Environmental Issues Teacher Resources
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Environmental Issues Vocabulary and Speaking Exercise
6th - 8th
Eight color graphics fill the top half of this page. Each of them is meant to represent a different environmental topic: poaching, deforestation, pollution, etc. Youngsters associate vocabulary terms with each graphic and then answer...
Letter Writing to Politicians on Environmental Issues
8th - 12th
Let your voices be heard! Pupils research local and national environmental concerns using the Internet. Class members determine an issue they deem important and draft a letter to a local politician expressing their concern about the...
Editorial Cartoons: Poverty/Environmental Justice
6th - 12th
Students analyze political cartoons. In this political cartoon instructional activity, students analyze an editorial cartoon to develop an understanding of the historical context, symbolism, visual composition, and satire of the cartoon...
Elementary–Module 2: Circular Economy and Nature
4th - 6th CCSS: Adaptable
New ReviewHow can people do their part to help protect the environment? Learners participate in an engaging jigsaw activity to discuss the causes and effects of pollution. Next, pupils develop their own innovative ideas to address an environmental...
High School–Module 2: Circular Economy and Nature
9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
New ReviewEveryone's heard the popular slogan reduce, reuse, recycle, but there may be a better way to talk about sustainability. Using the second lesson from the five-part WE Are Innovators—High School Modules series, learners explore issues...
Calibrate Peer ReviewTM: Petroleum Geology of the Persian Gulf Region
11th - Higher Ed
Students explore the origin and distribution of oil and gas in a region of global significance, the Middle East including the geologic history and the socio-political and environmental issues associated with hydrocarbon exploration and...
Gulf Oil Spill:What Happened, and Who is Responsible?
7th - 12th
Students investigate the Gulf Oil Spill. In this environmental issues lesson, students watch video clips about the oil spill and discuss the devastation caused by the spill as well as who is responsible. Students also consider how many...
The Impact of Water Projects on Environmental Issues: Case Study Three Gorges Dam of the Yangtze River
9th - 12th
Students research different perspectives on the building of the dam on the Yangtze River. Working in groups or independently, students prepare a 2-3 minute introduction on their view point (Geographer, Environmentalist, Electronics...
The Great Plains: From Grassland to Dust Bowl and Depression
7th - 12th
Learners explore the environmental issues of the Depression era. They identify the contributions of ethnic and racial groups and individuals. Students describe the causes and impact of immigration, patterns of settlement, and...
Geography Now! Chad
10 mins 8th - Higher Ed CCSS: Adaptable
New ReviewWhat does Chad have to do with the tropical rainforests in the Amazon? Chad is known as the dead heart of Africa, thanks to its desert areas. Yet, due to these winds, particles from its desert nourish lands around the world, including...
Problem and Solution: By Jove, I Think You've Got It
1st - 3rd CCSS: Adaptable
Through grand conversation, help scholars identify issues that harm the Earth and find solutions on how to solve them. After voting—on what your class deems the most important problem—stretch writing muscles with a problem-solution essay...
El Medio Ambiente, An Environmental Awareness Project
5th - 12th
Students investigate environmental issue in Hispanic country, use readings from textbooks or other sources, prepare environmental awareness poster that focuses on issue of investigation, and create poster by cutting and pasting photos...
Human-Environment Interaction in the United States and Canada
6th - 8th
In this environmental geography learning exercise, students use graphic organizers to note 7 ways people in the United States and Canada have both created and solved problems through their interaction with the environment. Students also...
Human-Environment Interaction of Southeast Asia, Oceania, And Antarctica
6th - 8th
In this geography worksheet, students read about the human-environment interaction of Southeast Asia, Oceania and Antarctica. Students take notes and answer 3 short answer comprehension questions as they read the selection.