ERIC Number: ED318603
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: N/A
Using the Outdoors to Enrich Learning. Centering On...
Every school, no matter how urbanized, has an outdoor locale that can be used to expand and enrich classroom learning. It may be the school yard, the surrounding grounds, or the managed and landscaped lawns or garden. Or perhaps a park or overgrown vacant lot is within walking distance. This guide will help elementary and junior high school teachers make effective use of any available outdoor site. The presentation is divided into the months of the school year, with suggestions about observations of the seasonal changes in time, weather, plants and animal life. The guide suggests that collecting should be done in very limited quantities to instill in students respect for all living things left in their own environment. The general recommendation is that nature study be used as an experience of discovery and sharing, in which family and volunteers can also take part. Some projects develop through the school year, whereas others are specific to a single month. There are suggestions about use of natural materials for food, art and decoration, science studies, history discussion, and mathematical calculation. The document contains 16 references. (DHP)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Enrichment Activities, Experiential Learning, Field Studies, Interdisciplinary Approach, Junior High Schools, Learning Activities, Naturalistic Observation, Outdoor Education, Science Activities
New York City Teacher Centers Consortium, 260 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10010.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: New York City Teacher Centers Consortium, NY.