Environmental Governance Teacher Resources
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Building the Foundation
Students understand the purpose of the judicial branch of government. In this judiciary instructional activity, students participate in exercises to understand how the court system works. Students complete activity sheets to develop understanding of courts and peer mediation.
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.
International Law and Organizations
Students conduct research and debate some of the conflicting viewpoints surrounding state sovereignty vs. the governance of international institutions. They read interviews and participate in role-plays.
It's Really Heating Up in Here!
Students create and observe a greenhouse effect model and discuss the implications of global warming theory for engineers, themselves and the Earth. They discover that Global warming is becoming an increasing concern as we learn more about the weather disasters and environmental effects that may result.
Sewage Spill into Biscayne Bay
Students use a hypothetical case study to learn about environmental health issues associated with water, recreational water, and sewage. They use an inquiry-based learning module to generate questions, draft a research plan, and generate possible solutions.
Destructive Impact of Environment on Artifacts
Students recognize that artifacts are destroyed over time. In this environmental factors on artifacts lesson, students experiment and observe through the microscope to find the environmental impact on artifacts. Students make a list of the different issues facing places that preserve artifacts.
Alzheimer's: A Societal Crisis
Young scholars discuss ways in which diseases affect individuals, families, and society, and view and answer questions about segments from The Forgetting related to the impact of Alzheimer's disease on society and families. They brainstorm and list ways that Alzheimer's might affect the economy, government, and health care system, and write informational letters telling the general public why our society should be concerned about Alzheimer's disease.
This Land Is Your Land, This Land Is My Land
Students review and evaluate the ways land is covered and used in their local community. They consider the environmental effects of the different types of land use. Students act as community planning engineers to determine where to place a new structure that will have the least affect on the environment.
Government Lesson Plan - Number 14
Students analyze data on air pollution in Maryland. They evaluate the effectiveness of government actions to improve air quality. Each group recommends actions that would improve air quality on the federal, state and local level.
The Energy Task Force
Students simulate a meeting of the President's energy task force in order to observe how energy policy may be developed with the input of various groups. Students will form groups with the following roles: lobbyists, members of the government, scientists, and environmentalists.
Twelfth graders examine the role of courts in environmental law enforcement. Using examples, they identify civil cases brought against large corporations for violating environmental laws. They define new vocabulary and discuss the place of law in the American constitutional system.
Students will observe the legal procedures involved in class action lawsuits and gain knowledge of how they are sometimes used as a tool to deter polluters of the environment. Students will also read about the background the Love Canal and how it instigated the passage of Super fund in order to gain an appreciation for the impact that environmental pollution can have on communities.
The Secret is Out
High schoolers research history of biomedical research and development of ethics in clinical trials, define informed consent, describe primary components of informed consent decision, and discuss government's role in protecting rights of citizens.
Are We Scaring Ourselves to Death?
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 for an environmental science, health, or psychology class.
Getting the Lead Out
The article for this lesson no longer accessible through the links in the lesson plan, but can be found in the National Center for Biotechnology Information website. After reading it, environmental science young scholars answer questions and evaluate data on the provided handout. The lesson involves plotting bar graphs or histograms as well as computing logarithms, making it most useful for advanced learners.
Identifying Career Interests in the Volunteer and Government Sectors
Here is a great way to give your class a real-life job experience, while also serving the community. They explore a variety of volunteer opportunities to build career interests, gain work experience, and help their community grow. This is a great activity.
Environmental Laws and the Student
Students brainstorm ways to dispose of household chemicals safely. For this environmental science lesson, students outline the legislative process in passing laws. They create posters and share them to class.
Lead Poisoning and Environmental Health
Students explore issues surrounding lead poisoning. They investigate how and why government agencies and laws were established to protect the public. Students examine the national EPA Elimination Plan. Students design a campaign to educate others about lead poisoning prevention.
The Role of the Government in Lead Poisoning Prevention
Young scholars examine a general overview of the issues around lead poisoning in order to become more aware of the dangers and effects it has on the human body. They investigate how and why various government agencies and laws were established to prevent and protect the general public from lead poisoning, as well as raise awareness about lead poisoning issues.
Debating the Three Gorges Dam Project: Power to the People or Environmental Catastrophe?
Students explore the controversy behind the building of the Three Gorges Dam in China. One group of the class researches the government's stance on building the dam. Another section of the class represents an environmental group who oppose the dam. Using the internet, students research and then debate the Three Gorges Dam project.