The Way We Live
...and how our choices impact our environment
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|Educator Resources||Materials Available||Grade Level||Content Areas||Topic|
This short webpage article explains why waste reduction is preferred over recycling and reusing.
|Book/Reading||9-12, Post-secondary||Language Arts, Science||Reduction/Consumption, Recycle/Reuse/Compost|
Waste Reduction Vocabulary
Here are nine vocabulary words high school students should know.
|Other||9-12||Language Arts, Science||Reduction/Consumption|
We love "stuff"
We love "stuff" graphics can be used in the classroom to acknowledge that the environmental issues around our "stuff" are complex. Many of us love to consume, yet we also recognize it's hard on the environment. This graphic can be printed off and placed on a bulletin board. Then students can cross out "stuff" and handwrite in what they really love. Other graphics can be used when you do community engagement projects, write e-newsletters for parents, or in other creative ways! Consider using one of these graphics especially around the winter holidays to help remind your students and anyone who walks into your school what matters most.
|Other||PreK-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Post-secondary||Language Arts, Social Studies, 21st Century||Citizenship/Service, Reduction/Consumption, Living Well|
What are Things Made Of? (by Roca, Nuria)
Check your library or store for this resource.
The 35-page nonfiction makes connections between natural resources and the products made from them. Hands-on activities are included.
2007: Barron’s Educational Series 0-7641-3651-8 (35 pgs. Nonfiction)
|Book/Reading||PreK-2, 3-5||Science, Social Studies||Natural Resources/Life Cycles|
What's Going On In There? Household Hazardous Waste and Poison Safety (by Grahn, Geoffrey)
See lesson plan here Check your library or store for the book.
The book, What's Going on In There? , helps young children learn that things are not always as they appear. Though not about environmental issues, the book can be used effectively to teach about household hazardous materials and their look-alike food products.
The 55-minute lesson plan helps students learn: 1) many consumer products are hazardous, 2) characteristics of hazardous materials, and 3) proper storage and disposal.
2005: Orchard Books, NY 0-439-57495-1 (Illustrated picture book)
|Activity, Book/Reading||PreK-2, 3-5||Language Arts, Science||Waste/Pollution|
Who Polluted the Potomac? from Population Connection
This website contains a variety of activities and lesson plans for grades from 3 through 8. Who Polluted the Potomac uses an interactive story to help students learn how our rivers have been affected by our growing population. This includes the impact of toxic materials on the environment.
|Activity, Other||3-5, 6-8||Language Arts, Science, Social Studies||Citizenship/Service, Natural Resources/Life Cycles, Waste/Pollution|
Who Polluted the River? (from Population Connection)
As the lesson's website says, Grades 1 and 2 "students participate in an interactive story and learn how, as human populations have increased and land uses have changed, many of our rivers have become polluted. This example demonstrates that just as we each contribute to the problem, we can also each be part of the solution."
|Activity, Book/Reading||PreK-2||Language Arts, Science, Social Studies||Citizenship/Service, Natural Resources/Life Cycles, Waste/Pollution|
Why "Stuff" Matters
The Part I, 7-slide PowerPoint gives the definitions of three waste management strategies (recycling, reusing and reducing), and explains why reduction is the most preferred strategy.
The Part II, 8-slide PowerPoint shows the impacts of "stuff" on the environment, specifically in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. It also emphasizes the importance of looking at the full life cycle of products, not just looking at waste and disposal.
|Other||3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Post-secondary||Math, Science, Social Studies||Reduction/Consumption, Natural Resources/Life Cycles, Recycle/Reuse/Compost, Waste/Pollution|
World Population Video
This seven minute film depicts the history of human population growth and distribution from 1 AD through the present, then projects future growth to the year 2030.
|Activity, Videos||3-5, 6-8, 9-12||Language Arts, Social Studies||Global Studies, Population|