Retrofitting Existing Schools for a Green Generation
Goal: Starting in 1st grade, children will learn the basics: principles of ecology, systems, networks, interdependence. By 3rd grade students will understand the issues and their roles in the system. Students feel empowered to make change and begin to clarify the needs of their specific building to achieve these important relationships. In 4th grade, the class will choose an issue and design a solution. By 5th grade the children are desiging experiments to test their hypotheses about the environment and the building. 6th graders spend time building the case/movement for full implementation of a successful strategy school wide. By the time children reach middle school, they will have seen the long-term process of change, and been a part of a multi-level effort. Middle and high schoolers could propose and test their own designs.