by Julia McCullough, Middle Childhood Education (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Johnny has eight apples and if he shares them with Tabitha, Sarah, and Billy, how many apples does each person get? A far more important question, why should students care? Who cares about these imaginary problems with imaginary people that we write into school books and expect students to excitedly answer?
There are plenty of problems in the world that need to be solved, why make fake ones up? April 22 is Earth Day, and schools are using the day to inspire students to practice real-life problem solving to make the Earth a better place. From recycling programs to school gardens, Earth Day projects not only make a school greener, but also give students real problems that they really get to solve. What is more empowering to a student than saving the world through environmental work? Being able to do it on their own!
Making calculations on amount of recyclables, creating artistic ad campaigns and writing to state governments to make better environmental decisions are all great ways for students to practice the content they must learn, while solving real life problems.
Suggestions for other projects can be found here:
As well as here: http://edu.earthday.org/blog/2014/04/09/earth-day-network-and-forestnation-launch-new-school-fundraiser
School garden information can be found here: http://www.edibleschoolyard.org/.
This blog post was an assignment for Societal Issues: Pesticides, Alternatives and the Environment (PLNTPTH 4597). The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the class, Department of Plant Pathology or the instructor