Environmental Design Teacher Resources

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Project PARKA: Planting AntaRctica in KAnsas

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What happens in the Antarctic doesn't stay in the Antarctic. A thought-provoking collection of four lessons examines how climate change is affecting the Antarctic and the rest of the world's oceans. Although designed for Kansas' Student...
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WE Are Innovators: Elementary Resources

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
A collection of five resources encourages young scientists to be innovative thinkers and design a sustainable product or service. Lessons target pollution, food waste, energy-inefficient housing, and transportation issues.    
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Sustainability: Grades 6-8

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Sustainability is the focus of a collection designed to peak the interests of sixth through eighth-graders. Here you will find an assortment of lessons, activities, and videos covering topics such as sustainable transportation, forestry,...
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We Are Innovators: Elementary Curriculum

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
The lessons in WE Are Innovators collection encourage fourth, fifth, and sixth graders to use their STEM skills to come up with innovative products or services to help solve a social, environmental, or economic issue. They tackle food...
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The Effects of Environmental Conditions on Aquatic Organisms

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
What kind of experiment can your class do to how observe the environment effects on organisms? Groups design and conduct lab experiments to learn about the effects of the environment on aquatic organisms. Based upon knowledge gained from...
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Tools of the Environmental Scientist

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
What tools do environmental scientists use? Learners gain insight into how researchers use the scientific method in environmental science, as well as how scientists' values affect environmental decision making. Using a PowerPoint, pupils...
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Our Hungry Planet: Design Thinking Challenge

For Teachers 6th - 10th Standards
Scholars investigate an issue associated with food systems and design their own solutions. Working collaboratively, they follow each step in the design process to complete the 10th instructional activity of the 13-part Our Hungry Planet...
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Rivers and the Gabcikovo-Nagymaros Project

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Damming rivers has been a case of necessity versus negative environmental impact since the process began. Kids take on the role of a stakeholder in the proposed damming of the Danube River. They begin by reading arguments for and against...
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Community Soundscapes

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Acoustic surveys aren't limited to the rainforest or performing arts venues. The final lesson of three has scholars design their own acoustic surveys of a local habitat. Options include natural, urban, and even the school environment....
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Environmental Sciences

For Teachers K - 8th Standards
Whether you are teaching environmental science in junior high or studying recycling in kindergarten, there is something for all in this set of lessons designed for environmental education. The 110-page packet comes with tips for teaching...
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Designing a Winning Guest Village in the Saguaro National Park

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Don't desert a resource on the desert! Scholars work in groups to build on their ideas from the previous lesson to design a sustainable guest village in the Saguaro National Park. Each group produces a PowerPoint presentation to share...
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Designing a Sustainable Guest Village in the Saguaro National Park

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Brainstorm ideas to design a sustainable guest village in the Sonoran Desert. The first installment of a nine-part unit teaches young environmental scientists about the basics of the Saguaro National Park and about sustainable design....
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Sustainable Design

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students are introduced to the concepts of sustainability and green design when discussing architecture. Individually or in groups, they are to design a structure in which incorporates the these concepts. They are also graded on the...
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Wind Power

For Teachers 9th - 12th
What a wonderful way to explore wind power! Through this lesson, learners get a background in the history of wind power, create their own wind turbine, and the test their designs. This is a terrific way to tie scientific principles to...
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Zero-Energy Home Design

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Challenge young engineers to design a one-bedroom scale house that would collect and maintain as much heat as possible. Special constraints must be adhered to, but creativity is also allowed. Diagrams and background information are...
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Green Stuff: Designing an Earth-Friendly Room

For Teachers 7th - 8th
In this activity students explore earth-friendly materials that can be used in home environments. They learn about the relationship between the environment and design, and use a variety of problem-solving strategies. They work in...
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Design That Makes a Difference: Focus on Shelters and Water

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Students analyze three different types of temporary shelters and their designs for environmental factors. In this shelter design lesson, students analyze how designers address environmental problems for homeless or refugees. Students...
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Interior Design and Housing Makeover Project

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students are introduced to the elements of interior design. Using the these elements, they redesign an interior space and use proper colors. They summarize the elements of design and create color schemes for the interior and exterior...
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Designing a Real Life Ecosystem!

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students research abiotic and biotic factors concerning the concept of an ecosystem. Record and analyze data collected. Write a lab report in proper and scientific format with thinking and analytical skills. Work as a cooperative team.
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Lessons From the Lorax

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
Is progress progressing too fast? So believes the Lorax, the eponymous character from Dr. Seuss's The Lorax. Young environmental science young scholars read the book and debate the arguments of the Lorax and the Once-ler regarding the...
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A Designed Organism

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How can you encourage pupils to demonstrate creativity while still meeting the objective of applying technical knowledge? This activity is your answer! Scientists will create an imaginary creature and prepare a graphic organizer with...
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Designing a Study

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Students explore features to consider when designing a scientific study. In this science research lesson, students examine different methods of data collection and consider which method would be appropriate for determining how many types...
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Rock Steady: Designing a Sensor

For Teachers 6th Standards
Bridge young mathematicians' knowledge of engineering and design. Pupils use two desks and a plastic sheet to simulate a bridge. After learning about energy transformations, they use available materials to design a sensor that detects...
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Solar Structures

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
It's time to soak up the sun! Youngsters read about active and passive solar heating systems, then they collaborate to create a miniature solar-heated building. Provide a variety of materials for them to incorporate and watch their...

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