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Frisco Teachers Camp Out to Learn Environmental Curriculum (October, 2006)

Camp FriscoThis month, 27 Frisco teachers, whose grade assignment ranged from kindergarten to high school, gave up their weekend to attend the first annual Camp Frisco.

Camp Frisco, held at the JOLT camp located on Lake Texoma, offered teachers the opportunity to become certified in Project Learning Tree and Project Wild, which is an environmental education curriculum used at all grade levels. The environmental science curriculum follows the state-mandated Texas Essential Knowledge requirements (TEKS) and is used as a resource in teaching life and earth science concepts to our students.

Teachers enjoyed doing the activities that were led by Melanie Cornelius, Elementary Science instructional specialist and Cheryl Stanco, Project Learning Tree state coordinator.

Teachers left the camp excited about returning to their students with new ideas to enhance the students learning.

Some of the activities they may use in the classroom included:

Birds and Worms - teachers became the bird and to look for the worm (colored noodles) in the grass. The concept was camoflauge, interdependence of organisms, altering the environment. This activity could be done on a playground or at a nature center.

Water Wonders - teachers pretend to become a water droplet and travel through the water cycle, follow up with journal and writing a poem or story about their travels.

The Shape of Things – Lesson concerning diverse populations of organisms, organisms vary in size and structure as a result of their adaptations.