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Young scholars identify a community environmental problem and possible solutions. They analyze the connection between the problem and the solutions and the importance of it to the local community. Students then draw a picture of an environmental problem in the community and a picture of a possible solutions and write a short explanation of the importance of the solutions for the community.
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.
Students identify any patterns or differences that emerge in political, economic, environmental, and social history after comparing the events and historical processes between one period and another in the same civilization. They form small groups and complete four charts showing the political, social, economic, and environmental changes between the 19th and 20th centuries in chronological order.
High schoolers work together to develop a chart showing the relationship between the settlement of the United States and environmental problems. Using this information, they identify the human activities responsible for damaging the environment and the problems that might occur in the future. They also write a summary of their conclusions.
Students study the environmental factors that affect food systems and choices. In this food systems and health lesson, students study global and national information about obesity. Students study photos and captions about the topic. Students identify individual and environmental factors for physical health and nutrition. Students complete related handouts and write a reflection about the topic.
Research water use in California, environmental protection laws, and the proposition to raise Shasta Dam by 200 feet. Researchers use their findings to build an argument which will be presented at a mock decision panel. Groups then represent each side of the debate, or role-play as different members of the US Bureau of Reclamation. A fun addition to an environmental science class or any debate unit!
Young scholars 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 access prior knowledge to list careers working with the environment. In this environmental careers lesson, students create a want ad for environmental jobs. Students complete job applications for specific environmental jobs and find the places where these jobs would be available.
Students create a time line. They research major events and advancements in the development of the plow. They describe and date at least ten major events and advancements in the development of the plow from prehistoric to present day. They analyze the impacts of the advancements of the plow on our lives. * .
Learners describe key events in the life of Gandhi. They determine why knowledge of geography is necessary to understand the history of the people in a place or region. They write a summary of how the events in Gandhi's life, influenced by the physical and cultural geography of India/Pakistan, helped India become independent.
Fifth graders analyze a landscape depicting Yosemite during the time of the Wild West. They compare their perceptions of the West from film and television to this representation. They observe the use of scale and color to depict size and distance and create a landscape of their own using these elements.
Learners read Brother Eagle, Sister Sky to appreciate the attitudes of the Native Americans to "Mother Earth." In this environmental lesson, students review vocabulary environmentalism. Learners compare mother Earth to mother. Students discuss various scenarios to decide if people are treating Earth well.
Debate is a wonderful way to get kids interested in building strong arguments, answering with evidence and intent, as well as fostering an understanding of a specific topic. Learners are given the task of debating the future of the Amazon Rainforest as each group portrays a different special interest group who commonly attends the Amazon Conference held in Brazil. They research their perspective, state their arguments, and construct strong evidence based rebuttals. After the debate, the class discusses their personal opinions, ideas, and alternative solutions to rainforest use.
Students explore the ways to conserve our natural resources. In this recycling, reusing, and reducing activity students read Dinosaurs to the Rescue and apply their findings to learning ways to conserve resources. Students complete a worksheet and complete a chosen project for Earth Day.