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Students discover how environmental and personal ethics are connected. In groups, they determine the who, what, where, when and how of each scenerio they are given. They share their findings with the class and explain the difference between absolute, intrinsic or instrumental value when dealing with environmental ethics.
Here is a chance for environmental studies classes to take a critical look at crises occurring around the globe by reading articles and viewing video clips. The human activities under scrutiny are the extraction of oil, logging, and mining. Learners discuss the situations and list the pros and cons of the practice. Overall, you will find this to be an exercise in scientific literacy and a thought-provoking lesson on environmental crises.
Young writers craft letters to the government stating their opinion on different topics. They pick an environmental or ocean issue, research it, and craft their formal persuasive letter. Ensure your learners include supporting facts and details and provide them with a rubric before they begin writing.
Economics classes explore the cost benefits and drawbacks of using biodiesel to run school buses, as well as the environmental impact. They also explore ideas for improving this important mode of transportation. This resource is well-designed, with clear standards, instructions, and assessment; however, the topic may not resonate with high school students.
Students make Moebius strips and use them to demonstrate the interconnectedness of an environment. They explore the natural cycles (water, oxygen/carbon dioxide, carbon, nitrogen) within the environment. They describe how the cycles are connected within an environment, use spatial sense to understand cycles in nature and understand why engineers need to know about environmental cycles.
What are the causes and effects of pollutants on the quality of the air we breathe? Groups research emission standards, emission controls, career opportunities in the area of air quality control, and things government and individuals can do to ensure clean air. Part of a series of lessons on air quality.
The impact of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring on the environmental movement is the subject of a podcast the class members listen to as they walk outside the classroom. Upon their return, they identify and discuss Carson’s motivations and contributions to environmentalism. A comprehension quiz, vocabulary list, and discussion questions are provided, as is a link to the podcast.
Demonstrate to your middle school science learners how chalk breaks down in a weak acid. Discuss what affects acidic rain might have on ecosystems. Lab groups then choose one of two questions: "How does acid precipitation affect an aquatic ecosystem?" or "How does acid precipitation affect terrestrial ecosystems?" They work together to design and perform an experiment to answer their question. This is a stellar lesson on acid rain, and it reinforces practice of lab skills and the scientific process.
Interesting! Have your high schoolers watch this 13-minute clip from the documentay, "Are We Scaring Ourselves to Death?" It examines the fear we have as a culture about death and whether or not the media increases those fears. The focus of the lesson plan is on environmental hazards. After watching the video, discuss with your class the list of questions provided. This is a poignant lesson plan for an environmental science, health, or psychology class.
Students consider the success of democracies in Eastern Europe. For this government systems lesson, students research the implementation of democratic practices and rule in the countries of Eastern Europe following the Cold War. Students also discuss and rank the characteristics of democracies.