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45 minutes
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6 / 7 / 8
Engineering

This activity is designed to hook students by making this water and energy investigation personal, and centered on comparing predicted vs. actual consumption. By students beginning listing their daily water/energy uses and how much is consumed every day, this lesson begins student’s exploration into their personal water/energy consumption and how it can be measured and recorded.

Students then reflect on their own home and predict how their water and energy consumption compares to the “average” usage. After a discussion on their predictions, students utilize leading online water and energy calculators to find out their home’s estimated use. This sets students up to compare their estimated use with their own measurements of their home’s real consumption.

How do trees benefit humans and the environment?
45 minutes
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6 / 7 / 8
Science

Students reflect on what they have learned and experienced through the lesson and share their reflections with the class.

45 minutes
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6 / 7 / 8
Science

Students will reflect on people’s relationship with trees and explore resources for engaging in citizen science related to tree stewardship.

45 minutes
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6 / 7 / 8
Science

Students design and action plan to care for or plant trees on school or community grounds, or to educate others about the care of trees.

90 minutes
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6 / 7 / 8
Science

In Part 2, students learn about the specific species’ of trees on their school or a community property and explore the threats these trees face.

45 minutes
4

6 / 7 / 8
Science

In Part 1, students explore the many benefits that trees offer humans and the environment.

What is sustainability?
45 minutes
5

5 / 6 / 7 / 8
Environmental Education

This lesson sets the stage for students to develop sustainable intelligence. They begin by playing an interactive game that illustrates how innocent actions can turn into unsustainable practices that impact everyone and the Earth we call home. Students then discuss how the game illustrates a concept called the tragedy of the commons. Next, they watch a video and discuss the concept of sustainability. Together, the elements of this lesson help students create a base of understanding from which they can begin to exercise sustainability thinking as they analyze and explore a range of topics and apply what they learn in their everyday lives.

10 minutes
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6 / 7 / 8
Engineering

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