|Environmental Education in the Schools (Peace Corps, 1993)|
|Activities, activities and more activities|
"It may be those who do most, dream
"Close your eyes and relax. We're about to take a trip into outer space" So begins a guided imagery that takes students into deep, dark space-where they visualize what occurs during the life and death of a star. Guided imagery is a way to let your students create visual images in their minds and think about things in ways they might not be used to.
You can create guided imageries to help students focus on their feelings, understand a concept, or review something they previously learned. The environment offers unlimited potential for creating guided imageries-from understanding biological processes and environmental problems to social interactions and political processes. For example, you could develop a guided imagery to help students understand what happens to garbage that ends up in the trash or in a body of water. Or you could describe the migration of wildebeest or monarch butterflies. We've included three examples of guided imageries: the first deals with how birds and humans differ, the second focuses on what a riparian zone is all about, and the third looks at the water cycle. (The guided imagery on the life and death of a star mentioned above can be found in Ranger Rick's NatureScope: Astronomy Adventures, Birth and Death of a Star" on page 7.)
ACTIVITIES IN THIS SECTION
1. FLIGHT OF FANTASY, reprinted with permission from Ranger Rick's NatureScope: Birds, Birds, Birds! published by the National Wildlife Federation, 1989.
2. RIPARIAN RETREAT, reprinted with permission from Aquatic Project WILD, published by the Western Regional Environmental Education Council, 1987.
3. WATER WINGS, reprinted with permission from Aquatic
Project WILD, published by the Western Regional Environmental Education