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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.
Students research the life and works of Rachel Carson. In this conservation instructional activity, students discuss environmental protection and why protection of wildlife is important. Students read a Rachel Carson Fact Sheet and work in groups to create a poster or presentation.
First graders are introduced to biographical figures through participating in a number of activities. They are introduced to an important historical figure once every ten school days. This goes on throughout the entire school year! Center and assessment activities are included to correlate these characters with math standards. This 26-page plan has many worksheets and detailed descriptions of the activities to make implementation simple.
Young scholars red and discuss an example of a biographical essay. They read The Last of the Falling Tide by Car Hiassen, answer factual questions concerning the work, and create their own story about a natural place they are familiar with , and any environmental problems that exist.
Students are introduced to the environmental hazards their community is facing. In groups, they develop a list of the ways humans have changed the Earth and how these changes have lead to environmental hazards. They record their observations on what types of pollution they see during a week and graph the results. To end the lesson plan, they role-play the various roles within a food chain and how insecticides can interrupt the cycle.
Students write an abstract of a book concerning conservation. In this environmental activism lesson, students explore books such as Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. Students choose a book about conservation from a suggested book list and then compose an abstract explaining what the book is about. Students then write an essay to explain their personal reactions to the book as well as those had by society and the scientific community.
Students practice their reading skills by reading information about estuaries. As a class, they discuss what they read and answer discussion questions. As they read, they use the right hand column of their paper to write down any words or phrases they are unfamiliar with and work with their partner to determine its meaning.
Students compare authors Rachel Carson and Mary Eliza Church Terrell. They read an introduction by Alice Walker and summarize the main points. They also identify the language she uses to persuade readers. They write their own activist writing to complete the instructional activity.
Learners identify and analyze the boundaries which exist between urban and rural, wildness and country and among rural areas, country, town, and city. Students actively participate in planning, obtaining materials, setting goals and objectives, whether individually, in small groups, or whole-class. Learners interpret change over time, the effects of changes and changes that are occurring now that will influence the future.