TOTOS SEEP Grant EE/ESE Program Descriptions

Sustainability and Environmental Education for Pre-Service (SEEP)

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Name(s) of instructor(s)

Alice Boerner

Name of university

WSU Vancouver

Level of preparation for the program being described: elementary, middle school, high school (or combination)

University course number

T&L 371

University course title

K-8 Elementary Science Methods

University course catalogue description

Science Methods for pre-service teachers completing certification for K-8

Objectives of this specific EE-ESE project

(big ideas are fine)

To encourage K-8th pre-service teachers to get their future students outside and in touch with their environments.

Description of the experience(s) the pre-service teachers had to learn EE-ESE strategies

(This is the main, detailed description. Please include enough detail so someone else will know what you did.)

My Pre-Service teachers were privileged to have Woody Franzen from Project Learning Tree to present a three hour session and were given the PLT K-8 Project book. Also, the Watershed Coordinator from Grays Harbor college presented educational information and a field investigation of our local watershed. The National Wildlife Education coordinator came and presented about our local Estuary and our shorebirds.

Kathy Jacobsen, ESD113, presented an 8 hour workshop in Project WET.

Each pre-service teacher had the opportunity to attend and received the educational materials.

Erika Baker came from PLT and presented a Biodiverity session.

Each class, I presented an extension activity to get future students out into their environment.

Materials/equipment needed for the pre-service teacher experience (include technology that may have been used)

Notebooks, Dinah Zike Notebook Foldables book, document camera, Private Eye loupes, presenter, Grays Harbor Shorebird Education manual, Project WET book, K-8th Project Learning Tree book, TV/DVD and a laptop computer

Were preK-12 children involved? (Yes or no). If yes, describe their involvement and ages.

Each pre-service teacher had to engage a K-8th students in a PLT lesson, Earth Day lesson, Biodiversity or a Project WET lesson.

Each pre-service had to participate in a classroom presentation (K-8th ) with the Watershed/ Shorebirds Education lesson or field investigation with a classroom.

Was this an indoor or outdoor project (or both)?

Describe the setting.

Both: Grays Harbor Estuary (Hoquiam), Grays Harbor Watershed and just outside the classroom for Biodiversity.

Inside the classroom with pre information before fiedd investigation.

Were other subject area professors involved? Yes or no. If yes, what subjects were integrated? How?

Reading and Literacy in each activity.

Were there community/ agency/institution partners? Yes or no. If yes, how was the partnership structured?

Partnership with WSU and Grays Harbor College. Partnershop with ESD113. Partnership with NWR Shorebirds Education.

How was the program evaluated? What did the pre-service teachers have to say?

An informal survey with each partnership and reflection on each and were held accountable for each activity with a rubric. The participation was a mandatory activity for the pre-service teachers.


If another grant was written to support your EE-ESE work, what types of things would you hope to accomplish?

With budget cuts, I would like to have monies available for the continuation of the existing programs and the photocopy expense of the educational materials and the notebooking expenses.

Thank you!