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1 Environmental Education and the Social Studies This slideshow is available online at

2 What is Environmental Education?

3 NAAEE Definition of Environmental Education : “A process which promotes the analysis and understanding of environmental issues as the basis for effective education, problem- solving, policy-making, and management.”

4 US EPA Definition of Environmental Education Increases public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues Provides the skills needed to make informed and responsible decisions Teaches individuals how to weigh various sides of an environmental issue Does not advocate a particular viewpoint or course of action

5 How Is Environmental Education Relevant to Social Studies? Offers opportunities for study under each of the ten themes of social studies education identified by the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Because the environment affects everything, the study of it spans all disciplines Environmental Education is an excellent integration tool that can help students explore historical, economic, political, geographic, and scientific aspects of environmental topics

6 Ten Themes of Social Studies Education (NCSS) Culture and Cultural Diversity Time, Continuity, and Change People, Places, and Environments Individual Development and Identity Individuals, Groups, and Institutions

7 The Ten Themes of Social Studies Education (cont’d) Power, Authority, and Governance Production, Distribution, and Consumption Science, Technology, and Society Global Connections Civic Ideas and Practices

8 Social Studies Academic Content Standards History People in Societies Geography Economics Government Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities Social Studies Skills and Methods

9 Sample Lessons and Activities using the Environment in Social Studies: History

10 “In the Good Old Days” Project Learning Tree How American attitudes toward the environment have changed over generations Students study the writings of men and women who have shaped the way people think about the environment

11 “Wildlife in Ohio History” Timeline map of Ohio changing as forest cover is removed and replanted, species extirpated or introduced

12 “Wildlife in Ohio History” Timeline Developed by Ohio Division of Wildlife. See also Life History notes on various species at Classroom presentation available from dnr.state.oh.us dnr.state.oh.us Poster on Ohio’s Wildlife History Now Available!!

13 “History of Wildlife Management” Project WILD Define wildlife management Describe major trends in wildlife management philosophies and practices

14 “Good Oak” Leopold Education Project Relate a tree’s annual growth rings to environmental conditions and historical events at the time of their growth.

15 Sample Lessons and Activities using the Environment in Social Studies: People in Societies

16 “The Native Way” Project Learning Tree Traditional Native American cultures, lifestyles and their use of natural resources and the land Compare to contemporary attitudes and lifestyles Compare fictional and actual version of Chief Seattle’s words

17 “Wildlife in National Symbols” Project WILD Identify wildlife used in national symbols Hypothesize reasons wildlife are used in national symbols

18 “Prairie Memoirs” Project WILD Interpret different cultural viewpoints Describe how wildlife and habitat affect cultures & societies Evaluate cultural factors leading to endangerment of species

19 Sample Lessons and Activities using the Environment in Social Studies: Geography

20 Geography using migratory birds and butterflies Journey North Monarch Watch “Back from the Argentine” Leopold Education Project,

21 Using Phenology to Teach Geography and Economics GLOBE program: How spring moves up the country using temperature changes, How Ohio farmers and horticulturists track growing degree days (GDD): Link to Ohio State University-Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center state.edu/centernet/stations/cohome.h tmwww.oardc.ohio- state.edu/centernet/stations/cohome.h tm

22 “How Well Do You Know the Great Lakes?” ES-EAGLS Develop a perception of the differences between the Great Lakes in: Water volumes Length of shoreline Human population distribution Amount of fish harvested

23 “There is No Point to This Pollution” Healthy Water, Healthy People Students analyze data and interpret a topographic map, to solve a mystery about which possible sources might be causing the pollution of a lake.

24 “Life and Death Situation” Healthy Water, Healthy People Study the diversity and global locations of waterborne diseases and the role of epidemiology in disease control Students search for others who have been “infected” with the same waterborne illness as they have.

25 Sample Lessons and Activities using the Environment in Social Studies: Economics

26 “Cookie Mining” Introduction to economics of mining. Students buy property, purchase mining equipment, pay for mining operations, pay for mine land reclamation, and receive money for the “ore” (chocolate chips) mined.

27 “Energy Trade-offs” University of Northern Iowa Global Connections theme Focus on world trade with emphasis on energy resources

28 “What is the Most Economical Form of Transportation?” ES-EAGLS Production, Distribution, and Consumption theme Compare various forms of transportation in terms of their cost and speed

29 “Resource Depletion” Elementary students learn how some natural resources are nonrenewable, and how conservation methods can extend our nonrenewable resources.

30 “Weighing the Options: A Look at Tradeoffs” Project Learning Tree Cost-Benefit Analysis of protecting endangered species Ethical considerations

31 Sample Lessons and Activities using the Environment in Social Studies: Government

32 “The Law: Before and After” Science and Civics: Sustaining Wildlife Students analyze the social, political, and economic influences that led to enactment of the Endangered Species Act

33 “Presidential Prerogatives” Science and Civics: Sustaining Wildlife Students explore the role of the President in creating and implementing environmental policy to protect wildlife, comparing President Theodore Roosevelt to the current administration

34 “Testing the Law: TVA v. Hill” Science and Civics: Sustaining Wildlife Students analyze the history of the Supreme Court snail darter case to explore the role of the judiciary.

35 “Water Court” Project WET Students participate in a mock court to settle water quality and quantity disputes. Demonstrates how disputes can be settled through mediation or litigation. Evaluate arguments presented by opposing sides (Middle and high school)

36 “Setting the Standards” Healthy Water, Healthy People Students simulate the process used by the US Environmental Protection Agency to determine drinking water standards Includes a risk assessment, exposure assessment, dose-response assessment, and risk characterization (Middle and High School)

37 “Planning for People and Wildlife” Project WILD Describe issues in land-use planning for cities Identify how negative effects on wildlife can be reduced Describe actions that can be taken

38 Beyond Brockovich Case studies of drinking water contamination show different standards of proof in science, criminal law, and civil law What happens when science can’t give a definitive answer and the legal system must resolve a case about a cancer cluster Request teaching resource list from Ohio EPA Office of Environmental Education

39 Sea Turtles International Aquatic Project WILD Different countries’ philosophies on wildlife ownership and habitat management International agreements and organizations that manage species that cross international borders

40 When a Whale Is Right Aquatic Project WILD Status of whales International alliances that affect wildlife How wildlife can affect relationships between and among nations

41 “There Ought To Be A Law!” Ohio State Bar Association annual essay contest for grades 7-12 Essays might cover topics such as the need for a law to regulate the adverse impact of some technology on the environment, or the depletion of natural resources

42 Sample Lessons and Activities using the Environment in Social Studies: Citizen Rights and Responsibilities

43 “What’s Their Difference?” Science and Civics: Sustaining Wildlife Students analyze differences in wildlife and environmental policy between and within the major political parties in the United States.

44 “Is There a Feather in My Cap?” Science and Civics: Sustaining Wildlife Students investigate the origins, history, current policies, membership data, and sources of support for several environmental organizations.

45 “Legal Eagles” Science and Civics: Sustaining Wildlife Students investigate local laws and zoning regulations that may apply to their service project in the community.

46 Citizen Rights and Responsibilities “Environmental Heroes and Heroines” instructional unit in earth values and ethics from EE Association of Illinois Contrasts seven different environmental ethics, including Leopold’s Land Ethic, Deep Ecology, Eco-Feminism, Animal Welfare, and Wise Use Investigate views of people like Audubon, Thoreau, Rachel Carson, Chief Seattle, Lois Gibbs, Diane Fossey

47 “Water Bill of Rights” Project WET Students create a document to guarantee the right to clean and sustainable water resources (Middle and High School)

48 “Smoky Gold” Leopold Education Project Students read about a hunting experience Leopold had with his dog, compare and contrast tamarack with coniferous and deciduous trees, and debate the issue of hunting Compare Leopold’s Land Ethic to other environmental ethics

49 “Water’s Going On?” Aquatic Project WILD Record and interpret daily water consumption Recommend how to conserve water

50 “Control of Purple Loosestrife” Earth Systems Education – Ohio Sea Grant Individuals, Groups, and Institutions theme Introduce students to invasive species and their impacts Use PrOACT model of decision making to evaluate purple loosestrife control methods

51 Sample Lessons and Activities using the Environment in Social Studies: Social Studies Skills and Methods

52 “A Snapshot in Time” Healthy Water, Healthy People Students use topographic maps to explore the concept of watershed Students evaluate water quality data sets collected at one place versus a series collected over time Students graph watershed data, and analyze trends in water quality

53 Watered-Down History Aquatic Project WILD Investigate the history of a chosen waterway through research methods, a taped personal interview, and public records Analyze cause- and-effect relationships between events affecting the waterway

54 Meeting Ohio Academic Content Standards in Technology Education along with Social Studies

55 “A Tangled Web: Conducting Internet Research” Healthy Water, Healthy People Students practice using the Internet and evaluating Web sites in order to gather local information about water quality.

56 “Net Gain, Net Effect” Aquatic Project WILD Students conduct a simulation to explore the evolution of fishing and the effects of changing technology on fish populations

57 For More Information and Ideas

58 For More Information and Ideas Healthy Water, Healthy People Water Quality Educators Guide Order at a discount from Ohio EPA Office of Environmental Education

59 For More Information and Ideas Project WILD K-12 Curriculum & Activity Guide Aquatic Project WILD K- 12 Curriculum & Activity Guide Click on Wild Resources, click on Educator Resources or state.oh.us state.oh.us

60 For More Information and Ideas Science and Civics: Sustaining Wildlife Jen Dennison Wildlife Education Coordinator ODNR Division of Wildlife 2045 Morse Rd. Columbus, OH WILDLIFE

61 For More Information and Ideas and bid/5119/Default.aspx bid/5119/Default.aspx

62 For More Information and Ideas

63 For More Information and Ideas Earth Systems Education Activities for Great Lakes Schools (Ohio Sea Grant) The Ohio State University Earth Systems Education (http://earthsys.ag.ohio- state.edu/decision)http://earthsys.ag.ohio- state.edu/decision University of Northern Iowa Energy Education Curriculum Project (http://www.earth.uni.edu/EECP/)http://www.earth.uni.edu/EECP/)

64 For More Information and Ideas Environmental Education Council of Ohio Office of Environmental Education

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