Trees Could Talk: A Curriculum in Environmental History
Trees Could Talk: A Curriculum in Environmental History is an 11-module, middle school curriculum that gives teachers the opportunity
to download social studies activities that are based
upon archival materials. The centerpiece of each module is a compilation
of primary resources--documents, maps, newspaper articles, oral histories
or photographs--from which students are asked to gather, examine, and
analyze information, and synthesize insights. The curriculum is presently
being tested by teachers around the United States and has already generated
much popular support.
Green Teacher magazine
published an article titled "Environmental History: If
Trees Could Talk" that highlights the ways in which If Trees
Could Talk: A Curriculum in Environmental History can help students
develop a deeper understanding of the history of human-land relationships.
Former FHS education consultants Marsha Alibrandi and Lucy Laffitte,
together with FHS president Steve Anderson and FHS librarian Cheryl
Oakes, authored the piece, which reached an estimated 13,000 classroom
teachers in the United States and Canada. The article was included in
- The Middle Years: Hands-on Learning in Grades 6-8, an anthology
of the best articles to appear in Green Teacher magazine in the
last decade. Several workshops conducted in
Minnesota, Oregon, North Carolina and Connecticut, have also helped to promote the value
of history to environmental education.