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120 minutes
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9 / 10 / 11 / 12
Science

Students participate in an oil extraction simulation and experience the increasing difficulty of extracting a limited, nonrenewable resource over several years. Students consider the challenges posed by using nonrenewable sources of energy and then analyze global trends in oil production and consumption. On Day 2, they examine the history of oil dependence in the United States.

60 minutes
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9 / 10 / 11 / 12
Science

Students begin by considering the impacts of energy use on society, economy, and environment. Students then investigate their own energy use by performing a personal energy audit. In reflection, students identify ways they can conserve energy or use energy more efficiently in their daily lives.

60 minutes
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9 / 10 / 11 / 12
Science

Students identify an activity they do which requires electricity. Working backwards from this activity, they sketch the path electricity travels as far back as they can. Small groups then read about a nonrenewable or renewable energy source used to generate electricity and identify its pros and cons. Small groups share their research with the class and together come up with a sustainable fuel mix for their region.

60 minutes
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9 / 10 / 11 / 12
Science

Students diagram energy transformations that take place with energy technology to demonstrate the law of conservation of energy.
Students begin this unit of study by brainstorming and analyzing a list of ways we use energy. Students create a concept map to review the different forms of energy and the law of conservation of energy. They demonstrate understanding of these concepts by diagramming and explaining the energy transformations that take place during the use of energy technology such as solar panels and power plants.

How can our school be green?
30 minutes
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Kindergarten / 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12
Environmental Education

Green school (n): a school building or facility that creates a healthy environment that is conducive to learning while saving energy, resources and money.

Whether you are a parent, teacher, school staff member, student, or community volunteer, you want your school to provide a healthy, welcoming place to learn. The important effort of running greener schools needs action from everyone in the school community, and sometimes the scale of the task can make it hard to know where the start. Follow these 12 simple priority actions from the Center for Green Schools to help make your school healthy, efficient, comfortable and environmentally responsible.

This lesson provides resources and suggestions of actions to make your school a green school. Included Action Checklists:

1: Find your superstars
2: Ready, set – wait, which bin do I put this in?
3: What’s a watt?
4: Go behind the scenes
5: Put the kids in charge
6: Hey, what’s this thing do?
7: You are what you eat…and recycle, throw away and compost…
8: Let the Sun Shine In
9: You know it’s dust, but what IS it?
10: No really, what is that smell?
11: Lights out!
12: Carpooling – jump in, the water’s fine!

Checklists include:
- First steps to getting started
- Resources to support your actions
- Related lessons in Learning Lab to dive deeper into topics

31 minutes
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9 / 10 / 11 / 12
Civics and Government, Environmental Education, Social Studies

To help students understand the issue of climate injustice using the story of a young woman who grew up in Chicago’s “Little Village” and, after experiencing her sisters’ struggle with asthma, mobilized youth in her community to educate community members to take action to demand the closure of the ‘Cloud Factory’.

38 minutes
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9 / 10 / 11 / 12
Civics and Government, Economics, Environmental Education

This lesson helps students understand the complex cycle involved in producing and using the products we use everyday and to think about their personal patterns of consumption and waste.

30 minutes
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9 / 10 / 11 / 12
Economics, Environmental Education, Science

In this lesson, students will learn about some of the natural resources that we rely on for items we use every day -- including clothes, shoes, and electronics. Students will be asked discussion questions and are encouraged to participate.