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Arctic Animals and a Changing Climate
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Learn about the effects of a changing climate on the Arctic ecosystem and four of its well-known mammals: the polar bear, the walrus, the Arctic fox and the beluga whale.

Subject:
Oceanography
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
PBS
Provider Set:
Jean Michel Costeau: Ocean Adventures
Author:
Andrea Swensrud
Date Added:
07/16/2012
Carbon Footprint
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As we live on this earth we create an impact. The energy that we use in our day to day lives affects the earth. In this seminar, you will learn about the carbon emissions humans produce and what a carbon footprint is. By the end of this seminar, you will be able to use deductive reasoning skills to determine how you can reduce your carbon footprint. You will be able to think reflectively about your impact on the environment.Standards3.4.5.B2Describe how waste may be appropriately recycled or disposed of to prevent unnecessary harm to the environment.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Bonnie Waltz
Deanna Mayers
Tracy Rains
Date Added:
10/10/2017
Climate Change
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Climate change has been a hot topic lately. Scientists have been studying changes in the Earth’s climate over time. In this seminar you will learn about how and why Earth’s climate is changing. By the end of this seminar, you will be able to think reflectively about ways you can help lessen the changes in Earth’s climate.Standards3.3.4.A5Describe basic weather elements. Identify weather patterns over time.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Bonnie Waltz
Deanna Mayers
Tracy Rains
Date Added:
10/10/2017
Dam Impacts
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While the creation of a dam provides many benefits, it can have negative impacts on local ecosystems. Students learn about the major environmental impacts of dams and the engineering solutions used to address them.

Subject:
Applied Science
Engineering
Hydrology
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Denali Lander
Denise W. Carlson
Kristin Field
Michael Bendewald
Sara Born
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Discovery Area Post-Protocol
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The purpose of this resource is to use a land cover type map to make environmentally sound decisions.

Subject:
Applied Science
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Author:
The GLOBE Program, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
Date Added:
02/16/2011
French Level 4, Activity 03: Sauvons la planète / Save the Planet (Face to Face) By Andrea Blythe
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This activity includes a multiple-day lesson plan to engage students in awareness of their own ecological footprint, what simple actions young people are engaging in to minimize their imprint and how to makes steps towards living the ideal zero waste life. 

Subject:
Languages
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Author:
The Pathways Project At Boise State
Date Added:
07/10/2023
French Level 4, Activity 03: Sauvons la planète / Save the Planet (Online)
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This activity includes a multiple-day lesson plan to engage students in awareness of their own ecological footprint, what simple actions young people are engaging in to minimize their imprint and how to makes steps towards living the ideal zero waste life. 

Subject:
Languages
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Andrea Blythe
Date Added:
11/30/2022
French Level 4, Activity 03: Sauvons la planète / Save the Planet (Online)
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In this activity students will practice discussing environmental issues and their own ecological footprint. They will also practice sharing ways in which they can reduce their environmental impact.

Subject:
Languages
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Mimi Fahnstrom
Camille Daw
Brenna McNeil
Amber Hoye
Rylie Wieseler
Date Added:
02/08/2021
Mmm Cupcakes: What's Their Life Cycle Impact?
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Students learn about life-cycle assessment and how engineers use this technique to determine the environmental impact of everyday products and processes. As they examine what’s involved in making and consuming cupcakes, a snack enjoyed by millions of people every year, students learn about the production, use and disposal phases of an object’s life cycle. With the class organized into six teams, students calculate data for each phase of a cupcake’s life cycle—wet ingredients, dry ingredients, baking materials, oven baking, frosting, liner disposal—and calculate energy usage and greenhouse gases emitted from making one cupcake. They use ratios and fractions, and compare options for some of the life-cycle stages, such as different paper wrapper endings (disposal to landfills or composting) in order to make a life-cycle plan with a lower environmental impact. This activity opens students’ eyes to see the energy use in the cradle-to-grave lives of everyday products. Pre/post-quizzes, worksheets, activity cards, Excel® workbook and visual aids are provided.

Subject:
Applied Science
Engineering
Mathematics
Numbers and Operations
Statistics and Probability
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
Activities
Author:
Sara Pace
Date Added:
06/07/2017
The Plastisphere: Plastic Migration and Its Impacts
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Students are introduced to the growing worldwide environmental problems that stem from plastic waste. What they learn about microplastics and the typical components of the U.S. water treatment process prepares them to conduct three engaging associated activities. During the lesson, students become more aware of the pervasiveness and value of plastic as well as the downstream pollution and health dangers. They learn how plastic materials don’t go away, but become microplastic pollution that accumulates in water resources as well as human and other animal bodies. They examine their own plastic use, focusing on what they discard daily, and think about better ways to produce or package those items to eliminate or reduce their likelihood of ending up as microplastic pollution. A concluding writing assignment reveals their depth of comprehension. The lesson is enhanced by arranging for a local water treatment plant representative to visit the class for Qs and As. In three associated activities, students design/test microplastic particle filtering methods for commercial products, create mini wastewater treatment plant working models that remove waste and reclaim resources from simulated wastewater, and design experiments to identify the impact of microplastics on micro-invertebrates.

Subject:
Applied Science
Engineering
Life Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
Lessons
Author:
David Bennett
Sara Hettenbach
William Welch
Date Added:
06/01/2018
Problem Based Module: Saving the World
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In this project, you will explore a real-world problem, and then work through a series of steps to analyze that problem, research ways the problem could be solved, then propose a possible solution to that problem. Often, there are no specific right or wrong solutions, but sometimes one particular solution may be better than others. The key is making sure you fully understand the problem, have researched some possible solutions, and have proposed the solution that you can support with information / evidence.Begin by reading the problem statement in Step 1. Take the time to review all the information provided in the statement, including exploring the websites, videos and / or articles that are linked. Then work on steps 2 through 8 to complete this problem-based learning experience.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Bonnie Waltz
Deanna Mayers
Tracy Rains
Date Added:
10/10/2017
Product Development and the Environment
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Students investigate the life cycles of engineered products and how they impact the environment. They use a basic life cycle assessment method that assigns fictional numerical values for different steps in the life cycle. Then they use their analyses to compare the impacts of their products to other products, and suggest ways to reduce environmental impact based on their analyses.

Subject:
Applied Science
Engineering
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Janet Yowell
Kaelin Cawley
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Date Added:
10/14/2015
Project Earth Game
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Pioneering 5th grade science teacher Connie Prewitt engages her students to learn some challenging life science lessons through a fun and elaborate role-play. Project Earth is a 100% immersive experience where students learn the impact of their decisions on individuals, communities, and the Earth.

Subject:
Applied Science
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Teaching Channel
Provider Set:
Teaching Channel
Author:
Connie Prewitt
Date Added:
11/02/2012
Responsibilities of an energy company to the environment (final)
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This unit includes four lessons that culminate in students crafting a letter, video or article expressing their viewpoint on a business’s responsibilities towards the citizens and the environment.
Using inquiry-focused reading, students will explore an anchor text, additional resources, then develop their own essential and supporting questions to guide their research.
Over the course of the unit, students will explore a variety of texts and grow in their knowledge of governmental and small business economic practices, the legal rights of citizens, the interdependencies within an ecosystem and the uses of renewable and nonrenewable energy sources.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Date Added:
06/22/2017
Responsibility of company to the environment
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This unit includes three lessons that culminate in students crafting a letter, video or article expressing their viewpoint on a business’s responsibilities towards the citizens and the environment.

Using inquiry-focused reading, students will explore an anchor text, additional resources, then develop their own essential and supporting questions to guide their research.

Over the course of the unit, students will explore a variety of texts and grow in their knowledge of governmental and small business economic practices, the legal rights of citizens, the inter-dependencies within an ecosystem and the uses of renewable and nonrenewable energy sources.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Date Added:
06/22/2017
Solar Power to the Rescue!
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Students learn how the innovative engineering of photovoltaics enables us to transform the sun’s energy into usable power—electricity—through the use of photovoltaic cells. Watching a short video clip from “The Martian” movie shows the importance of photovoltaics in powering space exploration at extreme distances from the Earth. Then students learn that the photovoltaic technologies designed to excel in the harsh environment of space have the potential to be just as beneficial on Earth—providing electricity-generating systems based on renewable energy sources is important for our electricity-gobbling society. Two student journaling sheets assist with vocabulary and concepts.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
Lessons
Author:
Jodie Guillen
Date Added:
01/12/2018
Sustainability and Non-Market Enterprise
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The primary goal of this course is to provide a toolset for characterizing and strategizing how nonmarket forces can shape current and future renewable energy markets. The course approaches the exploration and explanation of key concepts in renewable energy and sustainability nonmarket strategies through evidence-based examples. Main topics for the course include: a sociological approach to markets, renewable energy markets, nonmarket conditions, complex systems analysis, and renewable energy technology and business environments. Because renewable energy costs are higher than fossil fuel cost per unit of energy, the main arguments in support of renewable energy, thus far, are functionally nonmarket in character, i.e., environmental (e.g., climate change), political (e.g., energy independence), and/ or social (e.g., good stewardship).

Subject:
Applied Science
Business and Communication
Economics
Engineering
Marketing
Social Science
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
Author:
Erich Schienke
Date Added:
10/07/2019
Technologies for Sustainability Systems
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EME 807 overviews a wide range of contemporary technologies in the context of sustainability and examines metrics for their assessment. The course explores the main principles that guide modern science and technology towards sustainable solutions. It covers such topics as resource management technologies, waste and wastewater treatment, renewable energy technologies, high performance buildings and transportation systems, application of informatics and feedback to sustainable systems, and more. Learning in EME 807 heavily relies on real-life examples and taps into current practices of technology analysis. This course goes beyond understanding the background, fostering critical thinking and challenging the students to draw connections between social, environmental, and economic aspects of sustainable technologies.

Subject:
Applied Science
Career and Technical Education
Cultural Geography
Ecology
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Geology
Life Science
Physical Science
Social Science
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
Author:
Mark Fedkin
Date Added:
10/07/2019
Trash, Recycle or Compost?
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Throwing items away is a part of our daily life. Most people are used to throwing away their food and recycling their plastic bottles; however, there is more to know about properly disposing of our waste. In this seminar, you will learn to differentiate between trash, recyclable, and compostable items. By the end of this seminar, you will be able to use deductive reasoning skills to determine the proper waste receptacle for items in your everyday life.Standards 3.4.5.B2Describe how waste may be appropriately recycled or disposed of to prevent unnecessary harm to the environment.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Bonnie Waltz
Deanna Mayers
Tracy Rains
Date Added:
10/10/2017