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

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30 minutes
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6 / 7 / 8
Engineering

At the end of Module One, students accurately input their first meter reading into the STEMhero software and create a plan for collecting at least three more readings to establish a baseline of their actual water and/or energy consumption.

5 minutes
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6 / 7 / 8
Engineering

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15 minutes
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6 / 7 / 8
Engineering

By this point, students have determined at least one utility meter that they will track, whether that meter is at their home or school. Now, students will identify the parts of that meter so they have a shared vocabulary with other students, as they collaborate to record an accurate reading. A worksheet and video will teach the parts of the meter, and an interactive online quiz will verify learning.

135 minutes
3

6 / 7 / 8
Science

This lesson revolves around the ideas and practices of biomimicry – looking to Nature to help us solve our problems. Students will study examples of biomimicry and then apply what they have learned to a problem that they identify in their home, school, or community.

100 minutes
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7 / 8
Environmental Education, Reading or Language Arts, Science

In this lesson, students identify the major causes of traffic jams in their city and discuss how traffic affects air quality. Students observe the traffic in their city and identify some of the problems. Them they write a report about the problem of traffic and propose possible solutions.

100 minutes
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7 / 8
Civics and Government, Environmental Education, Science

In this lesson, students investigate the fossil fuel industry, including why our society is so addicted to the use of fossil fuels and how our habits have had some very serious short-term and long-term consequences. They also explore modern alternatives to fossil fuels and then debate the merits of fossil fuels versus those of viable alternatives. The lesson concludes with a discussion designed to help students synthesize their thoughts on the topic.

100 minutes
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7 / 8
Civics and Government, Environmental Education

In this lesson, students conduct a personal air eco-audit to identify sources of pollutants in their homes. After a thorough at-home investigation, students then brainstorm ways they can improve the air quality in their home. They are encouraged to work with members of their household to complete this eco-audit, if possible, and to engage their support in improving indoor air quality. They are also given time with classmates to share ideas and brainstorm, making this a fun and fruitful communal activity.

60 minutes
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7 / 8
Environmental Education, Physical Education, Science

In this lesson, students learn about health effects associated with six primary air pollutants. They begin by discussing air pollutants, their sources, and their effects on human health. Students then analyze an information worksheet about six common air pollutants (which they can save for later reference) and answer a few questions to synthesize their understanding. Students then apply what they’ve learned by working in teams to analyze a case study and determine which air pollutant caused the described health symptoms. Finally, students propose some preventive actions that could be taken to avoid future instances of the given health problems.

100 minutes
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7 / 8
Arts, Civics and Government, Environmental Education

In this lesson, students learn how a green map can make visitors aware of the natural, cultural, and sustainability resources an area offers and help people gain a deeper understanding of a public space. They then apply what they've learned by working in small groups to create green maps of the school campus. The result is a series of green maps of campus that emphasize the assets and liabilities of the campus from the students' perspective. Students share their maps via a classroom Green Map Gallery Walk, in which they reflect on what they can learn from and appreciate about their classmates' maps. The lesson concludes with a conversation about how green maps can be used to increase the school community’s respect and appreciation for campus resources. Students also explore how the maps could be used as a tool to persuade school administrators to make improvements on campus.

165 minutes
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7 / 8
Environmental Education, Science

This three-part lesson begins with a video that encourages students to focus not on the fact that human activities are leading to massive extinctions of organisms (which is depressing!), but rather on how we can better motivate ourselves as individuals and as a society to improve the situation. If we spend more time in nature—wherever we live—we as a species can learn to do a better job of protecting other species. Students come to understand why it's important to protect biodiversity on Earth and learn some essential vocabulary related to biodiversity. Then they visit a nearby natural area and conduct a field study of three types of organisms: vertebrates, invertebrates, and plants/fungi. Student teams then put together a field report to document what they observed, and they estimate the biodiversity index of the area they studied. Armed with this data and the richness of their outdoor experience, students develop a plan to maintain or even increase biodiversity in their neighborhood.