Join the ATC on an amazing virtual A.T. Ed-Venture Series, created for young people but engaging for all ages. Starting in Georgia and traveling all the way north to Maine, each session is led by environmental educators providing exciting content across diverse disciplines that connect curriculum and students to the Appalachian Trail. These interactive sessions will be hosted live via Zoom, and then published to YouTube for access at any time. They will take place on the first and third Wednesdays of every month August 2020 through March 2021 at 4:00 pm.
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
New Resource! School's Out(doors): Place-based Education Responds to COVID-19 and Beyond is designed for leaders who seek healthy learning spaces for students, as well as equity, social-emotional development, and mutually-beneficial relationships with local communities.
Power spots are a simple and profound way to get started.
Get outside and look around. This simple act has launched many great place-based education (PBE) projects. When Rob Hanson’s 6th graders get outside, they often head for their “power spot,” a natural location they selected for frequent visits to observe and reflect.
Some of the most powerful learning Rob has seen comes from students journaling about the prompt “What Nature Teaches Me.”  Rob’s student Kyler recently observed: “Grass teaches me to be flexible... when the wind hits grass it goes with the flow. The grass is open to new ideas and can adapt to new climates. I should adapt to quarantine.”
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
One important step when learning how to identify trees and plants is understanding phyllotaxy, or the arrangement of leaves around the stem. There are three basic types of leaf arrangements: alternate, opposite, and whorled. As you walk along the trail, notice the leaf arrangements on plants and keep a tally. What is the most common arrangement?
Monday, October 22, 2018
Although these three lessons were designed with middle school in mind, they can also be used with upper elementary and high school students. Common core curriculum connections include english/language arts and social studies.
Check out the teaching guide, and be sure to let us know if you put it to use!
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
You can find this link anytime, and lots of other good stuff, under "Resource Links" on the right side of this blog.
These activities with answer keys have been prepared so they are ready for implementation in your classroom at any time. They are divided into five subjects: Mathematics, History, Geography, Science, and Language.
The section from Springer Mountain, GA to Damascus, VA is emphasized, although some activities involve other parts of the trail. Class as well as research type lesson ideas are included to complement your general outdoor curriculum. They are intended to broaden your students’ knowledge of the Appalachian Trail.
Everything you need to complete the activity is included. Some of them are intended to be copied for each student, and some are intended to be put on your smart board, and discussed with your entire class, or be given to individuals to read and research.
There are various levels of activities geared for intermediate grade students as well as middle school students.