The Smithsonian is offering teachers a multidimensional resource for expanding and enriching curriculum with Shout, a free environmental exploration program. Through interactive webinars, comprehensive lesson-planning materials and

hands-on activities, In February, March and May, the program will look at water from the Smithsonian’s many points of view, from marine biology to American history. Students will explore both water quality (how we can ensure that water is safe for ourselves and for the environment) and water quantity (how we can manage crises of too much water and not enough water). The program as a whole addresses curriculum standards for ecological, social and economic systems; human impact on the environment; and civic responsibility. New to Shout this year is Smithsonian Badges, a digital-recognition program that encourages and rewards student participation. Students complete challenges centered on global environment issues to earn specific badges, demonstrating their understanding of ecological, social and economic systems affecting water; the human impact on the environment; and civic responsibility in sustaining water resources. Educators can also receive badges for being facilitators of student learning.
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