Environmental Justice Teacher Resources

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Is Environmental Health a Basic Human Right?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers examine basic human rights as defined by the United Nations. They develop a list of rights by class consensus, read an article, answer discussion questions, and complete a worksheet.
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And Justice for All?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers explore the history of the environmental justice movement. They examine how discrimination promotes environmental illness in low income communities. Students explain why minority and low income groups have less economic...
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An Introduction to Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Can pesticides affect humans, even if they don't eat the crops that were sprayed? Silent Spring, Rachel Carson's 1962 work on the environmental effects of DDT, discusses the ways that bioaccumulation creates a path from a dangerous...
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Rivers and the Gabcikovo-Nagymaros Project

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Damming rivers has been a case of necessity versus negative environmental impact since the process began. Kids take on the role of a stakeholder in the proposed damming of the Danube River. They begin by reading arguments for and against...
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Thinking about Justice

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
New ReviewBefore any discussion of justice it's essential that all parties involved share an understanding of the various terms involved in such a discussion. The first video in a series of three provides viewers with definitions for social,...
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Environmental Justice

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Students explore the concept of environmental stewardship. In this Gulf Oil Spill lesson, students discuss how environmental pollution affects those how live in poverty at a higher rate than those with more affluence. Students read...
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Editorial Cartoons: Poverty/Environmental Justice

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students analyze political cartoons. In this political cartoon lesson, students analyze an editorial cartoon to develop an understanding of the historical context, symbolism, visual composition, and satire of the cartoon regarding...
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Bringing Justice Home ~First Steps toward Community Action

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore activities that might some day bring "justice for all" to their communities. They assess how justice is a day-to-day, life or death matter that faces their communities. Interviews are conducted to explain how justice is...
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Adult Criminal Justice System

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders examine the procedures and protections involved in processing an accused person through the criminal justice system. They view a Powerpoint presentation, conduct research, and write a paper describing a crime they have...
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It's All About Justice

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students examine a specific environmental concern to their local community. In groups, they explore how the justice system would deal with the problem by participating in a treasure hunt. They review the meaning of federal and state...
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Debating the Control of Scarce Resources

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners examine the issue of government versus private sector control of natural resources. They read an article, evaluate the need for international law governing resource allocation, and participate in a class debate.
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Karma Tycoon (Video Game): Running a Nonprofit Unit

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Your class learns to launch and operate a nonprofit, procure funding, manage finances, and help others with this superbly designed unit. Includes well-crafted activities, Internet research, worksheets, vocabulary, and a high-interest...
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Environmental Health Ethics

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Learners use inductive reasoning to study different scenarios related to environmental issues. They evaluate various scenarios to develop common definitions and key concepts in environmental health ethics.
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Activism Through the Arts

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The arts often reflect the social struggles and concerns in society. The third lesson of four links the arts to activism and environmental concerns. Scholars learn about the role of art and artists statements. and then create their own...
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Water is Life – Standing Rock and the Dakota Access Pipeline

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
In 2016, the Dakota Access Pipeline was scheduled for construction through an area that directly impacts indigenous people. The final lesson in the four-part series encourages scholars to research the Standing Rock debate from multiple...
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Environmental Ethics Lesson Plan Two

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners discover how environmental and personal ethics are connected. In groups, they determine the who, what, where, when and how of each scenerio they are given. They share their findings with the class and explain the difference...
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Mock Trial: Roadside Dumpers

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explain our legal system and note the seriousness of environmental crime.
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Environmental Ethics Lesson Plan Three: A Decision-Making Model

For Teachers Higher Ed
Students use a decision-making model that has three general steps: Analysis, Assessment, and Action. Students go through each step of the model, take notes as they go, draw on the first two lesson plans, and then write a 5-page paper...
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Let's Get Along

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students explore the concept of discrimination. In this social justice lesson, students read Smoky Night and discuss the civil unrest that takes place in the book. Students use Venn diagrams to draw comparisons between themselves and...
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Environmental Justice

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers investigate the problem of pollution and its effects on the environment. The use of questions for research stimulate thinking and advanced problem solving skills. The important skill of reflection is used to help students...
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Deconstructing Consumerism

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
A short, engaging video provides a critique of the hyper-consumerist mentality that many think have taken over the Western world. After watching the video, pupils reflect on their own habits and use evidence to respond to discussion and...
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An Introduction to Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Could geography really be the most logical explanation for the success rate of any given population? Jared Diamond makes his anthropological contention in his 1997 publication Guns, Germs, and Steel. A short explores his main points and...
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With Liberty and Justice for all

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students act as are property owners who learn that soil on their property is contaminated with lead. They consider the issues involved in addressing this problem so that further harm is avoided and a fair solution is developed and...
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Tee Time: A Lesson About Nonpoint Source Pollution

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Learners assume assigned roles as citizens in a town meeting where wealthy investors have persuaded the city government to clear an area of town to build a golf course. They are to investigate their roles and prepare a speech in support...

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