Step 2: Plan
The Environmental Literacy Model (ELM) Planning Document helps educators think through the details of a MWEE. ELM is designed to help situate the MWEE within the scope and sequence of the curriculum, and to assist in communicating to school leadership, the local community, and colleagues. ELM features three primary components— Curriculum Anchor, Issue Investigation, and Civic Engagement—that are directly aligned with the MWEE essential elements and supporting practices. You can view sample ELMs on the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Pinterest page.
The Curriculum Anchor identifies connections of the MWEE to academic standards and establishes life-relevant, local contexts for learning. By defining the learning objectives and driving question within the local context, it addresses the MWEE essential element of Issue Definition and the supporting practices of Classroom Integration and Local Context.
Issue Investigation provides the opportunity for students to construct knowledge and understanding through field-based investigations of a liferelevant issue, problem, or phenomenon. In working together throughout the investigation to construct, communicate, and refine explanations about the driving question, students participate in the MWEE essential elements of Outdoor Field Experiences and Synthesis and Conclusions.
Stewardship and Civic Action
Stewardship and Civic Action empower students to adapt and apply the knowledge they have constructed through investigation. As students develop a claim, identify solutions, design plans, and take informed action, they again address the MWEE essential element of Synthesis and Conclusions, and also fulfill the essential element requirement for Action Projects.