Academic journal article Science Scope

Bringing Outdoor Science In: Thrifty Classroom Lessons

Academic journal article Science Scope

Bringing Outdoor Science In: Thrifty Classroom Lessons

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by Steve Rich. 2012. 164 pp. $25.95 NSTA Press. Arlington, VA. ISBN: 9781936959044

One of the most used books in my science teaching collection is Steve Rich's first publication, Outdoor Science: A Practical Guide. Imagine my elation when I picked up a copy of his follow-up book Bringing Outdoor Science In: Thrifty Classroom Lessons. Rich's engaging style and pragmatic approach demystifies environmental education and encourages teachers to help students "become better stewards of natural resources."

If you live in a climate that is not conducive to much outdoor exploration during the school year, or find it difficult taking your class outside, this book is for you. Of course, it's great for outdoor enthusiasts as well! Presented in six chapters, Rich provides upper elementary (grades 3-5) and middle level (grades 6-8) teachers with a variety of learning experiences that are aligned with the current National Science Education Standards.

Each chapter begins with an overview of the focal topic, a rationale for the activities, connections to other disciplines, links to helpful websites, and examples of children's literature. He also points out important safety issues in the STOP section. …

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