While learning is not limited to the classroom, at the Ecology Center, we recognize the unique and pivotal role that schools play in moving our society toward a sustainable future. By becoming role models for institutional practice, schools can demonstrate what is possible, give young people the experience of greener and healthier living, and help students build the knowledge and attitudes required to bring about larger social change. Supporting transformative practices and creative solutions in schools, and with students and their families, is a priority for the Ecology Center's Education Team.
The Ecology Center’s classroom programs are exciting, hands-on, and informational. Not only are they fun for students, but they are also aligned with the Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCEs) and High School Content Expectations (HSCE) to ensure that they will fit in with teachers’ curriculum needs. No matter which program you choose, students will get the message of what they can do to protect our environment!
Wee Recycle (PK/K): Learn about recycling through, story, song, and experimentation with simple models. MI Standards: K-ESS3-3, K-2-ETS1-3, K-G5.0.1
Compostability (1st): Identify the features of decomposers and their habitats which help them to thrive and create a great recipe for backyard compost. MI Standards: 1-LS1-1, 1-G2.0.1, 1-G5.0.1
Grow, Eat & Throw (2nd): Explore life cycles of common food products and propose alternative systems to reduce the impact of food and packaging waste. MI Standards: 2-PS1-2, 2-G1.0.1, 2-G4.0.2, 2-G5.0.1, 2-E1.0.3, 2-E1.0.5
Storm Water Mystery (2nd): Decipher the clues to storm water pollution, discuss everyday solutions, and build a storm water system model. MI Standards: 2-ESS2-1, K-2-ETS1-2, 2-G2.0.1, 2-G2.0.2, 2-G5.0.1, 2-G5.0.2
Time for Waste (3rd): This simulated archeological dig allows students to compare the nature of waste from Native Americans to present day and critically examine how waste is related to culture. MI Standards: 3-LS4-1, 3-LS4-4, 3-H3.0.2, 3-H3.0.5, 3-H3.0.7, 3-E1.0.1, 3-G5.0.2
Mapping Material Markets (4th): Examine maps and models to identify how recycling influences the economy and environment. MI Standards: 4-G4.0.3, 4-G5.0.1, 4-E1.0.1, 4-E1.0.3, 4-E1.0.4
The 3 C's: Compost, Carbon, and Climate (5th): Use evidence to identify how the biosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and geosphere interact during decomposition. MI Standards: 5-PS1-3, 5-LS2-1, 5-ESS2-1, 5-ESS3-1
Our Material World (6th): Analyze images and statistics from countries across the world that reflect cultural and environmental differences, while raising questions about social equity. MI Standards: 6-G1.3.1, 6-G2.2.3, 6-G3.2.2, 6-G4.1.4, 6-G4.4.1, 6-G5.1.1
Hungry Planet (7th): Examine food consumption around the world while using a card game to think about the relationship between food items, consumer habits, and solid waste generation. MI Standards: 7-G4.4.1
Zero Waste Party (High School): Review how local governments develop and establish regulations that affect our everyday lives by planning a public event to meet zero waste guidelines.
Living Lightly 2.0 (High School): Consider the consequences of our choices as consumers and analyze the type of information available to us to make informed, sustainable decisions in a digital world.
Engineering Safe Water Systems (High School): Introduction to the safety issues associated with landfills and work in teams to develop hands-on solutions as chemical or structural engineers.
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Published on March 23, 2017