Environmental Social Science Teacher Resources
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The Social Sciences
Students search for examples of social science in and around their school. They create a Social Science scrapbook of the eight social sciences, that includes news articles and summaries that focus on each social science area.
Solving Environmental Problems
Students 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.
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.
Changes Between the 19th and 20th Centuries In The U.S.
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.
Students investigate famous environmentalists. In this historical activity, students use a time line to identify the accomplishments of various environmentalists. Students research and identify one environmental issue they would like to solve.
Colonial Settlement and Environmental Problems
Students 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.
New! A Sense of Belonging
In order to understand how the land changes over time because of the people who live there, learners interview an elderly person about the past. Children ask an older family member to describe what the local area was like when they were young in comparison to what it looks like now. They summarize the information and then draw or make a photo collage showing the physical changes to the environment as described by the elderly individual. Alternative variations on the lesson include having a visitor come to the class and going on a field trip.
Individual and Environmental Factors Affecting Food Systems and Choices
Students study the environmental factors that affect food systems and choices. In this food systems and health lesson plan, 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.
Learners read several historical folktales and identify and explain examples of symbolism in the folktale. They define civil society and give examples of organizations related to environmental stewardship.
How Do We Balance Environmental Conservation with Human Needs?
Students role play a meeting between conservation biologists and local representatives who want to advance the livelihood of local population. In this history instructional activity, 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 instructional activity, 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. * .
Land Use and Lawmaking in California
Students investigate the laws of using land. In this California Government lesson plan, students examine the many uses of land in California and find an environmental issue they care about. Students write a letter to a politician based on their issue.
Messages in Art Work
Observe images and discuss what messages they convey. In this critical thinking lesson plan, students determine whether works of art are trying to persuade their audience. They also consider the media and how they communicate messages to viewers.
Students 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.
The Future of the Amazon Conference
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.
Three R's to Environmental Stewardship: Earth Day
Students explore the ways to conserve our natural resources. In this recycling, reusing, and reducing instructional 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.
Connecticut Wildlife: Biodiversity and Conservation Status of Our Vertebrate Populations
Young scholars explore the different types of vertebrates found in their area. For this environmental science lesson, students perform a case study on the Common Raven. They analyze data collected from research and create charts and graphs.
Why Eat Organic?
Ninth graders explore the concept of organic eating. For this environmental stewardship lesson, 9th graders compare and contrast organic foods with conventional foods and discuss the benefits of eating organic foods.
A Messy Survey
Students explore the concept of composting. In this environmental lesson plan, students examine the food waste in their school's cafeteria and recognize composting as a way to care for the planet as they share the results a food waste survey they conduct.