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50 minutes
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5 / 6
Science

In this lesson, students learn that in some parts of the world, people hear air quality alerts and warnings regularly. The problem is getting worse as the human population increases, making air quality a significant global issue. Students examine how an index of air quality is one way governments monitor and communicate with the public about air pollution and its potential health effects. Then students conduct a quick walk-through eco-audit of their classroom to see if there are changes they can make to improve the air quality within their immediate environment. Students reflect upon how their actions (even in a community with consistently good air quality) can have an impact on the entire atmosphere, and then they brainstorm things they can do personally and as a class to help alleviate air pollution. The ideas on the Extend tab offer multiple strategies students can use to implement their ideas and take them into the community to spread awareness and encourage further change.

What is natural and cultural heritage?
120 minutes
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5 / 6
Arts, Civics and Government

In this lesson, students discover what it means for a city to be “green” and learn how green cities around the world are serving as models for sustainable human development. Students examine principles of green urbanization and look at outstanding examples of green cities around the world. With the goal of moving toward a more sustainable future, students then work in teams to envision how their city could become green (or greener), develop a plan based on that vision, and use their plan to create a model, sketches, or blueprints that show what their improved community could look like.

Where does my food come from?
110 minutes
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5 / 6
Civics and Government, History, Science

In the first session of the lesson, students delve into the history of agriculture to learn about how humans have fed themselves over the last few thousand years. They also discover that agriculture has changed dramatically in the last few decades, producing a Green Revolution that has had positive and negative effects. Students then explore key elements of sustainable agriculture and how it has been used successfully for thousands of years. In the second session, students are challenged to synthesize and apply what they’ve learned as they role-play delegates from the United Nations. They work in teams to analyze the specific circumstances of their assigned nation and then recommend either that their nation’s leaders sign or do not sign a treaty committing their nation to using 60 percent sustainable farming methods by 2030.

Why do we extract fossil fuels and minerals from Earth’s crust when there are so many adverse consequences?
100 minutes
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5 / 6
Science

In this lesson, students explore the ways in which humans use hydropower to fuel society. First, they learn how we harness hydropower to generate electricity, and then they build a hydropaddle to simulate a turbine. Next, they examine the pros and cons of hydropower by choosing an issue, conducting an investigative analysis to discover a story of real-life impact, and sharing that story with the class. Students also reflect upon why facts alone are often not enough to communicate the importance of sustainability issues; asking questions and doing research can often lead to surprising changes in perspective and new understandings.

100 minutes
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5 / 6
Civics and Government, Science

In this lesson, students learn that nuclear energy is powerful enough to send a robot on a scientific mission millions of kilometers (miles) away and to supply large amounts of electricity on Earth with minimal impacts on natural resources. They also learn that harnessing the power of the atom has consequences—some very serious and long-term consequences. Rather than telling students what to think about the issue, the lesson encourages students to research the topic and then debate their peers. The lesson concludes with a discussion designed to help students synthesize their thoughts on the topic.

50 minutes
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5 / 6
Science

This lesson begins with students learning about natural resources that humans either dig (such as coal) or pump (such oil or natural gas) from the Earth’s crust. Students discuss why these resources are so valuable to us and why we tolerate the many adverse side effects of extracting and using them. They then discuss how renewable energy sources are being used as alternatives in many areas around the world. Next, students simulate a mining experience by digging into a chocolate chip cookie. The experience leads to a rich discussion about safety, fines, rewards, and reclamation.

50 minutes
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5 / 6
Science

In this lesson, students investigate a particularly difficult type of waste to manage: nuclear waste. They explore the complexities and controversies surrounding this topic by first reviewing some basic pros and cons related to nuclear waste. Next, they conduct a kinesthetic simulation to reiterate benefits and challenges and help them viscerally understand the complexities of the issue. Finally, they have an open discussion to share what they learned and their thoughts about the topic.