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Written for grades 4-8, this role-play activity from EPA helps students understand how polluted waters affect the food chain and how fish become contaminated -- and thus unsafe to eat -- as pollutants (e.g., chemicals such as polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs) accumulate up the food chain. In the...
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GLOBE Carbon Cycle is focused on bringing the most cutting edge research and research techniques in the field of terrestrial ecosystem carbon cycling into the classroom. Students can collect data about their school field site through existing GLOBE protocols of phenology, land cover and soils as...
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Students will examine how human actions and population changes can affect the environment. Students will examine a series of photographs that compare famous landmarks (Times Square, the Saltair Pavilion in Utah, Laguna Beach, and Niagara Falls) across time, and then they will identify...
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This calculator helps you estimate your total water use. You know water comes from the tap, but do you know how much water goes into your sandwich? Your gadgets? The electricity that powers them? Soon you will!
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Use this document to help middle level students deepen their understanding of how everyday products like a soccer ball impact the environment in different ways. Most people -- adults and students alike -- don't give much thought to manufacturing processes and are unaware of the effects on the...
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Download an assortment of puzzles, brain-teasers, coloring activities, and formal curricula from NOAA's Marine Debris Program. Grades 1-12.
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This giant K-8 teachers guide contains educational resources relating to reducing, reusing, and recycling waste. It features hands-on lessons, activities, enrichment ideas, journal writing assignments, fact sheets, teaching notes, and more. The content is divided into three units: At the Source...
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If your habits resemble those of average Americans, you generate about 4.6 pounds of solid trash per day. This adds up to big trouble for the environment. Americans are generating waste products faster than nature can break them down and using up resources faster than they can be replaced. How can...
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Published in 2014
EPA developed the Waste-Free Lunch activities to help students learn how to reduce, reuse, and recycle items in their school lunches. A Waste-Free Lunch Flyer discusses the importance of packing waste-free lunches. Other documents provide tips, a lunch-planning worksheet, and a lunch-evaluation...
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World Ocean Observatory is the leading organization advocating for the health and sustainability of the ocean through an accessible worldwide network of communication. Through education, partnership, information exchange, public connection, and relentless communications, W2O is committed to building...
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Two activities are provided to help students understand factors affecting the biological health of a harbor as well as what influences oil terminal placement. The first activity helps the student analyze NASA SeaWiFS data in six different harbors. SeaWiFS is NASA's Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view...
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Few schools are within walking distance of a federally designated wilderness. However, many schools are within walking distance of land with wild elements. Students can look for examples of places with wild elements on or near their school grounds. Then they can duplicate the activity in a wilder...
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An Educator's Guide to the Pontchartrain Basin is to educate students, grades 5-12, about the environmental importance of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin. The guide facilitates instruction for teachers, allows easy access to information on environmental issues surrounding the watershed, and captures...
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Published in 2005
Students have the opportunity to take a core sample of their local soil. Using PVC piping, a section of soil is pulled up, allowing students to observe the soil's different layers. Those layers are then separated and identified. The identification process helps students understand what elements make...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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Published in 2015
Ten lessons and activities are given using corn mazes as a common theme. Activities include using cardinal directions instead of relative directions, geocaching with GPS, and interpreting topographic and aerial maps. These lessons are based on the following National Geography Content Standards and...
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Students will become familiar with fire terminology, realize how fire can be used as a management tool, and better understand the factors that need to be considered when planning a prescribed burn. In this activity the students will form opinions around fire management issues. They will then work in...
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"""""Nano sand"""" is a product that was originally invented to help clean up oil spills in water. Since the """"nano sand"""" is hydrophobic, it does not let water molecules pass through. It does, however, let oil molecules pass through. When oil-contaminated water is exposed to """"magic sand,""""...
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This interactive activity adapted from EcoKids introduces acid rain -- how it affects aquatic ecosystems, the difference between acid rain and normal rain, and how certain species as well as entire ecosystems, react to emissions from industrial and other man-made sources that contribute to acid...
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"Students complete a form that requires them to make decisions about how severely different types of marine debris affect animals, people, vessels, and habitat. As a class, results are totaled and analyzed to determine which types of marine debris are most harmful to the different categories....
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Learn how reducing, reusing, and recycling can help you, your community, and the environment by saving money, energy, and natural resources. Recycling programs are managed at the state and local level—find information on recycling in your community.
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