TENFEE

The Teacher Educator Network for Environmental Education (TENFEE) is comprised of methods professors from educator preparation programs across Wisconsin. The group meets annually to support best practices in environmental education for teacher education. The resources here provide lesson plans ideas for pre-service courses or overviews of current integration and plans for improvement.
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Introduction to Environmental Literacy & Sustainability Standards

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This resource shows how a teacher educator can unpack a general overview of the connect, explore and engage strands of Wisconsin's Environmental Literacy and Sustainability (WELS) Standards. While pre-service teachers will undoubtedly become immersed in WELS standards during their science and science methods courses, the integration of WELS standards from the very beginning of their teacher certification program is a proactive approach to learning.   The placement of WELS standards into the beginning of their program will hopefully increase the likelihood these future educators will  value this integration as a natural part of their teaching requirements rather than as an additional concept to squeeze in.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Homework/Assignment, Learning Task

Author: Corey Thompson

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Boston School Forest - Backyard Habitat Investigation

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The Boston School Forest is a field trip destination for 6,000 students each year providing high quality outdoor environmental education programs that expand and authenticate classroom learning. Science education in our district is transitioning to provide greater opportunity for inquiry, and teachers are now searching for resources that can be used in either face-to-face or e-learning formats. The Backyard Habitat Series focuses on connecting kids to an outdoor place through use of sensory observation, exploring the natural features and animals, and engaging in the improvement of habitat for neighborhood wildlife species. Classroom teachers, preservice teachers, and families will discover straightforward instructions, few materials or background knowledge required, and a format that is easily adaptable to the e-learning environment.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Other, Teaching/Learning Strategy, Unit of Study

Author: Karla Lockman

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Resource Extraction (Sand Mining) Town Hall Meeting

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This resource provides a class activity based on a “Town Hall Meeting” discussion/debate on resource extraction using sand mining in Wisconsin as a case study. The activity is designed for a lower-level university course. The objective is to engage students in a lively discussion of different perspectives on the significance of resource extraction held by various stakeholder groups in Wisconsin. It is based on stakeholders within Trempealeau County, but many are also found elsewhere and could readily be adapted to any location within the state. Students divide into representative groups, work collaboratively to explore the diversity of perspectives, and present these during an online synchronous meeting.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Cynthia Berlin

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Seeds to Ecosystems Teacher Education Storyline

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Teacher Candidates (TCs) in elementary education will experience and evaluate an integrative environmental science storyline. This sequence of 3-D experiences serves to model an intentional learning progression of inquiry while promoting TC content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge (PCK), and curricular knowledge (Shulman, 1986). Relevant learning standards intersect the Wisconsin Standards for Environmental Literacy and Sustainability and the Next Generation Science Standards /Wisconsin Standards for Science. Anchoring phenomenon and inquiry questions foster investigation of systems at increasing scale and complexity (e.g, from seeds to ecosystems) and change over time. For convenience, we call this the “Seeds to Ecosystems” progression.

Material Type: Other, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Steven Rogg

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Northland College TENFEE Environmental Literacy Plan

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This resource provides an overview of how the Northland College Educator Preparation Program will systematically integrate Environmental Sustainability across our program in order to prepare education students to more intentionally incorporate the Wisconsin Environmental Literacy and Sustainability (ELS) standards into their teaching practice.

Material Type: Curriculum Map, Other, Syllabus, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Authors: Kevin Zak, Dani O'Brien

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Connect, Explore, Engage: Familiarizing Preservice Teachers with the Wisconsin Standards for Environmental Literacy & Sustainability

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This resource is an action plan that includes inquiry, exploratory activities, discussion, and application. It is intended to familiarize preservice teachers with the three interconnected strands of the Wisconsin Standards for Environmental Literacy and Sustainability including: Connect, Explore, and Engage. This plan will allow preservice teachers to identify and integrate the standards associated with Connect, Explore, and Engage and implement the standards.

Material Type: Other, Syllabus, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Kathleen Kremer

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Climate Change Town Hall Meeting Plan

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This resource provides a class activity based on a “Town Hall Meeting” discussion/debate on climate change. The activity is designed for a lower-level university course. The objective is to engage students in a lively discussion of different perspectives on the significance of climate change held by various stakeholder groups in Wisconsin. It is based on stakeholders within La Crosse County, but most are also found elsewhere and could readily be adapted to any location within the state. Students divide into representative groups, work collaboratively to explore the diversity of perspectives, and present these during an online synchronous meeting.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Interactive, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Cynthia Berlin

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UWO TENFEE Environmental Literacy Plan for Pre-service Elementary Education Students

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This resource is intended to introduce Wisconsin Standards for Environmental Literacy & Sustainability to pre-service elementary education students by engaging them in learning about local environmental systems. Familiarity of the ELS Standards will be enhanced by participating in citizen-based science and teaching experiences.

Material Type: Other, Syllabus, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Authors: Shannon Davis-Foust, Michael Beeth

A Field at Risk: The Impact of COVID-19 on Environmental and Outdoor Science Education

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A survey of 1,000 outdoor education programs nationwide finds that nearly two-thirds are in danger of folding because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Such programs connect youth with the world around them and teach about nature, with documented academic, health and social benefits. But most programs are conducted by residential outdoor science schools, nature centers, parks and zoos, not in traditional classrooms. The loss will be felt disproportionately by students of color and low-income students. Description Source: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/06/200615140919.htm Collins, M., Dorph, R., Foreman, J., Pande, A., Strang, C., & Young, A. (2020). A Field at Risk: The Impact of COVID-19 on Environmental and Outdoor Science Education (p. 9). Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley. https://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/sites/default/files/EE_A_Field_at_Risk_Policy_Brief.pdf

Material Type: Primary Source

Authors: Aparajita Pande, Aujanee Young, Craig Strang, Jedda Foreman, Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California Berkeley, Melissa Collins, Rena Dorph

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Tree Leaves High and Low

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We developed an interdisciplinary lesson to help students investigate the structure and function of leaf sizes at the top and bottom of a tree. This lesson could be used with fourth-grade students as well as elementary teacher candidates to model how to get children outdoors to learn.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Authors: Heidi Masters, Marcia Gardner