TOTOS SEEP Grant EE/ESE Program Descriptions

Sustainability and Environmental Education for Pre-Service (SEEP)

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Name(s) of instructor(s)

Baldwin, Kathryn

Paznokas, John

Name of university

Washington State University

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

Middle/High School

University course number

Biol 430

University course title

Methods of Teaching Science

University course catalogue description

Methods, philosophy, and structure of science; application in teaching middle and secondary school science courses. Taken during last semester prior to student teaching.

Objectives of this specific EE-ESE project

(big ideas are fine)

Make observations and collect data to assess a local stream.

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.)

Preservice teachers gathered local stream data and written observations in their science notebooks to help them answer the following questions:

  1. What are three advantages to building along a stream?
  2. What are three disadvantages to building along a stream?
  3. What evidence of human interaction can you observe along the stream?
  4. Do you think theses interactions have resulted in changes to the stream? How so?

The activity was also followed by a written reflection of the activity.

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

Lesson plan, calculators, timers, measuring tape, notebooks, colored pencils, assignment sheet.

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


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

Describe the setting.


The location of the activity was outdoor at a local stream site.

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

Two instructors are from Biology and Geology.

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


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

The program was evaluated using a lesson evaluation form. Preservice teachers had positive remarks about learning outdoor and using science notebooks.



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

I would like to have the students design additional lesson plans to address EE- ESE. I would like to bind the collection and provide to the preservice teachers as a resource of ideas for different lessons to use at the stream.

Thank you!