Sustainability Teacher Resources
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Sustainable Fishing in the Philippines
Understanding the importance of sustainable fishing practices is fostered through a classroom game. In small groups, the class plays a fishing game where they can see first-hand, the effects of thoughtless fishing practices. After the game, they discuss ways the fishing industry could modify their techniques in order to maintain the current fish populations.
Exploring Sustainable Seafood
Sustainable fishing is important for ensuring the continuation of the various types of seafood that we enjoy. Learners view photos of popular seafood and examine a chart of different fishing methods, the pros and cons, and the types of fish caught with each method. In small groups, they work together to design a sustainable seafood board game using the spinner template provided. This is the kind of lesson that encourages youngsters to become more aware and concerned citizens.
Sustainable Marine Fisheries
Through a fishing simulation, environmentalists discover consequences of over fishing. Afterward, they discuss how the activity relates to the impact of real-life commercial fishing. They also consider sustainability in the fishing industry. This is a simple and somewhat short lesson. You may want to include a video, photos, or current data from the fishing industry to de-emphasize the fun of fishing for M&M candies in the simulation.
Here is an impressive series of lessons that has learners work together to create a sustainable community transportation plan that could be implemented where they live. This is an ambitious project for your pupils to take on, and will require a lot of group research to achieve success. Each group is assigned a specific suburban location that they use to do their study, create their plan, and present to the class.
Students investigate healthy eating habits by researching livestock. In this food sustainability instructional activity, students research the negative impact factory farming has on our environment due to pollution. Students define agricultural vocabulary terms such as "sustainability" and "organic" before completing a worksheet titled "Livestock Grazing in Northern California."
High schoolers evaluate a forest for timber harvest and discuss potential impacts of logging. In this sustainable forestry lesson plan, they work in groups in a forested plot to choose trees to cut based on species and stem diameter and then discuss the potential impacts to the forest if the chosen trees were removed.
Springfield Technology - Based Science Inquiry: Soil, Seeds, self-sustaining systems, and Survival
After making a series of scientific observations students collect data in order to gain specific knowledge that will help them make decisions about self-sustaining ecosystems. Students conduct a series of experiments then use the Internet to research questions they have about their project.
Here is an in-depth, and incredibly thorough lesson plan on sustainable agricultural practices; specifically, regarding the growth of coffee. After completing and discussing a worksheet called "Thinking About Tomorrow," groups of learners get together in groups and they perform simulation activities around the topic of sustainability. This ambitious resource has everything you need embedded in it, and should lead to an outstanding educational experience for your class.
Sustainable Development and Africa's Wildlife Reserves
Introduce the topic of sustainable development. Using Africa as an example, high schoolers will read about these types of projects and how they are protecting their wildlife in reserves. They analyze the role of globalization in these types of projects and debate the usefulness in wildlife reserves.
Fifth graders investigate the concept of natural resources. They participate in a simulation project to see possible uses. They use the internet to study how Hacienda Verde is used as a model for others for sustainable coffee crops.
Sustainability: Our Environment
Students explore the sustainability of our environment, the trend in rising temperatures and the emission of greenhouse cases. Using given data, students test and construct a confidence interval and the difference between two population means. They compute the difference between two population means and analyze independent samples of the atmospheric carbon.
Students are introduced to the concepts of sustainability and green design when discussing architecture. Individually or in groups, they are to design a structure in which incorporates the these concepts. They are also graded on the practicality and overall look of the structure.
A Powerpoint Presentation On Sustainability
Learners are introduced to the important geography concept of sustainability by looking at the Roseau River floods of 2002. They discuss the impact of humans on the environment. They explain how sustainability relates to everyday geography.
Sustainability and Canada's National Parks
Junior High students examine the concept of sustainability and how it relates to Canada's National Park system. They conduct research on the 'Atlas of Canada' website, participate in a simulated online exercise to determine the best site for a new national park.
Young environmentalists use a conference format to reach consensus on ways to slow deforestation and promote sustainable development. Class members are assigned roles to play during the conference, and work on posters and a public relations campaign that can be used throughout the school.
Gandhi's Ashrams and School Sustainability
Explore philosophy and religion by researching Gandhi. Lead your young students to investigate the life and accomplishments of Mahatma Gandhi by reading the assigned text. Your class will define sustainability and create a sustainable vegetarian meal which they enjoy with their class.
Sustainability and the Recycling of Words
Recycling and green living isn't just for the environment anymore. Studying the use of metaphors and metonymies, especially in reference to environmental sustainability, this presentation provides viewers with plenty of food for thought. It could be used in a semantics class, language arts lecture, or in an environmental or earth science course.
Sustainability of Chocolate
Monoculture has made many crops more susceptible to insects and disease. Chocolate is no exception! This video explores the sustainability of the cacao plant and what might be done to ensure that we don't run out of this treasured treat! Because of the favored flavor of this topic, using it to open a discussion about sustainability may prove to be more engaging than a video on the sustainability of corn, soy, or other crops.
Streetfilms' Moving Beyond the Automobile
This is an exceptional series that you can use in an environmental or engineering unit. There are four lessons: "Sustainable Transportation," "Designing for Safety," "Changing the Landscape," and "Engaging in Policy." Each lesson includes two or three short but inspirational films, as well as associated worksheets and activities. Take a step in producing concerned citizens and positive remedies to our transportation troubles by investing some time with this unit.
Ocean and Sea Borders
The ocean is full of natural resources and its expanses reach every shore. Who has rights to those resources and how should they be distributed? The class is divided into groups, each representing a different country who has its sights on the resources of the North Sea. Each group maps out and determines rules for dispersing the ocean's wealth, while sustaining it in an environmentally sensitive manner. The groups present their choices and rationale to the class. They finish with a class discussion.