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PLT’s Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood

Author/Contributor: Project Learning Tree

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Outdoor Learning    |    Grade Band: K-2

NGSS/MLS:
MO Show-Me Standards: 1- Environmental Principles

Description:

This unit is a purchasable unit through Project Learning Tree. Project Learning Tree’s award-winning early childhood materials help you bring nature into the classroom and safely take your young learners outdoors, whether you live in an urban, suburban, or rural community.PLT’s Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood guide received a Teacher’s’ ChoiceSM Award for the Classroom from Learning® Magazine.

Topic(s): Biodiversity, Natural Resources

Highlights:

Early Childhood, Exploratory, Investigative, Outdoor Learning, Local,

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://shop.plt.org/Shop/ProductDetails/early-childhood


A Ripple Effect

Author/Contributor: National Geographic and EdCurious

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Lesson Plan    |    Grade Band: 6-8

NGSS/MLS: ESS2 Earths Systems, ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 1-Environmental Principles, 2-Systems and Processes of Nature, 3-Systems and Processes of Human Societies, 4-Environments and Resources, 5-Environmental Problems, 6-Recognizing Investigating and Solving Environmental Problems, 7-Environmentally Responsible Behavior

Description:

Students learn about droughts and the link between climate change and water access through videos, readings, and discussions. They then brainstorm how to avoid a “Day Zero” in their watershed and how Mount Everest mountaineers can help protect the mountain’s watershed. Students draw from their Project Journals to create and present a public education outreach campaign and supporting scientific argument illustrating how humans impact water security. This lesson is part of the Peak Water: Mount Everest and Global Water Supply unit.

Topic(s): Climate Change, Natural Resources, Population, Watersheds, Missouri, Local

Highlights:

Biology, Ecology, Conservation, Earth Science, Climatology, Geography, Physical Geography, Water Scarcity, Local Watershed, Watershed, Mississippi Watershed, Missouri, Water Pollution, Climate Change

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/lesson/ripple-effect/


Acid Rain Lab

Author/Contributor: Educational Web Labs

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Computer Simulation/Virtual Lab    |    Grade Band: 9-12

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 5- Environmental Problems, 6- Recognizing and Solving Environmental Problems 7- Environmentally Responsible Behavior

Description:

To give the student experience in new laboratory equipment and to observe the process of acid rain production.

Topic(s): Pollution, History

Highlights:

Acid Rain, Interactive, Virtual Lab, Industrial Consequences

File Download (if available):
Website Link: http://eduweblabs.com/Database/Lab_FoldersES/AcidRain/AcidRain.html


Adaptation Lab

Author/Contributor: Educational Web Labs

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Computer Simulation/Virtual Lab    |    Grade Band: 9-12

NGSS/MLS: LS3 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits, LS4 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
MO Show-Me Standards: 2- Systems and Processes of Nature

Description:

This program is based on this premise of slow changes through natural mutations. The program will select a particular habitat and then produce three offspring from a given parent. One of the offspring will show no variations while two others will show one mutation each. If the mutation shown by one of the offspring would help it better survive in this habitat, then through natural selection it will become the parent for the next generation. Mutations can also be detrimental or show no advantage for surviving in this habitat and thus will not be carried on to the next generation.

Topic(s): Biodiversity, Ecosystem, Habitat

Highlights:

Biodiversity, Adaptations, Genetics, Hereditary,

File Download (if available):
Website Link: http://eduweblabs.com/Database/Lab_FoldersG/Bird/Bird.html


Addressing Environmental Literacy in the Age of NGSS

Author/Contributor: California School Boards Association

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Webinar    |    Grade Band: 9-12

NGSS/MLS:
MO Show-Me Standards: 2-Systems and Processes of Nature, 7-Environmentally Responsible Behavior

Description:

Environmental literacy can be a catalyst for Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) teaching. In addition, the California Science Framework and the Human Impacts standards of the NGSS clearly call for such synergy. During this presentation, we will discuss why environmental literacy is important and how it supports NGSS instruction. We will also review challenges that schools and LEAs may face in promoting environmental literacy instruction and how community leaders can support environmental literacy efforts, including through building partnerships with local organizations. We will conclude by sharing resources for integrating environmental literacy into science instruction.

Topic(s):

Highlights:

Professional Development, Curriculum Development, Standards, Environmental Literacy, Teacher Preparation, Teacher Development, Standard Based, Webinar, Video

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o08tjLT1un0&feature=youtu.be


Backyard Biodiversity

Author/Contributor: St. Louis Zoo

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Video    |    Grade Band: 6-8

NGSS/MLS: ESS2 Earths Systems
MO Show-Me Standards: 2- Environments and Resources

Description:

Your backyard could be filled with more life than you think. In this webinar we will learn how to survey the type of plant and animal life in your home habitat. We will even discuss how you can determine how biodiverse your backyard really is!

Topic(s): Civic Engagement, Ecosystem, Habitat, Missouri

Highlights:

Local, Missouri, Your Backyard ,Identification, Video, Exploratory, Analysis, Ecosystem,

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BvlDK_N_QA&feature=youtu.be


Backyard Explorations

Author/Contributor: St. Louis Zoo

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Video    |    Grade Band: K-2

NGSS/MLS: LS1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
MO Show-Me Standards: 2- Systems and Processes of Nature

Description:

What can you find in your very own neighborhood? Come explore the outdoors and learn about some of the critters you may see in your own backyard! This video is most engaging for children and families.

Topic(s): Ecosystem, Habitat, Missouri

Highlights:

Local, Missouri, Your Backyard, Early Childhood, Identification, Video, Exploratory

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIpRYMg213E&feature=youtu.be


Biodegradable Plastics

Author/Contributor: Educational Web Labs

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Computer Simulation/Virtual Lab    |    Grade Band: 9-12

NGSS/MLS: LS1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
MO Show-Me Standards: 6- Recognizing Investigating and Solving Environmental Problems 7- Environmentally Responsible Behavior

Description:

This lab provides students with a better understanding of the relationship between starch and biodegradable plastics.

Topic(s): Climate Change, Pollution, Sustainability, Waste Management

Highlights:

Biodegradable, Climate Change Solutions, Climate Change, Plastic, Waste Management,

File Download (if available):
Website Link: http://eduweblabs.com/Database/Lab_FoldersG/BioP/BioP.html


Biodiversity Bingo

Author/Contributor: PBSKids

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Game    |    Grade Band: K-2

NGSS/MLS: LS4 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
MO Show-Me Standards: 4-Environments and Resources

Description:

How many different kinds of plants and animals live in your neighborhood? You might be surprised by the answer! In this scavenger hunt activity, kids explore and document neighborhood diversity.

Topic(s): Biodiversity, Ecosystem, Habitat, Population, Missouri

Highlights:

Biodiversity, Scavenger Hunt, Hands-On, Game, Ecosystem, Local, Missouri

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://pbskids.org/plumlanding/educators/activities/biodiversity_bingo_ed.html


Biodiversity Mosaic

Author/Contributor: World Wildlife Foundation

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Lesson Plan    |    Grade Band: 6-8

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity, LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
MO Show-Me Standards: 6-Recognizing Investigating and Solving Environmental Problems, 7-Environmentally Responsible Behavior

Description:

Students will create an artwork piece that reflects their interpretation of biodiversity. After learning about all that biodiversity encompasses, as a group, they will then piece their artwork together to create a large collaborative representation of healthy biodiversity on Earth.

Topic(s): Biodiversity, Climate Change, Habitat, Art

Highlights:

Biodiversity, Adaptations, Genetics, Hereditary, Ecosystem, Biome, Habitat loss, Climate Change, Art, Hands-on, Interactive,

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://www.worldwildlife.org/teaching-resources/toolkits/biodiversity-toolkit


Biology of Plants

Author/Contributor: Missouri Botanical Garden

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Lesson Plan    |    Grade Band: K-2

NGSS/MLS: LS1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
MO Show-Me Standards: 2- Systems and Processes of Nature

Description:

Based on the Missouri Botanical Garden video series of the same name, this site introduces plants to young children. Concepts such as photosynthesis, pollination, seed dispersal and adaptation are explained. Classroom lesson plans are available for download.

Topic(s): Ecosystem

Highlights:

Introduction, Lesson Plan, Early Childhood, Plants, Ecosystem, Biology

File Download (if available):
Website Link: http://mbgnet.net/bioplants/downloads/earth.pdf


Bioremediation

Author/Contributor: Project Learning Tree

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Lesson Plan    |    Grade Band: 9-12

NGSS/MLS: ESS2 Earths Systems, ESS3 Earth and Human Activity, LS3 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits, LS4 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
MO Show-Me Standards: 1-Environmental Principles, 2-Systems and Processes of Nature, 3-Systems and Processes of Human Societies, 4-Environments and Resources, 5-Environmental Problems, 6-Recognizing Investigating and Solving Environmental Problems, 7-Environmentally Responsible Behavior

Description:

This is a purchasable lesson from Project Learning Tree’s Biotechnology unit. In this activity, students will learn how living organisms have been used traditionally to process materials or to produce certain products or results. Students will also explore how modern bioengineering techniques have been used to mimic natural processes for the cleanup of sewage, oil spills, and other environmental toxins.

Topic(s): Biodiversity, Environmental Justice, Food Systems, Habitat, Health, Natural Resources, History

Highlights:

Biotechnology, History, Cloning, Stem Cell Research, GMO’S, Biology, Environmental Science, Agriculture, AP, Geography, Ethics, Health, Modern Engineering, Oil, Fossil Fuel Clean Up

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://shop.plt.org/Shop/ProductDetails/high-school-biotechnology


Biotechnology

Author/Contributor: Project Learning Tree

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Lesson Unit    |    Grade Band: 9-12

NGSS/MLS: ESS2 Earths Systems, ESS3 Earth and Human Activity, LS3 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits, LS4 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
MO Show-Me Standards: 1-Environmental Principles, 2-Systems and Processes of Nature, 3-Systems and Processes of Human Societies, 4-Environments and Resources, 5-Environmental Problems, 6-Recognizing Investigating and Solving Environmental Problems, 7-Environmentally Responsible Behavior

Description:

This unit is a purchasable unit through Project Learning Tree. The word “biotechnology” usually conjures images of modern techniques and topics of controversy such as cloning, stem cell research, and genetically modified organisms. However, the practice of manipulating organisms to create a product has long been used by human societies.Project Learning Tree’s Biotechnology module is designed for high school and community college educators in the fields of Biology, Environmental Science, Social Studies, and Agriculture. A special effort has been made to construct activities that support instruction in AP Biology, AP Environmental Science, and AP Human Geography.

Topic(s): Biodiversity, Environmental Justice, Food Systems, Natural Resources, History

Highlights:

Biotechnology, History, Cloning, Stem Cell Research, GMO’S, Biology, Environmental Science, Agriculture, AP, Geography, Ethics,

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://shop.plt.org/Shop/ProductDetails/high-school-biotechnology


Biotechnology and Human Health

Author/Contributor: Project Learning Tree

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Lesson Plan    |    Grade Band: 9-12

NGSS/MLS: ESS2 Earths Systems, ESS3 Earth and Human Activity, LS3 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits, LS4 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
MO Show-Me Standards: 1-Environmental Principles, 2-Systems and Processes of Nature, 3-Systems and Processes of Human Societies, 4-Environments and Resources, 5-Environmental Problems, 6-Recognizing Investigating and Solving Environmental Problems, 7-Environmentally Responsible Behavior

Description:

This is a purchasable lesson from Project Learning Tree’s Biotechnology unit. In this activity, students simulate the spread of disease, learn about different types of vaccines and the controversies surrounding them, and explore how genetically engineered plants can be used to produce a new class of edible vaccines.

Topic(s): Biodiversity, Environmental Justice, Food Systems, Habitat, Health, Natural Resources, History

Highlights:

Biotechnology, History, Cloning, Stem Cell Research, GMO’S, Biology, Environmental Science, Agriculture, AP, Geography, Ethics, Health, Disease, Pandemic, Human Health, COVID-19

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://shop.plt.org/Shop/ProductDetails/high-school-biotechnology


Carbon Concerns

Author/Contributor: National Geographic

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Lesson Plan    |    Grade Band: 6-8

NGSS/MLS: ESS2 Earths Systems, ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 1-Environmental Principles, 2-Systems and Processes of Nature, 3-Systems and Processes of Human Societies, 4-Environments and Resources, 5-Environmental Problems, 6-Recognizing Investigating and Solving Environmental Problems, 7-Environmentally Responsible Behavior

Description:

Students explore climate change and global warming with multimedia. They create a model of the greenhouse effect and then refine their findings using a demonstration and interactive. Next, students research and diagram carbon sources and sinks. Finally, they organize and analyze data to draw evidence-based conclusions regarding atmospheric carbon concentrations and local emissions. This lesson is part of the Climate Change Challenge unit.

Topic(s): Climate Change, Pollution, Population, History

Highlights:

Conservation, Earth Science, Climatology, Human Environment Interaction, Anthropocentrism, Ecosystem, Consumer Power, Fossil Fuels

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/lesson/carbon-concerns/


Community Waters

Author/Contributor: Seattle Public Schools, IslandWood

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Lesson Unit    |    Grade Band: 3-5

NGSS/MLS: ESS1 Earths Place in the Universe, ESS2 Earths Systems
MO Show-Me Standards: 6-Recognizing Investigating and Solving Environmental Problems

Description:

Community Waters is a stormwater engineering unit that incorporates physical science standards and the Ambitious Science Teaching framework. Students explore the phenomenon of why flooding happens in the urban setting of Seattle.

Topic(s): Civic Engagement, Watersheds

Highlights:

This stormwater engineering unit incorporates Next Generation Science Standards*, and the Ambitious Science Teaching framework. In addition to this manual, there are Seattle school-specific teacher guides, maps, videos, and additional support materials available on our website: communitywaters.org.

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://www.nextgenscience.org/resources/grade-4-community-waters


Decisions, Decisions

Author/Contributor: Project Learning Tree

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Lesson Plan    |    Grade Band: 6-8

NGSS/MLS: ESS2 Earths Systems, ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 1-Environmental Principles, 2-Systems and Processes of Nature, 3-Systems and Processes of Human Societies, 4-Environments and Resources, 5-Environmental Problems, 6-Recognizing Investigating and Solving Environmental Problems, 7-Environmentally Responsible Behavior

Description:

This is a purchasable lesson from Project Learning Tree’s Discover your Urban Forest unit. Decisions about community land use are complex and often involve many people in many ways.Students use trees as a backdrop to develop a land-use plan.

Topic(s): Air Quality, Ecosystem, Environmental Justice, Food Systems, Health, Sustainability, Waste Management, Missouri

Highlights:

Local, Missouri, Urban, Restoration, Environmental Issues, My Backyard, Sustainability, NAtural Resources, Urbanization, Urban Planning, Environmental Justice, Critical Thinking,

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://shop.plt.org/Shop/ProductDetails/discover-urban-forest


Design butterfly garden

Author/Contributor: Science NetLinks- AAAS

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Lesson Plan    |    Grade Band: K-2

NGSS/MLS: LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions Energy and Dynamics
MO Show-Me Standards: 4-Environments and Resources

Description:

To determine which environmental characteristics make up a favorable butterfly habitat.

Topic(s): Gardening, Habitat

Highlights:

Butterflies, Habitats, Butterfly Garden, Pollinators,Local, My Backyard, School Garden, Home Garden

File Download (if available):
Website Link: http://sciencenetlinks.com/lessons/butterfly-2-a-butterflys-home/


Discover Your Urban Forest

Author/Contributor: Project Learning Tree

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Lesson Unit    |    Grade Band: 6-8

NGSS/MLS: ESS2 Earths Systems, ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 1-Environmental Principles, 2-Systems and Processes of Nature, 3-Systems and Processes of Human Societies, 4-Environments and Resources, 5-Environmental Problems, 6-Recognizing Investigating and Solving Environmental Problems, 7-Environmentally Responsible Behavior

Description:

This unit is a purchasable unit through Project Learning Tree. Discover Your Urban Forest is a downloadable, password-protected PDF for educators of students in grades 6-8 that invites learners to explore their urban environment and investigate environmental issues that affect their urban community.Three hands-on activities, with an emphasis on science and social studies, engage students in learning about the place they live and how we depend on natural systems to sustain us. Students learn to value diverse perspectives about different landscapes whether it is a city sidewalk, an urban forest, or a community park.Designed to be flexible, Discover Your Urban Forest activities can be used as individual, stand-alone lessons, or all together as a cohesive unit of instruction using a storyline technique.

Topic(s): Air Quality, Ecosystem, Environmental Justice, Food Systems, Health, Sustainability, Waste Management

Highlights:

Local, Missouri, Urban, Restoration, Environmental Issues, My Backyard, Sustainability, NAtural Resources, Urbanization, Urban Planning, Environmental Justice

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://shop.plt.org/Shop/ProductDetails/discover-urban-forest


Disruptions in Ecosystems

Author/Contributor: American Museum of Natural History, and The Lawrence Hall of Science at University of California at Berkeley

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Lesson Unit    |    Grade Band: 6-8

NGSS/MLS: LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions Energy and Dynamics
MO Show-Me Standards: 1-Environmental Principles, 2-Systems and Processes of Nature, 3-Systems and Processes of Human Societies, 4-Environments and Resources, 5-Environmental Problems, 6-Recognizing Investigating and Solving Environmental Problems, 7-Environmentally Responsible Behavior

Description:

This middle school unit was designed to support the middle school NGSS related to Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics integrated with elements of related Earth science NGSS (Human Impact). The unit includes five chapters, each focused on a specific phenomenon related to ecosystem disruption, including questions around the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone and the invasion of zebra mussels in the Great Lakes and the Hudson River. © Regents of the University of California

Topic(s): Biodiversity, Ecosystem, Habitat, Invasive Species

Highlights:

NGSS 3D Design; Each chapter is written in a 5E Model. Chapter 1 – Wolves in Yellowstone – Ch 2 -Ecosystem Models; Ch 3-Interaction between populations and resources; Ch 4- Zebra Mussels; Ch 5 – Designing Solutions

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://www.nextgenscience.org/resources/middle-school-disruptions-ecosystems


Drivers of Extinction

Author/Contributor: National Geographic

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Lesson Plan    |    Grade Band: 6-8

NGSS/MLS: ESS2 Earths Systems, ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 1-Environmental Principles, 2-Systems and Processes of Nature, 3-Systems and Processes of Human Societies, 4-Environments and Resources, 5-Environmental Problems, 6-Recognizing Investigating and Solving Environmental Problems, 7-Environmentally Responsible Behavior

Description:

Students explore drivers of extinction across Earth’s major biomes, including human-to environment interactions that threaten biodiversity, and seek solutions to mitigate habitat loss and prevent extinction. As a result, they develop research-based action steps critical to protecting a certain species and incorporate key findings into their culminating conservation pamphlets.

Topic(s): Biodiversity, Climate Change, Habitat, Sustainability, Missouri

Highlights:

Social Media, Biology, Ecology, Conservation, Earth Science, Climatology, Geology, Oceanography, Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Social Studies, Civics, Economics, Consumer Power, Local Biome,

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/lesson/drivers-extinction/


Eating and Exercise

Author/Contributor: University of Colorado- Boulder, PHET Interactive Simulations

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Investigation/Inquiry (Lab)    |    Grade Band: 6-8

NGSS/MLS: LS1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
MO Show-Me Standards:

Description:

Use this virtual simulation to see how the human body responds to different eating and exercise habits. How many calories are in your favorite foods? How much exercise would you have to do to burn off these calories? What is the relationship between calories and weight? Explore these issues by choosing diet and exercise and keeping an eye on your weight.

Topic(s): Health, Nutrition

Highlights:

Interactive, Virtual, Visual, Health, Diet, Exercise, Biology, Calories, BMI, Food

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/legacy/eating-and-exercise


En-ROADS Climate Interactive

Author/Contributor: Climate Interactive, Ventana Systems, and MIT Sloan

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Computer Simulation/Virtual Lab    |    Grade Band: 9-12

NGSS/MLS: ESS2 Earths Systems, ESS3 Earth and Human Activity, LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions Energy and Dynamics
MO Show-Me Standards: 5-Environmental Problems

Description:

En-ROADS is a transparent, freely-available policy simulation model that provides policymakers, educators, businesses, the media, and the public with the ability to explore, for themselves, the likely consequences of energy, economic growth, land use, and other policies and uncertainties, with the goal of improving their understanding. The simulation runs on an ordinary laptop in a fraction of a second, is available online, offers an intuitive interface, has been carefully grounded in the best available science, and has been calibrated against a wide range of existing integrated assessment, climate and energy models.

Topic(s): Climate change, Civic engagement

Highlights:

Amenable to a variety of formats for different audiences, age groups. Games for individuals or small groups to large group simulation and dialogues.

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://www.climateinteractive.org/tools/en-roads/, https://www.climateinteractive.org/tools/guided-assignment/


Energy in Ecosystems

Author/Contributor: Project Learning Tree

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Lesson Unit    |    Grade Band: 3-5

NGSS/MLS: ESS2 Earths Systems, LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions Energy and Dynamics
MO Show-Me Standards: 2- Systems and Processes of Nature

Description:

This unit is a purchasable unit through Project Learning Tree.Designed for students in grades 3-5, Energy in Ecosystems investigates the ways in which organisms depend on each other to survive and thrive. Students focus on forests—one of the largest and most complex types of ecosystems—and come to understand some of the interactions present in all ecosystems. In doing so, they learn to appreciate the natural systems on which we depend and begin to widen their circle of compassion to include all of nature. Project Learning Tree’s Energy in Ecosystems curriculum for grades 3-5 won a 2019 Teachers’ ChoiceSM Award for the Classroom from Learning ® Magazine

Topic(s): Biodiversity, Ecosystem, Energy

Highlights:

Ecosystems, Energy, Interdependence, Forest Ecosystems, Teachers’ ChoiceSM Award for the Classroom from Learning Magazine

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://shop.plt.org/Shop/ProductDetails/energy-ecosystems-grades-3-5


Environmental Justice for All

Author/Contributor: Project Learning Tree

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Lesson Plan    |    Grade Band: 6-8

NGSS/MLS: ESS2 Earths Systems, ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 1-Environmental Principles, 2-Systems and Processes of Nature, 3-Systems and Processes of Human Societies, 4-Environments and Resources, 5-Environmental Problems, 6-Recognizing Investigating and Solving Environmental Problems, 7-Environmentally Responsible Behavior

Description:

This is a purchasable lesson from Project Learning Tree’s Discover your Urban Forest unit. Everyone has an equal right to a healthy environment—but does everyone have a healthy environment?Students propose actions to resolve various scenarios and then research issues related to environmental justice in their own state.

Topic(s): Air Quality, Ecosystem, Environmental Justice, Food Systems, Health, Sustainability, Waste Management, Missouri

Highlights:

Local, Missouri, Urban, Restoration, Environmental Issues, My Backyard, Sustainability, NAtural Resources, Urbanization, Urban Planning, Environmental Justice, Missouri, Critical Thinking, Social Studies, Economics

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://shop.plt.org/Shop/ProductDetails/discover-urban-forest


Exploring Environmental Issues: Biodiversity

Author/Contributor: Project Learning Tree

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Lesson Unit    |    Grade Band: 9-12

NGSS/MLS: ESS2 Earths Systems, ESS3 Earth and Human Activity, LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions Energy and Dynamics, LS3 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
MO Show-Me Standards: 5- Environmental Problems 6-Recognizing, Investigating, and Solving Environmental Problems

Description:

This is a purchasable unit. This Project Learning Tree high school module, students learn that decisions about growth and development, energy use and water quality, and even human health, all rest to some extent on perspectives about biodiversity. Educators and students step back from biodiversity issues and specific species to examine broader concepts and larger connections—not just biological, but political, cultural, ethical, and economic as well.

Topic(s): Biodiversity, Ecosystem, Invasive Species

Highlights:

Biodiversity, Secondary, invasive Species, Human Health, Human Environment Interaction, Ecosystem, Anthropocentrism, Globalism, Native Plants,

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://shop.plt.org/Shop/ProductDetails/high-school-biodiversity


Find Your Green Job!

Author/Contributor: Project Learning Tree

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Lesson Plan    |    Grade Band: 6-8

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 6- Recognizing, Investigating and Solving Environmental Problems

Description:

A free online quiz created by Project Learning Tree. Take this quiz to learn about your personality and some green jobs that might suit your students best.

Topic(s): Civic Engagement

Highlights:

Green Careers, Green Jobs, Forest Careers, Forestry Jobs, Outdoor Jobs, Conservation Jobs, Purchasable, Interactive, Online, Quiz, Individual, Secondary

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://cc.plt.org/greenjobsquiz


Food Sheet: Asparagus

Author/Contributor: Gateway Greening

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Outdoor Learning    |    Grade Band: 3-5

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 2- Systems and Processes of Nature

Description:

Provided by Gateway Greening, this ID sheet explains in depth the needed preperation, storage, freezing,and nutrutional beenfits of Aspagrus.

Topic(s): Gardening

Highlights:

School Garden, Urban Gardening, How-To Guide, Printable, Vegitables, Fruits, Aspagrus

File Download (if available):
Website Link: http://www.gatewaygreening.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Asparagus-2.pdf


Food Sheet: Beet

Author/Contributor: Gateway Greening

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Outdoor Learning    |    Grade Band: 3-5

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 2- Systems and Processes of Nature

Description:

Provided by Gateway Greening, this ID sheet explains in depth the needed preperation, storage, freezing,and nutrutional beenfits of Beets.

Topic(s): Gardening

Highlights:

School Garden, Urban Gardening, How-To Guide, Printable, Vegitables, Fruits, Beet

File Download (if available):
Website Link: http://www.gatewaygreening.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Beet-2.pdf


Food Sheet: Black-Eyed Peas

Author/Contributor: Gateway Greening

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Outdoor Learning    |    Grade Band: 3-5

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 2- Systems and Processes of Nature

Description:

Provided by Gateway Greening, this ID sheet explains in depth the needed preperation, storage, freezing,and nutrutional beenfits of Black-Eyed Peas

Topic(s): Gardening

Highlights:

School Garden, Urban Gardening, How-To Guide, Printable, Vegitables, Fruits, Black-Eyed Peas

File Download (if available):
Website Link: http://www.gatewaygreening.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Black-eyed-peas.pdf


Food Sheet: Bok Choy

Author/Contributor: Gateway Greening

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Outdoor Learning    |    Grade Band: 3-5

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 2- Systems and Processes of Nature

Description:

Provided by Gateway Greening, this ID sheet explains in depth the needed preperation, storage, freezing,and nutrutional beenfits of Bok Choy

Topic(s): Gardening

Highlights:

School Garden, Urban Gardening, How-To Guide, Printable, Vegitables, Fruits, Bok Choy

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Website Link: http://www.gatewaygreening.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Bok-Choy.pdf


Food Sheet: Brussel Sprouts

Author/Contributor: Gateway Greening

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Outdoor Learning    |    Grade Band: 3-5

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 2- Systems and Processes of Nature

Description:

Provided by Gateway Greening, this ID sheet explains in depth the needed preperation, storage, freezing,and nutrutional beenfits of Brussel Sprouts

Topic(s): Gardening

Highlights:

School Garden, Urban Gardening, How-To Guide, Printable, Vegitables, Fruits, Brussel Sprouts

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Website Link: http://www.gatewaygreening.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Brussels-Sprouts.pdf


Food Sheet: Cabbage

Author/Contributor: Gateway Greening

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Outdoor Learning    |    Grade Band: 3-5

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 2- Systems and Processes of Nature

Description:

Provided by Gateway Greening, this ID sheet explains in depth the needed preperation, storage, freezing,and nutrutional beenfits of Cabbage

Topic(s): Gardening

Highlights:

School Garden, Urban Gardening, How-To Guide, Printable, Vegitables, Fruits, Cabbage

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Website Link: http://www.gatewaygreening.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Cabbage.pdf


Food Sheet: Carrots

Author/Contributor: Gateway Greening

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Outdoor Learning    |    Grade Band: 3-5

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 2- Systems and Processes of Nature

Description:

Provided by Gateway Greening, this ID sheet explains in depth the needed preperation, storage, freezing,and nutrutional beenfits of Carrots

Topic(s): Gardening

Highlights:

School Garden, Urban Gardening, How-To Guide, Printable, Vegitables, Fruits, Carrots

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Website Link: http://www.gatewaygreening.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Carrot.pdf


Food Sheet: Cauliflower

Author/Contributor: Gateway Greening

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Outdoor Learning    |    Grade Band: 3-5

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 2- Systems and Processes of Nature

Description:

Provided by Gateway Greening, this ID sheet explains in depth the needed preperation, storage, freezing,and nutrutional beenfits of Caulaflower

Topic(s): Gardening

Highlights:

School Garden, Urban Gardening, How-To Guide, Printable, Vegitables, Fruits, Caulaflower

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Website Link: http://www.gatewaygreening.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Cauliflower.pdf


Food Sheet: Collards

Author/Contributor: Gateway Greening

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Outdoor Learning    |    Grade Band: 3-5

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 2- Systems and Processes of Nature

Description:

Provided by Gateway Greening, this ID sheet explains in depth the needed preperation, storage, freezing,and nutrutional beenfits of Collards

Topic(s): Gardening

Highlights:

School Garden, Urban Gardening, How-To Guide, Printable, Vegitables, Fruits, Collards

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Website Link: http://www.gatewaygreening.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Collards.pdf


Food Sheet: Cucumber

Author/Contributor: Gateway Greening

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Outdoor Learning    |    Grade Band: 3-5

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 2- Systems and Processes of Nature

Description:

Provided by Gateway Greening, this ID sheet explains in depth the needed preperation, storage, freezing,and nutrutional beenfits of Cucumber

Topic(s): Gardening

Highlights:

School Garden, Urban Gardening, How-To Guide, Printable, Vegitables, Fruits, Cucumber

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Website Link: http://www.gatewaygreening.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Cucumber.pdf


Food Sheet: Edamame

Author/Contributor: Gateway Greening

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Outdoor Learning    |    Grade Band: 3-5

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 2- Systems and Processes of Nature

Description:

Provided by Gateway Greening, this ID sheet explains in depth the needed preperation, storage, freezing,and nutrutional beenfits of Edamane

Topic(s): Gardening

Highlights:

School Garden, Urban Gardening, How-To Guide, Printable, Vegitables, Fruits, Edamane

File Download (if available):
Website Link: http://www.gatewaygreening.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Edamame.pdf


Food Sheet: Eggplant

Author/Contributor: Gateway Greening

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Outdoor Learning    |    Grade Band: 3-5

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 2- Systems and Processes of Nature

Description:

Provided by Gateway Greening, this ID sheet explains in depth the needed preperation, storage, freezing,and nutrutional beenfits of Eggplant

Topic(s): Gardening

Highlights:

School Garden, Urban Gardening, How-To Guide, Printable, Vegitables, Eggplant

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Website Link: http://www.gatewaygreening.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Eggplant.pdf


Food Sheet: Garlic

Author/Contributor: Gateway Greening

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Outdoor Learning    |    Grade Band: 3-5

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 2- Systems and Processes of Nature

Description:

Provided by Gateway Greening, this ID sheet explains in depth the needed preperation, storage, freezing,and nutrutional beenfits of Garlic

Topic(s): Gardening

Highlights:

School Garden, Urban Gardening, How-To Guide, Printable, Vegitables, Garlic

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Website Link: http://www.gatewaygreening.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Garlic.pdf


Forest Biotechnology

Author/Contributor: Project Learning Tree

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Lesson Plan    |    Grade Band: 9-12

NGSS/MLS: ESS2 Earths Systems, ESS3 Earth and Human Activity, LS3 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits, LS4 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
MO Show-Me Standards: 1-Environmental Principles, 2-Systems and Processes of Nature, 3-Systems and Processes of Human Societies, 4-Environments and Resources, 5-Environmental Problems, 6-Recognizing Investigating and Solving Environmental Problems, 7-Environmentally Responsible Behavior

Description:

This is a purchasable lesson from Project Learning Tree’s Biotechnology unit.In this activity, students will learn how traditional methods of artificial selection and modern methods of bioengineering have been used in an attempt to improve the quality of forests products worldwide. Students will investigate both the risks and benefits of genetically modifying trees.

Topic(s): Biodiversity, Environmental Justice, Food Systems, Habitat, Health, Natural Resources, History

Highlights:

Biotechnology, History, Cloning, Stem Cell Research, GMO’S, Biology, Environmental Science, Agriculture, AP, Geography, Ethics, Forestry, Paper Products, Renewable Resources

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Website Link: https://shop.plt.org/Shop/ProductDetails/high-school-biotechnology


Forest in the City

Author/Contributor: Project Learning Tree

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Lesson Plan    |    Grade Band: 6-8

NGSS/MLS: ESS2 Earths Systems, ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 1-Environmental Principles, 2-Systems and Processes of Nature, 3-Systems and Processes of Human Societies, 4-Environments and Resources, 5-Environmental Problems, 6-Recognizing Investigating and Solving Environmental Problems, 7-Environmentally Responsible Behavior

Description:

This is a purchasable lesson from Project Learning Tree’s Discover your Urban Forest unit. The trees in our communities provide many benefits: they improve air quality, store carbon, and conserve energy. Trees also enhance human health by reducing blood pressure, decreasing stress, and elevating attentiveness.Students conduct a survey to investigate the social and psychological effects of the urban forest.

Topic(s): Air Quality, Ecosystem, Environmental Justice, Food Systems, Health, Sustainability, Waste Management, Missouri

Highlights:

Local, Missouri, Urban, Restoration, Environmental Issues, My Backyard, Sustainability, NAtural Resources, Urbanization, Urban Planning, Environmental Justice, Stress Relief, Blood Pressure, Psychology, Data Analysis, Survey

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Website Link: https://shop.plt.org/Shop/ProductDetails/discover-urban-forest


Garden Pollinators

Author/Contributor: Life Lab

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Lesson Unit    |    Grade Band: 3-5

NGSS/MLS: LS1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes, LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions Energy and Dynamics
MO Show-Me Standards: 2-Systems and Processes of Nature

Description:

Examining the diversity of pollinators in the garden and their role in the ecosystem provides an excellent opportunity for students to learn about the mechanisms of adaptation. Keywords: pollinators, adaptations, observation

Topic(s): Biodiversity, Gardening

Highlights:

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://www.lifelab.org/store/free-downloads/


Gateway Greening’s Vegtable Planning Calander

Author/Contributor: Gateway Greening

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Outdoor Learning    |    Grade Band: 3-5

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards:

Description:

When should I plant my veggies? Do I start them indoors? Should i plant from seeds? All of these questions and more are answered with Gateway Greening’s visual planting calnder. This handy tool explains when to plant outdoors, if to start from a seedling, and so much more.

Topic(s): Gardening

Highlights:

School Garden, Urban Gardening, How-To Guide, Printable, Vegitables, Fruits, Planting Calander

File Download (if available):
Website Link: http://www.gatewaygreening.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Gateway-Greening-Planting-Calendar-2018-1.pdf


Global Invaders

Author/Contributor: Project Learning Tree

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Lesson Plan    |    Grade Band: 9-12

NGSS/MLS: ESS2 Earths Systems, ESS3 Earth and Human Activity, LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions Energy and Dynamics, LS3 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
MO Show-Me Standards: 5- Environmental Problems 6-Recognizing, Investigating, and Solving Environmental Problems

Description:

This is a purchasable lesson from Project Learning Tree Exploring Environmental Issues: Biodiversity unit. In this activity, students will research invasive species in the United States and then investigate the presence and effects of invasive species in their own community.

Topic(s): Biodiversity, Ecosystem, Invasive Species

Highlights:

Biodiversity, Secondary, invasive Species, Human Health, Human Environment Interaction, Ecosystem, Anthropocentrism, Globalism, Native Plants,

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Website Link: https://shop.plt.org/Shop/ProductDetails/high-school-biodiversity


Great Plains Natural Resources in the 1880s

Author/Contributor: National Parks Service

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Lesson Plan    |    Grade Band: 3-5

NGSS/MLS: ESS2 Earths Systems, ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 2- Systems and Processes of Nature, 5- Environmental Problems, 6- Recognizing, investigating, and Solving Environmental Problems, 7- Environmentally Responsible Behavior

Description:

The year is 1872. The dwindling number of buffalo on the Great Plains is having a dramatic affect on several groups of people. These teacher materials include activity resources to help students to understand the conflicts that arose over natural resources on the Great Plains during the 1880s

Topic(s): Biodiversity, Food Systems, Natural Resources, Population, History, Missouri, Food Chains, Food Webs

Highlights:

Local, Missouri, Prairie, Buffalo, Bison, Extinction, Great Plains, Resource Scarcity, Anthropocentrism, Native American, Historical,

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://www.nps.gov/teachers/classrooms/natural-resources-in-the-1800s-great-plains.htm


Green Jobs Online Professional Development Course

Author/Contributor: Project Learning Tree

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Lesson Unit    |    Grade Band: 6-8

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 6- Recognizing, Investigating and Solving Environmental Problems

Description:

This purchasable background knowledge unit, Green Jobs Online Professional Development Course is a supplement to the Green Jobs: Exploring Forest Careers guide and supports formal and informal educators in effectively leading activities with youth. This self-paced, interactive course provides curated videos to expand and deepen your knowledge of forest and conservation jobs, as well as teaching tips, and resources to help you modify and supplement the activities to meet the needs of the youth you work with and your setting.

Topic(s):

Highlights:

Green Careers, Green Jobs, Forest Careers, Forestry Jobs, Outdoor Jobs, Conservation Jobs, Purchasable, Interactive Activity

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Website Link: https://shop.plt.org/Shop/ProductDetails/green-jobs


Green Jobs: Exploring Forest Careers guide

Author/Contributor: Project Learning Tree

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Lesson Unit    |    Grade Band: 6-8

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 6- Recognizing, Investigating and Solving Environmental Problems

Description:

Green jobs represent one of the fastest growing and changing segments of the global economy. At the same time, today’s youth are seeking rewarding careers that help us move toward more sustainable lifestyles and greener economies.Some of the most exciting—and perhaps greenest jobs—involve forests.Help inspire the next generation of environmental and conservation leaders with the following PLT Green Jobs: Exploring Forest Careers resources. Use with youth ages 12–25 in settings ranging from community youth programs and school classrooms, to college and career prep, to field trips and forest tours.

Topic(s): Civic Engagement

Highlights:

Green Careers, Green Jobs, Forest Careers, Forestry Jobs, Outdoor Jobs, Conservation Jobs, Purchasable, Unit, Professional Development

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Website Link: https://shop.plt.org/Shop/ProductDetails/green-jobs


Hoot

Author/Contributor: Carl Hiaasen

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Book    |    Grade Band: 3-5

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 7- Environmentally Responsible Behavior

Description:

In his first novel for a younger audience, Carl Hiaasen (Basket Case, etc.) plunges readers right into the middle of an ecological mystery, made up of endangered miniature owls, the Mother Paula’s All-American Pancake House scheduled to be built over their burrows, and the owls’ unlikely allies–three middle school kids determined to beat the screwed-up adult system. Hiaasen’s tongue is firmly in cheek as he successfully cuts his slapstick sense of humor down to kid-size. Sure to be a hoot, er, hit with middle school mystery fans.

Topic(s): Civic Engagement, Environmental Justice, Habitat, Natural Resources

Highlights:

Novel, Young Readers, Newbery Honor Book,

File Download (if available):
Website Link: http://www.carlhiaasen.com/book-detail.shtml?bid=10


How To Guide 4′
x 10′ Raised Garden Bed
Building Instructions

Author/Contributor: Gateway Greening

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Outdoor Learning    |    Grade Band: 3-5

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards:

Description:

Raised beds are a great way to grow edible and ornamental plants. Raised beds allow you to bring in high quality soil to grow plants, which is usually in short supply around houses where good topsoil was scraped off or mixed with much lower quality clay subsoil during construction. Bringing in soil for the raised bed also allows you to minimize the possible danger of soil contaminants like lead. The added height also makes working in the bed easier while creating a nice defined border for the garden that keeps everything looking neat and tidy

Topic(s): Gardening

Highlights:

Raised Bed, School Garden, Urban Gardening, How-To Guide, Printable

File Download (if available):
Website Link: http://www.gatewaygreening.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Raised-Bed-How-To-Guide.pdf


How-To Guide
Accessible Double-High Bed
Building Instructions

Author/Contributor: Gateway Greening

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Outdoor Learning    |    Grade Band: 3-5

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards:

Description:

Raised beds are a great way to grow edible and ornamental plants. Raised beds allow you to bring in high quality soil to grow plants, which is usually in short supply around houses where good topsoil was scraped off or mixed with much lower quality clay subsoil during construction. Bringing in soil for the raised bed also allows you to minimize the possible danger of soil contaminants like lead. The added height also makes working in the bed easier while creating a nice defined border for the garden that keeps everything looking neat and tidy.

Topic(s): Gardening

Highlights:

Raised Bed, School Garden, Urban Gardening, How-To Guide, Printable

File Download (if available):
Website Link: http://www.gatewaygreening.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Accessible-Raised-Beds.pdf


How-To Guide
Three-Bin Compost Bin
Building Instructions

Author/Contributor: Gateway Greening

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Outdoor Learning    |    Grade Band: 3-5

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 7- Environmentally Responsible Behavior

Description:

This three-bin composting system is a relatively simple system designed to encourage you to use composting best practices while producing compost efficiently, neatly, and fast (if you follow those best practices). The most obvious benefit of a compost bin is that it allows you to turn food waste, yard waste, and weeds into a valuable soil amendment.

Topic(s): Gardening

Highlights:

Compost, Compost Bin, 3 Bin Compost Bin,School Garden, Urban Gardening, How-To Guide, Printable

File Download (if available):
Website Link: http://www.gatewaygreening.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/3-Bin-Compost-How-To-Guide.pdf


If You Were the Boss

Author/Contributor: Project Learning Tree

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Lesson Plan    |    Grade Band: 6-8

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 6- Recognizing, Investigating and Solving Environmental Problems

Description:

This purchasable lesson plan is part of Project Learning Trees Green Jobs: Exploring Forest Careers unit. Acting as foresters, learners grapple with decisions about how to manage a forest sustainably while serving different needs.

Topic(s): Civic Engagement

Highlights:

Green Careers, Green Jobs, Forest Careers, Forestry Jobs, Outdoor Jobs, Conservation Jobs, Purchasable, Interactive Activity, Secondary

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Website Link: https://shop.plt.org/Shop/ProductDetails/green-jobs


Introduction to Biotechnology

Author/Contributor: Project Learning Tree

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Lesson Plan    |    Grade Band: 9-12

NGSS/MLS: ESS2 Earths Systems, ESS3 Earth and Human Activity, LS3 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits, LS4 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
MO Show-Me Standards: 1-Environmental Principles, 2-Systems and Processes of Nature, 3-Systems and Processes of Human Societies, 4-Environments and Resources, 5-Environmental Problems, 6-Recognizing Investigating and Solving Environmental Problems, 7-Environmentally Responsible Behavior

Description:

This is a purchasable lesson from Project Learning Tree’s Biotechnology unit. The word “biotechnology” usually conjures imag

Topic(s): Biodiversity, Environmental Justice, Food Systems, Habitat, Health, Natural Resources, History

Highlights:

Biotechnology, History, Cloning, Stem Cell Research, GMO’S, Biology, Environmental Science, Agriculture, AP, Geography, Ethics, Health, Introduction

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://shop.plt.org/Shop/ProductDetails/high-school-biotechnology


Investigating Local Ecosystems

Author/Contributor: Science NetLinks- AAAS

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Lesson Plan    |    Grade Band: K-2

NGSS/MLS: LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions Energy and Dynamics
MO Show-Me Standards: 4-Environments and Resources

Description:

To investigate the habitats of local plants and animals and explore some of the ways animals depend on plants and each other.

Topic(s): Biodiversity, Ecosystem, Food Systems, Habitat, Missouri, Food Chains, Food Webs

Highlights:

Local, Habitat, Ecosystem, My Backyard, Observation, Hands- On

File Download (if available):
Website Link: http://sciencenetlinks.com/lessons/investigating-local-ecosystems/


Ishmael

Author/Contributor: Daniel Quinn

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Book    |    Grade Band: 6-8

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 1- Environmental Principles 6- Recognizing and Solving Environmental problems 7- Environmentally Responsible Behavior

Description:

Ishmael is a 1992 philosophical novel by Daniel Quinn. The novel examines the hidden cultural biases driving modern civilization and explores themes of ethics, sustainability, and global catastrophe.

Topic(s): Civic Engagement, Climate Change, Environmental Justice, Health, Population, Sustainability

Highlights:

Cultural Relativity, Ethnocentrism, Bias, Sustainable behavior, Anthropocentrism, Fiction

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Website Link: https://www.ishmael.org/


Learn Genetics

Author/Contributor: University of Utah

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Investigation/Inquiry (Lab)    |    Grade Band: 9-12

NGSS/MLS: LS3 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits, LS4 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
MO Show-Me Standards: 2- Systems and Processes of Nature

Description:

A one stop shop for genetic basics, to advanced topics such as the cotton genome. This resource provides virtual labs, and a deep look into the ecological changes that activate epigenetics. This resource is great for in depth study of the environment, and how actions cause genetic change.

Topic(s): Biodiversity

Highlights:

Virtual Lab, Genetics, Epigenetics, Ecological change over time,

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://learn.genetics.utah.edu/


Lizard Evolution Virtual Lab

Author/Contributor: HHMI Biointeractive

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Computer Simulation/Virtual Lab    |    Grade Band: 9-12

NGSS/MLS: LS1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
MO Show-Me Standards: 2- Systems and Processes of Nature

Description:

This interactive, modular lab explores the evolution of the anole lizards in the Caribbean through data collection and analysis.

Topic(s): Biodiversity

Highlights:

Virtual Lab, Genetics, Epigenetics, Ecological change over time, Biodiversity

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://www.biointeractive.org/classroom-resources/lizard-evolution-virtual-lab


Looking for Insects in Your Yard

Author/Contributor: St. Louis Zoo

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Video    |    Grade Band: K-2

NGSS/MLS: LS1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
MO Show-Me Standards: 2- Systems and Processes of Nature

Description:

Observe small critters in a Zoo Educator’s backyard while learning how to tell if they are insects.

Topic(s): Ecosystem, Habitat, Missouri

Highlights:

Local, Missouri, Your Backyard, Early Childhood, Insects, Video, Identification

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SA42bYbrYEE&feature=youtu.be


Man, it’s Hot!

Author/Contributor: National Parks Service

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Data Set    |    Grade Band: 6-8

NGSS/MLS: ESS2 Earths Systems, ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 2- Systems and Processes of Nature, 5- Environmental Problems, 6- Recognizing, investigating, and Solving Environmental Problems, 7- Environmentally Responsible Behavior

Description:

What does ‘global warming’ mean, and we are really seeing climate change? In this activity, students will read a Global Warming Information sheet, and measure and graph the local temperature in the Ozark National Scenic Riverway

Topic(s): Climate Change, Water Ecology, Missouri

Highlights:

Climate Change, Pollution, Local, Missouri, Ozark Region, Consumer Power, Greenhouse Gases, Climate Patterns, Human Environment Interaction

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://www.nps.gov/teachers/classrooms/man-it-is-hot.htm


Mapping Human Interruptions to Migration

Author/Contributor: National Geographic

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Game    |    Grade Band: 6-8

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 1-Environmental Principles, 2-Systems and Processes of Nature, 3-Systems and Processes of Human Societies, 4-Environments and Resources, 5-Environmental Problems, 6-Recognizing Investigating and Solving Environmental Problems, 7-Environmentally Responsible Behavior

Description:

Students learn how human activity has impacted animal migration. They begin by watching a video of elk migration through Yellowstone National Park to understand what animal migration is, why elk migrate, how far they travel, and why humans should care. They then imagine themselves back in time and think about how they would adapt the land to better meet the evolving needs of their developing community. Finally, students learn more about specific ways people have altered the environment, explore one geographic area in the United States, and map the human activity in that region. This lesson is part of the Interrupted Migrations unit.

Topic(s): Climate Change, Population, History

Highlights:

Biology, Ecology, Conservation, Geography, Social Studies, Population, Habitat Loss, Anthropocentrism,

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/lesson/mapping-human-interruptions-migration/


Micro Waterlife in St. Louis

Author/Contributor: St. Louis Zoo

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Video    |    Grade Band: K-2

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity, LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions Energy and Dynamics
MO Show-Me Standards: 2-Systems and Processes of Nature, 4-Environments and Resources, 7-Environmentally Responsible Behavior

Description:

Observing the biodiversity of waterlife. Did you know there are thousands of types of living creatures that can be found in just one tablespoon of pond water? Join Saint Louis Zoo Educator Connor as he leads us in another invertebrate observation project. We will discuss some of the notable aquatic invertebrates found in the Saint Louis area, how you can observe some safely from home, and why they are so important for our ecosystem’s balance.
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Topic(s): Biodiversity, Ecosystem, Water Ecology, Watersheds, Missouri, Food Chains, Food Webs

Highlights:

Local freshwater organisms.

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZlz1FdkMjI&feature=youtu.be


Mineral Identification

Author/Contributor: Educational Web Labs

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Computer Simulation/Virtual Lab    |    Grade Band: 9-12

NGSS/MLS: LS1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
MO Show-Me Standards: 4-Environments and Resources

Description:

Scientists strive to identify the materials of their world. Biologists classify plants & animals, Chemists identify elements & compounds and Geologists identify minerals, to name but a few. Geologists use several properties to identify minerals:

Topic(s): Natural Resources

Highlights:

Natural Resources, Minerals, Scientific Method

File Download (if available):
Website Link: http://eduweblabs.com/Database/Lab_FoldersES/MineralID/MineralID.html


Missouri ABC’s: An Alphabet Book of Missouri Plants and Birds

Author/Contributor: Missouri Botanical Garden & Matthew Magoc

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Video    |    Grade Band: K-2

NGSS/MLS:
MO Show-Me Standards: 4- Environments and Resources

Description:

Enjoy this video provided by the Missouri Botanical Garden education department, who will be reading Matthew Magoc’s “Missouri ABC’s”.

Topic(s): Missouri

Highlights:

Read-along, Read-out-loud, video, Missouri, local, Missouri Plants, Missouri Animals, My Backyard,

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGpdVW8EQ5o&list=PLi3C30j3Op822MpggQexIkB8DQ3IntTnQ&index=1


Monitoring Forest Health

Author/Contributor: Project Learning Tree

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Lesson Plan    |    Grade Band: 6-8

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 6- Recognizing, Investigating and Solving Environmental Problems

Description:

This purchasable lesson plan is part of Project Learning Trees Green Jobs: Exploring Forest Careers unit. through a variety of health indicators, learners assess the health of a forest area and see how soil scientists, wildlife biologists, arborists, and other forest professionals monitor forests.

Topic(s): Civic Engagement

Highlights:

Green Careers, Green Jobs, Forest Careers, Forestry Jobs, Outdoor Jobs, Conservation Jobs, Purchasable, Interactive Activity, Secondary

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Website Link: https://shop.plt.org/Shop/ProductDetails/green-jobs


Nature Journaling

Author/Contributor: St. Louis Zoo

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Video    |    Grade Band: 3-5

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 1- Environmental Principles

Description:

Journaling has many benefits and scientists have been using this tool throughout history! Grab a notebook, writing utensil, and prepare to do some exploring as we discuss a variety of ways to journal our findings!

Topic(s): Civic Engagement, Ecosystem, Habitat, Missouri

Highlights:

Local, Missouri, Your Backyard,Identification, Video, Exploratory, Analysis, Journaling

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckL_XJckkrw&feature=youtu.be


Nocturnal Noises

Author/Contributor: St. Louis Zoo

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Video    |    Grade Band: K-2

NGSS/MLS: LS1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
MO Show-Me Standards: 2- Systems and Processes of Nature

Description:

Did you hear that? Many Missouri animals are nocturnal, meaning they are more active at night. The spring and summer is the best time to hear backyard wildlife. Let’s listen together and learn all about who’s out after dark!

Topic(s): Ecosystem, Habitat, Missouri

Highlights:

Local, Missouri, Your Backyard, Early Childhood, Identification, Video, Night

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQ367G2yqGA&feature=youtu.be


Our Yard

Author/Contributor: Missouri Botanical Garden & Shawn Boedfield

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Video    |    Grade Band: K-2

NGSS/MLS:
MO Show-Me Standards: 4- Environments and Resources

Description:

Enjoy this video provided by the Missouri Botanical Garden education department. Interpreter Shawn Boedefeld reading her book Our Yard.

Topic(s): Missouri

Highlights:

Read-along, Read-out-loud, video, Missouri, local, Missouri Plants, Missouri Animals, My Backyard,

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbv3G4Y8AYg&list=PLi3C30j3Op822MpggQexIkB8DQ3IntTnQ&index=4


Plant Evolution Lab

Author/Contributor: Rutgers University

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Computer Simulation/Virtual Lab    |    Grade Band: 9-12

NGSS/MLS: LS4 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
MO Show-Me Standards: 2- Systems and Processes of Nature

Description:

The evolution of multicellular plants involved the modification of different cells to perform distinct functions. Part of the success of land plants was based upon the evolution of a very strong molecule called lignin. In this laboratory you will learn how to identify three lignified cells.

Topic(s): Biodiversity

Highlights:

Evolution of plant life, Biodiversity, Habitat, Evolution, Adaptation

File Download (if available):
Website Link: http://bio.rutgers.edu/~gb101/lab7_p_evol/p_evol_web/index7.html


Plants and People

Author/Contributor: The Missouri Botanical Garden

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Lesson Unit    |    Grade Band: 6-8

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity, LS4 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
MO Show-Me Standards: 2-Systems and Processes of Nature, 6-Recognizing Investigating and Solving Environmental Problems, 7-Environmentally Responsible Behavior

Description:

An understanding of the interconnectedness of the natural world is vital if we are going to tackle big challenges like climate change and conservation. In this class, students will explore the interdependence between flowering plants and their pollinators, underscoring how this simple relationship affects not just the organisms involved, but the ecology of their local habitats and human quality of life

Topic(s): Biodiversity, Ecosystem, Water Ecology, Watersheds, Missouri, Food Chains, Food Webs

Highlights:

Downloadable curriculum, hands-on,

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/learn-discover/students-teachers/plantlab-student-scientists/plss-plants-and-people-form.aspx


Plastics in the Plankton, Plastics on Your Plate

Author/Contributor: National Geographic

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Lesson Plan    |    Grade Band: 6-8

NGSS/MLS: ESS2 Earths Systems, ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 1-Environmental Principles, 2-Systems and Processes of Nature, 3-Systems and Processes of Human Societies, 4-Environments and Resources, 5-Environmental Problems, 6-Recognizing Investigating and Solving Environmental Problems, 7-Environmentally Responsible Behavior

Description:

Students investigate the impacts of plastics on marine organisms in different marine ecosystems. They construct a food web for an assigned ecosystem, using it to illustrate the principle of biomagnification visually. Students draw on evidence presented in this lesson and in the previous lesson, Plastics, Plastics, Everywhere, to justify an argument about whether plastic pollution affects humans as well.

Topic(s): Food Systems, Health, Sustainability, Waste Management, Art

Highlights:

Arts and Music, Biology, Ecology, Health, Chemistry, Conservation, English Language Arts, Storytelling, Microplastics

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/lesson/plastics-plankton-plastics-your-plate/


Plastics, Plastics, Everywhere

Author/Contributor: National Geographic

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Lesson Plan    |    Grade Band: 6-8

NGSS/MLS: ESS2 Earths Systems, ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 1-Environmental Principles, 2-Systems and Processes of Nature, 3-Systems and Processes of Human Societies, 4-Environments and Resources, 5-Environmental Problems, 6-Recognizing Investigating and Solving Environmental Problems, 7-Environmentally Responsible Behavior

Description:

Students learn basic background information about the plastics crisis, including what defines plastics, where plastic pollution comes from, and how it gets into the ocean. Working together as part of a publishing team, they synthesize a variety of multimedia resources to create their own Ocean Plastics Movement Model explaining the forces that affect plastics on a global scale.

Topic(s): Biodiversity, Habitat, Pollution, Waste Management, Missouri

Highlights:

Biology, Ecology, Chemistry, Conservation, Earth Science, Climatology, Oceanography, English Language Arts, Experiential Learning, Geography, Human Geography, Storytelling, Consumer Power, Sustainability, Anthropocentrism

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/lesson/plastics-plastics-everywhere/


Pollution Solutions

Author/Contributor: National Geographic

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Lesson Plan    |    Grade Band: 6-8

NGSS/MLS: ESS2 Earths Systems, ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 1-Environmental Principles, 2-Systems and Processes of Nature, 3-Systems and Processes of Human Societies, 4-Environments and Resources, 5-Environmental Problems, 6-Recognizing Investigating and Solving Environmental Problems, 7-Environmentally Responsible Behavior

Description:

Students research and compare several proposed solutions to the ocean plastics crisis. Then, publishing teams create their own rubrics to evaluate competing solutions and choose a contest winner. Finally, each publishing team identifies a target audience and begins crafting their Call to Action.

Topic(s): Civic Engagement, Food Systems, Sustainability

Highlights:

Chemistry, Conservation, Earth Science, Oceanography, Engineering, English Language Arts, Experiential Learning, Geography, Human Geography, Social Studies, Civics, Economics, Storytelling, Climate Action, Climate Solutions, Consumer Power,

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/lesson/pollution-solutions/


Potatoes, Pesticides, and Biodiversity

Author/Contributor: Project Learning Tree

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Lesson Plan    |    Grade Band: 9-12

NGSS/MLS: ESS2 Earths Systems, ESS3 Earth and Human Activity, LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions Energy and Dynamics, LS3 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
MO Show-Me Standards: 5- Environmental Problems 6-Recognizing, Investigating, and Solving Environmental Problems

Description:

This is a purchasable lesson from Project Learning Tree Exploring Environmental Issues: Biodiversity unit. Students will develop an understanding of some of the costs and benefits of using pesticides and how those products affect biodiversity. They will research pesticides and learn about alternatives to the reliance on pesticides for growing potatoes.

Topic(s): Biodiversity, Ecosystem, Invasive Species

Highlights:

Biodiversity, Secondary, invasive Species, Human Health, Human Environment Interaction, Ecosystem, Anthropocentrism, Globalism, Native Plants,

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://shop.plt.org/Shop/ProductDetails/high-school-biodiversity


Prairie Soil Health

Author/Contributor: Grow Native! & Missouri Prairie Journal Vol. 29, No. 3, 2008

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Book    |    Grade Band: 9-12

NGSS/MLS: ESS2 Earths Systems, LS1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes, LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions Energy and Dynamics
MO Show-Me Standards: 2- Systems and Processes of Nature 4- Environments and Resources

Description:

A three page guide to building healthy prairie soil. Use this guide to help re-establish native soils by seeding healthy microbale life.

Topic(s): Ecosystem, Gardening

Highlights:

Prairie, Soil Health, Restoration, Prairie Restoration, Plant Health, School Garden, Local, Missouri, Garden Sponsor, Teacher, Microbiology

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1g80icjiKVGjyzoqIM2acu4OPcwBo5CZP/view


Protected Areas: Issues and Analysis

Author/Contributor: Project Learning Tree

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Lesson Plan    |    Grade Band: 9-12

NGSS/MLS: ESS2 Earths Systems, ESS3 Earth and Human Activity, LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions Energy and Dynamics, LS3 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
MO Show-Me Standards: 5- Environmental Problems 6-Recognizing, Investigating, and Solving Environmental Problems

Description:

This is a purchasable lesson from Project Learning Tree Exploring Environmental Issues: Biodiversity unit. By analyzing case studies and describing some of the challenges and conflicts, students will learn about the importance to biodiversity of protected areas. To use this lesson as a place-based experience for student, develop your own case study using your local flora and fauna.

Topic(s): Biodiversity, Ecosystem, Invasive Species

Highlights:

Biodiversity, Secondary, invasive Species, Human Health, Human Environment Interaction, Ecosystem, Anthropocentrism, Globalism, Native Plants,

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://shop.plt.org/Shop/ProductDetails/high-school-biodiversity


Rachel Carson

Author/Contributor: PBS & Rachel Carson

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Movie    |    Grade Band: 6-8

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 1-Environmental Principles

Description:

Featuring the voice of Mary-Louise Parker as the influential writer and scientist, Rachel Carson is an intimate portrait of the woman whose groundbreaking books revolutionized our relationship to the natural world. Drawn from Carson’s own writings, letters and recent scholarship, this film illuminates both the public and private life of the woman who launched the modern environmental movement and revolutionized how we understand our relationship with the natural world.

Topic(s): Biodiversity, Civic Engagement, Health, Pollution

Highlights:

Can watch a chapter at a time; available on PBS, iTunes, and Amazon

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/rachel-carson/


Rainscaping Guide

Author/Contributor: Missouri Botanical Garden & Biodiverse City

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Images/Infographics    |    Grade Band: 3-5

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 7- Environmentally Responsible Behavior

Description:

An in-depth description and infographic on the mechanics of rainscaping, and how the local watershed and ecosystem is affected.

Topic(s): Gardening, Natural Resources, Sustainability

Highlights:

Rainscaping, Rain Garden, Recycling Water, Groundwater, Stormwater management, Stormwater runoff, Green Building

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/sustainability/sustainability/sustainable-living/at-home/rainscaping-guide.aspx


Raised Bed Plant Spacing

Author/Contributor: Gateway Greening

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Outdoor Learning    |    Grade Band: 3-5

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 7- Environmentally Responsible Behavior

Description:

Raised Beds are a great way to grow edible and ornimental plants. They are also a great way to help bring pollinators to urban neighborhoods, if there is not fresh soil around. This guide will help garrdners space their plants within raised beds to promote healthy growth and detre overcrowding.

Topic(s): Gardening

Highlights:

Raised Bed Gardening,,School Garden, Urban Gardening, How-To Guide, Printable, Crop Spaceing

File Download (if available):
Website Link: http://www.gatewaygreening.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/raised-bed-spacing-PDF.pdf


Seeking Sustainability

Author/Contributor: Project Learning Tree

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Lesson Plan    |    Grade Band: 6-8

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 6- Recognizing, Investigating and Solving Environmental Problems

Description:

This purchasable lesson plan is part of Project Learning Trees Green Jobs: Exploring Forest Careers unit. Learners explore the concept of sustainability by examining the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals, while also taking a look at some jobs involved in ensuring forest sustainability.

Topic(s): Civic Engagement

Highlights:

Green Careers, Green Jobs, Forest Careers, Forestry Jobs, Outdoor Jobs, Conservation Jobs, Purchasable, Interactive Activity, Secondary

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Website Link: https://shop.plt.org/Shop/ProductDetails/green-jobs


Sing a song about the role of plants!

Author/Contributor: Missouri Botanical Garden

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Computer Simulation/Virtual Lab    |    Grade Band: K-2

NGSS/MLS: LS1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
MO Show-Me Standards: 2- Systems and Processes of Nature

Description:

Based on the Missouri Botanical Garden video series of the same name, this site introduces plants to young children. Concepts such as photosynthesis, pollination, seed dispersal and adaptation are explained. Classroom lesson plans are available for download.

Topic(s): Ecosystem, Music

Highlights:

Introduction, Song, interactive, Early Childhood, Plants, Ecosystem,

File Download (if available):
Website Link: http://mbgnet.net/bioplants/earthsong.html


Sing the Science Standards “Home, Home, Habitat” Song

Author/Contributor: K!2 Science

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Song/ Music    |    Grade Band: K-2

NGSS/MLS:
MO Show-Me Standards: 4-Environments and Resources

Description:

A song (1:08) for elementary students explaining the term habitat. This song is also available as a video. Sung to the tune of “Home on the Range.”

Topic(s): Ecosystem, Habitat

Highlights:

Song, Follow Along, Critical Thinking, Mind Map, Early Childhood, Habitat

File Download (if available):
Website Link: http://k12science.net/scienceexplosion/songs/life-science/


Sing the Science Standards “Life Cycles” Song

Author/Contributor: K!2 Science

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Song/ Music    |    Grade Band: K-2

NGSS/MLS: LS1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
MO Show-Me Standards: 2- Systems and Processes of Nature

Description:

A song (1:18) for elementary and middle school students on the life cycles of plants and animals. Sung to the tune of “My Old Kentucky Home.”

Topic(s): Biodiversity, Energy, Food Systems, Habitat, Food Chains, Food Webs

Highlights:

Song, Follow Along, Critical Thinking, Mind Map, Early Childhood, Life Cycle, Plant Life Cycle

File Download (if available):
Website Link: http://k12science.net/scienceexplosion/songs/life-science/


Sing the Science Standards”Waste Not” Song

Author/Contributor: K!2 Science

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Song/ Music    |    Grade Band: K-2

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 7- Environmentally Responsible Behavior

Description:

A song (0:46) for elementary and middle school students on the positive and negative impact of humans on the environment. Sung to the tune of “Swanee River.”

Topic(s): Pollution, Sustainability, Waste Management

Highlights:

Song, Follow Along, Critical Thinking, Mind Map, Early Childhood, Waste Management, Pollution

File Download (if available):
Website Link: http://k12science.net/scienceexplosion/songs/life-science/


Soil Profile Lab

Author/Contributor: Educational Web Labs

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Computer Simulation/Virtual Lab    |    Grade Band: 9-12

NGSS/MLS: LS1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
MO Show-Me Standards: 4-Environments and Resources

Description:

Soil is a very complex structure. There is an almost countless number of types with various areas and makeup. In order to scientifically study such a structure, soil scientists have comprised a basic guide to help identify the various types. If you go and dig in your backyard, you will notice that the soil seems to be in layers. These layers have different colors and textures and are known as horizons, and taken collectively these horizons make up a soil profile. This is a very simple example:

Topic(s): Ecosystem, Food Systems, Gardening

Highlights:

Soil Identification, Plant Growth

File Download (if available):
Website Link: http://eduweblabs.com/Database/Lab_FoldersES/Profile/Profile.html


Soil Test Lab

Author/Contributor: Educational Web Labs

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Computer Simulation/Virtual Lab    |    Grade Band: 9-12

NGSS/MLS: LS1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
MO Show-Me Standards: 4- Environments and Resources

Description:

Three nutrients for a soil’s “health” are nitrogen, phosphate and potassium. Nitrogen, in the form of nitrate (NO3) compounds, is used by plants to create lush leaf and stem growth. Phosphate, compounds with PO4 in them, promote good root growth and potassium, the element K in compound form, promotes flower growth. All are needed to produce healthy plants. The level of these nutrients can be measured in the laboratory and a general estimation of the soils ability to support plants can be formed.

Topic(s): Ecosystem, Food Systems, Gardening

Highlights:

Soil Identification, Plant Growth, Scientific Method,

File Download (if available):
Website Link: http://eduweblabs.com/Database/Lab_FoldersES/SoilTest/SoilTest.html


The Connection Between Us

Author/Contributor: World Wildlife Foundation

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Lesson Plan    |    Grade Band: 6-8

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity, LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
MO Show-Me Standards: 6-Recognizing Investigating and Solving Environmental Problems, 7-Environmentally Responsible Behavior

Description:

To understand the interdependence of living things, students will participate in a role-playing activity that demonstrates the vast impacts of threats to our planet’s biodiversity and how biomes and species are connected.

Topic(s): Biodiversity, Climate Change, Habitat

Highlights:

Biodiversity, Adaptations, Genetics, Hereditary, Ecosystem, Biome, Habitat loss, Climate Change, Industrial Farming,

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://www.worldwildlife.org/teaching-resources/toolkits/biodiversity-toolkit


The Garbage Unit

Author/Contributor: Next Generation Science

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Lesson Unit    |    Grade Band: 3-5

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity, PS1 Matter and Its Interactions
MO Show-Me Standards: 2-Systems and Processes of Nature

Description:

“What happens to our garbage?”, students investigate a series of subquestions (e.g., “What is that smell?” and “What causes changes in the properties of garbage materials?”) that address a targeted set of physical science and life science performance expectations.

Topic(s): Sustainability, Waste Management

Highlights:

Local, English Learners, My Backyard, Physical Science, Life Science, Matter,

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://www.nextgenscience.org/resources/grade-5-sail-garbage-unit


The Greenhouse Effect

Author/Contributor: University of Colorado- Boulder, PHET Interactive Simulations

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Investigation/Inquiry (Lab)    |    Grade Band: 6-8

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 5- Environmental Problems 6- Recognizing Investigating and Solving Environmental Problems, 7- Environmentally Responsible Behavior

Description:

How do greenhouse gases affect the climate? Explore the atmosphere during the ice age and today. What happens when you add clouds? Change the greenhouse gas concentration and see how the temperature changes. Then compare to the effect of glass panes. Zoom in and see how light interacts with molecules. Do all atmospheric gases contribute to the greenhouse effect?

Topic(s): Air Quality, Climate Change, Pollution

Highlights:

Greenhouse Gases, Climate Change, Greenhouse Effect, Thermodynamics, Climate, Local, Consumer Power.

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/legacy/greenhouse


The Serengeti Rules

Author/Contributor: Sean B. Carroll

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Book    |    Grade Band: 9-12

NGSS/MLS: ESS2 Earths Systems, LS1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes, LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions Energy and Dynamics
MO Show-Me Standards: 2- Systems and Processes of Nature

Description:

How does life work? How does nature produce the right numbers of zebras and lions on the African savanna, or fish in the ocean? How do our bodies produce the right numbers of cells in our organs and bloodstream? In The Serengeti Rules, award-winning biologist and author Sean Carroll tells the stories of the pioneering scientists who sought the answers to such simple yet profoundly important questions, and shows how their discoveries matter for our health and the health of the planet we depend upon.

Topic(s): Biodiversity, Ecosystem, Energy, Food Systems, Habitat, Health, Population, Food Chains, Food Webs

Highlights:

Ecosystem, Food Chains, Food Webs, Food Systems, Non-Fiction, Habitat, Population, Climate Change, Energy

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://www.seanbcarroll.com/the-serengeti-rules/


Thermocline Lab

Author/Contributor: Educational Web Labs

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Computer Simulation/Virtual Lab    |    Grade Band: 9-12

NGSS/MLS: LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions Energy and Dynamics
MO Show-Me Standards: 2- Systems and Processes of Nature

Description:

The temperature of a lake is not constant throughout the year. In regions where the air temperature varies greatly, the temperature of a lake also changes. The change in temperature is not constant with depth during all of the seasons: spring summer and fall. During certain seasons the temperature of the water varies only slightly with depth and during others the difference is quite marked.

Topic(s): Ecosystem

Highlights:

Seasonal, Local, Missouri, Lake, Temperature, Virtual Lab,

File Download (if available):
Website Link: http://eduweblabs.com/Database/Lab_FoldersES/Thermocline/Thermocline.html


Water Pollution

Author/Contributor: Educational Web Labs

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Computer Simulation/Virtual Lab    |    Grade Band: 6-8

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 5- Environmental Problems, 6- Recognizing Investigating and Solving Environmental Problems, 7- Environmentally Responsible Behavior

Description:

An unnaturally high level of nitrates or phosphates is termed “pollution”. Sometimes due to erosion or other natural causes, nitrates or phosphates will be added to the water of a stream, river or lake. This natural addition is not usually termed pollution but when the actions of humans causes the rise of nitrates or phosphates, it is. Human waste, farm runoff or dumping by industry are common causes of pollution.

Topic(s): Ecosystem, Habitat, Pollution, Watersheds, River/ Stream Ecology

Highlights:

Watershed, Water Pollution, Liter, Plastics, Human Environment Interaction, Local, Missouri, History

File Download (if available):
Website Link: http://eduweblabs.com/Database/Lab_FoldersB/POLL/POLL.html


Water Works

Author/Contributor: National Geographic and EdCurious

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Lesson Plan    |    Grade Band: 6-8

NGSS/MLS: ESS2 Earths Systems, ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 1-Environmental Principles, 2-Systems and Processes of Nature, 3-Systems and Processes of Human Societies, 4-Environments and Resources, 5-Environmental Problems, 6-Recognizing Investigating and Solving Environmental Problems, 7-Environmentally Responsible Behavior

Description:

Students compare their own tap water use in light of global freshwater access to develop an understanding of water security. They learn how watersheds work, locate their local watershed, then turn their attention to the importance of Mount Everest’s watershed and the people who rely on it. They use a variety of resources to learn about key sources of freshwater. Finally, students collect evidence connecting Mount Everest’s ice to water security by exploring maps, analyzing graphs and infographics, reading articles, and more. This lesson is part of the Peak Water: Mount Everest and Global Water Supply unit.

Topic(s): Climate Change, Natural Resources, Population, Watersheds, Missouri

Highlights:

Watershed, Water Pollution, Water Security, Local Watershed, freshwater, Mississippi, Mount Everest, Biology, Ecology, Conservation, Earth Science, Climatology, Geography, Physical Geography, Water Scarcity

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/lesson/water-works/


Who Works in This Forest?

Author/Contributor: Project Learning Tree

Timeframe: Extensive – Do we want to put the NGSS Rubric for this on here? Which rubric will we list/use? There are several and they differ according to the type of resource (e.g., EQUIP, PEEC, T.I.M.E., EdReports, NSTA)? Who do we anticipate will use the rubric and determine level of alignment?    |    Type of Resources: Lesson Plan    |    Grade Band: 6-8

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 6- Recognizing, Investigating and Solving Environmental Problems

Description:

This purchasable lesson plan is part of Project Learning Trees Green Jobs: Exploring Forest Careers. unit. As an introduction to some of the people who work in and on behalf of forests, learners research different forest sector careers to learn what it takes to perform these jobs.

Topic(s): Civic Engagement

Highlights:

Green Careers, Green Jobs, Forest Careers, Forestry Jobs, Outdoor Jobs, Conservation Jobs, Purchasable, Interactive, Secondary

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://shop.plt.org/Shop/ProductDetails/green-jobs


Why is our Corn Changing?

Author/Contributor: Next Generation Science Storylines through NorthWestern University

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Lesson Unit    |    Grade Band: K-2

NGSS/MLS: LS1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
MO Show-Me Standards: 2- Systems and Processes of Nature

Description:

This second grade unit on plant growth starts off with students exploring the mystery of their harvest corn, something they initially saw as decoration. The corn begins to sprout what appears to be leaves and roots. Disagreements about how the corn is growing spark a series of questions and ideas for investigations related to what is causing this growth.

Topic(s): Energy, Gardening, Nutrition

Highlights:

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RCZMqDQ5ygkMRKDZixBI6Tw2_CvrfXbZu_DfG0WP10U/edit


Your inner Fish

Author/Contributor: PBS/ HHMI Biointeractive

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Video    |    Grade Band: 9-12

NGSS/MLS: LS1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes, LS4 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity, LS3 Heredity Inheritance and Variation of Traits
MO Show-Me Standards: 2-Systems and Processes of Nature

Description:

This film explores how the genetic and anatomical legacy of a fish can be seen today in the human body. The evolution of human arms, legs, necks, and lungs can be traced back to fish that started living on land some 375 million years ago. The genetic legacy of this evolutionary history can be seen in human DNA, including in the genes involved in the development of our hands and limbs.

Topic(s): Biodiversity, Ecosystem, Habitat

Highlights:

Evolution, Human Evolution, Anatomy, Genetics, Hereditary, Skin and Musculoskeletal System

File Download (if available):
Website Link: https://www.biointeractive.org/classroom-resources/your-inner-fish


What’s it like where you live?

Author/Contributor: The Missouri Botanical Garden

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources:     |    Grade Band: 3-5

NGSS/MLS: ESS2 Earths Systems, LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions Energy and Dynamics
MO Show-Me Standards: 4-Environments and Resources

Description:

This website offers a wealth of information about six terrestrial biomes (rainforest, tundra, taiga, temperate deciduous forest, grassland and desert) and six aquatic ecosystems (rivers and streams, ponds and lakes, wetlands, shorelines, temperate oceans and tropical oceans).

Topic(s): Ecosystem, Habitat, Natural Resources, Population, Watersheds, Missouri

Highlights:

Interactive Website, Biomes, Freshwater Ecosystems, Marine Ecosystems

File Download (if available):
Website Link: http://mbgnet.net/


Disruptions in Ecosystems

Author/Contributor: Next Generation Science

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Lesson Unit    |    Grade Band: 6-8

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity, LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions Energy and Dynamics
MO Show-Me Standards: 6-Recognizing Investigating and Solving Environmental Problems, 7-Environmentally Responsible Behavior

Description:

This middle school unit was designed to support the middle school NGSS related to Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics integrated with elements of related Earth science NGSS (Human Impact).

Topic(s): Climate Change, Ecosystem, s, (Human- Environment Interaction)

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Ecosystems Interactions, Energy, Earth Science, Human Impact, Unit, North America, Dynamics

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Website Link: https://www.nextgenscience.org/resources/middle-school-disruptions-ecosystems


Leaf Scavenger Hunt

Author/Contributor: Life Lab

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Outdoor Learning    |    Grade Band: K-2

NGSS/MLS:
MO Show-Me Standards: 1- Environmental Principles

Description:

Ready to introduce nature to your class? Get outside with this scavenger hunt. Using all senses, your students will remember this activity.

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Hands on, Scavenger Hunt, Local, Your Backyard, Early Childhood, Exploratory

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Food Recovery Hierarchy

Author/Contributor: Environmental Protection Agency

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Poster    |    Grade Band:

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 7-Environmentally Responsible Behavior

Description:

A visual representation of how to reduce food waste.

Topic(s): Food Systems

Highlights:

Anchor Chart Must Have

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Food To Good to Waste

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Food to Good To Waste

Author/Contributor: Environmental Protection Agency

Timeframe: 30-60 minutes    |    Type of Resources: Book    |    Grade Band: 3-5

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 4-Environments and Resources, 5-Environmental Problems

Description:

A short activity book introducing young learners to the importance of food waste reduction.

Topic(s): Food Systems

Highlights:

Different types of activities for different types of learners to engage with what reducing food waste looks like.

File Download (if available): https://meea.org/wp-content/uploads/formidable/2/Food-to-Good-to-Waste-Coloring-Book-Elementary-Schools-to-Print.pdf
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The Big Picture : Food To Good To Waste

Author/Contributor: Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Missouri Organics Recycling,

Timeframe: under 30 minutes    |    Type of Resources: Computer Simulation/Virtual Lab    |    Grade Band: 3-5

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 7-Environmentally Responsible Behavior

Description:

An interactive map explaining and showing the movement of food and waste throughout a community.

Topic(s): Food Systems

Highlights:

Interactive Map for exploration of food waste reduction.

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Website Link: https://foodtoogoodtowaste.com/big-picture


Food Storage Poster

Author/Contributor: Environmental Protection Agency

Timeframe:     |    Type of Resources: Poster    |    Grade Band: 3-5

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 7-Environmentally Responsible Behavior

Description:

A quick reference sheet to help your school, home, or business remember where food stays fresh the longest.

Topic(s): Food Systems

Highlights:

Anchor Chart Friendly!

File Download (if available): https://meea.org/wp-content/uploads/formidable/2/EPA-Storage-Tips.pdf
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The Beaks of Birds

Author/Contributor: Richard Konicek-Moran, Kathleen Konicek-Moran

Timeframe: under 30 minutes    |    Type of Resources: Book    |    Grade Band: Preschool, K-2

NGSS/MLS: LS4 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
MO Show-Me Standards: 2-Systems and Processes of Nature

Description:

Come along on a tour of the wonderful world of birds and their beaks. This book is the story of a child and two grown-up friends on a jaunt across their yard, in a park, past a pond, and through the pages of a photo album. Like them, you’ll find you can figure out what birds eat by the shape of their bills—and why some have beaks like straws, pouches, or even daggers. Also like them, you’ll have all kinds of questions about amazing birds—from house finches to hummingbirds to great blue herons—that use their own built-in tools for eating

Topic(s): Biodiversity

Highlights:

Great for an introduction to adaptions and biodiversity for young learners.

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Website Link: https://my.nsta.org/resource/114583


Next Time You See a Bee

Author/Contributor: Emily Morgan

Timeframe: under 30 minutes    |    Type of Resources: Book    |    Grade Band: Preschool, K-2

NGSS/MLS: LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions Energy and Dynamics
MO Show-Me Standards: 2-Systems and Processes of Nature

Description:

This book will get young readers buzzing about bees! Next Time You See a Bee reveals the big impact these little insects have on the world. It shows how the physical features of bees make them pros at collecting and spreading pollen. It explains how bees pollinate flowers, allowing the plants to produce delicious foods such as apples, almonds, and peaches. It also introduces readers to the wide variety of North America’s native bee species, discusses why bees are threatened, and shares what readers can do to help. After reading Next Time You See a Bee, curious kids can partner with adults to observe these remarkable creatures without fear—and take bee-friendly measures to protect the insects for the benefit of us all.

Topic(s): Pollution

Highlights:

Great for an introduction to pollinators and their role to young learners.

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Website Link: https://my.nsta.org/resource/116818


Why Does the Green Crab Love Climate Change?

Author/Contributor: Kennebunk Port Climate Initiative

Timeframe: multiple class periods    |    Type of Resources: Lesson Plan    |    Grade Band: 6-8

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 6-Recognizing Investigating and Solving Environmental Problems

Description:

Marine physiologist Markus Frederich is finding that while some sea creatures, like the lobster, seem to be climate change losers, others, like the green crab, appear to be winners. Markus and his students show us how and why.

Topic(s): Climate Change

Highlights:

PDF download with step by step lesson prompts for teachers.

File Download (if available): https://meea.org/wp-content/uploads/formidable/2/LP_WhyDoesGreenCrabLoveClimateChange.pdf
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How Can Growing Seaweed Help Mussels?

Author/Contributor: Kennebunk Port Climate Initiative

Timeframe: multiple class periods    |    Type of Resources: Lesson Plan    |    Grade Band: 6-8

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 5-Environmental Problems

Description:

In Maine, marine biologists investigate a way to protect shellfish from the damage caused by one of the lesser-known consequences of climate change: the rising level of carbon dioxide in the ocean. CO2 makes seawater more acidic and that damages shells. Their experiment: raising mussels in close proximity to seaweed, which takes CO2 out of ocean water.

Topic(s): Climate Change

Highlights:

PDF download, with step by step prompts for teachers.

File Download (if available): https://meea.org/wp-content/uploads/formidable/2/LP_HowCanGrowingSeaweedHelpMussels.pdf
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Why Is Something That’s Happening Out In The Ocean Such A Danger To Us On The Land?

Author/Contributor: Kennebunk Port Climate Initiative

Timeframe: multiple class periods    |    Type of Resources: Lesson Plan    |    Grade Band: 6-8

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 6-Recognizing Investigating and Solving Environmental Problems

Description:

The Gulf of Maine is warming faster than 99% of the rest of the global ocean. Since 2004, its temperature has been rising at a rate of one degree Celsius every four years. If that rate continues, by 2050 the Gulf of Maine would be eight degrees warmer. This film highlights the impact on Maine’s economy, weather, and way of life if this warming continues.

Topic(s): Climate Change

Highlights:

PDF download, with great steps by step for teachers.

File Download (if available): https://meea.org/wp-content/uploads/formidable/2/LP_WhyIsSomethingThatsHappeningOutOceanSuchDangerUsLand.pdf
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A Dakota Creation Story

Author/Contributor: Lessons of Our Land

Timeframe: 60-90 minutes    |    Type of Resources: Lesson Plan    |    Grade Band: 6-8

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 3-Systems and Processes of Human Societies

Description:

American Indian tribes, like many other peoples, have explanations for how they originated as a distinct, unique people. Many stories tell of powerful beings that created peoples’ places in the world. The origin stories relate how the universe and the earth were created and how time and space were established. Inherent in the story is a reverence for the place or location where ancestors of the tribe were created. From these stories, tribes derived laws, values, traditions and ceremonies. Many origin stories stressed kindness, generosity, cooperation and respect for the earth. In these stories, the universe could not be created without these teachings.

Topic(s): History

Highlights:

Common Core aligned with place-based teachings about the past and present.

File Download (if available): https://meea.org/wp-content/uploads/formidable/2/19_A_Dakota_Creation_Story_-_2016-08-11.pdf
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Caring for the Land for the Seventh Generation

Author/Contributor: Lessons of Our Land

Timeframe: 60-90 minutes    |    Type of Resources: Lesson Plan    |    Grade Band: 3-5

NGSS/MLS: ESS2 Earths Systems
MO Show-Me Standards: 2-Systems and Processes of Nature

Description:

Students discuss how one can be a good relative by thinking about the children of tomorrow and listening to one’s elders. This lesson will help illustrate the principle that things in nature are interdependent and our relationship with them resembles the relationship we have with relatives.

Topic(s): Food Systems

Highlights:

Examples of diverse life forms causing changes in their environment.

File Download (if available): https://meea.org/wp-content/uploads/formidable/2/12_Caring_for_the_Land_for_the_Seventh_Generation_-_2016-08-09.pdf
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Class 1 Air Quality!

Author/Contributor: Lessons of Our Land

Timeframe: multiple class periods    |    Type of Resources: Lesson Plan    |    Grade Band: K-2

NGSS/MLS: ESS2 Earths Systems
MO Show-Me Standards: 5-Environmental Problems

Description:

Students measure local air pollution and locate Indian Reservations with Class 1 Air Quality designation. The ideologies of Native American traditional beliefs and spirituality persist into modern day life as tribal cultures, traditions, and languages are still practiced by many American Indian people and are incorporated into how tribes govern and manage their affairs.

Topic(s): Air Quality

Highlights:

Connect this lesson to your community’s air quality for a place-based lesson.

File Download (if available): https://meea.org/wp-content/uploads/formidable/2/30_Class_1_Air_Quality_-_2014-03-12.pdf
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Meet the Food System

Author/Contributor: Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future

Timeframe: multiple class periods    |    Type of Resources: Lesson Unit    |    Grade Band: 9-12

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 7-Environmentally Responsible Behavior

Description:

This unit introduces students to the food system and provides an important overview of the topics covered in Units 2 and 3. Students will map out all of the food system’s interconnected parts, consider their own relationship to the food system, and explore how it developed into the industrialized model we know today.

Topic(s): Food Systems

Highlights:

Free downloadable unit.

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Website Link: https://www.foodspan.org/lesson-plans/unit-1-meet-the-food-system/index.html


Farmers, Factories, and Food Chains

Author/Contributor: Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future

Timeframe: multiple class periods    |    Type of Resources: Lesson Unit    |    Grade Band: 9-12

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 6-Recognizing Investigating and Solving Environmental Problems

Description:

This unit explores how our food—from plants to animal products to seafood—is grown, harvested, processed, and distributed. Students will examine conventional industrial practices, explore sustainable alternatives, and consider the impact both have on human health and the environment.

Topic(s): Food Systems

Highlights:

Free downloadable unit.

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Website Link: https://www.foodspan.org/lesson-plans/unit-2-farmers-factories-and-food-chains/index.html


Consumers and Communities

Author/Contributor: Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future

Timeframe: multiple class periods    |    Type of Resources: Lesson Unit    |    Grade Band: 9-12

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 6-Recognizing Investigating and Solving Environmental Problems

Description:

This unit examines how the food system affects consumers and communities. Once food is produced, factors such as marketing, labeling, socioeconomic status, and government policy influence what food people are able to eat and how it impacts their health.

Topic(s): Food Systems

Highlights:

Free, downloadable unit.

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Website Link: https://www.foodspan.org/lesson-plans/unit-3-consumers-and-communities/index.html


Food Citizen Action Project

Author/Contributor: Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future

Timeframe: multiple class periods    |    Type of Resources: Citizen/Community Science    |    Grade Band: 9-12

NGSS/MLS: ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MO Show-Me Standards: 6-Recognizing Investigating and Solving Environmental Problems

Description:

Students will identify a food system problem and design an intervention to address it. This culminating project has students apply what they have learned from prior lessons, and empowers them to create change.

Topic(s): Food Systems

Highlights:

Student led advocacy.

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Website Link: https://www.foodspan.org/lesson-plans/final-project/


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