I use materials from this web site in my
Why do you ask us to write to you?
you may use them for instructional purposes
in your classroom, and may have your students
use the web site for searching for information
for reports. You may print out pages for
use on classroom bulletin boards, and
on student classroom and science fair
displays. Please identify the materials
as coming from the World Builders web
I ask that you drop me an email if you
use the materials because it gives me
an idea of which materials are useful
and which areas need further development.
It is encouraging to me, too!
gives me letters that I can show to my
Dean and to potentially helpful grant-giving
organizations to show that the materials
are actually being used and useful. It
helps if you can tell me what grade level
you are teaching or (for students) that
you are studying in.
are teachers using these materials?
Teachers are using the site in many ways.
Some find a page that is useful and use
just the one page. Some will take
a group of pages from one of the lessons
and use them, or pieces of them, in theit
units. Some are doing the whole
World Builder project, and they are reporting
excellent student motivation.
grade levels are appropriate for building
have had reports of students in the fourth
grade creating worlds. Building
Worlds is great in Junior High School
and for High School students as well.
Adults also enjoy this activity.
The basic ideas that underly this course
are simple but powerful. World Building
works well in gifted classes, and for
Are you an expert in all these sciences?
I have a generalist's interest in these
fields, but make no claim to specialized
expertise. I have many questions myself.
I see myself learning along with the students,
being 'a guide on the side' to them. This
is a new pedagogical model, and it seems
to work. I see my role as coordinating,
encouraging, and facilitating planet building
for my students, and as asking them questions
that guide their creative process.
I teach a course like this?
And it will be great fun! I receive
notes from teachers from Fourth Grade
and up who are teaching their science
content by letting their students build
worlds. You could start by using
one unit, or a part of one unit, with
your regular curriculum: for example,
if you teach a unit on plants you could
have your students design a plant and
explain how it is adapted to its environment.
Then the environment could change,
and the students could think of additional
adaptations. Students enjoy being
able to use their creativity and to express
their learning in innovative ways.
You will enjoy the enthusiasm and self-motivation
of your students, and you will be amazed
at the results!
are you doing this?
project is a work of love. I am
enjoy working on the web site and studying
science to come to understand and enjoy
the world more. Being able to share
it with you is a joy, and knowing that
the pages are helpng students is very
1996, 2002, 2004. Elizabeth Anne Viau.
This material may be used freely for instructional
purposes but not sold for a price beyond
the cost of reproduction. Please e-mail
me at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you use this material. I'd be interested
to know how it works for you!