Resources for Environmental Literacy: Five Teaching Modules for Middle and High School Teachers (e-book)

by: Environmental Literacy Council and National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

Resources for Environmental Literacy offers a fresh way to enhance your classroom productivity. The environmental context it provides can improve your students’ science learning even as learning the science improves their ability to deal with five real-world topics:

• Biodiversity
• Genetically modified crops
• Earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis
• Global climate change
• Radioactive waste

But this resource doesn’t encourage students to take a particular stand on these subjects. Instead, it builds skills in critical thinking and analytical reasoning about complex issues.

For ease of teaching, each of the book’s modules includes such useful features as:

• Student learning goals based on Benchmarks for Science Literacy and the Standards
• Background content for teachers, organized into sets of “essential questions”—such as “What is a species?” and “What is the science involved in the genetic engineering of crops?”—with answers you can draw on when guiding students.
• A suggested teaching approach, including misconceptions to watch out for and assessments to use.
• Student activities and materials you can adapt to your classroom needs.

Resources for Environmental Literacy is designed especially for teachers of middle school life science and physical science as well as high school Earth science, biology, and physics. The modules offer appropriate teaching strategies plus high-quality resources to deepen your students’ understanding of key environmental topics.


Middle SchoolHigh School


Type e-bookPub Date 6/24/2009

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