Aligns with Michigan Curriculum Framework for Science & Social Studies!!
“Kids CAN Make a Difference”
K-12 Earth Day Program 2008
Help the Earth and Your Students’ MEAP Scores!!
Dear K-12 Teacher or Youth Group Leader:
Earth Day is April 22. Schools, scouting groups, and community youth groups located in Houghton, Baraga, Keweenaw, Gogebic, and Ontonagon counties are invited to participate in the 8th Annual Earth Day “Kids CAN Make A Difference” Program. The goal of the program is for students to recognize that everyone can make a difference by becoming informed and taking action in our local schools and communities to make the world a better place for all.
The table below shows how the program links to K-12 MichiganContent Expectations:
K-12 Social Studies
K -7 Science
G3 – Physical Systems and Ecosystems
G4 – Human systems
G5 – Environment and Society
G6 – Global Issues Past and Present
E1 – Economic perspective
P1 – Reading and Communication
P2 – Inquiry, Research, and Analysis
P3 – Public Issues and Communication
P4 – Citizen Involvement
S.IP – Inquiry Process
S.IA – Inquiry Analysis and Communication
S.RS – Reflection and Social Implications
L.OL – Organization of Living Things
L.EC – Ecosystems
E.ES – Earth Systems
E.SE – Solid Earth
E.FE – Fluid Earth
E1 & BI – Inquiry, Reflection, and Social Implications
E2 – Earth Systems
E3 – The Solid Earth
E4 – The Fluid Earth
B2 – Organization and Development of Living Systems
B3 – Independence of Living Systems and the Environment
Project Requirements & Submission Deadline
- Students and youth groups design an action project to do that gets students involved with the environment at their school or in their community.
- Complete the attached registration form describing the project and submit before the registration deadline of Friday, April 18.
- Eligible projects should be new this school year and have made substantial progress before the deadline. A staff member from the Western U.P. Center will visit each class or community group between April 23 and May 23 to interview the group about their project. Each group should plan a short 5-10 minute presentation about their project that includes some evidence of their project’s success—such as photos, student work, etc. Be creative!
All groups will receive an Earth Day Recognition Certificate.
FOUR projects in Houghton-Baraga-Keweenaw counties and Gogebic-Ontonagon counties will be selected to receive $300 for an environmental education field trip of their choosing. The evaluation criteria are: i) addresses an environmental\community problem through investigation, prevention, education, etc., ii) has a positive impact on many people at school or in the community,
iii) is a new project for your class/youth group.
This program is sponsored by the Western U. P. Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education, with funding from the Great Lakes Fishery Trust and the Wege Foundation.
Registration forms are available by contacting Joan Chadde or Kathy Carter at (906) 487-3341 or email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration forms may also be downloaded from the Center’s website: http://wupcenter.mtu.edu/education/earthweek/index.htm. See last year’s projects listed on the Center’s website.
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