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Archive for March, 2012

The first step to safer, greener streets may be to observe what’s there and re-imagine what could be, but once kids can picture their fresh new world, why not take your curricula one step further and teach kids how to make change happen? Learning how the public can advocate for traffic lights, stop signs, and speed bumps can be an excellent introduction to civic engagement for young ones.

One program at Streets Education taught first graders at P.S. 87 how to assess the traffic safety of their neighborhood and then go after the traffic calming measures they thought would make their surrounding environment more enjoyable. They wrote their Commissioner letters requesting a new speed bump and might have one soon!

Empowering kids to be engaged citizens is one of the biggest steps we can take in shaping the next generation of environmental stewards.

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When aiming to get kid’s “wheels turning” on sustainable transportation, the best place to start may be right outside your classroom’s window. What would your neighborhood look like without cars in the street? What kind of harmful chemicals are released into the air when cars idle outside your school? Check out some creative street re-imaginings from a classroom of Kindergarteners at P.S. 87 here.

Streeteducation.org is a great resource for downloadable transportation curriculum for the classroom. Their PreK workbook includes transportation songs, coloring pages, and a Travel Pictograph activity.  Students can take a drawing square home and complete a picture with their families of how they get to school. The next day, each drawing can be added to a classroom Travel Pictograph depicting the most common mode of travel! Are their greener ways to get to school?

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Fantasia on the Loose!

It’s been a while since you’ve seen a face of education at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, and change is in the air! The wonderful groundskeeper of this blog, Lynn, is off to develop education programs at the new Museum of Mathematics. She’ll be missed at BCM, but don’t worry… Teach Green in Brooklyn will continue to share resources and ideas for teaching sustainability in the classroom!

My name is Tiffany Briery and I am a new addition to the Science Education staff at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. I spend my days at BCM teaching Science Programs to school groups and visiting families. From interacting with real snakes in our Life Cycles class to experimenting with tuning forks in our Sound Waves program, learning at BCM always involves a hands-on adventure.

Before coming to BCM, I taught environmental education at The Science Barge: Environmental Education Center, The New York Botanical Garden, The High Line, and The Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum. Aside from teaching at Brooklyn Children’s, I also develop new education programs and help out with the care and maintenance of our garden and amazing animal collection.

I’m thrilled to continue teaching at a place where opportunities to get kids connected with their natural environment abound. Our greenhouse and garden, our indoor ecosystems, and our new Green Threads sustainability exhibits inspire kids to apply ideas about “living green” to the real people and places in their own community! I can’t express enough how excited I am to see kids making those connections now in an interactive way rather than learning about our natural world passively from a book years down the road.

Teaching a Kid's Crew student about arthropods with the help of our friend, the Lubber Grasshopper.

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