|Project Title||Make a Difference - Teach Existing Environmental Education (ECOLEARN) Lesson Plans – K-5 Grades|
|Project Summary||Teach exciting prepared environmental education lesson plans at local elementary schools. We want to continue testing the lesson plans more broadly, expand our outreach and make necessary revisions to the materials. Topics include: Animals, Air, Water, Ecosystems, Energy, Waste, Food, and Climate.|
|Agency||Environmental Protection Agency|
|Number of Interns||6|
Environmental protection and sustainability are critical issues for our youth to both understand and be able to act upon. Schools around the country are struggling to integrate the concepts into their curriculums. Over the past two years, we have had interns assigned to this project who have developed a set of eight 60 minute lesson plans per grade level, kindergarten through fifth grade, to be used by parents, students, teachers or other interested people. The interns developed and have been testing the lesson plans in local elementary schools. The lessons have been compiled into a simple, easy to use format organized by grade that is broadly accessible to the users. EPA will provide training to selected interns on how to teach in a classroom and on standards, and make initial contacts with schools. Selected interns will continue testing in schools, revise lesson plans accordingly, develop clear timeframes and materials needed, and track schedules of teaching.
EPA is looking for 6 interns for this project who can teach in the following areas - within King, Pierce, Snohomish, and Kitsap counties of Washington State. Other interns outside of these areas can apply for this internship as long as the intern has an established relationship with a school nearby that the intern can teach classes at. Need to provide own transportation.