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ERIC Number: EJ1155437
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jan
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0269-2465
Root and Branch Reform: Teaching City Kids about Urban Trees
Walker, Mark
Primary Science, n146 p21-23 Jan 2017
In today's electronic age, suburban and city children are increasingly disconnected with the natural world. Studying trees allows children to learn about the world they live in and can teach a variety of useful topics contained within the National Curriculum in England. Knowledge of trees is specifically required in the science curriculum at key stage 1 (ages 5-7) under the topic "Plants." Trees are mentioned again at key stage 2 (ages 7-11), in particular in year 3 (ages 7-8) when knowledge of plant or tree structure is required. However, looking at trees can also be used to cover a range of geography, mathematics and citizenship topics. In this article, the author shares his ideas for teaching city children about urban trees, an ideal approach to teaching a range of geography, maths and science topics at primary level, while helping to reconnect the children with the natural world around them.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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