Green classrooms

Outdoor learning areas are popping up in schools all over the country, shifting focus away from electronic screens and back to nature. By converting a bare urban space to a green learning area, we can stimulate interest in science by allowing students the freedom to explore the natural world in an informal setting. I have worked with two Cleveland elementary schools to construct green classrooms equipped with artistic and  scientific activities including insect, bird, and bat houses,  butterfly gardens, and activity stations where students can identify insects, monitor and record plant growth, observe wildlife, or even make eco-friendly crafts.  

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