In my summative evaluation I was told that I needed to intentionally bring the outside world into my classroom. I.E. covering world events on a third grade level. One of the things we spent about two weeks talking about was the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. I remember when the Exxon Valdiz crashed in Alaska and all the commercials showing birds being cleaned off with Dawn dish soap. It's been a great opportunity to discuss cause and effect as well and problem and solutions. The kids came up with some great questions and some rather creative ways to solve our dependence on oil. Who knows, maybe one of my kids will eventually find a solution and I can say I knew them when.