Teaching Green | Being Green | Living Green
Teaching green encompasses curriculum and instruction for students and professional development for educators. We strive to implement environmental literacy in all content areas for all stakeholders. Here we focus on the section of the first objective of the Green Schools Application: Use of the Environment as a Context for Learning.
What have we been doing lately?
Annual Science Expos
- Naturalist lessons from Green Kids:
This page, full of links to the habitats of the bay and kids' eco pages, is one of many path finders students access through the Media Center page while doing research.
We integrated the Smith Center’s professional development tool, Opening the Door to the Outdoor Classroom PPT; Claire Gardner’s PPT Teaching Techniques for Outdoor Education, and Cedar Grove’s Summer School presentation, No Child Left Inside. Again, this is a tool we have amended and shared to encourage staff to take their students outside to extend curriculum.
This presentation shows how easy it is to integrate classroom curriculum content with outdoor activities that enrich and extend instruction and to make connections using our outdoor resources.
A parental consent form which incorporates safety rules and the idea of going outside for science lab activities regardless of the weather.
What happens when four Cedar Grove Teachers learn about Our Bay? (with special thanks to Michael Jackson)
The first staff trip to the Bay, and all results which came from that experience.
A team of Cedar Grove teachers spent a week with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation discovering how we impact the health of the bay, and how we can bring our new knowledge back to our school community.
A team of MCPS staff, including Lee Derby, Lori Rolston, Claire Gardner, and Karina Hirschhorn presented a session on how Maryland educators can bring their classrooms outside.
Documentation of our pre-service staff development days
Grade level binder cover and sample Green Kids Core Lessons, distributed to grade level teachers.
We created and distributed binders for each teacher. Here are a few sample lessons copied and placed in those binders.