Developing a Global Perspective for Educators

The Story of Bottled Water

New Lesson Plan on Environmental Sustainability & Water Crisis…
The Story of Bottled Water by Leah Danis. Thank you Leah for contributing to our website. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Lesson Description:
The objective of this lesson is to introduce a global perspective to the water systems unit. Students will watch a video, brainstorm ideas, and examine labels on plastic water bottles. By the end of the lesson, students should be able to start thinking about the impact of their personal water usage, and of the bottled-water industry.

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Exploring and Understanding Water

New Unit Plan on Environmental Sustainability!
Exploring and Understanding Water by Elise A. Milbradt. Thank you to Elise for submitting the unit plan. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Unit Description:
How does the amount and quality of water in our environment affect living things? This unit, built on the this essential question, is designed for a grade two science class with cross-curricular links to language and mathematics. The unit, designed around the importance of having access to clean water, is created to follow a previous unit on the properties and characteristics on water. Because a fair amount of writing is involved, this unit should not be introduced too early in the grade two classrooms. Students should already have been introduced to basic graphing in their math class.

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Save the Whales

New Lesson Plan on Environmental Stewardship!
Save the Whales? by Sunny Sunjung Lee. Thank you, Sunny for the submission. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Lesson Description
Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), a synthetic pesticide used for agriculture causes severe harm on wildlife. Beluga whales, because they are at the top of the food chain, accumulate toxic DDT in its system and many have died of cancer as a result. Although its use has been banned in many developed countries, it is still used in some developing countries as a cure against Malaria. This lesson guides educators to introduce students to the issue of pollution (e.g., DDT) and consequent habitat alterations by integrating skills and knowledge from both science and mathematics: Students will learn to use data represented on graphs to communicate about global environmental issues. They will also engage in meaningful discussions to propose possible actions that take both national and international issues into consideration. Through the lesson, the concept of “global citizenship” will be taken up with the students.

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Rethink: Energy Consumption

New Lesson Plan on Environmental Sustainability!
Rethink: Energy Consumption by Emily Scott. Thank you, Emily for sharing the lesson plan. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Lesson Description
The students will be given an introduction into the environmental impacts related to high energy consumption and high rates of burning fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas). Students will be introduced to renewable and non renewable resources for power. They will be introduced to alternative forms of energy and how using more renewable power sources may be more beneficial to the environment. Students will have the opportunity to observe wind power and investigate where they would place a wind turbine at their school.

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Reducing Global Consumption

New Lesson Plan on Environmental Sustainability!
Reducing Global Consumption by Catherine Costa. Thank you, Catherine for sharing the lesson plan. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Lesson Description
The lesson will begin with a read-a-loud to get students thinking about reducing consumption. Through guided-learning, students will be introduced to key terms. Each student will go online and follow the prompts to complete the task and print out their results. In pairs students will compare and contrast their footprints, and discuss the energy-savers suggested in the book and connect them to their individual footprints. Students will partake in an activity, demonstrating how to reduce their own consumption and explain how this will help the environment. From this lesson, students will gain understanding of how over-consumption negatively affects the environment and biodiversity, as well as build insight into the ways they can reduce their own consumption patterns.

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