These photos of student work document some of the lessons
created by teachers to integrate the ideas of forestry, natural community and
sense of place into their existing curriculum as well as the major projects the
students worked on. These represent the
outcome of the hands-on process, the painstaking review of existing lessons
and how to connect them in a meaningful way to the new concepts.
Sometimes this was done in collaboration with
others, but most often it was a review and tweaking of materials by the
individual teachers to reach the goals set by the group. This was done using
the curriculum framework and charting
using the lesson planning sheets. The teacher’s goals were to take students outside at a minimum of
once per week and have some community interaction once per semester.
Students connect to the land through Investigation
2011-2012 school year brought many math activities
using data from the school forest. Graphing,
measurement, patterns, and problem solving were our monthly pushes. The
teachers spent hours presenting the concepts and LEAF came and applied those
concepts in the world beyond their classroom doors.
Collages, clay platters, and pottery decorated with natural images are just a few ideas that can bring the outdoors alive through art.