ERIC Number: ED424092
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
PARK-IT! Elementary School Land Laboratories in Toledo City Parks. Curriculum Activity Guide, Grades 4-6.
DuFour, Marilyn Berry; Courter, Linda Kothera; Garvin, Dennis M.
The project PARK-IT! represents a unique partnership between a public elementary school and a city park in which students and teachers utilize a small naturalized area of the park as a Land Laboratory, and in return become its stewards. The project also includes this curriculum activity guide which can assist teachers in using the Land Lab with students in grades 4-6. The guide begins with an explanation of the importance of a land laboratory, guidelines for taking students outside, and preliminary activities to prepare for going to the site. Activities are grouped by such subject areas as soil, water, plants and animals. Activities address such concepts as composting, role of earthworms in soil production, water in the atmosphere, pollination, seed dispersal, plant community, and succession. Students will conduct a census of invertebrates and explore feeding behavior of spiders as part of field observation activities. The activities include journal questions and extensions. The guidebook includes a summary chart of activities which contains an activity overview, purpose, science skills involved, and learning outcomes keyed to fourth and sixth grade proficiency tests. (PVD)
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Concept Formation, Cooperative Learning, Earth Science, Elementary School Science, Environmental Education, Field Studies, Hands on Science, Intermediate Grades, Outdoor Education, Parks, Partnerships in Education, Science Activities, Science Education, Teaching Guides
Ottawa Park Nature Education Center, 2201 Ottawa Parkway, Toledo, OH 43606.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Toledo Dept. of Natural Resources, OH.; Toledo Public Schools, OH.
Identifiers - Location: Ohio (Toledo)