Environmental & Sustainability Enhanced Lessons
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and Washington State LASER received a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to upgrade three commonly used elementary science instructional materials with environmental and sustainability concepts. In addition, the upgraded lessons incorporate Native American stories related to science and sustainability.
Each upgrade was done by expert professional development providers and vetted by other providers and teachers.
Contact your regional Washington State LASER Alliance Director to find out about upcoming professional development activities.
New Plants (FOSS) Grades 1-2
Structures Of Life (FOSS) Grades 3-4
Land And Water (STC) Grades 4-5
Native American Story Connections ("how to" guide, recorded stories)
Native American Stories Relevant to Enhanced Lessons
Native American Stories (audio files in mp3 format) (Tribe/Location Time)
Blue-Jay and Bear (Chehalis, Western WA) 5.32 minsBeaver and Mouse (Tulalip, Western WA) 3.38 mins Changer and Dog Salmon (All tribes, Western WA) 2.27 mins The Coming of Slahal (All tribes, Western WA) 6.01mins Coyote and Bear (All tribes, Eastern WA) 2.33 mins Father Ocean (All tribes, Western WA) 1.17 mins The Gossiping Clam (Puget Sound, Western WA) 3.28 mins i-i-esh (Yakima, Eastern WA) 7.15 mins The Huckleberry Medicine (Puget Sound, Western WA) 3.00 mins Columbia River Story (All tribes, Eastern WA) 7.48 mins Coyote’s Deal with the Wind (Spokane. Eastern WA) 1.52 mins How Fire Came to Earth (All tribes, Eastern WA) 5.11 mins
Roger Fernandes Story Video – The video below provides an overview of Native American perspective on stories and their role in Native American culture.