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3RC (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Compost)
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In this lesson, students expand their understanding of solid waste management to include the idea of 3RC (reduce, reuse, recycle and compost). They will look at the effects of packaging decisions (reducing) and learn about engineering advancements in packaging materials and solid waste management. Also, they will observe biodegradation in a model landfill (composting).

Subject:
Applied Science
Ecology
Engineering
Life Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Amy Kolenbrander
Janet Yowell
Jessica Todd
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Be an Ocean Helper
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This OLogy activity shows kids that there are simple, but very helpful things they can do to protect the ocean -- even if they live nowhere near the water. The activity opens by introducing kids to Gabby, a future marine biologist who wants to study dolphins. Then it has a checklist of 14 ways kids can be ocean helpers that includes asking for tap water instead of bottled water and leaving plants and animals where they find them.

Subject:
Biology
Ecology
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
American Museum of Natural History
Provider Set:
American Museum of Natural History
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Clean Up This Mess
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Students are challenged to design a method for separating steel from aluminum based on magnetic properties as is frequently done in recycling operations. To complicate the challenge, the magnet used to separate the steel must be able to be switched off to allow for the recollection of the steel. Students must ultimately design, test, and present an effective electromagnet.

Subject:
Applied Science
Ecology
Engineering
Forestry and Agriculture
Life Science
Physical Science
Physics
Technology
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Justin Montenegro
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Cleaning Up with Decomposers
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Students investigate decomposers and the role of decomposers in maintaining the flow of nutrients in an environment. Students also learn how engineers use decomposers to help clean up wastes in a process known as bioremediation. This lesson concludes a series of six lessons in which students use their growing understanding of various environments and the engineering design process, to design and create their own model biodome ecosystems.

Subject:
Applied Science
Ecology
Engineering
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Denise W. Carlson
Katherine Beggs
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Decomposers
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Without the work of decomposers, living organisms would eventually use up all the raw materials in the environment, and dead organisms and wastes would pile up. This video segment from Interactive NOVA: "Earth" describes the role of decomposers as the earth's great recyclers.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
09/26/2003
Design a Recycling Game!
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Students brainstorm ideas for board game formats. Then student teams design, create and test games in which players must think of alternative uses (recycling) for used products.

Subject:
Applied Science
Engineering
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Digital Project 2 and associated STEAM Lessons about Waste source separation and recycling
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A sequence of teaching units and activities including 3 associated STEAM lessons with the aim of acquiring a series of specific skills about waste management (in particular about Waste source separation and recycling).This is the second Digital Project of a set of 6 facing specific challenges about waste management for primary and secondary education

Subject:
Botany
Ecology
Elementary Education
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Forestry and Agriculture
Geology
Special Education
Material Type:
Module
Author:
jon arambarri
Maria Madarieta
Date Added:
01/12/2019
Dome It Challenge
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How does infrastructure meet our needs? What happens when we are cut off from that supporting infrastructure? As a class, students brainstorm, identify and explore the pathways where their food, water and energy originate, and where wastewater and solid waste go. After creating a diagram that maps a neighborhood's inputs and waste outputs, closed and open system concepts are introduced by imagining the neighborhood enclosed in a giant dome, cut off from its infrastructure systems. Students consider the implications and the importance of sustainable resource and waste management. They learn that resources are interdependent and that recycling wastes into resources is key to sustain a closed system.

Subject:
Applied Science
Education
Engineering
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Caryssa Joustra
Daniel Yeh
Emanuel Burch
Erin Morrison
George Dick
Ivy Drexler
Jorge Calabria
Onur Ozcan
Robert Bair
Stephanie Quintero
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Environmental Chemistry Videos
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Learn about environmental chemistry through engaging, bitesize animated videos. The videos are organised into chapters including: the earth, the air, water, rocks, metals and their reactivity, global warming, carbon chemistry, fuels and recycling.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lecture
Date Added:
01/12/2016
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP) is an intriguing and publicized environmental problem. This swirling soup of trash up to 10 meters deep and just below the water surface is composed mainly of non-degradable plastics. These plastic materials trap aquatic life and poison them by physical blockage or as carriers of toxic pollutants. The problem relates to materials science and the advent of plastics in modern life, an example of the unintended consequences of technology. Through exploring this complex issue, students gain insight into aspects of chemistry, oceanography, fluids, environmental science, life science and even international policy. As part of the GIS unit, the topic is a source of content for students to create interesting maps communicating something that they will likely begin to care about as they learn more.

Subject:
Applied Science
Engineering
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Andrey Koptelov
Nathan Howell
Date Added:
09/18/2014
How Can We Decrease Our Impact on the Earth’s Climate at our School?
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In this design challenge lesson students explore the Denver Public School District’s solid waste plan and discuss how their school can save or decrease emissions by reducing solid waste at our school.

Subject:
Applied Science
Atmospheric Science
Environmental Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Date Added:
04/07/2018
How Can We Present Solutions for Food Waste and Emissions at School?
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This lesson provides guidance for students to create and practice a presentation about design challenge results that they developed in the previous unit lessons and how to present it to the school administration.

Subject:
Applied Science
Atmospheric Science
Environmental Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Date Added:
04/07/2018
How Can We Reduce Emissions Associated with Food Waste in Our School?
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In this activity students utilize collected data and propose solutions to mitigate food waste in their school.

Subject:
Applied Science
Atmospheric Science
Environmental Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Date Added:
04/07/2018
How Can We Understand Waste and Emissions in Our School's Food System?
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This lesson outlines for students how to design and carry out an investigation to audit their school’s food waste system.

Subject:
Applied Science
Atmospheric Science
Environmental Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Date Added:
04/07/2018
How Does Our School Food System Create Greenhouse Gas Emissions?
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In this design challenge lesson, students examine their school food system and develop an investigation about food waste in order to know what should change.

Subject:
Applied Science
Atmospheric Science
Environmental Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Date Added:
04/07/2018
Human Water Cycle
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Students learn about the human water cycle, or how humans impact the water cycle by settling down in civilizations. Specifically, they learn how people obtain, use and dispose of water. Students also learn about shortages of treated, clean and safe water and learn about ways that engineers address this issue through water conservation and graywater recycling.

Subject:
Applied Science
Engineering
Hydrology
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Katie Spahr
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Date Added:
09/18/2014
It's all In the Package
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Students explore the concept of "reducing" solid waste and how it relates to product packaging and engineering advancements in packaging materials. They read about and evaluate the highly publicized packaging decisions of two major U.S. corporations. Then they evaluate different ways to package items in order to minimize the environmental impact, while considering issues such as cost, availability, product attractiveness, etc. In addition, students explore "hydropulping" and consider its use as a recycling process.

Subject:
Applied Science
Engineering
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Amy Kolenbrander
Janet Yowell
Jessica Todd
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Date Added:
10/14/2015
Kindergarten - Elementary Science and Integrated Subjects: Tackling Trash
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Elementary Science and Integrated Subjects is a statewide Clime Time collaboration among ESD 123, ESD 105, and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Development of the resources is in response to a need for research- based science lessons for elementary teachers that are integrated with English language arts, mathematics and other subjects such as social studies. The template for Elementary integration can serve as an organized, coherent and research-based roadmap for teachers in the development of their own NGSS aligned science lessons.  Lessons can also be useful for classrooms that have no adopted curriculum as well as to serve as enhancements for  current science curriculum. 

Subject:
Ecology
Education
Elementary Education
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Georgia Boatman
Barbara Soots
Ellen Ebert
Kimberley Astle
Washington OSPI OER Project
Date Added:
06/04/2020