Database to help teachers introduce environmental issues to lesson plans

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COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources updated a searchable, online database which will make it easier for teachers to introduce students to important environmental issues.

Lessons

Ohio educators can select interactive, state-approved lessons from Project Learning Tree, Project WET, Project WILD and Windows on the Wild based on specific areas of study (science or social studies) and/or grade levels.

The comprehensive environmental education programs, which are sponsored by ODNR Divisions of Forestry, Soil and Water Conservation, Water and Wildlife, are aligned with Ohio Academic Content Standards for social studies and science.

“Interaction with nature, be it through structured curricula or free play, enhances young people’s cognitive flexibility, sharpens critical thinking, hones problem solving skills and develops the imagination,” said ODNR Director Sean Logan, citing research by The Trust for Public Land and others.

“The ODNR database will make it easier for educators to bring conservation issues into the classroom by providing valuable, interdisciplinary learning opportunities that are suitable for their students.”

In 2007, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency helped fund the alignment of the curricula with Ohio’s social studies content standards.

Award-winning

The programs had already received the Ohio Environmental Education Fund Outstanding Project Award for aligning the student activities with the Ohio Department of Education’s standards for science education.

Coordinators for the programs will continue work to correlate the activities to the Ohio Academic Content Standards for English-Language Arts and Technology.

For more information visit www.dnr.state.oh.us/education/correlations/.

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