Term

Spring 2017

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAED: NSEE

Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Shelley Orr

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Nicholas Jasiczek

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Jodie Wilson

Abstract

This capstone is a collection of lessons to teach nature journals while using iPads in the

elementary classroom from first grade through fifth grade. This curriculum is cross- curricular and includes teaching lessons in art and science, and work on students being

reflective of their work either verbally or written. This curriculum is supported by research done about outdoor learning, the use of modern technology and free play. All these things contribute to a better mental and physical health of children into adulthood. The use of technology in the classroom is changing how teachers teach and how students learn. This curriculum was written to include nature in the everyday learning in school. nature journals will introduce students to nature and hopefully a lifelong appreciation of being in the outdoors.

Research Methodology

Curriculum Development

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