Capstone Project Title
Jana Lo Bello Miller
The purpose of this capstone project was to create a developmentally appropriate environmental science, technology, engineering, and math (E-STEM) curriculum for kindergarten and first grade students. This capstone seeks to answer the question: What are qualities of developmentally appropriate environmental education curriculum for kindergarten and first grade students? The research explores physical, cognitive, and social and emotional growth, in addition to multiple intelligences. Developmentally appropriate kindergarten and first grade classrooms encourage play, choice stations, movement, utilizing all of the senses, and a nurturing environment. Best practices in Environmental education combine developmental needs of students, authentic experiences in the environment, and encourage stewardship of the environment. The capstone project includes a curriculum consisting of seven units, each unit has between three and ten lessons. The seven units are all designed to focus on the local environment allowing students to play, explore, and investigate natural phenomena with the ultimate goal of fostering environmental literacy and stewardship in students.
Science, Environmental Education, Science Standards
Sweeney, Mary, "Developmentally Appropriate Environmental Stem Curriculum for Kindergarten and First Grade Students" (2020). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 551.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects