Environmental Governance Teacher Resources
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Making Informed Environmental Decisions
Using an actual case study about the Lake Turkana Dam, class members examine the controversy surrounding the issue. Pupils take on the role of one of the stakeholders, discuss the multiple perspectives involved, explore the geography of the area in question, and compose decision statements. A very detailed plan complete with additional materials, this would be great in an environmental studies class or in a humanities class. Since the lesson plan is based on close analysis of given materials, science and English teachers could collaborate to make it happen!
Learners, in groups, investigate the purpose and jurisdiction of government agencies assigned to regulate different science/technology/health issues, then describe situations in which agencies might have a disagreement, and stage a mock hearing.
Environmental Rhyme and Reason
Students 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.
Making the Branches of Government Relevant
A discussion of the three branches of government can be a fascinating experience.
City Government: Omaha Nebraska
This thorough resource helps government and economics classes understand the complexity of city planning by giving them the responsibility to plan a budget and then propose cuts in a mock city council meeting. It includes background information, an introductory activity to increase relevance, key vocabulary, and two additional activities along with all of the necessary worksheets. While this was intended for residents of Omaha, it is adaptable to any location. Includes standards and a rubric.
Environmental Health Ethics
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.
Exploring Environmental Change
Students examine environments and how the impacts human activities can cause. In this environmental change lesson students research how human activity is causing local environmental changes.
Government: The Mystery Epidemic
Students are able to identify some roles of government in dealing with the prevention and treatment of skin cancer. They are able to list two reasons why the occurrence of skin cancer in youths has increased.
Orange Revolution Lesson 3: Good Governance
Students explore the Orange Revolution. For this Orange Revolution lesson, students examine the climate of the Ukrainian protest and investigate the role of Canadian government in the protest.
The Government Connection to Healthy Citizens
Students describe the objectives of the Department of Health and Human Services. They list the agencies within the Department that deal with health issues in America. Students explain the role of government in skin cancer prevention.
Government: Government Intervention in Biomedical Research
Students are able to explain the role of government in protecting the rights of citizens. They participate in a lesson where they attempt to correct the ethical violations that were made in previous clinical trials such as the Tuskegee Syphilis Study.
Young scholars investigate an environmental problem in order to find and propose possible solutions. The problem is real to add to the engagement of the lesson plan. This is found through conducting research and then brainstorming is done in small groups to find the possible answers.
Checks and Balances: Safe Harbor
Train young political analysts by following the plans outlined here. After reviewing the three branches of the government, small groups analyze the Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act of 2004, identify instances of checks and balances, and write their own bill about public policy and media. The bill is a complicated text, and while there is a jigsaw activity built in, more scaffolding might be necessary. Handouts and assignment sheets are all included in the file. The lesson plan is part of a larger unit plan; check out the rest of the lessons on the Take the Challenge website.
Identify Purposes of Tribal Government
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.
Is Gulf War Syndrome a Significant Health Issue the U.S. Government has Tried to Cover Up?
Students examine the issues surrounding Gulf War Syndrome. In groups, they analyze evidence from the war and medical information. They participate in a debate in which they support their feelings on whether the government of the United States tried to hide this issue from the Americacn public. To end the lesson, they read articles from veterns who suffer from the disease.
PUBLIC POLICY AND THE GOVERNMENT
Students analyze the pros and cons of public policies. They analyze how public policy issues are influenced by government actions (e.g., transportation, the environment). They research the elements and requirements of the environmental "self-audit" policy, taking notes especially on how it impacts (positively or negatively) other environmental public policies and the environment itself.
Young scholars analyze the environmental impact of pollution. They demonstrate an understanding of law, punishment and enforcement. Applying their knowledge, they create their own anti-pollution laws.
TE Activity: Environmental Interactions
Students design a web that shows the interactions between the living and non-living parts of the environment. They determine what an environment is and how engineers work together to solve problems. They complete a tally chart that they use to create an environmental interactions graph.
Philanthropic Research Lesson 2: Government Agencies And Philanthropic Organizations
Student examine the working of the Executive Branch of the US government and the existence of non-profit public interest groups. They research government agencies that provide services and programs to non-profit organizations with related interests.
Environmental Health Hazards and Children
Students 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 observations on what types of pollution they see during a week and graph the results. To end the instructional activity, they role-play the various roles within a food chain and how insecticides can interrupt the cycle.