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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. 
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 instructional activity that encourages youngsters to become more aware and concerned citizens.
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.
Young scholars investigate healthy eating habits by researching livestock. In this food sustainability lesson, students research the negative impact factory farming has on our environment due to pollution. Young scholars 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, 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Students 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eighth graders examine how sustainable development affects issues in the economy and environment.  In this sustainable development instructional activity students answer questions and discuss the social and environmental issues. 
Students study Ghandi and the practices that the sustainable communities  used.  In this investigative activity students study Ghandi and sustainability then free write in their journals about it. 

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