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Spencer Elementary School 2008-2009 PTO Project
<ul><li>Hands-on approach  </li></ul><ul><li>Studies show students learn better by “doing” </li></ul><ul><li>Natural setti...
<ul><li>All subject areas  </li></ul><ul><li>Cross-curriculum projects and studies. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Applicable for all ages: </li></ul><ul><li>preschool through high school  </li></ul><ul><li>adult and service lear...
<ul><li>Great for all learning styles </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporate TN Curriculum Standards </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Project ...
<ul><li>Building Life Skills:  </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare for future </li></ul><ul><li>Develop healthy and strong self-este...
<ul><li>Outdoor classrooms are resources for: </li></ul><ul><li>4-H clubs </li></ul><ul><li>FFA judging teams </li></ul><u...
<ul><li>Agricultural Plots </li></ul><ul><li>Amphitheater </li></ul><ul><li>Animal Track Plots </li></ul><ul><li>Arboretum...
* Important Outdoor Classroom Feature! Opportunities for Physical and Health Education  <ul><li>Ideal Area for studying: <...
Creeks draw wildlife to the outdoor classroom. * Important Outdoor Classroom Feature! Nature’s Laboratory! <ul><li>Allows ...
<ul><li>Hands On </li></ul><ul><li>Plant Life Cycles </li></ul><ul><li>Life skills: responsibility and decision-making  </...
<ul><li>Agricultural Crop Plot: </li></ul><ul><li>Corn, soybeans, tobacco, or hay.  </li></ul><ul><li>Assistance from loca...
<ul><li>All organic matter placed in the pile becomes fertile soil to be used again in gardens: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Leav...
<ul><li>Many forms: </li></ul><ul><li>Open-aired  </li></ul><ul><li>Enclosed (as shelter)  </li></ul><ul><li>Circular </li...
<ul><li>Teaching opportunities: </li></ul><ul><li>Life cycles of insects </li></ul><ul><li>Migration </li></ul><ul><li>Nat...
Bird Blind Insect Traps <ul><li>Entomology  </li></ul><ul><li>Construction of traps </li></ul><ul><li>Data Collection </li...
<ul><li>Art  </li></ul><ul><li>Math  </li></ul><ul><li>Physical and Life Science  </li></ul><ul><li>Social Studies  </li><...
<ul><li>Outdoor ABCs  </li></ul><ul><li>Grade Level : Preschool  </li></ul><ul><li>Project </li></ul><ul><li>Gather outdoo...
<ul><li>Grade: K-2 </li></ul><ul><li>Geometric Gardens  </li></ul><ul><li>Subject:  </li></ul><ul><li>Science </li></ul><u...
<ul><li>Lesson 3:  </li></ul><ul><li>Use newspaper to cut out geometric designs </li></ul><ul><li>Measure, draw shapes wit...
<ul><li>Grade: 2-3 </li></ul><ul><li>Puddles that Evaporate </li></ul><ul><li>Subjects: </li></ul><ul><li>Science </li></u...
Allow students to view drops of water on a viewing tray with a dissecting microscope.  Children can learn to prepare slide...
<ul><li>Grade: 5-7 </li></ul><ul><li>Plastic Bag Pond </li></ul><ul><li>Subject Area:  </li></ul><ul><li>Science  </li></u...
<ul><li>The Delany Garden </li></ul><ul><li>Grade Level: 6-8 </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose:   Make garden ...
<ul><li>Grades: 9-12 </li></ul><ul><li>Subjects: </li></ul><ul><li>Science, Ecology </li></ul><ul><li>Concept:  </li></ul>...
<ul><li>Who are we? </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental Education Center </li></ul><ul><li>What do we do? </li></ul><ul><li>As...
<ul><li>PTO Sub-committee/Planning Committee </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Parents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers </li></ul><...
 
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Spencer Outdoor Classroom

  1. 1. Spencer Elementary School 2008-2009 PTO Project
  2. 2. <ul><li>Hands-on approach </li></ul><ul><li>Studies show students learn better by “doing” </li></ul><ul><li>Natural setting makes learning fun </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>All subject areas </li></ul><ul><li>Cross-curriculum projects and studies. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Applicable for all ages: </li></ul><ul><li>preschool through high school </li></ul><ul><li>adult and service learning. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Great for all learning styles </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporate TN Curriculum Standards </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Project WET </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Project WILD </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Project Learning Tree </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Building Life Skills: </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare for future </li></ul><ul><li>Develop healthy and strong self-esteem </li></ul><ul><li>Build skills in: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Decision-making </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teamwork </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leadership </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self-esteem </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Citizenship </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Outdoor classrooms are resources for: </li></ul><ul><li>4-H clubs </li></ul><ul><li>FFA judging teams </li></ul><ul><li>and other community organizations </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Agricultural Plots </li></ul><ul><li>Amphitheater </li></ul><ul><li>Animal Track Plots </li></ul><ul><li>Arboretum </li></ul><ul><li>Archeological Area </li></ul><ul><li>Berry Producing Shrubs </li></ul><ul><li>Bird Blind </li></ul><ul><li>Bird Feeder and Baths </li></ul><ul><li>Bulbs, Corms and Tubers </li></ul><ul><li>Butterfly Garden </li></ul><ul><li>Compost Pile </li></ul><ul><li>Creek or Stream </li></ul><ul><li>Elevated Walkway or Bridge </li></ul><ul><li>Erosion Control Demonstration </li></ul><ul><li>Existing Timber Stand </li></ul><ul><li>Garden Plots </li></ul><ul><li>Geological Site or Rock Pile </li></ul><ul><li>Groundwater Monitoring Hole </li></ul><ul><li>Historical Area </li></ul><ul><li>Horticultural Demonstration Area </li></ul><ul><li>Insect Traps </li></ul><ul><li>Marshes and Wetlands </li></ul><ul><li>Native Grasses and Wildflowers </li></ul><ul><li>Nesting/Roosting Boxes </li></ul><ul><li>Orchard/Vineyard </li></ul><ul><li>Outdoor Seating Area </li></ul><ul><li>Permanent Water Source </li></ul><ul><li>Pioneer Garden </li></ul><ul><li>Pond </li></ul><ul><li>Shelter </li></ul><ul><li>Soil Profile Area </li></ul><ul><li>Sundial </li></ul><ul><li>Time Capsules </li></ul><ul><li>Trails </li></ul><ul><li>Trees/Woodlands </li></ul><ul><li>Water resources </li></ul><ul><li>Wildlife brush piles </li></ul><ul><li>Wildlife food plots </li></ul>… .and many, many more!!
  9. 9. * Important Outdoor Classroom Feature! Opportunities for Physical and Health Education <ul><li>Ideal Area for studying: </li></ul><ul><li>Ecology </li></ul><ul><li>Geology </li></ul><ul><li>Interaction between species </li></ul><ul><li>Forestry management </li></ul><ul><li>Erosion studies </li></ul>
  10. 10. Creeks draw wildlife to the outdoor classroom. * Important Outdoor Classroom Feature! Nature’s Laboratory! <ul><li>Allows the study of: </li></ul><ul><li>Aquatic animals and plants </li></ul><ul><li>Pollution/Waste Management Principles </li></ul><ul><li>Water Cycle </li></ul><ul><li>Web of Life </li></ul><ul><li>Scientific Process </li></ul><ul><li>Water Quality tests </li></ul><ul><li>Conservation </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Hands On </li></ul><ul><li>Plant Life Cycles </li></ul><ul><li>Life skills: responsibility and decision-making </li></ul><ul><li>Develop healthy living skills. </li></ul>* Important Outdoor Classroom Feature!
  12. 12. <ul><li>Agricultural Crop Plot: </li></ul><ul><li>Corn, soybeans, tobacco, or hay. </li></ul><ul><li>Assistance from local farmers </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate various farm practices </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Contour farming </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conservation tillage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Crop rotation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Teaches importance of conservation farming </li></ul><ul><li>Teaches dynamics of food supply. </li></ul><ul><li>Historical, pioneer garden </li></ul><ul><li>Corn, squash, beans, grains, herbs and gourds. </li></ul><ul><li>Planting techniques of Pioneers and Native Americans </li></ul><ul><li>Harvest plants to make tools and utensils </li></ul>… or …
  13. 13. <ul><li>All organic matter placed in the pile becomes fertile soil to be used again in gardens: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Leaves </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grass clippings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Table scraps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shredded paper </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Teaching Possibilities: </li></ul><ul><li>Lab Experiments </li></ul><ul><li>Decomposition study </li></ul><ul><li>Nature’s Recycling </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability studies </li></ul>Companion to Garden Plot! Possible fundraiser!!
  14. 14. <ul><li>Many forms: </li></ul><ul><li>Open-aired </li></ul><ul><li>Enclosed (as shelter) </li></ul><ul><li>Circular </li></ul><ul><li>Semi-circler </li></ul><ul><li>Facing raised platform </li></ul><ul><li>Overlooking wildlife area </li></ul>Meeting area Teaching area Observation site Journaling area
  15. 15. <ul><li>Teaching opportunities: </li></ul><ul><li>Life cycles of insects </li></ul><ul><li>Migration </li></ul><ul><li>Native wildflowers </li></ul><ul><li>Edible/Medicinal Plants </li></ul><ul><li>Invasive species </li></ul><ul><li>Pollination principles </li></ul>Journaling opportunities Poetry composition Studying human impact on the environment
  16. 16. Bird Blind Insect Traps <ul><li>Entomology </li></ul><ul><li>Construction of traps </li></ul><ul><li>Data Collection </li></ul><ul><li>Specimen Research </li></ul><ul><li>Pest Control and Monitoring </li></ul><ul><li>Observation without disturbance </li></ul><ul><li>Math Projects: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Construction of the bird houses </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Migration studies </li></ul><ul><li>Endangered/Extinct Species </li></ul><ul><li>Life Cycles </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Art </li></ul><ul><li>Math </li></ul><ul><li>Physical and Life Science </li></ul><ul><li>Social Studies </li></ul><ul><li>History </li></ul><ul><li>Music </li></ul><ul><li>Physical Education </li></ul><ul><li>Family and Consumer Sciences </li></ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Life Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Vocational Agriculture </li></ul><ul><li>English and Language Arts </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>Outdoor ABCs </li></ul><ul><li>Grade Level : Preschool </li></ul><ul><li>Project </li></ul><ul><li>Gather outdoor items on a walk </li></ul><ul><li>discuss and </li></ul><ul><li>make your own book! </li></ul><ul><li>Children learn: </li></ul><ul><li>ABCs </li></ul><ul><li>different things about the outdoors </li></ul><ul><li>colors, textures, shapes. </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>Grade: K-2 </li></ul><ul><li>Geometric Gardens </li></ul><ul><li>Subject: </li></ul><ul><li>Science </li></ul><ul><li>Math </li></ul><ul><li>Description: Students create a geometric-shaped flower garden. </li></ul><ul><li>Lesson 1: </li></ul><ul><li>Ask students to estimate garden plot size </li></ul><ul><li>Measure plot, compare measurement to estimate </li></ul><ul><li>Lesson 2: </li></ul><ul><li>In small groups, create garden design with different geometric shapes </li></ul><ul><li>Vote on design </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>Lesson 3: </li></ul><ul><li>Use newspaper to cut out geometric designs </li></ul><ul><li>Measure, draw shapes with yardsticks or measuring tape </li></ul><ul><li>Decide on seeds to be planted in each design </li></ul><ul><li>Lesson 4: </li></ul><ul><li>Lay out patterns in garden plot </li></ul><ul><li>Trace patterns </li></ul><ul><li>Plant seeds, use plant markers to identify what was planted </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>Grade: 2-3 </li></ul><ul><li>Puddles that Evaporate </li></ul><ul><li>Subjects: </li></ul><ul><li>Science </li></ul><ul><li>Math </li></ul><ul><li>Student Objectives: </li></ul><ul><li>Use prediction </li></ul><ul><li>Collect data by using measurement </li></ul><ul><li>Describe conclusions using evidence and fact. </li></ul><ul><li>Procedure: </li></ul><ul><li>Pour equal amounts of water in several puddles on asphalt </li></ul><ul><li>Trace line around perimeter of puddles </li></ul><ul><li>Measure across puddles and write down measurement </li></ul><ul><li>Return each hour or so and measure across wet area again </li></ul>
  22. 22. Allow students to view drops of water on a viewing tray with a dissecting microscope. Children can learn to prepare slides for viewing. … Further Investigation The Microscopic World
  23. 23. <ul><li>Grade: 5-7 </li></ul><ul><li>Plastic Bag Pond </li></ul><ul><li>Subject Area: </li></ul><ul><li>Science </li></ul><ul><li>Language Arts </li></ul><ul><li>Instructions </li></ul><ul><li>Obtain water from outdoor classroom pond </li></ul><ul><li>Pour water into ziplock bag </li></ul><ul><li>Seal the bag and hang on outdoor window </li></ul><ul><li>Challenge students to find organisms in the water with magnifying glass </li></ul><ul><li>Describe the organisms found </li></ul><ul><li>Write a about the behavior and appearance one of the organisms </li></ul><ul><li>Draw diagram of the organism. </li></ul>
  24. 24. <ul><li>The Delany Garden </li></ul><ul><li>Grade Level: 6-8 </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose: Make garden design taken from On My Own at 107 by Sarah Delany </li></ul><ul><li>Subject Areas: </li></ul><ul><li>Science </li></ul><ul><li>Computer/Technology Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Language Arts </li></ul><ul><li>Mathematics </li></ul><ul><li>Lesson Plan: </li></ul><ul><li>Divide class into working groups </li></ul><ul><li>Each group selects six flowers from book </li></ul><ul><li>Research information about each flower </li></ul><ul><li>Draw diagram for garden </li></ul><ul><li>Plant flowers and watch them grow. </li></ul>
  25. 25. <ul><li>Grades: 9-12 </li></ul><ul><li>Subjects: </li></ul><ul><li>Science, Ecology </li></ul><ul><li>Concept: </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding decomposition of organics through composting </li></ul><ul><li>Procedure: </li></ul><ul><li>Design a &quot;controlled&quot; experiment </li></ul><ul><li>Compare decomposition rates between </li></ul><ul><li>two compost piles </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One pile with oxygen </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Second pile without oxygen </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. <ul><li>Who are we? </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental Education Center </li></ul><ul><li>What do we do? </li></ul><ul><li>Assistance in creating sustainable outdoor classrooms </li></ul><ul><li>Development of recycling programs </li></ul><ul><li>Outdoor Classroom Services: </li></ul><ul><li>Grant-writing </li></ul><ul><li>On-site Classes for Students </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher Training </li></ul><ul><li>Assistance in Developing Maintenance Plans </li></ul>
  27. 27. <ul><li>PTO Sub-committee/Planning Committee </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Parents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Administrators </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Invite Community Participation and Connect to our Community’s Resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>County Officials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4-H Members/Leaders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community Organizations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Natural Resource Agency Personnel </li></ul></ul>

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