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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 Environmental Laws and Regulations

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Lessons - stand alone activities with specific learning objectives

Caught in the Net. UE Bycatch can be defined as the act of unintentionally catching certain living creatures using fishing gear. A bycatched species is distinguished from a target species (the animal the gear is intended to catch) because it is not sold or used. Marine mammals (whales, dolphins, porpoises), seabirds, sea turtles and unwanted or undersized fish are some examples of animals caught as bycatch. The incidental capture of these animals can significantly reduce their populations. The most well known example of bycatch may be the unintentional mortality of spotted and spinner dolphins in the tuna fishing industry. "Dolphin-Safe" tuna was a result of this interaction (Be prepared to discuss how this came about with students, as it is something close to their daily lives). One important aspect to consider when discussing this issue is that laws protect some of the animals caught as bycatch (Marine Mammal Protection Act and Endangered Species Act). In this lesson, students will first be shown pictures of entangled marine animals and will discuss the definition of bycatch. This will lead to discussions on why bycatching exists, how it impacts specific animals as well as humans, whether the students believe it is an important issue, and how bycatch can be reduced. From TeachEngineering - http://www.teachengineering.org

Constructing a Continuum of Commonly Held Beliefs About the Magnitude of Airborne Toxics HS Chemistry and Government. When this activity is completed students will be able to distinguish airborne toxics from other kinds of air pollution, briefly describe how the Clean Air Act has changed since its inception in 1955, state the purpose for which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was established, define continuum and give examples relevant to the beilefs about airborne toxics, and define dichotomy and state why it does not apply to beliefs about airborne toxics. Materials from "In the Air" Tools for Learning about Airborne Toxics across the Curriculum. From the Missouri Botanical Garden's Earthways Center.

Air Pollution Creative Arts Project. HS HIstory and Art. This activity invites students to think about how other social movements have used art to change public perception about a social issue and then create art to represent the social problem of Air Pollution. This is proposed as a pre/post activity for a unit on Air Toxics, but might be able to stand on its own. The materials include a 5 page student packet with examples of social art. Materials from "In the Air" Tools for Learning about Airborne Toxics across the Curriculum. From the Missouri Botanical Garden's Earthways Center.

The Environmental Decade: Impacts and Legislation HS History and Civics, Math optional. Two to four class periods, activities may be done separately. In the 1970's Congress passed and the president signed into lawmost of the basic environmental legislation that we enjoy today. At the end of this lesson students will focus on scientific data, attitudes of the time how each legislative accomplishment specifically relates to the overall legislative process. Produced by the Earth Day Network in association with American Experience.

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Curriculum - multiple, connected and sequenced activities

"In the Air" Tools for Learning about Airborne Toxics across the Curriculum. HS In this module, high school students investigate a continuum of common beliefs about the seriousness of airborne toxics. Students analyze and research viewpoints held by those who believe airborne toxics problems are greatly overstated to those who believe the issues are so critical that they are afraid. Though basic scientific information about airborne toxics is included in the module, strong emphasis is placed on social themes such as personal responsibility, corporate integrity, and science ethics. The module utilizes a creative arts project as a preliminary/post assessment of students’ awareness of the subject. These aspects of the module make it applicable to creative arts and social science classes as well as physical science classes. All lessons and activities are linked to national and Missouri education. Materials from the Missouri Botanical Garden's Earthways Center.

 

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Books - and other readings

Endangered Species Act - NOAA website This site provides an overview of the act in plain english, definitions of key words, information on the number of species covered, a fact sheet, how the act is implemented and the text of the act.

Clean Air Act - EPA website This site covers the requirements and history of the act, the role of science and technology, and effects on the economy and health in addition to other information.

 

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

 

 

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Videos - short, topical on-line videos

Videos and Stories Celebrating 35 Years of Environmental Justice Work: industrial pollution in Texas, illegal tire dumps, involving communities in the permitting process, awareness of risk factors in Massachusettes, West Harlem Envrionmental Action, indoor lead exposure, Treme, Gary S. Guze on integrating environmental justice into EPA programs, Toxic Release Inventory to build power in communities. http://blog.epa.gov/ej/

 

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Movies - feature length movies and documentaries

 

 

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Stewardship Activities

 

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Links to regional, state, national and international organizations

Agriculture and Environment Lesson Plans. HS and adult. This page provides links tolesson plans, classroom projects and teaching activities for: Agriculture, Aquaculture, Forestry, Animal Science, Environment, Food Science/Culinary Arts, Horticulture, Floriculture, and Landscaping. Vocational Information Center, www.khake.com

 

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