New! Whose Garbage is It?
7th - 10th
Two news articles are read by class members regarding the excess of garbage in Toronto, Canada. As small groups, they take sides about how to handle the trash, conduct internet research, and then select a representative to act on their behalf in a classroom debate. The lesson plan is brief, but contains poignant questions for learners to consider. Use this lesson when studying pollution or human impact on the environment.
In this North American geography worksheet, students read about the impact humans have had on the environment in the United States and Canada. Students take notes and answer 3 short answer comprehension questions as they read the selection.
Human-Environment Interaction- South Asia
In this South Asia reading guide, students use a graphic organizer and answer several questions based on their reading to illustrate their understanding of South Asia's human-environment interaction.
Human-Environment Interaction in Southwest Asia
In this Southwest Asia worksheet, students take notes while they read about human-environment interaction in this region, then answer two comprehension questions.
Electronics: Wants or Needs?
Third graders determine how electronics negatively impact the environment. In this environmental lesson, 3rd graders read the article "Earth Friendly Waste Management", and identify how recycling impacts our environment. Students complete a media text project as an assessment.
Science: Studies of Earth
Using a digital camera to document local landscapes as they are today, students will explore how changes in human land use are impacting local environments. Students will also explore some of the social impacts of various land uses in their area.
Climate Change Impacts
Getting kids thinking about climate change now, will hopefully push them into action when they become adults. Young environmentalists discuss the evidence and causes of climate change seen in the state of California. They brainstorm ways people can change or reduce the effects of climate change through environmental action. They each make a series of slogans based on their findings to encourage everybody to pitch in for the sake of the environment. The slogans are drawn or written onto stickers to be placed on bikes, cars, desks, or waterbottles.
Lesson Plan: Humans and the Land
Art acts as inspiration for a conversation about human impact on the environment and creative writing. The class examines three pieces, looking for evidence of human impact on the landscape. They then write a first-person narrative, from the perspective of a human from the past. Pupils explore feelings of change, as their narrative describes what life in the altered modern landscape is like.
Lesson: Differing World Views: Human and Animals
Kids challenge their understanding of the world around them and consider the impact man has on the environment and animal life. They examine a Tlingit piece, read two Tlingit stories about man and animals, then participate in a research project. They'll each research one animal, then write a brochure or infomercial on how that animal should be treated and what their future may hold.
Use these lesson plans to illustrate the effects of trash on our environment and the ways in which we dispose of it.
Earth: Land Use Picture Project
Students explore how changes in human land use are impacting local environments. They also explore some of the social impacts of various land uses in their area. They identify and discuss some social impacts of the different land uses.
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