Curriculum Highlights

Key Learning Objectives: Students will learn about the interactions of the varied environments in their community and beyond, will learn about how daily living impacts the environment, and learn how they can lessen that impact and reduce their carbon footprint. Students will understand how small adjustments in our everyday choices can reduce negative outcomes for in our community's environment.

Fieldwork Activities

Water Sampling

Trip to the Water Treatment Plant

Native Plant Hike and Field Journalling Day

Participating Schools: Crossroads Community Day School

Lead Teachers: Karen Kesseru & Michael Watt

Participating Classes: 7-9th

Collaborators: Daily Acts, School Garden Network of Sonoma County

Overview: Does the Crossroad's campus make a positive or negative contribution to the Petaluma Watershed environment? Students will examine the Petaluma River Watershed through an increasingly focused lens - going from identification of the watershed area down to their immediate environment. Their culminating activity will be to design and begin to implement a landscaped area of the campus that incorporates positive environmental practices.

CA Curriculum Standards Addressed

Alg 1: 25.0: Students use the properties of the number system to judge the validity of results, to justify each step of a procedure, and to prove or disprove statements.
Alg 1.0: Students identify and use the arithmetic properties of subsets of integers and rational, irrational, and real numbers, including closure properties for the four basic arithmetic operations where applicable.
Alg 1.1: Students use properties of numbers to demonstrate whether assertions are true or false.
Geo 8.0: Students know, derive, and solve problems involving the perimeter, circumference, area, volume, and surface area of common geometric figures.


Student Work

Presentation created by students in Karen Kessaru and Michael Watts classes for the 2017 Student Showcase.