S: Seasons of Change
BC: Environmental Literacy explained and described through mixbook.com a source of digital literacy | By: Molly Iberger
FC: Introduction to Environmental Literacy
1: What is it? | Environmental literacy focuses on educating students about every day science issues that are present in today's world. Furthermore it is showing students the relationship between the human system and natural system. One is environmentally literate if they understand how an individuals daily life affects and is affected by the natural world.
2: Environmental Science Concepts | Air and Climate | Land | Food | Water | Ecosystems | Energy | Environment and Society
3: Capacity for personal and collective action and civic participation ^ Problem solving and critical thinking skills ^ Attitudes of appreciation and concern for the environment ^ Knowledge and understanding of human and natural systems and processes ^ General Awareness of the relationship between the environment and human life | Environmental Literacy Ladder courtesy of fundee.org | *One must achieve each step in order to be environmentally literate
4: Mini Lesson 1 | Lesson Topic: Ecosystems Goal: Explore Biomes Seperate class into five groups, one for each Biome. Each group should research their biome obtaining information on wildlife, habitat, food chain, plants, water, temperatures etc. Once they have gathered all their information the groups must compile the information in a manner in which they ca present the information to the class and teach them about the biome they studied. Each group will teach the class and at the end each student will compare and contrast their own biome with another biome they learned about. Purpose: It will help students divide the world into systems and understand more of the world they live in. It will prepare the teacher to explore deeper into types of soils, plant life, water sources and habitats.
5: Mini Lesson 2 | Lesson Topic: Ecological Footprint Goal: Understand the Relationship between humans and the natural world Students will come up with their own definition of ecological footprint and what they think it means. As a class students will share their answers and discuss which answers they feel are more accurate and why. The teacher will present students with ecological footprint definition and after ask them to provide examples of things they do that affect the natural world. Students will then explore the following website http://www.footprintnetwork.org/en/index.php/GFN/ to gain a deeper understanding of ecological footprint and determine there footprint by using the tool on the website. Finally, after learning how they are affecting the world the students will write ways in which they can make changes to lessen the ecological footprint.
6: Examples of Environmental Literacy | Books Abbey, Edward. Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness.1967, 1990. Arms, Myron. Riddle of Ice: A Scientific Adventure into the Arctic. 1999. Bormann, F. Herbert and Stephen Kellert (eds.). Ecology, Economics, Ethics: The Broken Circle. 1993. Brown, Kenneth. Four Corners: History, Land and People of the Desert Southwest. 1996.
7: Resources: -http://www.fundee.org/ -http://www.enviroliteracy.org -google.com/images -http://www.enviroliteracy.org/teachers-index.php -mixbook.com