ORE CIM OUTCOME TASK ON ENVIRONMENT
From: "Bob&Barbara Tennison"
To: "Berit Kjos"
Subject: Green Agenda - Promoted in Oregon Schools
Date sent: Sun, 7 Dec 1997 15:16:08 -0800
Berit offered all of you some sound information reference the Green Agenda.
If you haven't read her book, I highly recommend you do so post haste and
encourage your kids and grandkids to read it. It is enlightening to the
younger folks as well as the parents.
Following is the "outcome" for the CIM Task on Deliberate on Public Issues,
Benchmark 2, (3rd grade) from the Oregon Department of Education. If you
think the "Green Agenda" isn't being pushed on our young kids in the
government schools, think again. Keep in mind that this curriculum was
developed and kid tested in Oregon as part of the New Standards Project and
it is being disseminated to states across the country for use in their
CIM OUTCOME: DELIBERATE ON PUBLIC ISSUES
Core Application Rubrics to be Used:
Deliberate on Public Issues
Students gather information individually and/or in groups about a "Mess." A
"Mess" is a pubic societal problem that children can relate to, examples:
hunger, pollution, gangs, safety, violence. Students present in written,
visual, or oral form their plan of action and include other points of view.
They will choose a public forum such as a school board, congressperson,
principal, other classrooms to present their points of view. Individual
students will submit a final position paper.
The task is non-specific so that teaches may adapt to meet their needs.
(note: the description says other points of view will be presented....look
at the recommended reading/video list at the end of this post....you tell me
if another "point" of view is offered, other than that of the Green Agenda?)
Knowledge and Skills:
Fact versus opinion.
Understanding concepts specific to student selected issue. e.g.,
pollution - human impact on nature
Researching process skills.
Identifying a position and defending it.
Identifying multiple points of view.
Performances and the Products to be Assessed:
Presentations and position paper.
Brief Description of a Successful Performance:
Information is accurate and relevant to the issue; the issue is clearly
defined; student clearly states a position/proposal and
provides reasonable and persuasive support.
Approximate Time to Complete: 3 to 4 weeks
Resources and /or Materials:
NOTE: The original idea for this task comes from Sidney Parents Creative
Problem Solving. The task has been modified to fit the
Deliberate on Public Issues rubric.
Attachment 1: Warm-Ups and process for Arriving at a Proposal
Attachment 2: Resource list
Brainstorm "Messes" with class
Teacher prompt: What is a "Mess"? my desk, my room, pollution
Identify "Messes" (societal problems or local issues)
Select an issue as a class and introduce task specific vocabulary. Model
the process to be used in the task.
Students are introduced to the task and the rubrics used to assess their
Individual students or groups select an issue.
Introduce possible resources: see resource list.
Student to present work.
Students score peer response forms.
Students submit position papers.
Process for Arriving at a Proposal
Define and clarify a student's "Mess" and its issues.
Research process skills, e.g., primary and secondary sources.
Brainstorm possible actions.
Prioritize actions (evaluate pros and cons, short and long term effects,
Select an action to propose or go back to brainstorming.
(Optional) Student m ay choose to act upon his/her proposal.
(Note: the third item from the bottom where it says "possibly opposition."
This leads me to believe that opposition to the green agenda will now be
encouraged, especially after seeing what I see in our elementary schools
today. Could I be wrong?)
Attachment 2: Resource List
Video Project: "Cleaning up Toxics at Home: How You Can Protect Your Family
Children's Television Workshops:
"3-2-1 Contact: Kids Save the Planet"
"3-2-1 Contact: Reduce, Resue, Recycle'
"3-2-1 Contact: The Rotten Truth About Garbage"
A Kid's Guide to How to Save the Planet
An Action Handbook for Kids - Save The Earth - More Than 100 Ways to Help
A New True Book - Recycling
Buried in Garbage
Children's Atlas of the Environment
Dying Oceans- Environmental Alert
Environmental Atlas for Children - UNICEF
Environmental Awareness: Toxic Waste
Fifty Simple Things KIDS Can Do to Save the Earth
Garbage and Recycling
Garbage - Lucent Overview Series - Our Enchanted Planet
Going Green - A Kid's Handbook to Saving the Planet
How Green Are You? Help the Friendly Whale Make the Earth a Better Place for
Issues...Issues...Issues: ACID RAIN
Issues...Issues...Issues: OIL SPILLS
My First GREEN BOOK - A life-Size Guide to Caring for Our Environment
Our Endangered Planet Tropical Rain Forests
Peace on the Playground - Nonviolent Ways of Problem Solving
Play it Safe - The Kids Guide to Personal Safety and Crime Prevention
Projects for a Healthy Planet
Protecting our Planet - Activities to Motivate Students
Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling
Rescue Your Household Waste - What a LOAD OF TRASH
Save Our Earth - Nuclear Waste Disposal
The BIG GREEN BOOK
The Kid's Earth Handbook
The Next Step - Fifty More Things You Can Do to Save the Earth
Where Does Garbage Go?
World Issues - The Environment
Oregon Department of Education
Office of Assessment and Technology - August 1994
Well folks, they didn't leave much out did they?
Bob & Barbara Tennison
78612 Halderman Rd.
Cottage Grove, OR 97424-9709
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