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Kindergarten / 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 can 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

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

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

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.

315 minutes

9 / 10 / 11 / 12
Civics and Government, Economics, English

This lesson sets the stage for students to understand how environmental education connects with environmental and social justice as well as community organizing. The lesson introduces us to a young environmental activist from the San Joaquin Valley of California named Martin Figueroa. Students will watch a short video, and then answer and discuss a series of questions designed to get them thinking about key themes in the lesson.