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 Waste and Recycling

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Lessons - stand alone activities with specific learning objectives

Lesson Plans for the Lorax. EE. 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

3RC (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Compost). UE. Students expand their understanding of solid waste management to include the idea of 3RC (reduce, reuse, recycle and compost). They look at the effects of packaging decisions (reducing) and learn about engineering advancements in packaging materials and solid waste management. Also, they observe biodegradation in a model landfill (composting). From TeachEngineering http://www.teachengineering.org

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

Dirty Decomposers. MS. Students design and conduct experiments to determine what environmental factors favor decomposition by soil microbes. They use chunks of carrots for the materials to be decomposed, and their experiments are carried out in plastic bags filled with dirt. Every few days students remove the carrots from the dirt and weigh them. Depending on the experimental conditions, after a few weeks most of the carrots will have decomposed completely.From TeachEngineering - http://www.teachengineering.org

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. MS The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP) is an interesting and somewhat publicized environmental problem. A swirling soup of trash up to 10 meters deep and just below the surface of the waters is composed mainly of non-degradable plastics. These plastic materials trap aquatic life and poison them either by physical blockage or as carriers of toxic pollutants. The problem relates to materials science and the advent of plastics in modern life, a case of technology having unintended consequences. Students should be able to gain insight into aspects of chemistry, oceanography, fluids, environmental science, life science, and even international policy through exploring this complex issue. As part of the GIS unit, it will be used as a source of content for students to create interesting maps communicating something that they will likely begin to care about as they learn more.From TeachEngineering - http://www.teachengineering.org

Materials 1: Materials and Manuracturing - Early Elementary - In Materials 1: Materials and Manufacturing, the familiar tale of The Three Little Pigs is used as an introduction to materials and manufacturing. Students examine the properties, limitations, and durability of a variety of materials, then evaluate which of the materials would be best for building a model house. If used in its entirety, this lesson could take several science class times. From AAAS and ScienceNetLinks at sciencenetlinks.com/lessons

Materials 2: Recycled Materials - Early Elementary - In Materials 2: Recycled Materials, students are introduced to the idea that some materials can be recycled. They will investigate the types of materials that can be reused, as well as potential uses for each type of recyclable material. Please note that the following print resource is recommended for this lesson: The Three Little Pigs. From AAAS and ScienceNetLinks at sciencenetlinks.com/lessons

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Curriculum - multiple, connected and sequenced activities

 

 

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Books - and other readings

Earth Dog (from 1990's Weekly Reader) now in electronic versions - This is the story of how a junk yard dog, once content with just chasing cats and eating out of trash cans, had an experience that changed his life forever. From a pup with no direction, Earth Dog became an Environmental Superhero. Earth Dog’s future Adventures & Contest make math, science and reading fun for kids of all ages. They join his adventures to save the Earth by finding creative solutions to pressing environmental problems.

Operation Reuse It. Grades K-12/Ages 5 to 18. With colorful illustrations and fact-filled diagrams complementing the adventure, this picture book tells the story of how Peter and his friends help Mr. Ogilvy rediscover forgotten belongings in his shed. They help him organize and distribute the unwanted stuff to reuse centers in the community, learning the many ways and benefits of reusing. The children have fun with forgotten treasures such as old toys, electronics, art supplies, and even a broken-down car, while they work together to determine how the items should be reused, in the process saving resources, energy, and money, while diverting materials from the landfill.

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Games & Stewardship Activities - outdoor, on-line, board, etc.

TerraCycle - an online game where you choose a waste stream to recycle and Terra Cycle connects you with the recycling stream

Practically Green -an online game kind of like LEED for people. (LEED is Leadership in Energy and Environment Design, a checklist for green buildings)

MyGarbology Game- an online game that introduces kids to ways to dispose of garbage.

 

 

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Videos - short, topical on-line videos

 

 

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Movies - feature length movies and documentaries

Wasteland. HS, CA. Waste Land follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of “catadores”-self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Director Lucy Walker and co-directors Joao Jardim and Karen Harley have great access to the entire process and, in the end, offer stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit. Available on DVD ~ $12

 

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Stewardship Activities

National Crayon Recycling Program - The CRAYON RECYCLE PROGRAM takes unwanted, rejected, broken crayons to a better place, where they will be recycled into new crayons! The program has drop-off bins nationally. The CRAYON RECYCLE PROGRAM and Crazy Crayons, LLC work together, but neither one could exist without kids that care about the Earth. We employ people with developmental disabilities, working on a positive impact through community service, environmental education and art. All purchases of the CRAZY CRAYONS, Eco Stars, RECYCLE" Sticks, Earth Worms and Earthling Crayons support the CRAYON RECYCLE PROGRAM and recycling education.

NikeGrind - Nike has collected over 25 million shoes since 1990. The shoes are ground up and used for surfacing playing fields. NIke Stores in Branson, Hazelwood, Warrenton and Osage Beach collect shoes.

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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

Kids Guide to Recycling from UPack. Links to dozens of pages with recycling tips and information.

 

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