Cell Towers and Songbirds

by: Michelle Klosterman, Jennifer Mesa, and Katie Milton

This article describes how our common addiction to cell phones was used to launch a discussion about their use, impacts on the environment, and connections to issues of civic concern. By encouraging middle school science students to adopt the perspectives of special-interest groups debating communication tower restrictions designed to protect migratory songbird populations in a role play, they were connected to language arts and social studies in a meaningful way while their attention was focused on the larger impacts of cell phone use.


Type Journal ArticlePub Date 11/1/2009Stock # ss09_033_03_34Volume 033Issue 03

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