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Abstract

Describes a teacher-guided, place-based inquiry curriculum.

"I anticipated that it would give my students opportunities for exploration, critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, and collaboration, while developing a relationship with the natural world. This is the story I would like to share. My hope is that it will provide other teachers with the inspiration to consider the rich learning opportunities available in their local environments." -- Author

Author Biography

Becca Kesler is a graduate of Bank Street College of Education. She currently teaches kindergarten at Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii, but her love of the outdoors began in her childhood through month-long family vacations in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. She loves to photograph the natural world and children in it. One of her favorite things about living on an island is that you can see the sun rise and set over the ocean.

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