Presentation on theme: "Prairie As An Educational Resource: Developing Prairie- Related Classroom Materials around the Indian Boundary Park Lagoon/Prairie By Francis Sohn."— Presentation transcript:
Prairie As An Educational Resource: Developing Prairie- Related Classroom Materials around the Indian Boundary Park Lagoon/Prairie By Francis Sohn
Introduction Indian Boundary Park has a long history. Its name stems from a treaty signed in 1816 between the Pottawattomie Indians and the U.S. government. Back then, it would have looked much differently than it did today – uncultivated, natural, wild, and free. It was first cultivated in 1834 by an Irish immigrant, Phillip Rogers, from whom the neighborhood takes its name. Today the park serves as a nexus of culture and community for the diverse ethnic groups in the area; its field house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Personal Motivation When I first approached this project, I approached it as an assignment, something I had to do. In the meantime, I got a job as a tutor for several Chicago Public School students, and I was inspired by that in two ways. First, it saw that their knowledge of their own neighborhood is woefully inadequate, and second, I remembered the quality education I received from the same system in a different area of the city. As a student in a gifted program, there was naturally more money and therefore a greater range of activities available to me as a student than at a regular neighborhood school. I see this project, developing educational resources for community schools, as a way to give back to the community and help students get in touch with the history and ecology of a wonderful local park. All of that said, there is a selfish reason I want to do this project as well; I want to see if I have any real talent for interacting in this way with grade school children, as a potential indicator of whether or not I should continue with my desire to teach.
Goals Intro 15 Schools within a 10 minute drive, most within walking distance 2 Ways to aide natural science learning: –Resource-aided self-development of ecological knowledge –Hands-on maintainence of the area under supervision
Goal Set 1: Self-development of ecological knowledge 2 Types of Goals –Development of naturalist guide, other ecological materials –Integration thereof into an educational program for grade-school children
Goal Set Species Survey 1.2 Area Signage 1.3 Indian Boundary Park Naturalist Guide 1.4 Develop educational materials with CPS teachers.
Goal Set Identify areas for possible natural area expansion 2.2 Separate areas into school plots