• Rachel Weaver

Leading Students to their Environmental Roots by Exploring Trees: A Climate Curriculum for Today.

Updated: Apr 27




Join Ms. Rachel and Ms. Nancy Mondays and Thursdays 2-3pm (EDT) ( Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/506866792 ) A virtual classroom for kids, caregivers, and community members!

Join us as we implement an inter-generational climate unit that is centered around trees! Using multiple disciplines we hope to ignite scientific exploration/inquiry, cultivate a sense of community, and have students (as well as other community members) express themselves orally and artistically. This is a first attempt at a virtual climate curriculum for today. Please feel free to join us throughout the entire unit or drop in for single sessions!  Sessions are influenced and developed based on students' interests and participation. Here's a recap of lessons taught and the agenda for the next session:


Session 1 (Mon April 13th) - Introductions

- Brainstorming what we know/think of trees

- Brainstorming a driving question board (a list of questions that will guide our learning during this unit)

- Explore/observe trees from around the world

- Tree Yoga See what we did on Google Slides: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1MAW88VISKMVbswIOrU7mlhJmulpOdjQvErof0hXqyRo/edit?usp=sharing



Session 2 (Tue April 16th) - Sharing Tree Memories

- Exploring the anatomy of trees (function and structure)

- How to observe and feel the nature around you

- An activity for home: Tree mapping

See what we did on Google Slides:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1iftc8OKXec_Ed8s9o3XQrn7HAbLbUvxjnqfyBV5k6FY/edit?usp=sharing

{School Break} Session 3 (Thur April 30th) *NEXT SESSION*

- Exploring our Tree Maps - Reviewing 5 sense observations and emotional observations

- Thinking about our responsibilities to nature Want to join in development conversations? Here's our original call and ways you could help! As schools remain closed and families continue to work from home, there is a need to both engage and support students. The reality spurred by COVID19 grants us time to reflect on human connectivity and our relationship with our planet. We, myself and Peter Whitehouse, are looking to help facilitate a reflection and exploration of connectivity via an inter-generational curriculum.

During this time of disruption, great social change can be made. We would like to empower students to be voices for their futures and to create a relationship with community members and nature that surpasses this era of COVID19.

Our goal right now is to develop an inter-generational climate unit/curriculum that is centered around trees! Using multiple disciplines we hope to ignite scientific exploration/inquiry, cultivate a sense of community, and have students (as well as other community members) express themselves orally and artistically.

Please join us!


Peter and I have several ideas about how we would like to launch and implement this unit and we would appreciate the support of other members. We are hoping to integrate younger and older citizens alike in learning and exploring! It can be a lot to jump into a project so here are some possible roles that you might fit into! If you:

  • Have a student at home who might be interested, let us know so we can create a compatible schedule! (Or get the resources to you outside of the session) We would also like to talk about what you, as a caregiver, have been doing for education during this time.

  • Are someone with an educational background who would be interested in developing/implementing some lessons, please reach out! We would love to expand the amount of individuals who can work with students on these projects.

  • Are a community member who would like to participate in these conversations/activities with students, let us know of your interest. Though we would like some sessions to be student centered, there will be opportunities for all to communicate and share their experiences/stories!


In summary, we would like to gauge interest and invite anyone to join us in the creation of this project! We will be meeting at/on the Cafe *Wednesday April 22nd at 2pm* Join us in a break out room to discuss the implementation of this project!


If you would like to reach out before/after this meeting feel free to contact me at: rachel.m.m.weaver@gmail.com

Best,

Rachel, Peter, and Nancy



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