My students need a chance to get hands-on experience in nature and our environment.
This project expired on May 1, 2018.
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Our students are from a small rural community ten miles from the state capital. This class is small, yet very motivated. They love to learn and love learning about the environment.
Last year they participated in the Bow Seat International Program, where they each studied about pollution in the ocean and they specifically spent their time researching the damage done to Maine's Ocean.
These students took this very seriously and were motivated to want to learn more and do more to save our environment.
This project is a cross-curriculum activity. All year our 7th graders have been studying about our state of Maine. To wrap up the year, students will be studying the ecology and environment of Maine. In science, they will be investigating and discovering more about one of our most valuable assets, the Maine ocean. In reading, students will be reading books that deal with living and working on Maine's coast. In social studies, students will discover such things as the industries and how they effect our coastal community and environments.
In writing, the teacher will be collaborating with Bow Seat and students will be researching how climate change has effected our oceans.
Specifically, the research and writing ask students, who are concerned about the future of our human and natural communities, to use their creative voices to explore, express, and advocate for issues related to climate change and our oceans.
Students will do this by spending two days and one night on one of Maine's islands. They will work with a state environmentalist to learn about the life in this rocky place in the middle of the sea. They will also have an opportunity to go lobstering with a licensed lobsterman and learn about this important economic commodity and what is happening to it in today's oceans. They will also spend time at the Maine State Aquarium.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for students to spend quality time with environmentalists, teachers, lobstermen, and others who care about and depend on Maine's environment every day.
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