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Ecology for Educators and Students

Environment Washington:
Tools for Teachers

Welcome to the Department of Ecology's Environment Washington web site, linking Project WET and its advanced sister curriculum Healthy Water, Healthy People with Washington's OSPI Grade Level Expectations (GLEs). It’s important to understand our water availability and water quality. It's also important for teachers to help their students succeed with improved learning. This site helps teachers do both.

Teachers' Time Matters

Lesson plans take time to develop and we know dedicated teachers work long hours. This database helps teachers quickly and easily access specific Project WET or Healthy Water, Healthy People activities. You can search by

  • subject area,
  • grade level,
  • specific GLE,
  • curriculum activity,
  • and Foss Kit correlation for school districts that require them.
  • 38 activity correlations to all relevant GLEs in Word documents.

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Comments from teachers

"Thanks so much for correlating many of the activities in Project Wet and Healthy Water, Healthy People to the GLE’s. We have incorporated Project WET activities into our science curriculum and can now easily determine which activities will best prepare our middle school students for the science WASL."
—Martin Woodruff, Science Chair, Rochester Middle School

"Whenever I ask kids what they remember about their earlier science classes, it's always an activity that they recall rather than a topic. I've been able to use activities in WET and Healthy Water, Healthy People to not only meet the GLEs but provide the hands-on experiences that students enjoy. The best part is that these activities integrate science, math, reading, and writing IN CONTEXT rather than disparate topics addressed by the WASL."
—Kathy Watts, Science Teacher, Capitol High School, Olympia

Learning Matters

Environmental education provides a context for real-world learning and opportunities to practice new skills. These Project WET interdisciplinary award-winning activity guides foster critical thinking and problem-solving skills with hands-on classroom or field-based activities. Now teacher’s can also use them to meet Washington State GLEs.

This site will assist teachers in classroom planning for improved student learning. It provides resources aligned to Washington's Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs) through the Grade Level Expectations that support them. These instructional practices support assessment of student learning to reach Washington State Learning Goals.

Water Matters

Water is essential to our Washington communities, farms, fisheries and ecosystems. With these activity guides, teachers and students can learn where their water comes from and where it goes, who uses and it and why, how water systems function, and that all life depends on water. Students can also explore local water quality by monitoring in their own watershed, using real science and understanding their results.


Glossary

Washington's Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALR): The EALRs describe the learning standards for grades K-10 at three benchmark levels; elementary, middle, and high school. The Grade Level Expectations (GLEs) represent a new degree of specificity developed for each content area for grades K-10.

Washington State Learning Goals:

  1. Read with comprehension, write with skill, and communicate effectively and responsibly in a variety of ways and settings.
  2. Know and apply the core concepts and principles of mathematics; social, physical, and life sciences; civics and history; geography; arts; and health and fitness.
  3. Think analytically, logically, and creatively, and integrate experience and knowledge to form reasoned judgments and solve problems.
  4. Understand the importance of work and how performance, effort, and decisions directly affect future career and educational opportunities.

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