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How Grizzly Bear Climbed the Mountain is part of a compilation entitled Keepers of the Night which provides an integrated approach to teaching the fascination of stories and activities around the nocturnal environment. Through the use of Native North American stories, nighttime artistic and hands-on activities, children learn to develop a caring, constructive relationship with nature and the outdoors.
How Grizzly Bear Climbed the Mountain introduces its theme, traditional native North American families with a Native American story. The discussion section that follows provides background information and questions about different types of bears, which native North Americans have considered as kin to human beings and the source of power and invulnerability. Students participate in two activities star watching and a healing circle. Each activity provides goals, detailed teaching instructions and a list of required materials.
Journey to the Star Bear – Students take a fantasy journey to the great, healing bear among the stars in a darken room or outdoors.
The Healing Circles – Students learn to appreciate our interrelatedness as one family on Earth by making a commitment to a wild plant or animal member. They create their own vision of how they will care for the plant or animal by writing a story, a play, a puppet show or a song.
A section entitled Extending the Experience provides a variety of activities to reinforce and supplement the lessons of the stories and activities.
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|Consideration of Alternative Perspectives
|Consideration of Alternative Perspectives:
|Multiple Dimensions of Problems & Solutions
|Multiple Dimensions of Problems & Solutions:
Effectively addresses the environmental, economic and social dimensions of the issue(s) being explored.
The complexity of the problems/issues being discussed is respected.
|Acting on Learning
|Acting on Learning:
Learning moves from understanding issues to working towards positive change — in personal lifestyle, in school, in the community, or for the planet
Students are explicitly provided with opportunities to identify, clarify and express their own beliefs/values.
|Empathy & Respect for Humans
|Empathy & Respect for Humans: Empathy and respect are fostered for diverse groups of humans (including different genders, ethnic groups, sexual preferences, etc.).
|Personal Affinity with Earth
|Personal Affinity with Earth:
Encourages a personal affinity with -the natural world.
Includes learning experiences that take advantage of issues/elements within the local community.
|Past, Present & Future
|Past, Present & Future: Promotes an understanding of the past, a sense of the present, and a positive vision for the future.
Lessons are structured so that multiple/complex answers are possible; students are not steered toward one 'right' answer.
Learning brings together content and skills from more than one subject area
Learning is directed by questions, problems, or challenges that students work to address.
Activities address a range of student learning styles, abilities and readiness.
Authentic learning experiences are provided
Group and cooperative learning strategies are a priority.
|Assessment & Evaluation
|Assessment & Evaluation: Tools are provided that help students and teachers to capture formative and summative information about students' learning and performance. These tools may include reflection questions, checklists, rubrics, etc.
Provides opportunities for students to actively present their knowledge and skills to peers and/or act as teachers and mentors.
Relevant case studies are included. Case studies are thorough descriptions of real events from real situations that students use to explore concepts in an authentic context.
|Locus of Control
|Locus of Control: Meaningful opportunities are provided for students to choose elements of program content, the medium in which they wish to work, and/or to go deeper into a chosen issue.