Get Outta the House!

Taking the Common Core standards outside.

Opportunity Roundup

Opportunity Roundup

I’m cleaning out my e-mail box when I really should be cleaning out my garage. Here are a few things I’ve saved that are related to outdoor education in some way. The University Press of Kansas wrote to say University of Pennsylvania’s Matthew D. Roth has a new book out called “Magic Bean, The Rise […]

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Bringing Election Day into the Classroom

Bringing Election Day into the Classroom

Shortly before the California primaries, I found a Facebook thread where women were pondering what to do with the stacks of campaign mailers they had collected from the various races. One thought she might be able to use the heavy cardstock in her crafts. Another suggested origami. Origami? With that heavy paper? Perhaps she was […]

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Exploring Hidden Trails Off Interstate 5

Exploring Hidden Trails Off Interstate 5

Six miles of trails through riparian forests and seasonal wetlands wind through land owned by the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District off Interstate 5 between Elk Grove and Sacramento. The interstate is so close, hikers can see trucks whip past on the freeway when valley oaks don’t block out urban life. The trails are usually […]

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Opportunity Roundup

Opportunity Roundup

With a new year comes new opportunities. Here are some that have shown up in my mail: The Nutrients for Life Foundation has updated its online curriculum to make searching easier. Download the new curriculum now. Nutrients for Life is offering a free professional development day on soil science and sustainability in Des Moines, Iowa […]

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Collaborating with Cups

Collaborating with Cups

This colorful game may be a bit tougher than it seems. The goal is to stack the plastic cups into a pyramid without ever touching the cups. Students working in partners use “tools” – rubber bands with ribbons tied to them – instead of their hands. Pulling on the ribbons, partners work collaboratively to stretch […]

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