ERIC Number: ED451076
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Environmental Detectives. Grades 5-8. Teacher's Guide.
Beals, Kevin; Willard, Carolyn
This book uses a detective approach to teach about environmental issues. Student sleuths investigate many potential causes of fish dying including chlorine pollution, acid rain, erosion and sediment pollution, predator-prey relationships, phosphate pollution and algal blooms, and oil pollution. The text provides students the opportunity to grapple with complex, interdisciplinary scientific problems. They hear statements of various suspects in a crime, then study and discuss reference materials including records, newspaper articles, charts, graphs, and even secret documents to integrate all of this information with their own test results. Placing science learning in a real world context, the book conveys solid scientific content and research-related inquiry skills. Students become aware of the interconnectedness of the natural world and the complexity of many environmental problems. They discover that science and society are inextricably linked and that most solutions require compromise. Step-by-step instructions, assessment suggestions, literature connections, and background information for the teacher are also included. (SAH)
Descriptors: Acid Rain, Environmental Education, Inquiry, Interdisciplinary Approach, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Pollution, Science Activities, Science Process Skills
University of California, Berkeley, GEMS, Lawrence Hall of Science #5200, Berkeley, CA 94720-5200 ($25.50). Tel: 510-642-7771; Web site: http://www.lhsgems.org.
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Lawrence Hall of Science.
Note: Also funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.