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On-Line Environmental Quizzes

Environmental Questions

The questions cover ten topics with about 30 questions for each grade band: K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. They are available as spreadsheets or set up as multiple choice questions in document form.

Earth Quest

A game of environmental knowledge covering ten topics over four grade bands: K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. The game board and game cards can be printed out. Just add dice and game tokens and you are ready to go.

On-Line Quizzes

The quizzes cover ten topics over four grade bands: K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Select a topic and quiz and the program randomly selects a set number of questions from the question bank.

 

 

 

 

How to Use the Quizzes

Looking for an assessment tool to help develop understanding about the environment? These quizzes cover important environmental topics in an age-appropriate way. Younger students get questions that cover concrete things that they encounter in their everyday lives in simple direct language. Older students are introduced to more complex and abstract concepts in line with the subjects they are learning in school. Each topic area has 30 or more questions for each grade band - Early Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School and High School.

To take a quiz, click on its link. You will be sent to a sign in page which will ask for a name.Then just start the quiz. Early elementary quizzes have 5 randomly selected questions. Quizzes for older students have 10 randomly selected questions. At the end you will get your score and see the correct answers. Quizzes can be repeated, but questions and answers are shuffled with each quiz.

While we may compile scores of multiple quiz takers to determine an average, we do not have the capacity to return test results to individuals, classes or schools. If you want to keep test results for any reason, be sure and record scores and/or print out the score sheet.

If you would like to see and use all the questions, go to the Environmental Questions page.

 

Quizzes by Topic

 

Solid Waste

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Early Elementary

K-2 waste image

This quiz covers basic concepts of waste, recycling and categories of materials.

Special vocabulary words are: aluminum, composting, decompose, garbage, glass, gold, landfill, litter, materials, metal, opaque, organic, paper, plastic, recycling, reducing, reusing, steel, Styrofoam, symbol, tin, transparent, waste.

This quiz covers recycling systems, plastic recycling and the benefits of recycling.

Vocabulary terms used in the quiz that might not normally be covered in the upper elementary curriculum are: conveyor belt, curb, curbside, deposit (as in container deposit), drop-off center, fleece, High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) – 2, industrial, litter, Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) – 4, machinery, magnetic fields, manager, materials, mechanic
mixed waste recycling, number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 plastics, plant (as in factory), Polyethylene Terephthalate (PETE) – 1, Polypropylene – 5, Polystyrene (Styrofoam) – 6, Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) – 3, recyclable, recycling, refuse, salvaging, scientist, single stream recycling, source separated recycling, spectroscopic scanners

Middle School

6-8 waste image

This quiz covers landfills, electronic waste, illegal dumping, clandestine drug labs and design solutions.

Vocabulary terms used in the quiz that might not normally be covered in the middle school curriculum are: cadmium, clandestine (as in clandestine drug lab), compact fluorescents, components, compost, dematerialization (lightweighting), Design for Disassembly, Design for Environment, digital dump, Drug Enforcement Administration, e-waste, electronic waste, end of life, groundwater, hazardous materials response team, hazardous waste, heavy metals, illegal dumping, impermeable membrane, landfill cell, leachate, lead, Life Cycle Assessment, lightweighting (dematerialization), manufacturing, methamphetamine, methane, municipal landfill, solvents, sourcing raw materials, surface water, tipping face, weighbridge

High School

9-12 waste image

This quiz covers radioactive and hazardous waste.

Terms and concepts used in the quiz that might not normally be covered in the high school curriculum are: absorbed, alpha particles, background radiation, Basel Convention, battery acid, beta particles, cartographers, compliance, Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA, aka “Superfund”), contamination, corrosive, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA, explosives, gamma rays, half life, hazardous waste, ignitable, inert solids, ingested, International Atomic Energy Agency ( IAEA), ionizing radiation, lead paint, Low-Level Radioactive Waste Policy of 1980, mining waste, Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC
Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982, pH, public relations, radioactive, radioactive waste, reactive, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA “ricra”), soluble, solvent, toxic, toxicity testing, Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), Yucca Mountain

 

Water Pollution

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Early Elementary
K-2 water pollution quiz image

The Early Elementary Quiz introduces early elementary students to concrete concepts related to water quality and water pollution. These include the nature of pee and poop, formal names for each, what happens to them in different situations, how much peop le make each day, and why it is important to clean the water that we use to carry our waste away. It also covers concepts related to rain and storm water.

Vocabulary words used in the quiz that might not normally be covered in the early elementary curriculum are : algae, bacteria, chamber pot, compost, computers, drain, engineer, expanding, falling, feces, fish, flush, fungi, gallon, lawn, ounce, outhouse, parking lot, plumber, pipe, rain barrel, rising, roof, sanitary sewer, septic system, septic tank, shrinking, storm sewer, storm water, tap water, toilet, toilet tank, treatment plant, urine, wastewater

Upper Elementary
3-5 water pollution quiz image

The Upper Elementary Quiz covers concepts related to storm water, littering, runoff from farms and cities, water bodies, ways to evaluate water quality and how a toilet works.

Vocabulary terms used in the quiz that might not normally be covered in the upper elementary curriculum are : aquifer, barbed wire, black fly larvae, caddis fly larvae, chemicals, cigarette butts, concrete, curvier, environment, erosion, evaporate, fertilizer, flood, ground water, impervious, landfill, leeches, litter, nitrogen, manure, May fly larvae, metals, midge fly larvae, ocean liners, Pacific garbage patch, permeable, pervious, pet waste, phosphorus, pools (as in streams), recede, rain barrel, rain garden, riffle, riffle beetle, sand, seeps, shallow depression, silt, sludge, spring (as in a source of water), storm water runoff, stream bank, surface water, toxic, U-pipe, underground stream, watershed, well (as in a source of water).

 

Middle School
6-8 water pollution quiz image

The Middle School Quiz covers concepts related to how wastewater treatment plants and septic tanks work, ways to keep fertilizer and animal waste out of streams, how factories handle wastewater, and the nature and effects of endocrine disruptors and acid rain.

Vocabulary terms used in the quiz that might not normally be covered in the middle school curriculum are: acetylcholine receptors, acid, aeration, algae, alkali, aluminum, arctic, atrazine, bisphenol A, carbon dioxide, chlorine, disinfection, drain field, emit, endocrine disruptor, feminization, fertilizer, furrow, granite, grass buffer, herbicide, hydrogen peroxide, ketones, latrine, limestone, lagoon, masculinization, methane, mimic, neutralize, nitrogen, non-point source, organic chemicals, oxidize, pathogenic, pH, pit toilet, precipitation (weather), precipitate (chemical), pre-treat, plowing, point source, scum, sediment, septic tank, septic system, sludge, soil test, steroids, sulfur, UV, watershed.

 

High School
9-12 water pollution quiz image

The High School Quiz covers concepts related to bioaccumulation of mercury in fish, algal blooms and dead zones, ocean acidification, water quality standards and the legislative and regulatory framework in place to protect water quality.

Terms and concepts used in the quiz that might not normally be covered in the high school curriculum are: 1948 Federal Water Pollution Control Act, 1972 Clean Water Act, acidification, algal bloom, animal unit, bioaccumulation, CAFO, carbon dioxide, coral reef, dead zone, effluent, estuary, fishery, fluorescent light bulbs, methyl mercury, mercury, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, nitrogen, non-governmental organizations, persistent toxins, phosphorus, pH, point source, potassium, revolving fund, self-paced training module, storm water, technology-based, Toxics Release Inventory, water quality-based, wetlands.

Air Pollution

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Early Elementary K-2 air pollution art

The Early Elementary Quiz introduces students to concrete concepts related to the nature of air and gases, oxygen, air movements, wind, breathing, and smoke.

Vocabulary words used in the questions that might be unfamiliar are: air, argon, ashes, campfire, carbon dioxide (as used by plants), chemicals, clay, clouds, engine, exhaust, filter, fog, freezing, gas (as in a state of matter), gasoline, helium liquid, matter (as in materials), mixture, nitrogen, outer space, oxygen, particles, solid

Upper Elementary 3-5 air pollution image

The Upper Elementary Quiz covers concepts related to the percentages of gases in the air, carbon dioxide - how it gets into plants and the rise in the amount of CO2 in the air, fossil fuels - the different kinds and how they are used - asthma and other breathing problems, air pollution, and the Air Quality Index

Vocabulary words used in the questions that might be unfamiiar are: accident, agricultural wastes, air conditioned, air quality, argon - Ar, asthma, carbon dioxide - CO2, chronic (as in a disease), coal, downwind, electricity, exhaust (as in car exhaust), factories, fossil fuels, fuel oil, genetic, hazardous, headaches, helium, idling, irritation (as in irritated eyes), joints (as in knees and elbows), landfill gases, millions, natural gas, nitrogen - N2, North America, ocean, oxygen - O2, particles, percentage, plutonium, pollution, power plant, prevailing (as in prevailing winds), sensitive (as in sensitive to air pollution), sniffles, solar power, swamps, tanks (as in gas tank), trigger (as in trigger an asthma attack), upwind, uranium, volcanoes, wheezing, wind power

Middle School6-8 air pollution image

The Middle School Quiz covers concepts related to the Environmental Protection Agency's six categories of "criteria air pollutants", the first ones identified as needing nationa standards: carbon monoxide, lead, nitrogen oxides, ozone, particulate matter and sulfur dioxide. Students also need to be able to use percentages in calculations

Vocabulary words or terms used in the questions that might be unfamiliar are: acid rain, asthma, bogs, carbon, carbon monoxide - CO, chemistry, condense, criteria air pollutant, explosive, evaporate, environment, Environmental Protection Agency- EPA, fossil fuels, fumes, furnace, idle (as in letting an engine idle), indoor air pollution, IQ, lead (as in the element) leaded gasoline, micrograms/cubic meter, micron, mobile sources, molecule, natural gas, nitrogen dioxide - NO2, obesity, ozone - O3, pH, ppm (as in parts per million), ppb (as in parts per billion), particulate matter - PM2.5 and PM10, phased out, photochemical smog, power plant, propane, sampling, smog, stratosphere, sulfur dioxide - SO2, volatile organic compounds - VOCs

High School9-12 air pollution quiz image

The High School Quiz covers air pollutants that have less direct effects than first generation of air pollutants (see the Middle School quiz), but whose widespread and long term impacts are very serious for the health ofthe planet and/or for people. These include carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, ozone depleting chemicals and mercury. The quiz also goes into what goverment can do to reduce air polltution.

Vocabulary words or terms used in the questions that might be unfamiliar are: accelerants (CFCs), Air Quality Index - AQI, ambient (as in ambient air oollution), cap and trade (as in the emissions control mechanism), Carboniferous (as in the geologic era), chlorofluorcarbons - CFCs, coal-fired power plant, economic incentive, emitter (of pollutants), Environmental Protection Agency - EPA, Kyoto Protocol, mercury,mesosphere, methyl mercury, Montreal Protocol, National Ambient Air Quality Standards - NAAQS, Near Road EXposures to Urban Air Pollutants - NEXUS, non-governmental organizations, ozone - O3, ozone hole, ppm (as in parts per million), ppt (as in parts per trillion), refrigerants (CFCs), scrubber (as in system that cleans pollutants from smoke stack emissions), stratosphere, Supreme Court, thermosphere, troposphere, World Health Organization

Biodiversity and Habitat Loss

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Early Elementary k-2 biodiversity logo

These quiz questions cover some basic terms covering species and habitats, the kinds of habitats that existed before land was converted to other uses, kinds of habitats, the wildlife in different habitats, some simple math problems and careers in wildlife conservation. The program randomly selects 5 questions per quiz from about 30 questions. Quizzes can be taken multiple times.

Upper Elementary 3-5 biodiversity logo

These quiz questions cover basic definitions for terms concerned with species and ecosystems, examples of species that were locally extinct but which have recovered to some extent, how loss of one species can affect other species, careers in conserving wildlife, and a few multiplication problems related to species. The program randomly selects 10 questions per quiz from about 30 questions. Quizzes can be taken multiple times.

Middle School6-8 biodiversity logo

These quiz questions cover plant communities and their relation to temperature and precipitation, threatened, endangered and extinct species, examples of extinctions, the Endangered Species Act, careers in wildlife conservation and a few math questions on the Biotic Index. The program randomly selects 10 questions per quiz from a set of about 30 questions. Quizzes can be taken multiple times.

High School9-12 biodiversity logo

These quiz questions cover treaties, the role of government, the major threats to species, careers in wildlife conservation and genetic diversity. There are also a few questions that use power equations to estimate species diversity, so a calculator may be required. The program randomly selects 10 questions per quiz from a set about 30 questions. Quizzes can be taken multiple times.

 

Human Health

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Early Elementary

K-2 Health image


These quiz questions cover food choices, vegetables, serving sizes, exercise (including pulse rate), symptoms of asthma, flu, a cold, and sunburn, precautions like hand washing, poisoning, parts of the body, and careers of the people that help keep kids healthy. There are several questions that use addition and subtraction and counting by threes. The quiz itself will be five randomly selected questions from a test bank of over 40 questions.

Vocabulary (some of this vocabulary is part of the wrong answers, but is helpful to know for that reason)

ABC song, achy, air, basement, bathroom, black beans, bones, brain, breath, broccoli, carrots, chest, children, cooking, corn, coughing, cup (as in measuring cup), doctor, eating, elbow, exercise, fever, friends, fruit, green peas, gym equipment, heart, heart beats, hopscotch, jawbone, jumping rope, kale, knee, leafy, lungs, medicine cabinet, minutes, muscles, nurse, nutritionist, orange, outside, physical education, pinto beans, playing, poison, pulse rate, raking, reading, red, red peppers, refrigerator, romain lettuce, running, runny noes, servings, shed, shortness of breath, sitting, sleeping, smarter, smoky air, soap, sound, spinach, split peas, sports, standing, starchy, stomach, sunburn, sunscreen, sweeping, sweet potatoes, swimming, teaspoons, temperature tired, tomatoes, vegetable, video games, water, wheezing,whistle, white potatoes, winter squash

Upper Elementary

3-5 health image

These quiz questions cover food choices, serving sizes and calories, exercise, different levels of physical activity, asthma, air pollution, the Air Quality Index, ultra violet radiation and careers of the people that help keep kids healthy. There are several math questions that use fractions, and very easy multiplication and division. The quiz itself will be ten randomly selected questions from a test bank of over 30 questions.

Vocabulary (some of this vocabulary is part of the wrong answers, but is helpful to know for that reason)

air, Air Quality Index, asthma, calorie, coughing, doctor, dust, dusting, exercise, hoeing, hours, jogging, medium, minutes, nurse, nutritionist, physical activity, physical education, pollen, polluted, quality, raking, sensitive (as in sensitive populations), sunburn, sunscreen, sweeping, thirsty, ultraviolet radiation, vitamin D, wheezing, whistle

Middle School

6-8 Health image

These quiz questions cover different categories of diseases – infectious, lifestyle, emerging, occupational, cancer; poisoning, antibiotic resistance, Body Mass Index, doubling times for diseases, disease vectors, federal agencies that deal with disease, and careers in public health. There are several math questions that use multiplication and division, but they should be manageable without calculators. The quiz itself will be ten randomly selected questions from a test bank of over 30 questions.

Vocabulary (some of this vocabulary is part of the wrong answers, but is helpful to know for that reason)

altitude, antibiotic resistance, asbestosis, bacteria, Body Mass Indicator (BMI), cancer, Centers for Disease Control, centimeter, chicken pox, climate change, Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), dam, DDT, deforestation, development (as in growth and development), Ebola, emerging infectious disease, English (as in English units of measurement), Environmental Protection Agency, epidemic, Food and Drug Administration, genes, genetic disease, heavy metals, infectious diseases, irrigation, kilogram latitude, levee, Liberia, malarial mosquitoes, mental retardation, mercury, microbiologist, obesity, outbreaks (of diseases), pandemic, pesticide resistance, public health, Sierra Leone, toxic, U.S. Department of Agriculture, vectors, virologist, viruses, zoologist, zoonotic

High School

9-12 Health image

These quiz questions cover toxins in the environment – mercury, lead, endocrine disruptors, autism, risk assessment, system level effects, governance, and careers. There are several math questions that use multiplication and division to calculate odds ratios and effects of lead exposure but they should be manageable without calulators. The quiz itself will be ten randomly selected questions from a test bank of over 35 questions.

Vocabulary (some of this vocabulary is part of the wrong answers, but is helpful to know for that reason)

ammonia, asthma, Atrazine, autism, bioaccumulation, biomagnification, bisphenol A, boomerang paradigm, bronchii, cadmium, Centers for Disease Control, Chlordane, consensus, DDT, deciliter, dilute, dose response, edema, endocrine disruptor, environmental toxicologist, enzymes, EPA, epidemiologist, Food and Agriculture Organization, General Cognitive Index or GCI, hazardous materials, heavy metal, hemoglobin, hormones, LD50, lead (as in the element), mercury, neurological development, nitrate, nucleic acids, odds ratio, pesticides, phthalates, Pica, pollution, population. precautionary principle, prenatal, reference dose or RfD, sodium hydroxide, stressor (as in something in the environment that is stressful), substantial equivalence principle, synergistic, threshold-dose, USDA, womb, World Health Organization

Critical Resources

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Early Elementary

Critical Resources Wordle


These quiz questions cover habitat, shelter, food, water and space, habitat needs, what is needed for camping or hiking, kinds of energy and where food comes from.

Vocabulary (some of this vocabulary is part of the wrong answers, but is helpful to know for that reason)

camping, campsite, cattle, clay, clothing, compost, concentrate, cotton, cups, dairy, electricity, energy, fever trees (quinine), fungi, gallons, gasoline, grains, granite, habitat, half, landfill, light bulb, limestone, loam, meat, medicine, mulch, muscles, natural gas, pebbles, pine trees, plants, sand, seamstress, shelter, silt, tailor, tents, toilet, wheat, wood, yogurt

Upper Elementary

3-5 Critical Resources Image


These quiz questions cover typical needs for water and food, roles of key groups of organisms, important crop plants, emergency preparation, and typical weather.

Vocabulary (some of this vocabulary is part of the wrong answers, but is helpful to know for that reason)

atlas, breathes, carbon dioxide, corn, cotton, day flying, decomposers, difficult, earthquake, electrician, emergency, entertainment, entomologist, fiber (as in clothing), flax, fungi, grey water, hurricane, kilograms, liter, mosquitoes, night flying, nutrients, oak, organic matter, photosynthesis, pine , potable water, production (as in growing or making), reproduction, rice, timber, tornado, walnut, weather forecaster, weather report, wheat

Middle School

6-8 Critical Resources


These quiz questions cover building materials, infrastructure, land degradation, role of water and protein, famine and protein deficiency, and the role of federal and global agencies.

Vocabulary (some of this vocabulary is part of the wrong answers, but is helpful to know for that reason)

abdominal, aggregate, arable land, asphalt, bottled drinking water, bricks, cement, compacted, concrete, critical resources, crop, deficiency, deforestation, desertification, enzymes, EPA, eradicating, erosion, essential, famine, FAO, FDA, federal agency, FEMA, fertilizer, forest, foundation slab, frame (as in frame a wall), Habitat for Humanity, infrastructure, kwashiorkor, limestone, lumber, metabolic processes, minerals, muscle wasting, niacin, nutrients, overgrazing, oxygen, petroleum, pollinator, poverty, proteins, public drinking water, regulate, salinity, salinization, semi-solid, skeletal deformities, skyscrapers, solvent, soybeans, starvation, stud (as in a timber for framing), sustainable, ulcers, UNHCR, USAID, USDA, waterway, woodland

High School

9-12 Critical Resources Image

These quiz questions cover population and population growth, methods of generating electricity, ecosystem services, natural capital, sanitation, taking care of displaced persons.

Vocabulary (some of this vocabulary is part of the wrong answers, but is helpful to know for that reason)

agricultural water use, battery, billion, blades, cancer, carbon cycling, cell walls, chemical gradient, chlorophyll, coil of wire, collateral, critical resources, cultural ecosystem services, cycling (as in matter cycles), diarrhea, displaced persons, DNA, domestic water use, doubling time (for a population), ecosystem services, enzymes, EPA, excrement, FEMA, generating current, growth rate, Habitat for Humanity, hectare, humanitarian, improved sanitation, industrial water use, internal renewable water, minimum water needs
monitor (as in fishery monitor), natural capital, nitrogen, pollination, population, proteins, provisioning ecosystem services, reconstruction, regulating ecosystem services, RNA, starch (as formed by plant cells), steam turbine, stock (as in a an amount of something), stomata, supply officer, supporting ecosystem services, tuberculosis, turbines, UNHRC

Energy

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Early Elementary

Early Elementary Energy


These quiz questions cover jobs related to energy, energy inside a house, motion of wind and water, which kinds of energy are free and which cos moneyt, what makes things move or go, and where things like solar panels and windmills should be placed

Vocabulary (some of this vocabulary is part of the wrong answers, but is helpful to know for that reason)

battery, bulb, cents, coal, electric, electrical, electrician, energy, fluorescent, gallon, gasoline, granite, helium gas, HVAC, incandescent, laughing gas, limestone, lineman, mechanic, motion, motor, natural gas, power plant, refrigerator, sailboat,, smoke, solar panel, steam, technician, valley, water wheel, windmill

Upper Elementary

Upper Elementary Energy


These quiz questions cover jobs related to energy, energy conversions, energy resources, figuring out energy use, heating and cooling a house and thermostats

Vocabulary (some of this vocabulary is part of the wrong answers, but is helpful to know for that reason)

air conditioner, air pollution, boiler (as in a furnace), carbon dioxide, chemical energy, coal, computer, convert, corn stalks, electricity, energy, entertainment, ethanol, fan, fluid motion, fuel oil, furnace, gasoline, hydrogen, kilowatt-hour (kWh), landfill, gases, light  energy, motor, natural gas, oil, oxygen, plutonium, rotary motion, solar cell, thermostat, turbine, uranium, video game, Watt

 

Middle School

Middle School Energy Quiz

 


These quiz questions cover jobs related to energy, energy units, how electricity is generated, thermal energy transfer, fluid and rotary motion, oil refining, and forms of energy

Vocabulary (some of this vocabulary is part of the wrong answers, but is helpful to know for that reason)

abiogenic oil, algae, aluminum siding, barrels, biomass, blades (as in a wind mill), boiler (as in a furnace), Btu, calories, charcoal, coal, coil of wire, cord (as in a cord of wood), cubic feet, efficiency losses, electrical, electricity grid, energy audit, engine, fiber glass insulation batt, fluid motion, food mile, fractions (as in fractions of oil), gallons, gasoline, geoscientist, human time scales, hydroelectric, impurities, insulation, jet fuel, joules, kilograms, kilowatt-hour, kinetic, energy, liters, magnet, magnetism, mesh (as in openings in a sieve), natural gas, oil, plankton, potential energy, power dispatcher, power plants, prehistoric, R-value, refinery, renewable, reservoir, rotary motion, rotate, sediment, sieve, solar cell, Styrofoam, thermal energy transfer, turbine

High School

High School Energy

These quiz questions cover jobs related to energy, laws of motion and thermodynamics, energy polcy acts, subsidies, power grids, energy distribution, efficiency, turbines and Yucca Mountain

Vocabulary (some of this vocabulary is part of the wrong answers, but is helpful to know for that reason)

1975 Energy Policy and Conservation Act, 1st law of motion, 1st law of thermodynamics, 2005 Energy Policy Act, 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, 2nd law of thermodynamics, 3rd law of motion, barrel (as in a unit of crude oil), battery, biomass, boilermaker, centralized power generation, chemical gradient, coal, coil builder, crude oil, Department of Energy, distributed power generation, e=mc2, efficiency (as in energy conversion rate), energy conversion, Energy Information Agency, Environmental Protection Agency, externality (in economics), f-ma, fa=-fb, flowing current, hydroelectric, International Atomic Energy Agency, kerosene, materials scientist, natural gas, nuclear power, photovoltaic solar panel, refined oil, roustabout, subsidy or subsidies, turbine, Yucca Mountain (as in nuclear waste repository

Technology, Tools and Skills

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Early Elementary

K-2 Technology, Tools, Skills image


These quiz materials cover cooking, sewing, gardening and a little about carpentry including careers

Vocabulary (some of this vocabulary is part of the wrong answers, but is helpful to know for that reason)

broom, bucket, carpenter, cook, cutting board, dust pan, garden rake, gardener, hammer, hoe, knife, leaf rake, magnet, magnetic compass, needle, ruler, screw driver, seamstress, shovel, scissors, tailor, thread, trowel

 

Upper Elementary

3-5 Technology, Tools, Skills image


These quiz materials cover tools, skills, materials and documents used in gardening, building, cooking and discovering and some related careers

Vocabulary (some of this vocabulary is part of the wrong answers, but is helpful to know for that reason)

acid, Allen wrench, baking soda, base (as in acid-base), binoculars, brick tongs, companion planting, compass (for drawing a circle), composting, diagram, dictionary, electrician, fish tape, flashlight, flat-tip screwdriver, groover, housekeeper, ingredients, janitor, magnet, map, mason, microscope, mulching, nectar, Philips screwdriver, pipe wrench, plumber, powdered sugar, protractor, raised beds (as in gardening), recipe, solder, tamper, telescope, trowel, vinegar, volt meter, wire stripper

 

 

 

Middle School

6-8 Technology, Tools, Skills image

 


These quiz materials cover tools, skills and materials used in being outdoors, machines and electricity

Vocabulary (some of this vocabulary is part of the wrong answers, but is helpful to know for that reason)

accelerometer, amplify, apparatus, applied force, battery, Biltmore stick, buckthorn, building codes, carbon to nitrogen ratio, chains (as in the measuring tool), chemicals, chemist, circuit, civil engineer, compass (as in magnetic compass), compost, compound machine, computer, conductivity, conductor, declination, device, electrical, electrons, ember, feedstock, forester, fuel cell, fuelwood, gear, inclined plane, insulator, integrated circuit, joist, kindling, latitude, load force, machine, mechanical engineer, nanomaterials, outlet (electrical), photo diode, poison ivy, oak, sumac, , pulley, ranging rod, sawgrass, semiconductor, simple machine, sowing guide (when to plant), stinging nettle, strain gauges, surface water, surfactant, technology, theodolite, tinder, transistor, wedge, wheel and axle

High School

9-12 Technology, Tools, Skills image

These quiz materials cover nanotechnology, biotechnology, energy technology, mining and technological approaches like appropriate technology and capital-intensive technology, environmental applications, and the dark side of some technologies

Vocabulary (some of this vocabulary is part of the wrong answers, but is helpful to know for that reason)

abstract (as opposed to concrete), anode, appropriate technology, biotechnology, calcining, capital-intensive technology, cell growth media, centralized, cloning, concentrated solar power, concrete (as opposed to abstract), conducting electrons, culture dish, decentralized, domestication (as in breeding), electrowinning, energy intensive, engineering, genome editing, incubator, laws (as in scientific laws), leaching, leptons, lithography, micropower, molecular self-assembly, nanoengineering, nanometers, nanotechnology, nanotubules, nuclease, ore, photovoltaics, piezoelectricity, pollution sensors, protons, reducing agent, scanning probe microscopy, science , semiconductor, smelting, surface area to volume ratio, surfactant, systematic, technology, transformation (as in genetic engineering), valence electrons, vitrifying, volt

 

Climate Change

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Early Elementary

Early Elementary - Climate Change

These quiz questions introduce the idea of different gases in the air that we breathe, how different kinds of plants and animals rely on certain conditions of temperature and rainfall, how the sunlight warms things, and a few jobs associated with or affected by weather and climate.

Vocabulary (some of this vocabulary is part of the wrong answers, but is helpful to know for that reason)

Africa, Antarctic, Arctic, big bluestem, carbon dioxide, centimeters – cm, colorless, creosote bush, droughts, electricity, emperor penguin habitat, farmer, forester, gas (as in a state of matter), Great Basin desert, greenhouse, helium , ice, inches, laughing gas, matter (as in gases, liquids, solids), minus (as in negative temperatures), monarch butterfly habitat, nitrogen, oak tree, ostrich habitat, oxygen, polar bear habitat, prairie, rain, shade, snow, temperate forest, temperature, water vapor, weather caster, wildlife manager

Upper Elementary

Upper Elementary - Climate Change

These quiz questions cover greenhouse gases, global warming, weather hazards, the temperature and moisture requirements of crops, models and predicting, heat and energy, jobs associated with tracking weather and climate effects, and plant hardiness zones and plant ranges.

Vocabulary (some of this vocabulary is part of the wrong answers, but is helpful to know for that reason)

abnormal, carbon dioxide, Centrigrade - °C, corn, cup (as in measuring cup), earthquake, energy (as in ability to do work), equator, Farenheit - °F, floods, future, greenhouse gases, growing temperature, heat (as in motion of particles), hurricane, inches, lb, meteorologist, microscopic particles, miles per gallon – mpg, models (as in modeling a system), plant hardiness zone , prediction, range (as in the range of a plant), scientist, ski, snowpack, soil moisture, sorghum, sugar cane, temperature, thermometer, tornado, tropical, weather, weather hazard, weather station, wheat, wildfire

Middle School

Middle School - Climate Change

These quiz questions deal with vocabulary specific to weather, climate and climate change, the different kinds of greenhouse gases, simple projections of climate change and its effects, contributing causes and jobs that intersect with climate change.

Vocabulary (some of this vocabulary is part of the wrong answers, but is helpful to know for that reason)

acidification, albedo, analysis, analyst, argon, carbon dioxide, climate change, conifer forest, coordinate (as in geographic coordinate), coriolis effect, correlation, deciduous forest, front (as in a weather front), gigatons – GT, global surface temperature, global warming, greenhouse effect, greenhouse gases – ghgs, heat (as in the random motion of particles), helum, HVAC technician, hydrogen, jet stream, latitude, longitude, methane, miles per gallon – mpg, nitrogen, nitrous, oxide, oceanographer, ozone, parachuting, poles (as in the geographic poles), smoke jumper, sulfur dioxide, temperature,thermometer, water vapor, wildland fire

High School

High School - Climate Change

These quiz questions deal with ideas and vocabulary specific to global warming like mitigation, adaptation, residence time and global warming potential, with some of the historic events and persons associated with the discover of global warming, and with jobs that address adaptation and mitigation.

Vocabulary (some of this vocabulary is part of the wrong answers, but is helpful to know for that reason)

adaptation manager, carbon dioxide, carbon trader, catastrophic weather, committed warming, continuous monitoring, global warming potential – gwp, heat trapping, inconvenient truth, industrialization, insurance adjustor, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – IPCC, John Tyndall 1859, Mauna Loa, Milutin Milankovitch 1920s, mitigation, molecules, radiative forcing, residence time (as in how long a gas remains in the atmosphere), response/recovery specialist, Roger Revelle 1956, sequestration, Svante Arrhenius 1895, the Energy Information Agency – EIA, the Environmental Protection Agency –EPA, the Food and Agriculture Organization – FAO, the International Atomic Energy Agency – IAEA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration - NASA ,the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - NOAA
U.S. Weather Bureau, World Health Organization - WHO

 

Matter

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Early Elementary

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These quiz questions deal with states of matter and kinds of matter early elementary kids would normally encounter.

Vocabulary (some of this vocabulary is part of the wrong answers, but is helpful to know for that reason)

baker, boiling point, buoyant, carpenter, centimeter, concrete, dent, evaporate, freezing point, gallon,, gardener, gases, glass, hammer, ice, inch, kilogram, liquid, liter, matter, measuring cup, metal, mixture, plastic, pound, shiny, sink, soil, solid, steam, volume, water vapor, wood

 

Vocabulary (some of this vocabulary is part of the wrong answers, but is helpful to know for that reason)

argon, atmosphere, baking soda, carbon, carbon dioxide, coal, compound, conductor (of electricity or heat), copper, cubic centimeter (cc), density (mass/volume), drilling, element, fiber, fracking, fresh water, gold, gram (g), hydrogen, iodine, iron, kilogram (kg), krypton, lime scale, magnet, mining, natural gas, nickel, nitrogen, oil, oxygen, potter, salt, silver, spinner, "universal solvent", vinegar, volume, weaver, welder, yarn, zinc

 

Vocabulary (some of this vocabulary is part of the wrong answers, but is helpful to know for that reason)

acid, aluminum, ammonia, argon, base, bauxite, bromine, calcium apatite, calcium carbonate, carbon bonds, carbon cycle, centrifuging, CO2, deforestation, digesting (as a chemical process), dispersant, distilling, H2O, HCL, heat of vaporization, herbicide, infrared, insulator (electrical), iron, krypton, N2, NH3, nitrates, nitrogen bonds, nitrogen cycle, No Till Farming, oil spill, oxygen, ppm (parts per million), refrigerant, sifting, silicon, silicon dioxide, skimming, temperature, ultraviolet, water cycle

 

 

Vocabulary (some of this vocabulary is part of the wrong answers, but is helpful to know for that reason)

acidification, argon, arsenic, atomic number, atomic weight, biochemist, bonds, C6H12O6, CaCO3, calcium carbonate, CH4, chromium, CO2, electron shells/levels, fertilizer, greenhouse gas, gross domestic product (GDP), heavy metals, helium, krypton, lead, lithium, materials scientist, mercury, meteorites nitrogen
nutrient enrichment, oxygenation, periodic table, phosphorus, physical chemist, potassium, radioactive elements, sequestration, sodium, structural engineer

 

About the Quizzes

The goal of generating the 1200+ questions in this set was to identify the scope and depth of environmental knowledge that students should know at the end of each major period of schooling. In the end, it is an attempt to define what an educated citizen should know about the environment.

From the beginning, our intention was to provide an on-line formative assessement tool for educators to use in K-12 schools. One of the requirements of the federal No Child Left Inside Act (as yet unpassed) was that schools assess the environmental knowledge of graduating seniors, and we wanted to be sure and have a tool that schools could use to do that.

The first ten topics were selected from the major topic areas of the Missouri Environmental Literacy Standards. Reviews of the Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core Math and ELA Standards and national Social Studies standards, along with surveys of children's non-fiction literature, school worksheets and topical websites helped determine the particular sub-topics and math and reading skills for each grade band.

Our goal is to add to the topics over time. Suggestions are welcome. Email Jan Weaver with your ideas.

The questions were written by Jan Weaver, currently Executive Director of MEEA, and formerly Director of Environmental Studies and Associate Director of the Honors College Science Sequence for the University of Missouri-Columbia.

The work was supported by an EPA Environmental Education Grant. However, MEEA, and Jan Weaver specifically, assumes all responsibilty for any errors in the questions, whether factual, grammatical or spelling.

 

Errors

We welcome feedback about the questions, their age appropriateness, correctness, even spelling and grammar! Please share any thoughts, comments, or corrections you have with me at weaverjc@missouri.edu.

Things to keep in mind!

1. Some audiences may be too young for qualifying statements. For example, in the K-2 questions we made an effort to keep questions and answers to one syllable words and sentences to less than ten words. This means there was quite a bit of generalizing. If you can improve accuracy without sacrificing brevity, suggestions are welcome!

2. The issues the questions are based on are a moving target. New knowledge from research or changing environmental conditions may make some questions out of date. We will try to review the questions every year or so, but updates are welcome!

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