Capstone/Dissertation Title

Increasing Student Awareness and Stewardship of Nature Through Literature and Storytelling

Term

Spring 5-14-2015

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAED: NSEE

Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Renee Wonser

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Rebecca Saunders-Pearce

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Scott Bunnell

Abstract

The research was on the use and benefits of read alouds and storytelling in the classroom as an introduction to a lesson. The focus and motivating factor for this capstone was the recent decline of honeybee colonies, personal experiences, observations of young children's fear of bees and their misconceptions. Key influence for this capstone was Rachel Carson, scientist and author of "Silent Spring" and how she helped people understand the importance of insects and question the use of DDT. The main purpose is to create an awareness and stewardship of nature through literature and storytelling using the author's picture book "Super Pollinator". The use of "Super Pollinator" as an introduction to a lesson developed by the author on the importance of honeybees, addresses students misconceptions, and helps them to understand their interconnectedness of honeybees to flowers, our food supply and ultimately us.

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