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Interdisciplinary Teaching Through Outdoor Education

Interdisciplinary Teaching Through Outdoor Education


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    Interdisciplinary Teaching Through Outdoor Education provides teachers and recreation and outdoor leaders with outdoor activities as well as the expertise to expand students’ understanding of the outdoors and develop their character. Units are included for challenge initiatives that don’t require a ropes course, frontcountry camping, backcountry camping, outdoor cooking techniques, land navigation, casting and angling, and archery. Also discussed are rock climbing and canoeing and kayaking.

    Developed for teachers and leaders of children and youth aged 10 to 15, this book does the following:
    • Grounds readers in the principles of teaching outdoor education
    • Provides them with current practices
    • Details seven introductory, ready-to-implement units of outdoor adventure activities presented so that novices to a particular activity can teach that unit
    • Includes easy-to-teach, step-by-step experiential education lesson plans that focus on basic outdoor skills, with character development qualities linked to each lesson
    • Helps teachers meet NASPE and multidisciplinary national standards for students in grades 5 to 10

    In addition to the units and lesson plans, Interdisciplinary Teaching Through Outdoor Education provides teachers and leaders with the following:
    • Interdisciplinary connections in each lesson
    • Strategies for questioning students so that they find the answers and for developing character qualities within each lesson
    • Preparation, teaching, and assessment techniques for each lesson
    • Safety and teaching tips for each activity

    And because planning time is a rare commodity for teachers, the author has gone to great lengths to provide the background and help that teachers need in order to give outdoor education a try. In fact, through Interdisciplinary Teaching Through Outdoor Education, teachers and leaders have the tools and guidance to develop their own outdoor programs.

    Part I introduces readers to outdoor education and its role in school. It explores the foundations and methods for using outdoor education and highlights its interdisciplinary connections. Part II provides detailed instructions for the novice in conducting outdoor education lessons as well as unit plans for seven outdoor education areas with sample lesson plans and activities. Part III delves into school programming, including planning field trips and starting a school-based outdoor education program.

    Outdoor education has grown to be a multidisciplinary concept. This book captures the depth and breadth of that concept, provides outdoor adventure activities, and details the vital components of fostering learning and character development through outdoor education. Interdisciplinary Teaching Through Outdoor Education will more than meet teachers’ and leaders’ needs in using the outdoors to educate children and youth aged 10 to 15.

    Table of Contents

    How to Use This Book

    Part I. Introduction to Outdoor Education and Its Role in Schools

    Chapter 1. Defining and Teaching Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Education Defined
    Teaching Outdoor Education
    Fundamentals of Outdoor Education
    Highlighting an Embedded Curriculum

    Chapter 2. Foundations for Teaching Outdoor Education
    History of Outdoor Education
    Why Teach Outdoor Education?
    Theories That Support Outdoor Education in Schools

    Part II. Outdoor Adventure Activities for Schools

    Chapter 3. Challenge Initiatives—No Ropes Course Needed
    Unit Focus
    Teacher’s Role in Presenting Initiatives
    Teacher’s Role During Initiatives
    Teacher’s Role Following Initiatives
    Challenge Initiatives
    Unit Plan for Challenge Initiatives—No Ropes Course Needed
    Cooperation and Trustworthiness
    Group Problem Solving
    Cooperating Groups—Megainitiative

    Chapter 4. Frontcountry Camping
    Food and Water
    Unit Plan for Frontcountry Camping
    Camping Safety
    Fire Building

    Chapter 5. Backcountry Camping
    Locations and Types of Travel
    Planning a Backcountry Trip
    Steps of Trip Planning
    Unit Plan for Backcountry Camping
    Climate Control, Personal Shelter, and How to Dress
    Climate Control, Personal Shelter, and Clothing Fabrics
    Energy Control and Backcountry Cooking

    Chapter 6. Outdoor Cooking Techniques
    Stick Roasting
    Tin-Can Cooking
    Foil-Packet Cooking
    Dutch-Oven Cooking
    Solar-Funnel Cooking
    Cooking and Our World
    Unit Plan for Outdoor Cooking Techniques
    Dutch-Oven Cooking
    Cooking Around the World

    Chapter 7. Land Navigation
    How to Use a Compass
    Pace and Pace Factor
    Compass Course
    How to Use a Map
    Using the Compass and Map Together
    Unit Plan for Land Navigation
    Using a Compass
    Using Paces and Pace Factors
    Compass Way Finding and Map Way Finding
    Using a Map

    Chapter 8. Casting and Angling
    Reels and Rods
    Angling Equipment
    Locating Fish
    Angling Ethics and Safety
    Unit Plan for Casting and Angling
    Rods, Reels, Casting Techniques, and Clinch Knots
    Locating Fish and Casting With Accuracy
    Casting Golf

    Chapter 9. Archery
    Archery Equipment
    Basics of Shooting
    The Science of Archery
    Physical Training for Archers
    Unit Plan for Archery
    Steps of Shooting a Bow
    Physics and Archery

    Chapter 10. Rock Climbing
    Climbing Basics
    Components of Climbing
    Interdisciplinary Connections With Climbing
    Character Connections With Climbing

    Chapter 11. Canoeing and Kayaking
    Types of Boats
    Paddling Skills
    Interdisciplinary Connections With Canoeing and Kayaking
    Character Connections With Canoeing and Kayaking

    Part III. Outdoor Education Programming for Schools

    Chapter 12. Starting a School-Based Outdoor Education Program
    Clarify Your Vision
    Get Support
    Training and Certification
    Assess and Minimize Risks

    Chapter 13. Field Trips
    Risk Management
    Educational Field Trips

    Appendix A. National Standards
    Appendix B. Leave No Trace Principles
    Appendix C. Character Qualities

    References and Resources
    About the Author