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 Pollution

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Lessons - stand alone activities with specific learning objectives

Breath of Fresh Air. UE. Students will activate their knowledge about air pollution and research air quality and the role of plants, and then collect samples of particles from the air to understand role of plants in controlling particle pollution. Discovery Education

Cleaning Up with Decomposers. UE Students investigate decomposers and the role of decomposers in maintaining the flow of nutrients in an environment. Students also learn how engineers use decomposers to help clean up wastes in a process known as bioremediation. This lesson concludes a series of six lessons in which students use their growing understanding of various environments and the engineering design process, to design and create their own model biodome ecosystems.From TeachEngineering - http://www.teachengineering.org

I Don't Believe My Eyes! UE Students develop their understanding of the effects of invisible air pollutants with a rubber band air test, a bean plant experiment and by exploring engineering roles related to air pollution. In an associated literacy activity, students develop visual literacy and write photograph captions. They learn how images are manipulated for a powerful effect and how a photograph can make the invisible (such as pollutants) visible. Note: You may want to set up the activities for Air Pollution unit, Lessons 2 and 3, simultaneously as they require extended data collection time and can share collection sites. From TeachEngineering - http://www.teachengineering.org

The Air We Breathe. UE MS Students learn what causes air pollution and how to investigate the different pollutants that exist, such as toxic gases and particulate matter. They investigate the technologies developed by engineers to reduce air pollution. From TeachEngineering - http://www.teachengineering.org

Got Dirty Air? UE Students are introduced to the concepts of air pollution and technologies that have been developed by engineers to reduce air pollution. Students develop an understanding of visible air pollutants with an incomplete combustion demonstration, a "smog in a jar" demonstration, construction of simple particulate matter collectors and by exploring engineering roles related to air pollution. Next, students develop awareness and understanding of the daily air quality and trends in air quality using the Air Quality Index (AQI) listed in the newspaper. Finally, students build and observe a variety of simple models in order to develop an understanding of how engineers use these technologies to clean up and prevent air pollution. From TeachEngineering - http://www.teachengineering.org

Clean it Up! UE MS Students learn about a special branch of engineering called bioremediation, which is the use of living organisms to aid in the clean-up of pollutant spills. Students learn all about bioremediation and see examples of its importance. In the associated activity, students conduct an experiment and see bioremediation in action! 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

How Clean is that Water. MS This lesson plan helps students understand the factors that affect water quality and the conditions that allow for different animals and plants to survive. Students will look at the effects of water quality on various water-related activities and describe water as an environmental, economic and social resource. The students will also learn how engineers use water quality information to make decisions about stream modifications. From TeachEngineering - http://www.teachengineering.org

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Curriculum - multiple, connected and sequenced activities

 

 

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Books - and other readings

 

 

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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

Environmental Popcorn - Blogger Maddie Perlman-Gable posts her list of best environmental movies ever in the following categories: Best Nature Empowerment Film - The Happening (2008). Best Animated Film: Princess Monomoke (1997). Best Monster Created by Dumping Formaldehyde Down the Sink - The Host (2006) (Korean). Best Superhero to Come From Something Radioactive - Toxic Avenger (1985)

 

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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 to lesson 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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