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. A comprehension quiz, vocabulary list, and discussion questions are provided, as is a link to the podcast.
Fable for Tomorrow and Today -- Rachel Carson's Silent Spring
Students 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.
Conservation in Action
Learners research the life and works of Rachel Carson. In this conservation lesson plan, students discuss environmental protection and why protection of wildlife is important. Learners read a Rachel Carson Fact Sheet and work in groups to create a poster or presentation.
For 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.
Students read background information about Rachel Carson found on the listed website links. They analyze and answer questions about her work and how it is linked to science then they research pesticide usage and alternative methods.
Students reflect upon their regional and national environments, analyze causes of environmental problems as well as their implications, and examine effects of population growth as they participate in "The Popcorn Game."
Water Creative Writing
Students 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.
Endangered Species: The Bald Eagle
Seventh graders study the animal kingdom, specifically birds. They use Internet Explorer to research the habitats, adaptations, etc. of the bald eagle. Students read excerpts from the book Silent Spring by Rachel Carson.
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. To end the instructional activity, they role-play the various roles within a food chain and how insecticides can interrupt the cycle.
The Turbulent 1960s (6)
In this online interactive American history worksheet, students answer 13 matching questions regarding 1960's America. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Champions Of The Land
Students write an abstract of a book concerning conservation. In this environmental activism activity, 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.
Making a Difference
Second graders study individual leaders and their actions and character. They recognize the importance of the leaders' actions and character and how they contributed to our nation's heritage.
First graders identify insects and name nine commonly known insects.
Reading About Estuaries
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.
"Anything We Love Can Be Saved" -- A Contemporary
Learners 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 lesson.
Students 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. Students interpret change over time, the effects of changes and changes that are occurring now that will influence the future.
Rachel Carson - Reading Comprehension
In this reading comprehension instructional activity, students read a selection about Rachel Carson, the author of Silent Spring. They answer 5 reading comprehension questions and check their answers at the bottom of the page.
Splish, Splash, I was Takin' a Bath!
Students explore the causes of water pollution and its effects on the environment through the use of models and scientific investigation. In the accompanying activities, they investigate filtration and aeration processes as they are used for removing pollutants from water. Additionally, students explore the role of engineers in water treatment systems.
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.
Students explore the "Copy Left" movement, then analyze and discuss the key legal issues regarding intellectual property and copyright legislation in the context of global communication and the Internet.