Document Type

Curriculum Material

Publication Date

2009

Edition

2008/2009

First page number:

1

Last page number:

8

Abstract

The Discover Mojave Forever Earth program is more than a field trip to Lake Mead National Recreation Area (NRA). The program takes place aboard the Forever Earth, a floating environmental learning center. It is designed to give students the rare opportunity to study different facets of water in the desert—such as its characteristics and quality, the species that rely on it, its ability to change a landscape, and much more. This educational experience complements traditional classroom studies with engaging, participatory, on-site activities and support lessons based upon a solid framework for inquiry and discovery. On-site activities and the supporting lessons described herein align with Clark County School District curriculum and are correlated to Nevada State Science Standards and Clark County School District Curriculum Essentials Framework and Science Objectives. Pre-visit lessons prepare students for their trip, introducing important background concepts, key questions, and themes. Post-visit lessons follow up on and reinforce the on-site learning, and more importantly, encourage “big-picture” synthesis and options for stewardship.

Keywords

Ecology – Study and teaching; Lesson planning; School field trips; Water-supply – Management – Study and teaching; United States – Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Disciplines

Curriculum and Instruction | Curriculum and Social Inquiry | Science and Mathematics Education

Language

English


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