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 Agriculture, Food, Gardening, Forestry and Fishing

Age/Grade Levels

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Lessons - stand alone activities with specific learning objectives

A Day Without Agriculture. EE. This lesson plans discusses two questions. What is agriculture? and What are some ways that it affects my life every day? Students will utilize language arts, math and social studies skills. The lesson plan is in Spanish and English. National Organization for Agriculture in the Classroom

The Garden Plot: the Tale of Peter Rabbit. EE. This unit uses The Tale of Peter Rabbit and other stories by Beatrix Potter as a vehicle to teach reading, writing, and science concepts. This unit encourages students to think about where their food comes from, distinguish between fact and fiction, observe roots and soil, and write about personal experiences they have while caring for the personal gardens they create. National Organization for Agriculture in the Classroom

Rice. EE.. How rice grows, where rice grows, rice dishes, and rice art. New York Agriculture in the Classroom

Farm Animal Young. EE.. Different animals produce different number of young, vocabulary for animals (can extend the ideas to animals in the wild). New York Agriculture in the Classroom

Apple Trees. EE.. Differences in apple production between trees, other apple facts. New York Agriculture in the Classroom

Eggs-periments. EE.. Using various methods of investigation, students will learn about the different properties of eggs and how complex and interesting they are. New York Agriculture in the Classroom

A Sour Subject. UE. Students practice mathematical computation skills including decimals and percentages by comparing and contrasting grapefruits and lemons. Learn how these citrus fruits are grown in a reading assignment and report findings in complete paragraphs. National Organization for Agriculture in the Classroom

Popcorn. UE How popcorn grows, pops and several ways to eat it. New York Agriculture in the Classroom

Eat Your Plant! UE. Students explore where the foods they eat come from, the different kinds of plants and plant parts. Discovery Education

How Should our Gardens Grow? UE In this lesson, students will learn about types of land use by humans and evaluate the ways land is used in their local community. They will also consider the environmental effects of the different types of land use. Students will assume the role of community planning engineers and will create a future plan for their community. (Note: Teachers will need to check out the following book from the local or school library: Durell, Ann, Craighead George, Jean, and Paterson, Katherine. The Big Book For Our Planet, New York: Dutton Children's Books, 1993).From TeachEngineering - http://www.teachengineering.org

The Farmer and Her Flies: A Study in Natural Selection. MS. Students will investigate the process of natural selection through an inquiry activity. Based on the response of fly populations to pesticide use. St. Louis Zoo

A Priceless Collection. MS. Students will research and locate seed banks around the world while experimenting with viable methods of storing seeds. They will utilize language arts, science, social studies and math skills. Student worksheets are included. Oklahoma Agriculture in the Classroom

1880s Agricultural Nation: Foods and Families on the Move. HS. Students will examine primary sources and answer questions about how crops were harvested, transported and sold in 1880s America. National Museum of American History

Agricultural Awareness Through Poetry. HS. Students will increase their awareness of the role that agriculture plays in their lives through poetry and write a poem about its importance in their lives. California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom

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Curriculum - multiple, connected and sequenced activities

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.

Sustainable Food Systems Education Guide- While this 54-page guide was originally designed for fifth-grade classroom teachers in Ontario, it includes information on food systems that can be useful to most teachers at the elementary level and educators in community settings that are developing programs around food issues. It is divided into five short units, includes 25 suggested activities, and four personal stories that help illustrate issues around social justice. There's also list of additional resources that includes books, websites, blogs, and videos that have become popular in our programs.

Project Learning Tree New High School Curriculum. Grades 9 to 12/Ages 15 to 18. Nine activities in PLT’s Exploring Environmental Issues: Focus on Forests teach students about forest health, watersheds, climate change, who owns America's forests, and more. The 176-page guide integrates teaching about forests into a multitude of subject areas using hands-on classroom studies and outdoor field investigations. High school educators and junior college professors can obtain a copy of PLT’s Exploring Environmental Issues: Focus on Forests curriculum by attending a PLT professional development workshop in their area. PLT’s 50-state network trains more than 30,000 PreK-12 educators every year through 1,500 workshops held across the country.

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Books - and other readings

Pee Wee the Worm Composting Books: Children's illustrated adventure books to help teach facts and fun about composting. Series includes 1) Pee Wee and the Magical Compost Heap, 2) Pee Wee's Great Adventure, 3) Pee Wee's Family in a Nutshell, 4) Pee Wee Goes to the Fai, 5) Pee Wee's Magical Compost Tea and 6) Pee Wee's Magical Compost Heap Coloring and Activity Book. Teacher's guide also available.

Healthy Foods from Healthy Soils, A Hands-On Resource for Teachers

Shelterwood. UE. Discover and learn to care for the forest through this richly illustrated children's book. Sophie's grandfather is a logger, and she watches as he harvests trees that will be cut into boards to build houses and furniture-but lets the tallest, wind-firm trees stay, to drop their seeds and start a new generation. Deer and birds and even a bear share the forest's shelter, and Sophie discovers that when we take care of the woods, it provides for us for generations to come. Teachers Guide also available.

My Life as a Plant. UE. A coloring and activity book about plants. American Society of Plant Biologists

Eat Smart, Play Hard. UE, MS. Activity sheets in English and Spanish on topics like balancing food and play, healthy snacks, breakfasts and more. Comic books, stickers, bookmarks. USDA

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

 

 

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Videos - short, topical on-line videos

Choose My Plate. UE. Grain, Fruit and Veggie, and Communities on the Move videos to help kids learn how to make healthy choices. USDA

"Ask Before You Eat" Film Series. High School to Adult. Slow Food St. Louis teamed up with Gus & Wes Productions to produce three short films focused on questions you should ask before you buy the food you eat. These questions are appropriate when shopping at a farmer’s market, a grocery store, ordering at a restaurant or buying into a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program. The questions are tools to find out the story behind our food. All foods have a story and these stories connect people to where our food is coming from, how it was produced and how far it traveled to the plate. It’s up to us to ensure that the food we eat has a good story! Slow Food St. Louis and Gus and Wes Productions.

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Movies - feature length movies and documentaries

Our Daily Poison, a Documentary About the Chemicals Used in the Food Industry - High School and Adult. A three part film covering the impacts of chemicals on farmers' health, the regulation of chemicals and food additives, and the adequacy of testing individual compounds when the average person is exposed to dozens at the same time.(From an environmental perspective).

Cafeteria Man - High School and Adult. Cafeteria Man is the true story of rebel chef Tony Geraci and his mission to radically reform Baltimore’s public school food system with a recipe for change. Cafeteria Man is a story of positive movement. It’s about the aspiration of social activists and citizens coming together to change the way kids eat at school. It’s about overhauling a dysfunctional nutritional system. And, it’s the story of what it takes, and who it takes, to make solutions happen. (From Geraci's perspective). Part of the SlowFood St. Louis "Food on Film" series - http://www.slowfoodstl.org

PLANEAT - High School and Adult. PLANEAT is the story of three men’s life-long search for a diet, which is good for our health, good for the environment and good for the future of the planet. With an additional cast of pioneering chefs and some of the best cooking you have ever seen, the scientists and doctors in the film present a convincing case for the West to re-examine its love affair with meat and dairy. The film investigates how our food choices contribute to global warming, land use and oceanic deadzones. With the help of some innovative farmers and chefs, PLANEAT shows how the problems we face today can be solved, without simply resorting to a diet of lentils and lettuce leaves. (From an environmental perspective). Part of the SlowFood St. Louis "Food on Film" series - http://www.slowfoodstl.org

One Man, One Cow, One Planet - High School and Adult. One Man, One Cow, One Planet exposes globalization and the mantra of infinite growth in a finite world for what it really is: an environmental and human disaster. But across India marginal farmers are fighting back. By reviving biodynamics, they are saving their poisoned lands and exposing the bio-colonialism of multinational corporations. This documentary tells their story through the teaching of an elderly New Zealander many are calling the new Gandhi. 56 minute run time. (From the perspective of biodynamics). Part of the SlowFood St. Louis "Food on Film" series - http://www.slowfoodstl.org

Forks Over Knives - High School and Adult. Thisdocumentary by Lee Fulkerson, examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods. The story traces the personal journeys of Dr. T. Colin Campbell, a nutritional biochemist from Cornell University, and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, a former top surgeon at the world renowned Cleveland Clinic as they conduct groundbreaking studies. The film features real patients as they reverse chronic conditions. Leading experts on health tackle the issue of diet and disease in a way that will have people talking for years. (From the perspective of Campbell and Esselstyn). Part of the SlowFood St. Louis "Food on Film" series - http://www.slowfoodstl.orgum - Books - Games - Videos - Movies - Stewardship - Links

Farmageddon - High School and Adult. Americans’ right to access fresh, healthy foods of their choice is under attack. Farmageddon tells the story of small, family farms that were providing safe, healthy foods to their communities and were forced to stop, sometimes through violent action by government agents. This film seeks to figure out why.(From the perspective of the small farmers affected by food safety regulations) . Part of the SlowFood St. Louis "Food on Film" series - http://www.slowfoodstl.orgum - Books - Games - Videos - Movies - Stewardship - Links

Stewardship Activities - projects, citizen science, etc.

Discover the Forest - This campaign from the Forest Service and the Ad Council aims to inspire tweens (ages 8 to 12) and parents to re-connect with nature through forests. It includes a link to find forests and parks, and a "book" of outdoor-related acitivites, animal tracks, leaf rubbings, exploring leaf litter, direction finding, a nature scavenger hunt, a waterscope and other activities.

What's On Your Fork? An Action Guide for a Meatless Monday Campaign from Water Planet Challenge. The guide offers students the opportunity to engage students in a service-learning process focused on creating a Meatless Monday campaign. (Focus is on cutting back on meat for health and environmental reasons, not on becoming a vegetarian). Materials model development of a service learning project. *"Meatless Mondays" is an idea used in WWII to help reserve resources for troops.

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Links to regional, state, national and international organizations

Agriculture and Environment Lesson Plans. HS, CA. 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

A searchable agriculture materials resource. EE to HS. Search by crop or other topic. California Agriculture in the Classroom

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