Environmental History Teacher Resources

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A River Ran Wild: An Environmental History

For Teachers 11th - 12th
The Nashua River serves as the focal point of an investigation of the treatment of and care for natural resources. A reading of A River Rand Wild: An Environmental History by Lynne Cherry, launches the study and class members consider...
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Flood Control: Environmental History

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Pupils examine the painting, Spring on the Missouri. They role-play and discuss floods and flood control from the views of an environmental lobbyist and a farmer.
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Explorations in American Environmental History

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders explore the historical perspective of nature and the environment.  In this American History lesson, 9th graders examine materials in a variety of formats to understand the contexts of America's concern for the environment.
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Decoding the Past Using Tree Rings

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Besides the age of a tree, tree rings can tell scientists all kinds of interesting information. Learners read about tree rings, gaining an understanding of them, and then analyze four to five different tree horizontal slices of a tree...
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Women in Science: Dr. Grace Bush

For Students 6th - 9th
Learn about the study of paleoecology with a resource about Dr. Grace Bush and her contributions to the field. After reading a one-page passage, learners answer comprehension questions and explore their personal interests in different...
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What's Air Got to Do with It?

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students use M&M's to create a pie graph that expresses their understanding of the composition of air. They watch and conduct several simple experiments to develop an understanding of the properties of air (it has mass, it takes up...
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Parallel Timelines

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders research the history of how a particular environmental issue moves through the Conservation Movement. They create timelines that show the progression of public sentiment and the legislation about the issue.
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Westward the Course of Empire Goes: American Imperialism in the Pacific Ocean during the Nineteenth Century

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders research the acquisition of colonial outposts throughout the Pacific Ocean by the United States during the late-nineteenth century. They present their findings to the class and propose which countries or territories the...
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Rosie the Riveeter and Mary the Munitions Worker

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders study the role that places like the Joliet Arsenal played in how women were view in American society during and after World War II. They interview a person from the World War II era about the job they performed and how...
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South Asian Architecture

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders review and discuss architecture from South Asia. They then study images of various buildings from North Africa/Southwest Asia, and make comparisons
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Changes Between the 19th and 20th Centuries In The U.S.

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers identify any patterns or differences that emerge in political, economic, environmental, and social history after comparing the events and historical processes between one period and another in the same civilization. They...
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Solving Environmental Problems

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Young scholars identify a community environmental problem and possible solutions. They analyze the connection between the problem and the solutions and the importance of it to the local community. Students then draw a picture of an...
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U.S. And Global Deforestation

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students analyze graph showing global deforestation, view photograph of deforestation in Brazil's interior rain forest and examine three maps showing deforestation within the United States, describe political, economic, and social...
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A Study of Grasses on the American Prairie

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders study the ecology and impact of animal and human life as it relates to the environment of the Great Plains and its grasses. They compare types of grasses with a rainfall map to illustrate the effect of precipitation on...
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Fluid Friction

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students, using wood blocks and model boats, investigate how the shape of an object affects friction it encounters as it is drawn through a towing tank.
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Stewardship of Yosemite National Park

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students devise a plan that would be true to John Muir's spirit of stewardship toward Yosemite. They analyze a core map to determine the original plan and usage of the park and compare the original plan to a current park map.
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GANDHI'S INDIA

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students describe key events in the life of Gandhi. They determine why knowledge of geography is necessary to understand the history of the people in a place or region. They write a summary of how the events in Gandhi's life,...
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Multiple Intelligences and The Illinois & Michigan Canal

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders engage in a wide variety of cross-curricular activities designed to give them a thorough understanding of the history of the Illinois & Michigan Canal. There are a very nice set of activities included in this plan!
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THE PLOW

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students create a time line. They research major events and advancements in the development of the plow. They describe and date at least ten major events and advancements in the development of the plow from prehistoric to present day....
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Native American Research

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Pupils investigate an Native American tribal group. They conduct research using a variety of resources. The subject areas to focus on are religious life, history, social structures, economics, geography, and environment. Students create...
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Fires and the Prairie (Field Trip)

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students visit the Konza Prairie and observe different plots. They fill in the accompanying field guide. Students describe the condition of plots that are burned every year, every four years, and not burned at all. They compare the...
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Art and Our Environment II

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students explore the world from both artistic and environmental historical perspectives. Students identify and analyze their knowledge of history, composition/design, process and social studies to improve critical thinking and decision...
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Introduction to Philanthropy- Recognizing Good Citizenship and Philanthropy in Our Community

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Learners define philanthropy. In this community instructional activity, students read A River Ran Wild and discuss the needs in the communities presented. Learners discuss aspects of philanthropy in a community and brainstorm elements of...
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Inventions of the 19th Century

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students explore inventions that have been created since the nineteenth century.

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