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Although recycling is definitely beneficial, reducing our waste and conserving our natural resources should really be the focus of environmentalists. Encourage the future generation to create a public service announcement about a conservation issue that they feel strongly about. They write a persuasive essay and transform this argument into a video announcement. Take action! 
Writing a persuasive argument starts with a clear thesis. Using this resource, your class will write a persuasive paper on a conservation issue. They will then transform their argument into a 30-second public service announcement. If your class doesn't have access to video and editing software, they can present their announcement in front of the class. 
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 regions. They deliver a persuasive speech about balancing environmental conservation with human needs.
Students watch a video interview about the life/work of Mark Olson, explain how Olson's cultural and life experiences influence his perceptions of plants and plant study, and analyze and share news articles to identify differing environmental perspectiv
Sixth graders identify and compare the responsibilities and powers of tribal government offices for two reservations. In this tribal government lesson plan, 6th graders research tribal governments and fill out a comparison chart.
Students read First Nation story, identify values expressed in it and discuss how those values relate to conservation issues faced today. Students then seek out stories relevant to climate change from their own Elders and respected community members, and create presentations to share their stories.
Pupils compare and contrast Wisconsin's water resources to that of Puerto Rico. They research books about islands, particularly the Puerto Rican islands. Student view illustrations of island ecology. They discuss the illustrations and compare them to the Wisconsin ecology. Students identify different ways water is a part of their lives.
Students explore physical education by researching biology. In this survival techniques lesson, students discuss the methods turtles use to survive dangerous encounters and conduct a sea turtle role play exercise. Students identify the life cycle by utilizing the Internet.
Students explain the importance of coral reefs and the threats to reefs' conservation. Through the process of gathering geographic information about a place (in this case, the Great Barrier Reef), students explore how a "geographic focus" can sharpen their insights about a conservation issue.
Students read articles about wetland ecosystem conservation in Florida and other countries. They summarize information found in the articles. Students reflect on the information in the articles and write their feelings.
Students discuss the complicated environmental issues that face different people today. They establish legal positions surrounding several different scenarios.
Young scholars use an atlas of Canada to research the issue of urban development. Using this information, they discover the impacts of this on the natural systems of the region and ecozone. They use the Internet to research strategies to manage the problem to allow more growth in the area of natural resources and limit urban sprawl.
Students discover the relationship among living things in an ecosystem. They identify the impact of environmental changes on animals and how to protect them. They work together to create an informational brochure.
In this physical science worksheet, students complete an 8 question multiple choice online interactive quiz about the natural resources and fossil fuels. The quiz may also be printed and completed on paper.
Let this sink in: oceans cover more than 70% of the planet! This video teaches many facts about the ocean using creative graphs to convey the vastness of its features. The ocean contains the longest mountain chain, the tallest mountain, the deepest canyon, the tallest waterfall, and the greatest numbers and variety of species. This would be an outstanding anticipatory set for your oceanography unit. Find links to additional resources and questions for discussion on the publisher's website.
Learners read and create cartoons that are based on endangered and threatened species. The lesson is packed with terrific student handouts, including some very good cartoons that are based on conservation and animal issues. The instructions given for student-created cartoons are clear and concise. Some terrific learning, and artwork, should be the outcome of employing this fine lesson with your class.
Third graders read and create cartoons about endangered and threatened species of plants. Pupils are split up into groups. They each consider a conservation cartoon and attempt to decipher its meaning. They must decide if they agree or disagree with the author's message. Then, they get to design and create their own cartoon that carries a conservation message. What a fantastic way to combine visual arts, language arts, and science!
Are you thinking about taking your class to the local zoo? Kids of all ages love visiting exotic animals in order to learn about biodiversity, habitat, and animal adaptations. Here is a 44-page activity guide that provides educators with a wide variety of pre-trip activities intended to enhance the overall field trip experience. Each activity is hands on and involves reading, research, creative thinking, and collaboration to facilitate interest and a deeper understanding of the curriculum. For example, one activity provides children with the opportunity to create a cheetah diorama.
The Galapagos Islands inspired Darwin to develop his theory of evolution. These wonderful islands will also be the topic of a lesson on habitat and conservation. In small groups, learners will collect and synthesize information regarding the Galapagos to script and perform a mock news bulletin. The inquiry and project-based collaboration are sure to make for an engaging learning experience.
Sea turtles face a lot of adversity: storms, predators on land and in the sea, and eggs that don't hatch, but the biggest threat to these magnificent and ancient creatures is human activity. From poaching to pollution, from trash to recreation, people have caused the survival rate of sea turtles to plummet. In the video, learn about the turtle's life cycle and some of the potential interruptions. Challenge your class to come up with ways that humans can reduce their impact on the sea turtle population.

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