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ERIC Number: ED412090
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-May
Pages: 71
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"A Changing Planet: Cultural Worldviews and the Environment". A Curriculum Unit for Grades 5 and 6.
Barca, Deborah
This curriculum unit is part of a larger curriculum developed around the broad theme of change. In this unit students will explore how a culture's myths and traditions reflect their environmental practices. As students actively explore environmental issues, their understandings of those issues change, which in turn fosters self-growth (i.e., change) as students reflect on their previously and newly held values. In addition to the broader questions of the larger curriculum--Can we affect change? Is change inevitable? How is change viewed?--students will be able to examine the power and authority that different cultures grant humans to manipulate and change their natural surroundings. In this process they will begin to understand the connotation of the term change and how the concept itself is only a template that is given meaning through different cultural lenses. With these three guiding questions a teacher will be able to create a context for children to question their own abilities to affect the natural world and whether these practices are consistent with their evolving environmental ethic. Contents of the unit include: (1) Rationale; (2) Organization; (3) Goals and Objectives; (4) Learning Activities; (5) Assessment; and (6) Subject Matter Overview. Also contains resource lists and samples of unit materials. (PVD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
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Language: English
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