Sustainability Teacher Resources

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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.
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.
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.
How has the level of carbon dioxide changed over recent years, and what is contributing it? Groups work together to research and present their findings in a creative way. Also built into the lesson is a visit to a sustainable house, but it is not a necessary component to the lesson's success if there is not an eco-house available to tour in your area.
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.
Explore the meaning of sustainable development and have your students record ways of making life more efficient. Students research to find information on sustainable materials and then pool their information to create a source book for the class.
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.
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. 
Eighth graders examine how sustainable development affects issues in the economy and environment.  In this sustainable development lesson students answer questions and discuss the social and environmental issues. 
Students define terms and distinguish between the goals and practices used to achieve sustainable agriculture.  In this sustainable agriculture activity students demonstrate awareness of the different impacts of agriculture. 
Read about sustainable agriculture and complete related Internet activities. After reading background information about the economics of sustainable agriculture and the problems with the industrial food system, your students click on links to complete related Internet activities.
Your class considers a case study of a sustainable agro-ecosystem and view a PowerPoint presentation about a sustainable farm. They complete a case study worksheet. Extension activities are included.
Students use text information, data and graphs to explain what sustainable development is, and to investigate the rate of consumption of Canada's natural resources. In groups, they graph their findings.
Students discuss environmental preservation and sustainability and their role in consumption and preservation. After a brief demonstration of how limited our resources are, students determine which natural resources they use most frequently and how they can help sustain those resources.
Collaborative groups research an assigned strategy for contributing to the health of the environment. They collect ten facts and then create a poster or PowerPoint presentation to share with the class. Use this as an opening activity for a unit on sustainable practices in your ecology class.

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