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Lesson Plans: Topics in Sustainability

by megan on Apr. 9th, 2009 No Comments

We recently uploaded a whole bunch of new lessons to our online database. For your convenience, I’m listing the links here:

Energy Audit, Grades 3-8
Students conduct a simple energy audit in their homes, and the class pools the data to practice constructing bar graphs and analyzing simple statistics.

Fossil Fuels: Facing the Issues, Grades 3-8
Fun materials include chocolate chip cookies, cotton balls, and candles. Check it out!

Composting: A Scientific Investigation, Grades 2-8
This simple-to-set-up composting experiment will help your students understand the difference between organic and inorganic waste. No rotten smells or anything!

Pesticide Watch Card, Grades 2-8
What fruits and vegetables are most often covered with pesticides? Should you buy organic instead? Students design and bring home a handy watch card for their family.

Pollution in Our Watershed, Grades 2-8
By constructing a watershed with paper and markers, students will understand how pollution accumulates in our water sources, especially from pesticides used in agriculture.

Earth’s Water: A Drop in Your Cup, Grades 2-8
Introduce the concept that fresh water is limited on our planet, and brainstorm ways to conserve this precious resource.

Sustainability Venn Diagram
This diagram is helpful for recalling three important dimensions that must overlap to live sustainably; that is, to meet the current needs of our global population without compromising those of future generations.
These activities, and dozens more, are taught through our Sustainability Focused Workshops:

  • Water Issues
  • Energy Issues
  • Organic, Local, and Delicious
  • Green Buildings
  • Waste Worries

Each workshop in the sustainability series will be offered at least once during academic year 2009-2010.

We’ll be updating the professional development calendar and mailing out the Education Brochure in late summer. Activities that are rich with (perhaps unfamiliar) content or that involve more complex setup are practiced by teachers participating in the workshop, but we hope some of you can test out the above lessons on your own.

As always, feel free to leave us a comment or question!

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