Rachel Carson Teacher Resources
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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.
5th Science CCSS: Designed
Fable for Tomorrow and Today -- Rachel Carson's Silent Spring
High schoolers read Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring". They identify their beliefs about the environment while reading the story. They discuss and write about those beliefs and realize how one person can have an impact on the world.
9th - 12th English Language Arts
In this famous person worksheet, students read a passage about Rachel Carson and then complete a variety of in-class and homework activities to support comprehension, including partner interviews, spelling, cloze, synonym matches, and scrambled sentences.
4th - 8th English Language Arts
Conservation in Action
Students research the life and works of Rachel Carson. In this conservation lesson, 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.
9th - 12th Science
Water Creative Writing
Learners 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.
10th - 12th Science
Environmental Health Hazards and Children
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.
4th - 5th Health
New Review A Day for the Environment
On April 22, 1970 over 20 million American participated in the first Earth Day. But why? The beginnings of what is now a world-wide event, celebrated in over 190 countries to support environmental awareness and protection, are the focus of a 27-page packet that includes articles, interviews, images, and videos.
7th - 10th English Language Arts
Students experiment with carrot parts and soil to observe decomposition. In this decomposition lesson, students examine what occurs as food decomposes. Students make hypotheses and record observations. Students discuss the effects of variables on their experiments.
6th - 8th Science
Science-Observation Skill Builders
Pupils explore observation while making connections between observation skills and careers (like how farmers observe the weather). They view a variety of nature photographs on the computer and practice their observation skills by answering questions about the photograph they are viewing.
3rd - 5th Science
Champions Of The Land
Students write an abstract of a book concerning conservation. In this environmental activism lesson plan, 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.
9th - 12th Science
Environmental Awareness and Children's Literature
Use an alternative setting for pregnant teens and young mothers, as well as special education children to examine environmental topics through literature. Included in this unit is a visit to neighborhood libraries to select children's books on the environment.
6th - 12th Science
BSI: Biographical Scene Investigators
Turn your middle schoolers into Biographical Scene Investigators in an investigative reporting instructional activity! They identify heroic individuals selected from the provided list and keep their own evidence notebooks regarding the actions of their subject.
5th - 8th English Language Arts
Biographies: Reading Strategies and Sequencing
Middle schoolers study the text structure of a biography with this worksheet. They practice comprehension strategies through reading breaks and discussion, and apply comprehension in group work. Use this lesson to compare and contrast the text structure of a biography and another written work.
7th - 8th English Language Arts