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- Joseph D., Student teacher
- Albuquerque, NM
Environmental Governance Teacher Resources
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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.
Students 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.
Middle schoolers recognize that artifacts are destroyed over time. In this environmental factors on artifacts instructional activity, students experiment and observe through the microscope to find the environmental impact on artifacts. Middle schoolers make a list of the different issues facing places that preserve artifacts.
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.
High schoolers 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 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 students 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.
Students identify the various externalities for any type of production. Using that information, they examine situations in which they are positive and negative. They discuss government efforts to protect the environment and humans. In groups, they discuss different scenarios requiring them to compare the tragedy of the commons to property rights that are clearly defined.
Students watch an excerpt from the movie "A Civil Action" and examine the steps needed to determine if a water source is contaminated and possible methods of cleanup or remediation. After watching the film excerpt, students create a plan to help a lawyer try a case involving water and hazardous waste contamination.
An overview of deforestation is the focus of this resource, which present the reader with a list of facts. Ten comprehension questions follow; learners can write their answers on a separate piece of paper. Have your environmental scientists go online to read this would make a novel and educational homework assignment.
Examine the transition of power that occurs with the election of a new president. Learners complete a series of online activities to gain a better understanding of presidential government. This instructional activity includes benchmarks, assessment tools, online resources, hand-outs, and cross curricular connections.
Discover how government and the European Union works with this interactive activity. Small groups form to represent a country and create a profile. The instructor presents an issue to discuss and potential politicians then develop proposals accordingly. Several handouts facilitate procedures and provide a format for activities. Teacher's lecture not included.
Students make connections between their daily lives and the usage of natural resources as they relate to the importance of environmental quality. In this ecology lesson, students listen to the story The Lorax by Dr. Seuss and then discuss the impact of human actions on natural environments. Students explore how pollution affects wildlife and how water supply is connected to urban areas.