Posts About: Environment

Sharing place-based ideas . . .
With colleagues and students

I want to increase the number of teachers who include place-based opportunities for their students. As a teacher, I know that I am much more apt to try something new if an activity or lesson is already created, so that I don’t have to recreate the wheel.

What plants grow at your school?
A project for the new school year

In the spring of 2016, fifth graders at Woodstock Day School began a study of native and invasive plants on the school property. Their classroom teacher, Jennifer Farmer, and I – the science teacher — worked together to maximize learning. Students were already familiar with water chestnuts from an earlier trip to Saugerties Lighthouse.

Solar Eclipse Aug. 21: A Local Guide

Heard about the eclipse, but not sure what to do or where to go? Here is your local guide.

Share your thoughts in haiku
Celebrate the 101st b-day of NPS

Leading up to the 101st birthday of  the National Park Service, NPS has invited the public to share their favorite #Parks101 memory, tip, or story via social media.

Teaching about climate science

In an April letter to members, the executive director of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) urged, “Just teach science in your classroom.” Why?

Minnewaska State Park: A Place of Wonder

Minnewaska State Park Preserve is a vital space for future generations argues a middle school teacher. “First of all, it is beautiful. I have traveled to many wild parks in America on both coasts and all over the Rocky Mountain region — and Lake Minnewaska and its surrounding land are special. Standing on top of the cliffs….

Paradise in the Hills

Sometimes, if the weather is just right, if it’s sunny with a slight breeze and there aren’t too many clouds in the sky, you can find my mother sitting on a lawn chair reading. She’ll have her sunglasses on, her legs crossed, and she’ll be reading …

A Plum of a Place

Building a throne made of rocks along the beach of Plum Point is a memory I share with my sisters. We began near the shoreline, using a huge rock already embedded in the sand as our starting point. We layered medium-sized rocks on top of each other. Then we used smaller rocks….

Rainstorms: Ideal for STEM activities

This week’s rainstorms, particularly the one that moved through on Thursday, should show how events in the watershed affect the estuary. These effects are likely to extend over several days, providing fodder for classroom activities in STEM-related classes. Precipitation was predicted to be heaviest in the Mohawk watershed and the Upper …

Black Rock

Emma Byrne is one of three top-scoring middle school students in this year’s Writing about Place. She is a fifth grader at Cornwall Central Middle School; her teacher is Patricia Young. You can read the other two middle school pieces here and here, winning elementary school poems here, and one high school essay here. Check back …