April 2009
Vol 6 No 4

Current Issue » Cover Page Cover Story Harry & Rosemary Wong Columns Articles Features
Back Issues
Teachers.Net Gazette Vol.6 No.4 April 2009

Cover Story by Alfie Kohn
When “21st-Century Schooling” Just Isn’t Good Enough: A Modest Proposal
Are we serious about educating students for the global competitive economy of the future?

Earth Day Special Article:
GE Project Plant-A-Bulb
Give the planet the gift of flowers for Earth Day....

Harry & Rosemary Wong: Effective Teaching
The Tools for Success

»Actively Involve Every Reader—Ten Easy Ideas! Sue Gruber
»Motivating Children Leah Davies
»Multiple Working Hypotheses Todd R. Nelson
»Eliciting vs. Punishments Marvin Marshall
»The Busy Educator's Monthly Five Marjan Glavac
»Tattle Tales and Classroom Helpers Barbara Pressman
»Tips for Travel to France or Italy with Students Josette Bonafino
»Too Much Parent Involvement? Can It Be? Dorothy Rich
»Return to Sender & The Neon Necklace Rick Morris
»Be Your Own Mentor: Reflect Hal Portner

»Getting Your Students' Work Published Alan Haskvitz
»At Risk Students: Victims of Miseducation and Failure Bill Page
»Teachers – Healing Broken Lives Graysen Walles
»Get Smart! Doodle! Tim Newlin
»A Dozen Ways to Build a Caring Classroom Community Susan Fitzell
»April 2009 Writing Prompts James Wayne
»Using Photographs To Inspire Writing VI Hank Kellner
»Quality in School Systems Panamalai R. Guruprasad
»Problems With 9th Grade Euclidian Geometry Stewart E. Brekke
»Multisensory/Kinesthetic Alphabet ActivitiesJeanine Horner

»Apple Seeds: Inspiring Quotes Barb Stutesman
»Today Is... Daily Commemoration Ron Victoria
»The Lighter Side of Teaching
»Teacher Blogs Showcase
»Guided Reading in Kindergarten (printable)
»Printables - Happy Earth Day, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, We’ve Got the Whole World in Our Hands, Portable Word Wall, Earth Day Every Day Award, Bringing Choices to Light, and April - May Calendar
»Photo Tour: 3rd Grade Classroom, Red Creek, NY
»Lessons, Activities, Theme ideas: Earth Day, Mother’s Day, Paul Revere, Spring, Easter, more!
»Featured Lesson: Outdoor Activities/Nature
»Meet Bill Martin Jr. and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, Creative Quotes from Shakespeare, Massive Ant Colony Uncovered! AMAZING science!, Tim Hawkins - Cletus Take the Reel, Lovefield, and Dolphin Bubbles: An Amazing Behavior
»Live on Teachers.Net: April 2009
»Newsdesk: Events & Opportunities for Teachers
»Wisdom for the pain? Why Did You Do It? Why Pursue National Board Certification?


The Teachers.Net Gazette is a collaborative project
published by the Teachers.Net community
Editor in Chief: Kathleen Alape Carpenter
Layout Editor: Mary Miehl

Cover Story by Alfie Kohn

Effective Teaching by Harry & Rosemary Wong

Contributors this month: Alfie Kohn, Graysen Walles, Hal Portner, Sue Gruber, Leah Davies, Todd R. Nelson, Marvin Marshall, Marjan Glavac, Barbara Pressman, Josette Bonafino, Rick Morris, Bill Page, Tim Newlin, Susan Fitzell, Alan Haskvitz, James Wayne, Hank Kellner, Dorothy Rich, Barb Stutesman, Ron Victoria, Stewart E. Brekke, Panamalai R. Guruprasad, Jeanine Horner, Marie Smith, Carol Goodrow, Jennifer Goldstein, and YENDOR.

Submissions: click for Submission Guidelines

Advertising: contact Bob Reap

Subscribe for free home delivery

Featured Lesson

Teachers.Net Favorite
Resources | Discussion

Outdoor Activities/Nature

Great for Earth Day or any day!
Science, level: Elementary
Submitted by S.J. April 1, 2009

The following can be developed into environmental nature walk activities for grades pre-K - 3

  1. Color of nature - have students graph colors that they see in the woods
  2. Get to know a tree - students are blindfolded, taken to a tree. They are asked to use their sense of touch/smell/hearing to learn all they can about their tree. They are then led back to the central starting point, blindfolds are taken off, and they are asked to find their tree.
  3. Discuss how animals are suited to live in their environment. How they deal with seasons (fur/hibernating, migrating, etc.). Have students build a "mouse house" from materials found in the area. Breaking of sticks is not allowed nor is removing plant material from a living plant. (By the way, a mouse house is about the size of their fist.)
  4. How coloring helps animals - each student is given a white polar bear and a green frog to place in the habitat. Students are then asked to locate all frogs and bears. If your woods is green, the frogs should be the hardest to locate (protective coloration).
  5. How coloration helps animals locate an animal like them. Have each student color two butterflies exactly alike. They place one butterfly on plants or the ground. The second set of butterflies are distributed. Each student must locate the butterfly matching his/hers.
  6. Build a food chain. Each student is given a card with animal/plant/sun in the habitats food chain. Students must not tell what they are, but through questioning place themselves next to something they would need in the food chain.(When I took part in this activity, we used sun, aspen trees, beaver, hare, white tail deer, wolves.) There can be more than one of each member of the chain.

Game time! Animal attributes

Our first graders really enjoyed this attribute game:
Each student thinks of animal to be(they stay this animal through out the game.)

The captain calls out an attribute (four legs, two legs, rainforest dweller, brown fur, etc.) and all animals with four legs try to run to the opposite end of the area. If they are tagged they turn into trees and must stay in place, but are able to tag (without moving feet) for the next call.

On the second and all future calls animals run from both directions---You can keep calling until one animal remains (or some predetermined number) and then start again. Captain calls a new attribute and students try to reach opposite goals for the remainder of the game.

» More Gazette articles...

Related Resources & Discussions on Teachers.Net...