(Lieberman, Gerald A. and Linda L. Hoody. Closing the Achievement Gap: Using the Environment as an Integrating Context for Learning. State Education and Environment Roundtable. 1998.)
Benefits of Sustainable Schoolyard Habitats
Improved Science Standard Proficiency: A schoolyard habitat serves as a living laboratory where students engage in hands-on inquiries into the natural world.
Improved Geography and Social Studies Standards Proficiency: Geography and social studies involve understanding connections between people, social constructs and the environment, and the schoolyard habitats program can be applied successfully to help teach those connections by assisting students in understanding both space and place.
Improved Math Standard Proficiency: A schoolyard habitat provides students with the opportunity to apply math concepts to the real world; whether estimating numbers of plants in an on-site plant community or looking for geometric shapes in nature, an outdoor area is full of mathematical wonders.
Improved English Standard Proficiency: A schoolyard habitat provides a quiet space for creative writing about nature or a research laboratory where students can develop research, writing and communication skills.
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