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ERIC Number: ED467473
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 95
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Landscape Explorers: Uncovering the Power of Place. Teacher's Guide [and] Student Field Journal [and] Photopacket.
Stearns, Liza; Syverson, Diane
This active, interdisciplinary place-based curriculum, which includes a teacher's guide, a student field journal, and a related photo packet introduces fourth and fifth grade students to the concept of landscape and heightens their awareness of the relationship between landscape and people. The curriculum program is designed to introduce students to the concept of landscape, while instilling a sense of curiosity about, and responsibility for, the landscapes around them. The program brings students through a learning cycle that starts and ends in their schoolyard and features a visit to the historic Arnold Arboretum (Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts). It was conceived with the belief that every landscape contains stories that offer opportunities to learn about the natural forces, historical experiences, and cultural expressions that make up the world and influence the individual's sense of self. Landscapes are outdoor classrooms and can be used to support a variety of learning standards and learning styles. The teacher's guide is divided into the following three sections: (1) "Introduction" (Picture This; Schoolyard Landscape Exploration, two parts); (2) "Teaching Plans for Student Activities" (Introducing Landscape; Developing a Perspective; Visiting the Arnold Arboretum; Making Connections); and (3) "Resources and Materials." The student field journal includes background information and activities that spark imagination, creativity, and self-confidence as students develop new skills and understanding. The field journal is divided into the following nine sections: (1) "What Is Landscape?"; (2) "Findings a Landscape"; (3) "Comparing Landscapes"; (4) "Schoolyard History Exploration"; (5) "Schoolyard Nature Exploration"; (6) "Schoolyard Art Exploration"; (7) "Getting Ready for Your Arboretum Adventure"; (8) "Designing Your Schoolyard Landscape"; and (9) "More Things to Read and Do." The field journal is printed in an easy-to-read format and contains many colorful illustrations designed to appeal to students. The photo packet is appended. (BT)
Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, 99 Warren Street, Brookline, MA 02445. Tel: 617-566-1689l, ext. 204; Fax: 617-232-4073; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Students; Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Arts (NFAH), Washington, DC.; National Park Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Park Service (Dept. of Interior), Washington, DC.