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Students learn about a new culture.  In this Native American environment instructional activity, students begin a unit on Native Americans where they learn about their homes and the environment they lived in.  Students view pictures of Native American environments and record their observations.
Fourth graders observe how organisms react to changing environments. They grow four beans in Ziploc bags, placing half of the bags in a refrigerator and half of them at regular room temperature, and record and observe the results. Students also observe bugs in two bowls of sand with different temperatures.
Eighth graders work in small groups and research ways to reduce human impact on the environment. They create a PowerPoint based on the book Everybody Needs a Clean Environment. They demonstrate ten rules to prevent greater environmental destruction.
Students present information regarding oil and how it affects the environment. For this environmental awareness lesson, students work in groups to write a paper, create a PowerPoint, and put together a poster about their specific topic relating to oil and the environment.
How are nature and humanity connected? The next generation, our kids, fight to save the environment. They participate in a Socratic Seminar based on their analyses of environmental art.
Students apply statistics, and graphical interpretation to economics, the environment and populations. In this statistical lesson students construct graphical displays and classify data.
Students evaluate the impact of a changing environment on a society and its culture. They deal with the environmental questions which are part of the larger controversy.
Students make a tree sculpture. For this trees and the environment lesson, students learn about the parts of a tree, discuss what a tree needs in order to grow, find images of trees in art and nature, use various materials to create a tree sculpture and then write a creative paper which details how their tree got its character and shape.
Students apply their previous knowledge to solve word problems. In this algebra lesson, students analyze what they really need on a day to day basis and what is not necessary. They analyze how their lifestyles impact the environment.
Students participate in a discussion dealing with the relationship between Phoenix's particular history of growth and the environment issues it faces today. They read and examine various documents and charts to propose possible solutions to some of their urban growth issues.
Students compare the anatomy of temperature and polar fishes. They explore the adverse effects of cold on metabolism and physiology and discuss how polar fishes adapt to their environments. Comparisons are also made to the DNA sequences of unrelated Arctic and Antarctic fish.
Students examine the flow of energy through the natural environment. In groups, they describe the effect of energy on the atmosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere. To end the lesson, they experiment with the chemical and physical principles on energy.
Fifth graders create their own oil spill to explore the various ways in which technology can have a negative impact on the environment. They discuss the daily use of technology and it's ability to be a positive for some groups and a negative for others.
For this North American geography worksheet, students read about the impact humans have had on the environment in the United States and Canada. Students take notes and answer 3 short answer comprehension questions as they read the selection.
Students inspect the school building. For this school environment lesson, students explore the school building to locate rooms on a map. Students will participate in a scavenger hunt locating new areas of the school.
Fourth graders investigate how the natural environment influenced the lives of the Native Americans and how it still influences our lives today. They design a map or model that shows landforms and water bodies in a specific Native American community. They design a presentation that includes clip art or a picture that the students insert.
High school students examine their own water-based environments, within the Mystic Watershed. As the learners engage in inquiry-based, hands-on projects, critical thinking skills and problem-solving, the project will lead them to cross the domains of science and interdisciplinary connections, as they begin to explore, describe and understand two diverse ecosystems in the Mystic Watershed.
Children study the features of different types of environments and use maps to gather information. For this environmental study lesson, 2nd graders discuss locations on a map for towns, cities, and seaside areas. Students practice finding other locations. Students complete a worksheet finding locations on a map.
Second graders are introduced to the diverse environments found in Ohio. They perform a variety of investigations to deepen their understanding of plants and animals that reside in these areas. They explore the needs of plants and animals, the predator-prey relationship, and how plants and animals are affected by Ohio's seasonal changes.
Students increase their awareness of their natural environment. They engage in activities which emphasize the importance of conservation and create an interest in nature and conserving the natural environment.

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