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 Built Environment: Buildings, Cities, Roads and Infrastructure

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Architects in Action. MS. Students learn about scale, ratios and proportions by making scale drawings of their classroom and the objects in it. Discovery Education

Using Plants to Save Energy. UE.Explore the green space in their local community, then build models to test the role of green plants in controlling temperatures in built environments. Discovery Education

How Green is Your Community. UE. Students collect data on how green their community is using google earth, identify reasons for the green space movement, write persuasively about green space. Discovery Education

Homes for Different Climates. UE Students learn about some of the different climate zones in China and consider what would be appropriate design, construction and materials for houses in those areas. This prepares them to conduct the associated activity(ies) in which they design, build and test small model homes for three different climate zones. From TeachEngineering - http://www.teachengineering.org

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

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

Household Energy Conservation and Efficiency. MS Students complete three different activities to evaluate the energy consumption in a household and explore potential ways to reduce that consumption. The focus is on conservation and energy efficient electrical devices and appliances.The lesson reinforces the relationship between power and energy and associated measurements and calculations required to evaluate energy consumption. The lesson provides students with more concrete information for completing their culminating unit assignment. From TeachEngineering - http://www.teachengineering.org

Ecology at Work. MS Students learn how rooftop gardens help the environment and the lives of people, especially in urban areas. They gain an understanding of how plants reduce the urban heat island effect, improve air quality, provide agriculture space, reduce energy consumption and increase the aesthetic quality of cities. This draws upon the science of heat transfer (conduction, convection, radiation, materials, color) and ecology (plants, shade, carbon dioxide, photosynthesis), and the engineering requirements for rooftop gardens. In the associated activity, students apply their scientific knowledge to model and measure the effects of green roofs.From TeachEngineering - http://www.teachengineering.org

Designing a Sustainable Guest Village in the Saguaro National Park. HS This lesson introduces students to their task of designing a permanent guest village within the Saguaro National Park. The design must provide a true desert experience to visitors while also emphasizing sustainable design, protection of the natural environment, and additionally energy and resource conservation. In order to successfully address and respond to this challenge question, students must acquire an understanding of desert ecology, environmental limiting factors, species adaptations and resource utilization. Following this introduction to the challenge question, students are asked to generate ideas and consider the knowledge required to complete their challenge. The lectures and activities which follow will develop this level of comprehension. Three video clips of experts are viewed to introduce the concepts of healthy ecosystems, biomimetics and the importance of sustainable environmental design. These clips provide direction for student research and challenge design solution. From TeachEngineering - http://www.teachengineering.org

Heat Transfer. HS Students explore heat transfer and energy efficiency using the context of energy efficient houses. They gain a solid understanding of the three types of heat transfer: radiation, convection and conduction, which are explained in detail and related to the real world. They learn about the many ways solar energy is used as a renewable energy source to reduce the emission of greenhouse gasses and operating costs. Students also explore ways in which a device can capitalize on the methods of heat transfer to produce a beneficial result. They are given the tools to calculate the heat transferred between a system and its surroundings. From TeachEngineering - http://www.teachengineering.org

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Curriculum - multiple, connected and sequenced activities

 

 

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

 

 

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Videos - short, topical on-line videos

 

 

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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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