The development of this collaborative project between Ohio’s Project WET, Project WILD, Project Learning Tree and Healthy Water, Healthy People programs has been several years in the making. The coordinators for the “Projects” realized that in order to increase the use of their materials in formal school systems, they needed to correlate their activities to the Ohio Academic Content Standards.
The focus of the science and social studies projects were to correlate the activities of the “Projects” to the Ohio K-12 Science and Social Studies Academic Content Standards. These projects were modeled after the recent correlation project that ODNR's Division of Soil and Water Conservation created: “Correlating Soil and Water Conservation Education Activities with Ohio’s Science Content Standards”.
BASICS OF THE PROJECTS
Both projects began with an initial two-day training program for educators and resource personnel. The participants included classroom teachers, members of the writing teams for the Science and Social Studies Academic Content Standards, naturalists, university science and social studies education professors, SWCD education specialists, and county education services curriculum coordinators.
At the trainings, participants learned how to correlate activities to academic content standards by matching activities to the grade level indicators. At the end of the trainings, the participants were placed in teams of three and given one of the "Projects" activities to correlate to their assigned grade level band. Teams of three were assigned to a certain grade band level and each team member was given the same activities so that subjectivity could be reduced.
After the initial training, teams met for additional one-day meetings to compare and cross check their "Projects" activity correlations. These meetings were conducted until all of the "Projects" were correlated. The final approved correlations were placed in the searchable database found here.
This database is searchable by content area, subject, grade level band, grade level, academic content standard, benchmark, organizer, grade-level indicator, and/or a specific “Project” (PLT, WET, WILD, HWHP) or activity title. This will help educators customize their lesson plans to meet their specific needs.
The project leaders realize that correlating WET, WILD, PLT and HWHP activities to academic content standards is a challenging and subjective process. We encourage creativity while using the WET, WILD, PLT and HWHP activities so consider these correlations as starting points for selecting and using the activities.
The next steps for the WET, WILD, PLT and HWHP coordinators will be to have their activities correlated to the Ohio Academic Content Standards for English Language Arts and Technology.
The first correlation project, “WET, WILD and PLT - Correlations for All Three” and the second correlation project "WET, WILD, HWHP and PLT - Correlations for EE" were funded in part by OEEF grants from the Ohio EPA’s Office of Environmental Education. Additional sponsors include ODNR, Divisions of Wildlife, Water, Forestry and Soil and Water Conservation.
The key personnel for the science project, Bill Schultz (retired PLT-Ohio Coordinator), Sue Wintering (PLT-Ohio Coordinator), Jen Dennison (Project WILD Coordinator), Valerie Childress (Project WET Coordinator), and Diane Cantrell (Deputy Chief of ODNR-Division of Soil and Water Conservation) would like to extend our sincere thanks to all of the participants in this project. These include: Christy Ahnmark, Christine Ault, Christine Barnett, Annette Barzal, Susan Boggs, Frances Boyens, Kathleen Bradley, Barb Cook, Lindsay Deering, Marilyn DuFour, David Galloway, Jennifer Gee, Cindy Giulivo, Loretta Harvey, Scott Hoff, Glenna Hoff, Diana Hunn, Rachel Joseph, Barb Kuck, Tom Lavergne, Sharon Meyer, Mark Mohr, John Neth, Marilyn Peacock, Amanda Podach, Skye Powers, Marc Sommer, Michael Stewart, Timothy Taylor, Carol Wells, Deb Wickerham, Erika Wiggins, Diane Wiktorowski, Fred Williams, Tammy York, Andrea Zacharias and Missi Zender. Also, a special thanks to Pat Barron, Executive Director, Science & Mathematics Network of Central Ohio for her guidance and encouragement.
Social Studies Correlations
The key personnel for the social studies project, Sue Wintering (PLT-Ohio Coordinator), Jen Dennison (Project WILD Coordinator), Lenn Black (Project WET Coordinator) and Dennis Clement (Healthy Water, Healthy People Coordinator) would like to extend our sincere thanks to all of the participants in this project. These include: Christine Ault, Cris Barnett, Nancy Borchers, Frances Boyens, Michele Buck, Barb Cook, Annette Drake, Mary Dunne, Marcheta Ferguson, Lana Gilday, Karen Hawk, Kim Kozbial-Hess, Lola Lewis, Jenny Lohmann, Scott Martin, Jeff Montavon, Carrie Murray, Debra Nagley, Eloise Nixt, Sharon Riley, Jerry Savage, Mariann Savard, Ross Shaw, Rhonda Shelton, Michael Stewart, Carl Stiles, Carla Weiland, Lynn White and Dawn Wingate. Also, a special thanks to Pat Barron, Diane Cantrell and Valerie Childress for their assistance.