Systems Activity / Green Teacher Magazine


Here’s an activity that works very well for integrating many important concepts from empirical science with artistic expression, fine motor skills, and even the spiritual (or non-spiritual) dimensions of various cultural traditions and world views.  A full description of this activity, including its broader rationale and teaching suggestions, was published in the Winter 2018 issue of the Canadian, on-line environmental magazine Green Teacher.  Since this Systems Activity is one of two ‘free articles’ in this 115th volume of the online magazine, you’ll be able to read, if you like,  the entire text simply by following the link at the end of this preface.

At this point, I would like to mention that Green Teacher is a progressive, international environmental publication that has gathered an amazing storehouse of ideas and inspiration for teachers and students interested in serious communication and action on behalf of this wondrous planet – our common home.  For over two decades, Green Teacher has been a hub for the sharing of strategies and programs developed by both academics and practitioners.  Hundreds of projects, activities, and webinars have been assembled  and are available free of charge to subscribers.  I highly recommend Green Teacher!

Here’s the link to the Systems Activity article at their website:

The following are supplementary materials intended to enhance the published text.  They include a horizontally formatted version of the System’s Diagram and several samples of the youngsters’ varied, and beautiful finished creations.

Nested Systems Diagram Horizontal Format EB 2018

This is the PDF of this image: Edith Pucci Couchman Nested System Diagram

Student Samples:

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