ERIC Number: ED378057
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Energy, Economics and the Environment: Case Studies and Teaching Activities for Elementary School.
Indiana State Dept. of Education, Indianapolis. Center for School Improvement and Performance.
This curriculum guide for middle school environmental education focuses on energy, economics, and the environment (EEE), and the interrelatedness of these three areas of study. The booklet is designed to provide teachers and students with a conceptual framework for analyzing complicated issues that involve the economic implications of energy and environmental decisions. An introductory section contains a general economic framework for analyzing environmental and energy issues. Four units cover the following topics: (1) basic economic concepts; (2) trees and forests; (3) water resources; and (4) energy resources. Each unit focuses on a particular energy and/or environmental theme and has two parts: a case study and a set of classroom activities. Case studies are preceded by basic facts and vocabulary about the theme being studied. For each case study students use a five-step decision-making model to investigate and solve an environmental problem. Classroom activities are interdisciplinary and thematic and require students to make extensive use of resources in their communities. Classroom activities are divided into the sections of: Debating the Issues, Investigating Your Community, and EEE Actions--You Can Make a Difference! A resources section contains 50 state and national sources of information on energy, economics, and environmental education. (LZ)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Indiana State Dept. of Education, Indianapolis. Center for School Improvement and Performance.