Lessons

Lessons and other resources for learning to care about, understand and act for the environment

LESSON LIBRARY

  1. Environmental Principles
  2. Systems and Processes of Nature
  3. Systems and Processes of Society
  4. Environments and Resources
  5. Environmental Problems
  6. Investigating and Understanding Environmental Problems
  7. Solving Environmental Problems
  8. Taking Action

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Header Picture Captions: Left to Right: Friends of Rock Bridge Memorial S.P. Nature Detectives, Summer 2010; Academie Lafayette, Kansas City, Stream Class; Sustain Mizzou Green Team recycling at an MU home football game, Columbia. If you have pictures of your students learning aout or working in the environment (with permissions) send them to weaverjc@missouri.edu and we will post them.

Lessons about the Atmosphere and Climate

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Lessons - stand alone activities with specific learning objectives

Air Pollution, What's the Solution. MS, HS. An educational project for students that uses online real time data to guide student discovery of the science behind the causes and effects of outdoor air pollution. Topics - what air pollutants are, how they are formed, health effects, AQI charts, graphing to see trends, predicting ozone, awareness campaign.

Serial Dilution. MS .An activity that helps students understand pollution proportions. Topics: earth systems, scale, model.

Keep Your Eye on the Sky - Clouds and Weather. MS Students will learn about two types of weather satellites, research cloud formations to identify weather patterns, learn that clouds can be used for real-time weather forecasting at an individual and local level, and gather cloud and temperature data to be used in creating graphs and reports. Topics: Clouds, Water Cycle, Satellites, Temperature, Wind Direction, Speed, Precipitation Caroline Goode/NOAA website.

Hurricanes. MS Students learn what causes hurricanes and what engineers do to help protect people from destruction caused by hurricane winds and rain. Research and data collection vessels allow for scientists and engineers to model and predict weather patterns and provide forecasts and storm warnings to the public. Engineers are also involved in the design and building of flood-prevention systems, such as levees and floodwalls. During the 2005 hurricane season, levees failed in the greater New Orleans area, contributing to the vast flooding and destruction of the historic city. In the associated activity, students learn how levees work, and they build their own levees and put them to the test! From TeachEngineering http://www.teachengineering.org

Air Under Pressure. MS Students are introduced to air masses, with an emphasis on the differences between and characteristics of high- versus low-pressure air systems. Students also hear about weather forecasting instrumentation and how engineers work to improve these instruments for atmospheric measurements on Earth and in space. From TeachEngineering http://www.teachengineering.org

Global Climate Change. MS Students learn how the greenhouse effect is related to global warming and how global warming impacts our planet, including global climate change. Extreme weather events, rising sea levels, and how we react to these changes are the main points of focus of this lesson. From TeachEngineering http://www.teachengineering.org

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Curriculum - multiple, connected and sequenced activities

Acid Rain Teachers Guide. MS. pdf. EPA. Includes background information, ways to reduce acid rain, 9 experiements involving pH and acid rain, classroom activities and vocabulary games.

Air Quality Index Toolkit for Teachers. EE, UE, MS. Compiled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), this Toolkit provides teachers with easy-to-use and engaging lesson plans, additional activities, and other resources to teach students about the connections between air quality, health, weather, and other related science topics, as well as actions students can take to protect their health and reduce air pollution. Kit breaks out K-2, 3-5 and 6-8 lessons.

Bringing Outdoor Science In, Thrifty Classroom Lessons, Grades K-8, EE, UE, MS. Clearly organized and easy to use, this helpful guide contains more than 50 science lessons. All lessons include objectives, materials lists, procedures, reproducible data sheets, ideas for adapting to different grade levels, and much more.Introduce students to everything from bug zoos to the Sun and stars without ever needing to put on a jacket. NSTA Member Price: $20.76 Nonmember Price: $25.95.

The Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) Science Education Program - The lessons published through the EHP Science Education Program encourage students to learn about their health and their environment through cooperative hands-on and critical thinking activities and real-world examples from the scientific literature. Students also learn their behavior can have significant effects on the environment. Modules cover Air, Water, Land, Climate Change, Food and Health. Lessons are also available in Spanish.

Indoor Air Quality(IAQ) Lesson Plans from the National Education Association (NEA). UE, MS, HS. Twentyone IAQ plans from the NEA, designed to work with the EPA toolkit on IAQ, and aligned with standards. Topics include floor covering investigations, ventilation basics, movement of air diorama, indentifying indoor air pollutants, educating the school board and more. All downloadable as individual pdfs.

Lesson Plans for the Lorax - this site has several Lorax related activities - Barbaloot Suits: Protecting Diversity, About Protecting the Earth, The Lorax Explorations, Recycling, The Air We Have Around Us, Deforestation

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Books - books, content websites, articles

Why is Coco Orange? PK. Introduces children to the Air Quality Index, asthma management, sources of pollution and positive actions.

On the Trail of the Missing Ozone. MS, HS, CA. Comic book. Join intrepid reporter Farley in the search for the missing Ozone.

Plain English Guide to the Clean Air Act. HS, CA. Website.

EPA Learn the Issues: Air. CA. This website provides an introduction and background on air pollution, indoor air quatlity, greenhouse gases, acid rain, and related topics.

EPA Clean Air Act. CA. This website provides information about the Clean Air Act and the pollutants it covers.

EPA Air Science and Technology. CA. This website provides information about science and technology related to air quality.

EPA Region 7 Air Quality Monitoring Program. CA. This website provides data on air quality monitoring for Region 7, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.

EPA Basic Ozone Depletion Information. CA. Website. Topics: depletion, phaseout of depleting chemicals, ozone layer recovery, difference between ground level and stratospheric ozone, research.

 

 

 

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Games - outdoor, on-line, board, etc.

Smog City Simulator. Using an interactive air pollution simulator to control the air quality in Smog City 2, you can see how individual choices, environmental factors, and different types of land use affect air pollution. In Smog City 2 you are in charge - so whether your visit is a healthy or unhealthy experience depends on the decisions that you make. Includes information for teachers. Use associated mini videos to understand factors causing pollution.

 

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Videos - short, topical on-line videos

Air Pollution Video LIbrary. From AirNow, topics include health, ozone, particle pollution, and asthma (in Spanish).

Mini Videos on Ozone and Particle Pollution. Can be used with the Smog City Game.

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Movies - feature length movies and documentaries

 

 

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Stewardship Activities

Teacher's Classroom Checklist for Indoor Air Quality pdf from the EPA.

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Links to regional, state, national and international organizations

 

 

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