Lesson 18

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Content Standards Addressed:

Common Core State Standards


Reproducible: FYI! Pollution

To spark critical thinking about environmental issues like air and water pollution, make copies of the reproducible. Have students read the text and answer the Reflect and Review questions independently. Or read the text aloud and discuss the answers to the questions together.


Take a Stand:

Create a class environmental belief statement. This statement will help them think about what actions are acceptable to them in relationship to their impact on the environment. Statements can include ideas such as "we should obey all laws protecting our environment" and "we will make an effort to recycle as much material as we can."


Get Involved:

Use the following activities to have your students become actively involved in service projects that have a positive impact on the environment around them. These projects provide a great culminating activity for your environmental education program by actively involving students in making an impact in their community.

Encouraging environmental action is a matter of solid planning, enthusiasm, creativity and careful guidance. Environmental action projects are activities that can get students involved in finding and implementing solutions to environmental issues or problems. Successful projects often focus on the local community, but broader activities can also work. Action projects can be simple or complex. They can be short-term or long-term. Projects can be designed to educate and inform, physically improve the environment or take political action. Some ideas for action projects include:

  • Have students identify a problem involving wildlife on their own school grounds and come up with ideas to solve or improve the situation. Put their ideas into action.
  • Ask students where their community could benefit from improved wildlife habitat areas. Habitat improvement projects can be large or small. Students may wish to confer with their local game warden or wildlife specialist to come up with ideas. The National Wildlife Federation runs a schoolyard habitat program that can help get your students started (www.nwf.org). Make sure the project is feasible and legal, then put it into action. Ideas include planting a butterfly habitat, creating bluebird boxes or creating a city park in a vacant lot.
  • Create a watershed conservation team to test and monitor pollution levels in the watershed over time. Local environmental organizations can assist students in setting up their watershed conservation area and instruct students on monitoring techniques. Students can begin their project by cleaning up their watershed area.
  • Design a garden for the school yard or community park that involves native trees, shrubs and plants, which don't require as much water.
  • Develop a compost pile for the school's food scraps and yard clippings. 
  • Develop a community or school-wide recycling plan to reduce the amount of waste that enters the landfill system. Or encourage students to take action in their own classroom. Obtain one or more recycling bins, and have students recycle cans, bottles, plastic bags, note paper, etc. They can create posters with recycling tips to post around their classroom. Remind them it takes three weeks to form new habits like recycling.
  • Have students create a two-column table. In the first column, they should list items that are recyclable. In the second column, they can explain where each item can be recycled.
  • Research the endangered or threatened species in the world and have students "adopt" an animal or habitat through a national organization, such as the World Wildlife Fund.


Reproducible: Ecology Awareness Double Puzzle

Make copies of the reproducible. The puzzle will help your students review the eco-vocabulary they learned in this unit of study. After reading each definition, students will unscramble the clue word. They will then copy the letters in the numbered cells to the blank spaces at the bottom of the page that have the same number. The answers are provided here.