV includes lists of "How To" cards and background papers, bibliography of non-USMES materials, and a glossary. Section V consists of charts identifying skills, concepts, processes, and areas of study learned as students become involved with the activities. (JN)
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Science, Environmental Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Language Arts, Learning Activities, Mathematics Education, Problem Solving, Process Education, Resource Materials, Science Course Improvement Projects, Science Education, Social Studies, Teaching Guides, Teaching Methods, Trails, Unified Studies Curriculum
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Unified Science and Mathematics for Elementary Schools, Newton, MA.; Education Development Center, Inc., Newton, MA.