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Environmental Justice Curriculum

For Teachers 6th - 12th
What to do with environmental hazards and where to put toxic waste is a global concern. The eight resources in the Environmental Justice collection ask young ecologists to consider how to incorporate environmental justice in future waste...
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Life Science

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Photosynthesis, extinction, biomimicry, and bioremediation. Young environmental engineers study these processes. Using photosynthesis as a model and biomimicry as an example, groups research how nature provides hints for engineering...
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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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Sustainable Design and Biomimicry in a Desert Ecosystem

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Challenge young engineers to design a sustainable guest village in Arizona’s Saguaro National Park. A collection of four lessons and five activities provide designers with all the information they need to complete the challenge of living...
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Birth of the Environmental Protection Agency

For Teachers 9th - 12th
New ReviewSeeing is believing when it comes to climate change. An informative activity explores the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its efforts to document environmental issues with photographs. Academics match images...
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The Environmental Awareness Digital Video Editing Session

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Get out that camara and make an environmentally informed film to create community awareness. Budding environmentalists examine the harmful effects pollution has on our environmental and the impact of recycling. They research a related...
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On This Day: The Creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

For Students 7th - Higher Ed Standards
The Environmental Protection Agency often doesn't register as a critical government function, but the EPA works to protect communities. Using video segments from Scott Pruitt's confirmation hearing, a Barack Obama speech on the agency's...
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Environmental Expert Presentation

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Individuals or groups select an environmental issue, then spend time researching and creating a presentation to share in class. By allowing learners to choose the issue that matters most to them, you will motivate them to do excellent...
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Environmental Checklists

For Teachers 4th
Young environmentalists take a look at how they both pollute and clean their own environments. Each pupil creates a personal checklist that they use to determine their own environmental awareness. A community checklist is made as well,...
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Environmental Concerns

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Every year, more than 14 billion pounds of garbage is dumped into the oceans of the world, most of which is plastic and toxic to ocean life. Lesson 32 in the series of 36 focuses on environmental concerns, specifically pollution. Under...
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Environmental Interdependence (Environmental Awareness)

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Whether introducing a study of environment awareness or preparing your classes for a performance task related to environmental interdependence, you will find this resource useful. Key terms and concepts are introduced so that all...
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We Are All Earthlings

For Teachers Pre-K - K
The animals all sing about the earth. This would be a great video to show during a unit about environmental stewardship. 
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Basics of Environmental Science

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders explore environmental concerns of the community and identify the basic needs of people, wildlife and domestic animals. Working both individually and in groups, they also define natural resources and compare and contrast...
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Environmental Fair

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Pupils find a piece of trash and make a useful item out of it. They show awareness of the environmental concerns of the earth.
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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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Cuidemos nuestro ambiente

For Teachers 10th - 12th
After discussing the Spanish word ambiente, read the article "Cuidemos nuestro ambiente"  with your intermediate or advanced Spanish class. Read the first paragraph together, marking the text and engaging your readers. Then, have the...
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The Poetry of Robinson Jeffers: Eco-Criticism

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Look at Robinson Jeffers' poetry through the lens of environmentalism. Pupils discuss two poems, "The Purse-Seine" and "The Coast-Road," and respond to the included questions. They then compose essays about Jeffers' view of the...
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Water Sources and Pollution

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Students explore environmental awareness by completing a pollution activity. In this drinking water lesson, students identify the role of the EPA in maintaining drinkable water in our country and what types of toxins regularly invade our...
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Catch the Pollution

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd
Explore environmental care by conducting a pollution experiment. You'll discuss the causes of pollution in our environment and what the overall impact will be if we can't change our ways. Clear plastic tape, a can, and compass are used...
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WATER You Doing to Help?

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Auntie Litter is here to educate young scholars about water pollution and environmental stewardship! Although the 15-minute video clip is cheesy, it's an engaging look at the water cycle and conservation. Learners start by illustrating...
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Solving Environmental Problems

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students 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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This I Believe: Oceans

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Analyzing writing samples and an NPR podcast of "This I Believe," high school writers work through a Six Trait writing activity to write their own persuasive essays - and turn them into recorded podcasts. Use the provided worksheets and...
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Litter From Lunchtime

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd
Students explore environmental care by participating in a litter identification activity. In this food trash lesson, students discuss the destruction litter causes in our environment and ways we can avoid littering ourselves. Students...
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Recycling

For Teachers Pre-K - K Standards
Raise young children's environmental awareness with this early elementary recycling lesson. After discussing garbage and the importance of recycling, students perform a variety of activities that explore different ways of recycling and...
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Environmental Town and Polluted Town

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Explore the differences between towns that are environmentally friendly and those that are not. The class will construct two towns out of various objects; they'll focus on comparing each town based on their environmental laws. This is a...
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Sustainability: Environmental Management and Responsible Manufacturing

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
When you think about environmental sustainability, the Ford Motor Company probably isn't the first company to come to mind. A four-lesson unit introduces learners to the idea of sustainability and environmental stewardship. It describes...
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Letter Writing to Politicians on Environmental Issues

For Teachers 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...
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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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Environmental Town And Polluted Town

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars create collages of an environmentally friendly city and a city that promotes pollution. They create a town, including: roadways, river, lake, or other large body of water, and sky reflecting environmental conditions of...
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Happy Earth Day Coloring Book

For Teachers 1st - 5th Standards
From turning off lights when leaving a room, to biking or walking to school, there are many simple habits children can develop to help preserve the earth. Help raise environmental awareness in your class with this activity packet that...
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Mapping Greenhouse Gas Emissions Where You Live

For Teachers 5th - 10th Standards
After investigating the US Environmental Protection Agency's climate change website, your environmental studies young scholars discuss greenhouse gas emissions. They use an online interactive tool to look at data from power production...
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El Medio Ambiente, An Environmental Awareness Project

For Teachers 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...
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Environmental Health Impromptu Talk

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Students learn the criteria for and create the framework of an impromptu speech about an environmental health issue that is especially important to them. Students write a speech about an environmental health problem based on the material...
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Shasta Dam: How High is Too High?

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Research water use in California, environmental protection laws, and the proposition to raise Shasta Dam by 200 feet. Researchers use their findings to build an argument which will be presented at a mock decision panel. Groups then...
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Where is Away?

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Focusing on where are garbage goes once we dispose of it, learners explore environmental concerns. Using a clear format, this lesson leads learners through a discussion of waste reduction, recycling, and composting. Then, they discuss...
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Preventing Flint – Environmental Engineering: Crash Course Engineering #29

For Students 9th - 12th
We all need clean air and water. An informative video first describes the causes of water contamination in Flint, Michigan. It then goes on to explain the importance of environmental engineering in clean air, clean water, and waste...
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Water Contamination Challenge

For Teachers 8th - Higher Ed
Students play a game to analyze further the effects of water contamination. In this environmental concerns instructional activity, students play an online game about water contamination and may visit the additional links to further their...
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Is Environmental Health a Basic Human Right?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine basic human rights as defined by the United Nations. They develop a list of rights by class consensus, read an article, answer discussion questions, and complete a worksheet.
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Environmental Awareness — Think Global, Act Local

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students identify the different hazardous wastes and the dangers they post to the environment. In this physical science lesson, students brainstorm ways to dispose them properly. They create a short story, song or poem to conclude the...
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Environmental Stewardship: The Importance of Water Quality

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders estimate the amount of water they use in a day, week, or month. They read the attachment, "Water Facts" and the teacher performs a demonstration of water sampling and testing. Students work in small groups to perform a...
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Theodore Roosevelt and Conservation

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Young scholars explore the Theodore Roosevelt presidency. In this conservation lesson, students analyze the meaning of 3 quotations pertaining to environmental stewardship and research the conservation movement of the early 20th century....
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Clean It Up!

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners explore environmental care by completing a water quality experiment. In this natural resources lesson, students identify the problems with keeping water clean and the importance of it in our environment. Learners utilize kitty...
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Habitats - Explore the World Around You.

For Teachers 3rd - 7th
Explore the habitats found around the world. The Desert, Rain Forest, Tundra, Prairie, Grassland, Forest, Marine and Zoo habitats are all covered in this easy to follow presentation. Each slide has a themed background picture, several...
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Student Earth Day Pledge Slips

For Teachers K - 5th
Writing prompts are great because you can usually find one for any holiday or event. Have your class help the Lorax in his quest to spread the word about Earth Day and environmental awareness with a short printable prompt. The page...
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Environmental Problems

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students explore the environment by completing environmental problem worksheets. In this pollution lesson, students identify the biggest threats to our environment such as deforestation, global warming, and pollution. Students utilize...
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Environmental Rhyme and Reason

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Young scholars employ poetry as a medium to relay information and express views about significant environmental issues that exist today and to assess their effects on The State of the Planet as we enter the next millennium.
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Bars, Lines and Pies (Environmental Awareness)

For Students 5th - 6th
In this graph problem solving worksheet, students complete the exercises on three pages. Students analyze data tables pertaining to recycling and energy conservation. Students make pie, bar and line graphs to match the tables. Students...
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Taking Action!

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Motivate young scientists to stand up and take action with this environmental science lesson. To begin, the class works in small groups brainstorming actions that support the conservation of the earth before creating and implementing an...
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The Right to a Clean Environment in the United States

For Students 8th - 12th
Even if a school has gone digital, chances are there's still plenty of paper being used. The three activities help scholars learn about the environmental impact of paper and another consumer products of their choosing, the issue of...
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Free Market Environmentalism

For Students 10th - 12th
Discuss the pros and cons of the the free market system using this resource. Learners read background information, answer questions, and offer their opinion on this topic.
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Environmental Case Study: Hetch Hetchy Valley

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
New ReviewWhat is more important: building a new school or preserving a nature reserve? Keeping a natural area clean or providing clean drinking water to a city of millions? Young scholars weigh these questions—almost literally—using an...
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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 students read the book and debate the arguments of the Lorax and the Once-ler regarding the value of...
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Ethics In The Science Classroom - Pine Barrens

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students explain the complexities of environmental decisions, rather than to recreate the actual circumstances and outcome of the original case. They simulate a real environmental case a regarding the Pine Barrens of Long Island, NY.
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Environmental Awareness and Children's Literature

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Use an alternative setting for pregnant teens and young mothers, as well as special education children to examine environmental topics through literature. Included in this unit is a visit to neighborhood libraries to select children's...
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An Introduction to Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Can pesticides affect humans, even if they don't eat the crops that were sprayed? Silent Spring, Rachel Carson's 1962 work on the environmental effects of DDT, discusses the ways that bioaccumulation creates a path from a dangerous...
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Should We Drill?

For Students 5th - 9th
To drill or not to drill? Introduce the controversial debate between economic and environmental priority through this news article worksheet. Brief background information gives students context to access the evidence for both sides,...
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Why Should I Care About Soil Erosion?

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders make a KWL chart about soil erosion. In this earth science lesson, 7th graders discuss erosion's harmful environmental effect. They investigate how vegetation help prevent erosion.
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Recycling

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Engage students in developing an environmentally friendly school with this upper-elementary conservation lesson. After an introductory discussion about recycling, children practice sorting common classroom items based on whether they can...
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Sort and Color!

For Teachers K - 1st
Sorting is a very important skill that can be used in math and even science. Learners get familiar with some environmentally friendly vocabulary terms as they practice separating objects that can be recycled from those that can't. They...
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Debate

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Set your environmental studies class up to debate a current topic regarding your choice of six suggested statements about energy use in the United States. Teams read material that you have gathered and then form their arguments. The...
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Action Projects Gallery

For Teachers 6th - 8th
In collaborative groups, mindful environmental studies students select and participate in an action project to increase awareness or contribute to minimizing global warming. Seven categories are provided to choose from. Learners research...
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History vs. Richard Nixon

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
Should we remember Richard Nixon only for his abuse of power and the scandal that resulted in the end of his presidency? Here is a fantastic TedEd video illustrating major highlights from Nixon's term as president of the United States,...
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Biodiesel: The Afterlife of Oil

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Use this slick video to introduce your environmental scientists to the wonders of biodiesel. They will learn about problems caused by our waste oil, how it can be recycled, and other benefits of using biofuels. Use the video, assessment...
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Climate Change Bingo

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Here is a 20-box bingo card to use when exploring ways that humans impact the environment. Various environmentally aware activities are listed in the boxes, and learners circulate the room to find someone who practices the different...
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Exploring Three Categories of Human Induced Environmental Problems

For Teachers 4th - 7th
By exploring the three categories of human-induced environmental problems students can gain a global perspective.
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Environmental Justice

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Students explore the concept of environmental stewardship. For this Gulf Oil Spill lesson, students discuss how environmental pollution affects those how live in poverty at a higher rate than those with more affluence. Students read...
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Writing an Argument: The NIEHS

For Students 8th Standards
Should the work of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences be funded by the government? Middle schoolers weigh in on the status of federal funding for programs that protect the environment with three text passages and...
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That's Monkey Business!

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Celebrating National Zoo and Aquarium Month by engaging pupils in an animal research project.
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Introduction to Environmental Engineering

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
A series on environmental engineering introduces the class to issues that environmental engineers work to solve. This first lesson focuses on air and land issues, and looks at ways to reduce pollution.
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Big Dam Construction in India

For Teachers 9th - 12th
This complete and full resource includes everything needed to conduct a lesson on the environmental impact of large dams in India. Background information, handouts, answer keys, and web links are all there to help you educate your class...
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Impervious Surfaces

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the concept of philanthropy. In this environmental stewardship instructional activity, students compose personal mission statements that express their personal beliefs about their responsibility to the environment.
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What's Wrong With the Oceans? Can Photography Help?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students research environmental problems facing the world's oceans and think about how the art of photography can help solve these problems, using David Doubilet's photography as an example.
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Debate: "Indoor Air vs. Outdoor Air Pollution: Which Is the More Serious Threat to Public Health?"

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students work in teams to synthesize their air, asthma, air contamination, and environmental health knowledge as well as additional research to represent a particular point of view persuasively. They create a handout and presentatin...
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I Won't Live in a Toxic World

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine four separate environmental health issues using fish-bowl technique, and discuss roles of both government and citizens in maintaining a pollution-free environment.
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Why Eat Organic?

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders explore the concept of organic eating. In this environmental stewardship lesson, 9th graders compare and contrast organic foods with conventional foods and discuss the benefits of eating organic foods.
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Air Pollution and Asthma

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders consider air quality. In this environmental stewardship lesson, 11th graders consider the impact of air pollution on asthma and identify ways that they can work to reduce air pollution.
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Discovering National Parks

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students work to preserve American National Parks. In this environmental activism lesson, students research the history of the national parks and determine why they were created. Students then focus on protecting the land, using it for...
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Now You Have It, Now You Don't

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders compare corn-based shipping peanuts to Styrofoam shipping peanuts. In this hands-on environmental awareness activity, 6th graders try dissolving two different types of packing peanuts in water.
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Waste-Less Lunch

For Teachers K - 5th
Is it possible to have a waste-less lunch? Can your class become leaders in conservation? Discuss the importance of reducing waste during lunch time with a fun instructional activity that can be extended to everyday practices. First the...
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Whose Backyard? Toxic Waste Management Meeting and Environmental Injustice

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Toxic waste is a global problem. What to do with environmental hazards and where to put toxic waste is a global concern. To better understand current issues around toxic waste management and how current practices can lead to...
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Mappler Project Lesson Plan: Humans and the Environment

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Focus on human interaction with the environment. Learners describe how human activities affect a variety of ecosystems, map local environmental friends and foes on a Mappler page, and discuss how people have worked to solve challenges....
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The Great School Clean-Up

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students clean up their school grounds. In this environmental stewardship lesson, students take part in cleaning their school area and reflect on the experience.
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The Fact of Global Warming

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students investigate the harmful impact of global warming by reading news articles.  In this environmental care lesson, students analyze an article about the Kyoto Protocol and its goal of saving our environment.  Students investigate...
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Enviro-Proofing Your Home

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders make energy savings plans. In this environmental concerns lesson, 11th graders create posters that feature energy analyses of their homes and write recycling plans for their own homes.
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Water--Where Has It Gone?: Earth Day

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore the concept of philanthropy. In this environmental stewardship lesson, students consider the plight of water as they consider water use and distribution. Students listen to an excerpt from The Well and consider...
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Action, Please!

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students create an advertising campaign. In this environmental education lesson, students research aluminum and aluminum can recycling. Students wrap the lesson up by writing newspaper articles, creating public service announcements, and...
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Flowers and a Beautiful World: Earth Day (1st)

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students consider caring for their environment. In this environmental stewardship lesson, students read Miss Rumphius and discuss how sharing their time, talent, and treasure through volunteering makes the world better.
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Stepping into the River: In Service to Our Rivers

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore water quality issues. In this environmental stewardship lesson, students investigate nonprofit organizations involved in caring for waterways. Students carry out a service learning project to protect waterways.
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Caution: Fix It!

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers explore the concept of environmental stewardship. In this science lesson, students investigate events that have harmed coastal resources and how human activity has restored coastal resources.
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How would an oil spill affect a Marine Sanctuary?

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students explore the concept of environmental stewardship. In this science lesson, students discover how scientists assess damages to the environment following oil spills. Students conduct a simulation of a public meeting in order to...
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Wind Power

For Teachers 9th - 12th
What a wonderful way to explore wind power! Through this instructional activity, 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...
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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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Recycling

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
Knowing what can be recycled or reused and what has to be thrown away is difficult for children. This conservation lesson teaches young learners to distinguish between different kinds of waste by first sorting through used classroom...
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Treatment Plants

For Teachers 1st - 6th Standards
Young scientists explore nature's water treatment plants in this simple science demonstration. By placing a stalk of celery in a cup of water mixed with food coloring, children are able to observe how plants absorb nutrients and...
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Environmental Health Ethics

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Students use inductive reasoning to study different scenarios related to environmental issues. They evaluate various scenarios to develop common definitions and key concepts in environmental health ethics.
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Mathematics and Environmental Concerns

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students gather data and analyze behaviors regarding recycling.  In this environmental concerns unit, students discus and examine reuse, recycle, and reduce. Students collect, graph, and display data associated with four lessons in the...
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Air Module Scenario (Exercises #1-5)

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers, after researching/analyzing the concept of environmental health to air quality, role-play the basic principals of epidemiology. They act out a specific scenario to generate questions, draft a research plan, and generate...
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At Issue: Light Pollution

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Learners explore the concept of light pollution. In this environmental stewardship lesson, students conduct science investigations that require them to collect and analyze information regarding light pollution so that they may propose...
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Honey, I Shrunk the Lids!

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students discover the lightweighting concept used by manufacturers. In this environmental education lesson, students research the reduction of the amount of aluminum used in cans. Students wrap the lesson up by writing a newspaper...
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Molehill or Mountain

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore the concept of waste management. In this environmental stewardship lesson, students consider the trash generated by people per day and discuss what steps they can personally take to reduce waste.
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What Is a Watershed?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers explore the concept of water pollution. In this environmental stewardship lesson, students discover what watersheds are and consider how to protect them.
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Private Land Decision-Making

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars explore the concept of environmental stewardship. In this service learning lesson, students examine private property land use practices in order to study their impact on the environment.
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Global Change- Earth as Home

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students create their own environment. In this environmental protection instructional activity, students pretend they are the owners of a tropical island. They create jobs for the citizens and develop the island as a model environment.
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Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students explore the concept of waste management. In this environmental stewardship lesson, students study the nuances of the terms reduce, reuse, and recycle. Students investigate ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle many everyday items...
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Pollution Solution

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Young scholars explore the concept of environmental stewardship. In this science lesson, students investigate the effects of oil spills and brainstorm ideas to help companies avoid them as they create models to demonstrate their...
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The Case of the Broken Loop

For Students 4th - 5th
In this environmental awareness worksheet, students complete 8 pages pertaining to waste, landfills, recycling and composting. Included are: matching words and definitions, crossword puzzle, scrambled letters, a code, word search and a...
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Land Development and the Environment

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students examine the relationship between land development and the environment. In this environmental stewardship lesson, students explore how population density, land development, transportation, and impervious surfaces take their toll...
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Working with What You've Got

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the natural balance in ecosystems. In this environmental stewardship lesson, students investigate local ecosystems and their biotic and abiotic features. Students create a service learning plan based on sustainability of...
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Recycling Paper

For Students 5th - 6th
In this recycling paper worksheet, learners analyze a labeled diagram about how paper is recycled. Students complete four activities pertaining to environmental awareness, such as writing an advertisement, making a diagram about glass...
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The Human Footprint

For Students 9th - 12th
In this environmental stewardship lesson, high schoolers view the human footprint website and then answer 3 short answer questions related to human impact on the earth.
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Protecting Our Native Forests

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Learners explore environmental awareness by utilizing computer technology. In this ecosystem conservation lesson, students read assigned text which describes the current ecological conditions of Hawaii. Learners collaborate in groups to...
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Surviving the Conditions

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students explore Earth science by participating in an environmental care activity. In this natural resources lesson, students discuss ways to protect themselves from the environment if they are ever in need of shelter in the wilderness....
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Green Planet 4 Kids

For Students 3rd - 6th
Follow the Eco Family of dinosaurs through their daily, earth-friendly lives by reading this cute and comprehensive comic-style eBook. Learn how dad, mom, and their four adorable children practice environmentally conscious habits.
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The Delicate Balance - Iowa's Natural Resources

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Discover the natural resources in Iowa by studying it's history. In this environmental activity, your students will observe a topographical map of Iowa and identify where its most valuable resources are. They complete an Iowa name...
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Save the Grove!

For Teachers 5th
Love this idea for a lesson! Learners try to save a grove of trees from development. While the resource provides detailed instructions to aid learners' understanding of trees and their importance. It does not include a plan for using...
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To Recycle, or Not Recycle?

For Teachers 5th - 8th
To recycle or not to recycle, that is the question. Your class can find the answer by taking a teacher created WebQuest, where they assume a role of a community member taking a stand on implementing a community wide recycling plan. The...
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Water Pollution

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders study the impact of human activity on water quality and on the ecosystems of Earth. After a discussion on the various ways that water can be polluted, groups of youngsters get together to figure out the best way to clean a...
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Lesson Plan: Humans and the Land

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Art acts as inspiration for a conversation about human impact on the environment and creative writing. The class examines three pieces, looking for evidence of human impact on the landscape. They then write a first-person narrative, from...
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Birdie Treat

For Teachers Pre-K - K
A little girl and her Grandmother make a healthy snack for themselves as well as their birdie friends.
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Cameron Diaz Talks Trees

For Teachers Pre-K - K
What is so wonderful about trees? Professor Grover and Cameron Diaz explain all of the amazing things trees can do. Viewers will learn that trees clean the air, give us shade, provide us with food, and are home to many animals.
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Make a Difference!

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
We are very dependent upon other life forms around us to survive. Here, scholars explore relationships in the ecosystem with the help of Auntie Litter and the pollution patrol. They imagine a world without grass, making connections to...
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Celebrate Endangered Species Day at Your School

For Teachers K - 8th
Learn how your school can join numerous conservation organizations in celebrating Endangered Species Day on May 17th.
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Fracking: Positive or Negative Impact?

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Your teenagers may have heard of fracking, but do they really know what it is? And could they debate the benefits and risks? Educate your environmental science class with a lesson about hydraulic fracturing, non-renewable energy sources,...
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Environmental Biology

For Students 11th - Higher Ed
Everyone has a responsibility to take care of the environment. Give learners a sense of our environmental concerns with a complete course on environmental biology. The textbook resource includes instruction on topics such as population...
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Environmentally Friendly Community

For Teachers 7th - 8th
In cooperative groups, learners research and report on the environmental friendliness of the local community. They consider water protection and disposal, waste management, energy supply, public transportation, and more. This lesson plan...
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High Wire Magazine: Turning Points

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Develop and strengthen reading comprehension strategies through this comprehensive teaching guide. Your learners will practice making text connections, inferences, predictions, and more using reading passages from the teen-appropriate...
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Environmental Problems and Solutions

For Teachers 8th - 10th
In this environmental problems and solutions worksheet, young scholars are given a list of 25 environmental problems. They match them with a given solution and paste the matching pairs to a piece of construction paper.
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Petro Products

For Students 5th - 12th
In this petroleum products worksheet, students are given the components of crude oil and they graph the various products found in a 50 gallon barrel. Students complete an activity to determine if they have collected cards that represent...
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Meet a Naturalist: Researching, Writing, Interviewing

For Teachers 2nd - 5th Standards
Young scholars reach out into the community and learn about different environmental science careers in this inquiry-based instructional activity. Beginning with a short research assignment, children gain background knowledge about...
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Human Rights and Service Learning (Part 1)

For Teachers 6th - 12th
What better way is there to teach about human rights than by seeing them firsthand? Introduce your class or club to the spirit of service through a myriad of service project ideas. First in a series of human rights instructional...
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Stewardship and the Rainforest

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students explore the concept of philanthropy. In this service learning instructional activity, students explore literature in order to understand the flora and fauna of the rain forest. Students investigate how stewardship is necessary...
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EPA Environmental Protection Agency

For Students 3rd - 4th
In this environmental protection worksheet, students read the sentence 'The Environmental Protection Agency helps clean up pollution across the United States. Students then read and may color the phrase 'E is for Environmental Protection...
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2003 AP® Environmental Science Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th
One size fits all doesn't seem to be the right approach to endangered species. Using a four-part AP® assessment, learners respond to questions that address environmental concerns such as human population changes, invasive species...
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Acid Rain Effects

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Get out the goggles and conduct a simple experiment to model and explore the harmful effects of acid rain (vinegar) on living (green leaf and eggshell) and non-living (paper clip) objects. Young chemists observe and describe the harmful...
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Recognizing Litter

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
When does trash become litter? Use this litter awareness lesson to help them understand the importance of trash disposal. Get learners engaged by reading Nancy Loewen's Lady Lulu Liked to Litter (not included). After discussing what...
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Let's Learn About Stewardship and River Basins

For Teachers 8th Standards
What does it mean to be a good steward? Middle school environmentalists learn to care for their state's waterways through research, a guest speaker, and poster activity. Groups must locate and learn more about a river basin and the human...
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What is the Environmental Impact of Feeding the World?

For Students 6th - 10th Standards
One in every seven people suffer from a lack of basic food. Our Hungry Planet introduces this complex issue in the second lesson of an interesting 13-part unit. It discusses the space needed to grow and raise food, the transportation of...
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Environmental Issues

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students expand environmental awareness by brainstorming list of environmental issues in the world today, researching issues in small groups, and displaying their work for classmates to see.
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Environmental Stewardship

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students read several historical folktales and identify and explain examples of symbolism in the folktale. They define civil society and give examples of organizations related to environmental stewardship.
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Environmental Survey

For Students 4th - 5th
In this environmental survey activity, students survey their family about the environment and ways in which they recycle. Students score their family on the 14 problems.
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Health and Environmental Agency Overview

For Teachers 8th - 9th
Learners identify the roles of the Environmental Protection Agency, Centers for Disease Control and others. They use the internet to gather information. They also discuss the roles of local agencies.
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Be a Weather Newscaster

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders, in groups, create and videotape a news broadcast. Each group researches, develops and writes a weather forecast, a commentary on an environmental concern, a school activity and a commercial.
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Learning to Be: Being Concerned About Nature

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Students determine how they can contribute to protecting nautre. For this enovironmental stewardship lesson, students discuss pollution, the ozone layer, and other environmental issues as they complete a listening activity and conduct...
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Kildare, USA: An Environmental Health Simulation

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Your biology class plays the role of epidemiologist when a mysterious illness breaks out in Kildare, USA. Using interviews with doctors, patients, and local citizens, maps, the results from different materials sampling, they work to...
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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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Ecology & Conservation

For Teachers K - 3rd
How much trash does an average family produce in 24 hours? Where does that trash end up? Get your youngsters thinking about ecology and conservation as they discuss the impact pollution has on the marine environment. After a deep...
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Endangered Animals

For Teachers 5th
Introduce your students to the idea that some animals have become endangered. Students work together in small groups to determine why the animal assigned to them has become endangered. They conduct Internet research about their animal...
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You Can Depend On me

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Discover the natural beauty of California. With a conservation bent, this activity delves into some of the attributes that make this state unique. Learners discuss Yosemite and the forest habitat. They focus on the things plants and...
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What Can We Do?

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Motivate young conservationists to stand up and make a change. After learning about the efforts in Cascade Nation Park to reduce carbon emissions in order to preserve the wilderness, students work in groups creating action plans for...
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Reduce Our Carbon Footprint, Let’s Compost!

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Roll up your sleeves and get a little dirty with this elementary and middle school compost lesson. All you need is a large plastic container, a couple old newspapers, some organic waste, and a few hundred worms and you're ready to start...
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Cameron Diaz: Habitat

For Students Pre-K - 1st
Cameron defines that word habitat with all of her animal friends. Viewers will learn that a habitat is where an animal gets food, finds water and also shelter. It is the place where animals live.
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Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle: Sorting Through Personal Choices

For Teachers 2nd - 6th Standards
Raise children's awareness about the importance of conservation with this hands-on science lesson. Start by breaking the class into groups and having them collect trash from around the school or local park. Students then use the provided...
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The Lorax Reader’s Theater

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Bring a reading of Dr. Seuss' The Lorax to life with this reader's theater script. Simply assign roles and read through the script as a class, or spend time creating props and costumes for a school-wide performance, the choice is yours....
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Protecting Wilderness

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Would you live in a tree for three years to protect a redwood forest? Viewers of Rainhouse Cinema's Among Giants documentary consider the actions of Earth First! environmental activists who moved into the treetops of a grove of giant...
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Sensors in Chemistry

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The Environmental Protection Agency monitors sensors to track air pollution and set clean air standards. Enthusiastic young scientists use similar sensors to gather data in their area and then apply the gas laws and conservation of...
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Talking Trees: Earth Day

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students complete a tree poster activity to learn about Earth Day, stewardship, and the environment. For this environmental stewardship lesson, students read The Story of the Tree and discuss stewardship with trees. Students act out tree...
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Going Green

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Students create an action plan to learn how to preserve natural resources for future generations. In this environmental conservation lesson, students research the topic of preserving the natural environment and write a definition for...
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Conservation in Action

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students research the life and works of Rachel Carson. In this conservation lesson, students discuss environmental protection and why protection of wildlife is important.  Students read a Rachel Carson Fact Sheet and work in groups to...
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The Impact of Water Pollution on Global Peace

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders participate in hands-on activities that require them to consider the implications of water pollution. In this environmental stewardship lesson, 10th graders conduct 6 experiments pertaining to water pollution and discuss...
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What Are the Characteristics of Biomes?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students working in groups study different types of biomes and the issues or environmental problems that can affect them. They design a poster board that displays the characteristics of their biome. They make a model of the biome that...
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Polar Day: Arctic Clean Up

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Students explore the concept of pollution. For this environmental stewardship lesson, students examine primary sources to research the complexity of pollution and its effect on the Arctic.
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Taking Care of Nature (Religious)

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students discover how they can help care for the earth. In this environmental protection lesson plan, students discuss how God created the earth and what will happen if they fail to care for the earth properly. Students grow their own...
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It's Goin' Down; The Rain Forest

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students discover the global problem of deforestation. For this environmental lesson, students identify organizations on the quest to stop deforestation. Students also discover what they can do to solve this global dilemma.
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TE Lesson: I've Got Issues!

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Learners study environmental issues from different perspectives. They look at the issues from the view of both preservationists and conservationists as they identify themselves with one group or the other. They determine how teamwork...
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Packaging - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly!

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students investigate the throw-away and recyclable packaging. For this environmental issues lesson, students seek out the natural resources used to make packaging materials, determine if packaging is needed for products, and write...
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What Happened Here?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars examine environmental concerns that are important in their home, school, and community. In this environment lesson, students use information from the previous lesson to respond to a mess in the classroom. They choose an...
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National Park Project

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Students develop a descriptive and informative brochure for a National Park. They focus on the history and geology of the park, environmental concerns, and visitor actions that could eliminate the environmental concerns.
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Make Your Own Trashasaurus Rex Sculpture

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Students explore environmental awareness through reusing materials. In this environmental awareness lesson, students use trash to create a "trashasaurus," a large dinosaur sculpture made from waste. Detailed structure and papier-mâché...
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Your World, My World: The Future's Tree

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd
Students explore the concept of environmental studies. In this environmental stewardship lesson, students share a story and participate in a hands-on activity with their instructor in order to explore how people interact with their...
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How Can We Help?

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students explore ocean animals and their environments. In this environmental stewardship lesson, students read a story and discuss the environmental needs of animals. Students think of ways to help clean up the environment and to make...
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Investigating Lightbulbs

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore the concept of energy efficiency. In this environmental stewardship lesson, students use the scientific method to test two types of lightbulbs for energy efficiency.
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Plastic Bag

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed
Students view a film about a plastic bag to analyze the scope of disposal issues on the environment. For this environmental concerns lesson, students watch the film and investigate predictions related to the movie and the FUTURESTATES...
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Lesson 8, Recycling

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students examine recycling. In this environmental stewardship lesson, students practice persuading others to recycle as they collaborate to prepare small group skits. Students discuss the issue and write reflections about the experience.
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Oil Consumption

For Teachers 5th - 10th
Students explore the concept of environmental stewardship. In this science lesson, students calculate the barrels of oil that their family consumes in a year.
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Great Barrier Reef-Guarding Nemo

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students explore the Great Barrier Reef. In this environmental stewardship lesson plan, students conduct research regarding the Great Barrier Reef and examine methods to preserve the Reef. Students apply the RAFT method to prepare a...
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A Cleaner Today for a Greener Tomorrow

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers examine recycling efforts. In this environmental stewardship lesson, students trace recycling efforts and script a skit regarding incandescent light bulbs' effect on the environment.
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Materials: Hidden Costs, Mapping the Source and Cost of Raw Materials.

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers map connections among raw materials. In this environmental stewardship lesson, students design strategies to minimize the use of raw materials and discuss how to use more sustainable materials.
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Transportation

For Teachers 7th - 11th
Students use the "No Impact Project" to analyze transportation methods and related environmental concerns. In this transportation and environment project activity, students discuss and graph the methods of transportation used to get to...
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Champions Of The Land

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students write an abstract of a book concerning conservation. In this environmental activism lesson, students explore books such as Silent Spring by Rachel Carson.  Students choose a book about conservation from a suggested book list and...
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Shoal Destroying

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Students investigate methods used in the fishing industry. In this environmental stewardship lesson, students visit selected websites to research fishing methods and create a game based around the fishing industry.
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Environmental Photos

For Students 3rd - 4th
In this environmental awareness worksheet, students find a newspaper photograph that shows how people can make changes to the environment. Students write about the photograph.
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Environmental Health Hazards and Children

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Young scholars are introduced to the environmental hazards their community is facing. In groups, they develop a list of the ways humans have changed the Earth and how these changes have lead to environmental hazards. They record their...
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Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Private-Religious)

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine how to prevent cruelty to animals. In this stewardship lesson, students discover the Biblical laws of Tza’ar Ba’alei Chaim. Students volunteer their time to assist community organizations that promote animal welfare.
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Recycled Vegetable Oil Powers Vans, Cars

For Teachers 2nd - 7th
Students share their knowledge about fuel sources, then read a news article about vegetable oil as a cleaner alternative to gasoline. In this current events and environmental science lesson plan, the teacher introduces the article with a...
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Images as Messages

For Students 4th - 10th
Your class watches a video about Chris Jordan, a talented photographer and activist who tries to get an environmental message out by his work. As a cross-curricular project, have your class imitate his style of art with an object that...
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Disposing Garbage

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Students explore environmental cleanliness by completing a worksheet in class. In this waste management lesson, students identify the technological advances in society and how they increase waste production our planet is unable to deal...
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Hands on Biome-Building: Build a Forest

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students explore Earth science by identifying environmental factors. In this biome lesson, students discuss the importance of a functioning ecology and design a biome diorama. Students utilize images of trees and plants which represent a...
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P.O.V.'s Borders Picture Project: Lesson 1 - Air

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Take photos of human activities that impact air quality. Collaborative groups present one of the photographs, identifying how the activity contributes to air quality and what can be done to minimize the impact. As one in a series of...
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Sea Turtles and the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

For Teachers 3rd - 9th
There are seven species of sea turtles, five of which live in the Gulf of Mexico. Young scientists learn about each and then examine the impact of the Deepwater Horizon (BP) oil spill on the populations. A video, Internet links to sea...
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Rescuing, Relocating, and Rehabilitating Wildlife

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Bring up the Deepwater Horizon (BP) oil spill that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. Display the colorful diagram of the coastal and marine organisms living in the area. Show a video about relocating the eggs of the Gulf's sea...
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How Do We Balance Environmental Conservation with Human Needs?

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students role play a meeting between conservation biologists and local representatives who want to advance the livelihood of local population. In this history lesson, students research the necessities and conservation issues of given...
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Materials, Let's Do the Life Cycle

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students examine environmental and social impacts of products that consumers buy. In this environmental stewardship lesson, students play a game that requires them to consider real costs of products. Students consider the environmental...
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Conservation and Environmental Protection

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Learners brainstorm a list of environments and animals from around the world that need protection. They then design and create a slogan about an animal or environment and an environmental protection poster.
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Save the Bay

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Young scholars explore the concept of environmental stewardship. In this science lesson, students examine the environmental effects of oil spills as they replicate a contained oil spill and clean up.
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By Jove, I Think You've Got It

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students author a problem and solution essay. In this environmental stewardship lesson, students conduct research and write an essay regarding an environmental topic of their choosing.
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How Green Are You?

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students investigate environmental care by listing ways they preserve the Earth each day. In this green living habits lesson plan, students collaborate in groups to brainstorm ways they can "be green" more often in their communities....
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Lesson 12 - Landfills, Leaks and Spills

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students define spill, leaks and landfills and identify the environmental problems caused by them. They complete worksheets and a quiz.
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Help! Help! Save the Earth!

For Teachers 1st
First graders analyze ways to save our natural resources and preserve the environment. In this environmental protection lesson, 1st graders complete four activities to analyze the importance of our natural resources and what trash does...
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Oil + Water + Wildlife = A Real Mess

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students conduct an experiment. In this environmental protection instructional activity, students explore how oil spills affect living organisms in an ecosystem. Students work in groups to complete a lab activity and then discuss their...
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Who Lives Here?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore the concept of philanthropy. In this environmental stewardship lesson, students examine water conservation efforts in desert regions as they act as members of a city council committee investigating the issue in a...