These 20 curricular units integrate STEM skills and environmental learning through the German language. Each has been used successfully with students at Waldsee German Language Village. They have been adapted for use by classroom teachers of German.
These units are part of a of a unique partnership between Concordia Language Villages and the German Environmental Foundation (Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt), Europe’s largest foundation dedicated to environmental learning. Together we built an environmental learning center, called das Waldsee BioHaus, at the German Language Village site. Das Waldsee BioHaus was the first certified passive house in North America and winner of Minnesota’s Environmental Prize. It has become a showcase of modern Germany’s approach to sustainable living.
Participants in Waldsee’s residential immersion programming have hands-on opportunities to learn German through environmental awareness, as well as to advance their STEM skills in our high school credit session. These curricular units unite Waldsee’s content-based learning approaches to the environment and to STEM to advance greater knowledge of German language and a deeper awareness of German culture.
Table of Contents
1.3 Das Gründach
1.4 Die Kinematik
2.4 Das Passivhaus
3.9 Das Lebensnetz
3.10 Der Rat aller Wesen