Earth Day 2016Inspired by Earth Day, the VMS Green Council encourages their fellow students to discover the joys of nature and learn more about the environment. Here are some activities to help teachers bring nature and environmental discussion into their classes in some way. Here are some "live animal cams" that you can also share with your students.Besides promoting a greater conservation awareness, "getting wild" with your students by incorporating animals, nature, and bringing them into the environment outside can have a profound impact throughout all domains of child development. In Los Angeles, Principal Brad Rumble witnessed the cognitive development and boost in test scores amongst his students at Leo Politi Elementary School. Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center and Cedar Hill ISD recently partnered on a project that also demonstrates improvement in standardized test performance related to environmental studies. Increased recess time is proving to deliver benefits at Eagle Mountain Elementary School in Fort Worth, Texas.Language Arts/Literacy
more activities coming soon!Mathmore activities coming soon!ScienceEarth Day JeopardyNJ Wildlife JeopardyThese are both interactive games.Students choose a question form a categorythen attempt to answer it correctly for points.Teacher can serve as facilitator or even game show host!Social Studies/History100 Years of National ParksTechnologymore activities coming soon!Arts and Musicmore activities coming soon!
NJEA Review has previously featured the idea of bringing "birdwatching" into the classroom.