As a Teacher Ambassador for a program that Ten Strands supports, the Education and the Environment Initiative, I am sharing my passion for this environmental curriculum with other teachers to try and get their involvement. My involvement as a Teacher Ambassador makes me feel that I can contribute and make a difference, because the most important thing teachers can do is teach children about the environment. So this has given me an opportunity to follow through with my passion.
Teacher Ambassador and 4th Grade Teacher, Manor School, Fairfax
Thank you again for giving me this opportunity to be a part of EEON. I loved every bit of it! I am looking at instruction/teaching through different eyes—the kids’ eyes. I needed that burst of creativity to get me going again. I have grown as a person and as their teacher. These awesome kids have taught me to see the world from their eyes more often than not, and that they have many wonderful things to show me.
You and the whole team have exposed us (them and me) to a new and exciting way of learning—the EEON games. Who said fun and games was not great learning?
History Teacher, East Union High School, Manteca
I have been using various aspects of the EEI Curriculum for at least 2 years now. I've used the California Natural Regions reader in the introductory unit for social studies, California Indian Peoples in the second unit for social studies, the ecosystems and decomposers units for science, and Witnessing the Gold Rush for social studies and science. I've incorporated the food chains science section into the social studies regions of California. I'm using the gold rush information for social studies to lead into our science unit on minerals and rocks.
Even though I have class sets of only a few of the EEI Curriculum units, I use them over and over. I've used the vocabulary cards and pictures in various ways—most effectively as a scavenger hunt to open or review a unit. These units are wonderfully effective in relating science and social studies.
Please keep us supplied with these valuable units of study!