Tuesday Teacher Tips: Math and Environmental Education
Welcome to the Tuesday Teacher Tips series! Each week we’ll highlight teaching and learning resources, ideas to use in the classroom, as well as things to ponder as you go about your teaching day.
The month of April provides many opportunities to integrate environmental learning into your classroom.
Environmental Education Week (April 10-16)
The National Environmental Education Week website has great resources. This year’s theme is “Ocean Connections.” To find a variety of lessons to use in your classroom, click on the “Resources” tab and scroll down to “Curricula Library.”
Arbor Day (April 29)
How can you celebrate Arbor Day at your school? Download the Arbor Day Foundation’s Celebrate Arbor Day Guidebook. Or check out their other educational resources.
Incorporating math into environmental studies
Data analysis provides a natural link to the natural world.
Take a nature walk with the class and have them record the wildlife that they observe. When you return to the classroom create a pictograph.
Create a line graph of the daily temperature in your area. Use a different color to graph the temperature in another part of the country or world. Analyze the differences.
Find facts about recycling, like Everything You Wanted to Know About Recycling, and use the information to create data-driven posters to educate the school about recycling.
How do you integrate math into your science and environmental studies? Email us and let us know. We’d love to hear from you.