Parents and Educators: find resources for at-home and distance learning

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100 minutes
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5 / 6
Science

In this lesson, students learn what electronic waste (e-waste) is and why it is a growing problem for human societies and the environment. Then they work together to brainstorm a way to build awareness and change within the school community and beyond.

150 minutes
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5 / 6
Civics and Government, Science

In this lesson, students learn about innovations in waste management from communities around the world. Then they work in teams to research options that would solve waste management issues specific to your community. They put together a presentation to promote their chosen option while the other teams role-play community leaders who are charged with selecting the most effective waste management solution for the community. This “city council” then evaluates each presentation and chooses the most compelling option for waste management in your area.

What are some common issues related to waste management?
What are ways that we use our water resources?
160 minutes
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5 / 6
Environmental Education, Science

In this lesson, students form a scientific understanding of a drought and the conditions that cause it. They also explore the consequences of a drought and identify personal and global actions to help prevent and cope with droughts. Knowledge development in this lesson is self- and co-constructed, as students work together in groups to create a news story that describes a significant historical drought or drought conditions in a nearby region. They present their findings to the class, along with details about actions taken to alleviate the drought and steps they can personally take to use water responsibly.

75 minutes
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5 / 6
Environmental Education, Mathematics, Reading or Language Arts

In this lesson, students learn about the issue of water waste. They search for water leaks in the school building, apply scientific data-gathering procedures to document their observations, and calculate the long-term effects of any leaks they observe. Students learn the value of having scientific data as they pitch to school administrators recommendations for improvements. They also see that small water leaks like the dripping of a tap, multiplied by millions of dripping faucets, can add up to significant waste and that this waste can easily be reduced or prevented.

50 minutes
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5 / 6
Civics and Government, Environmental Education, Science

The purpose of this lesson is to help students understand the unique characteristics of water on Earth, including the lack of abundant freshwater resources. They will also explore the many ways they use and depend upon water, how humans are conserving water resources, and why their personal habits related to water matter. The presentation serves as a guide and launching point for multiple discussions and activities that are highlighted in the corresponding Teacher’s Notes.