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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Environmental Education

How can educators, students, schools, and communities go green? Learn about sustainability, conservation, and other earth-friendly practices and curricula.

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Garden-Based Learning

School and community gardens can be used for academic enrichment, where students can learn about nutrition, food security, and ecological sustainability.

From Modern Farm to Sustainable Table: Teaching STEM and Humanities with Authenticity

Follow a ninth grade interdisciplinary PBL class from an on-site sustainability study through designing hydroponic gardens, growing food, and an Iron Chef cook-off.

Expansive Classrooms: Taking Learning Outside

Two Canadian experiential leadership programs usher students into the great outdoors to pique their academic curiosity while enhancing their physical and mental health.

For Earth Day and Beyond: Focus on Environmental Action Projects

Explore exciting projects to teach students about Earth Day and caring for the environment.

Outdoor and Environmental Education: Resource Roundup

Looking for resources for teaching about the environment, examples of environmental action projects, or ways to take learning outside? You’ve come to the right place. Explore our list of curated resources for these green approaches to integrated studies.

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What Can Kids Do for Earth Day (and Beyond)?

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Experts Weigh in on What Kids Can Do for Earth Day (and Beyond)

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Place-Based Learning: Using Your Location as a Classroom

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Growing a Community to Build a Garden

Tapping your community for funds, resources, and labor isn't easy, but with planning, persistence, and good will, rallying local support for a major school project benefits everyone.

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Student Innovators Take Local Action on Global Climate Challenge

See what happens when a group of high school students pitch energy-saving proposals to a panel of entrepreneurs, professors, and sustainability experts.

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Integrated Studies Research Review: Evidence-Based Practices and Programs

Evidence points to seven key approaches to integrating curricula that have been shown to be effective.

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Place-Based Learning: Using Your Location as a Classroom
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Place-Based Learning: Using Your Location as a Classroom

By taking down the walls of their school and bringing learning into the community around them, Crellin makes education meaningful and magical for their students.

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Service Learning: Growing Action From the Roots of Passion

In 2007, my co-teacher and I noticed that students felt increasingly like the world was "happening to them," as if they had no ability to affect positive change. This, coupled with the question "When am I going to use this?" led to the inspiration...

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Turn Traditional Units of Study Into Deeper Learning Experiences

A third grade class asked why their state, Rhode Island, had no official state insect when 46 other states did. Read what happened next.

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Learning With Nature

Since experiencing nature is a healthy part of child development, take your class outdoors and use elements of nature for teaching the usual classroom subjects.

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Outdoor Mindfulness Exercises for Earth Day

Guest blogger Patrick Cook Deegan, a mindfulness mentor and consultant, teaches students about Earth Day by bringing them outside and engaging their senses. He shares six easy steps to help your class appreciate their natural surroundings.

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A Healthy School Lunch
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A Healthy School Lunch

Martin Luther King Middle School in Berkeley, California, serves up nutritious and delicious food kids love -- some of it locally grown in the school's own garden.

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The Edible Schoolyard Yields Seed-to-Table Learning
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The Edible Schoolyard Yields Seed-to-Table Learning

This campus gardening project has done more than teach students about the fundamentals of organic gardening. It's taught life lessons about interdependence, caring for the environment, and the value of hard work.

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For Earth Day and Beyond: Focus on Environmental Action Projects

Edutopia Suzie Boss shares exciting projects to teach students about Earth Day and how to care for the environment.

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Technology Inspires Self-Directed Learning
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EAST -- A Way Forward: Tech Inspires Self-Directed Learning

Students in the Environmental and Spatial Technology program, at Horace Mann Magnet Middle School, in Little Rock, Arkansas, connect with nature through projects that serve their community.

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Technology Empowers Student Fieldwork
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Technology Empowers Student Fieldwork

Fourth-grade students make meaningful contributions to science through the nationwide NatureMapping program.

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Common Sense: An Overview of Integrated Studies
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Common Sense: An Overview of Integrated Studies

More collaboration, critical thinking, and knowledge retention are the fruits of an integrated curriculum.

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