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EPA - Turning the Tide on Trash: Marine Debris Curriculum Guide

The three units in this learning guide are designed to increase students' awareness of the impacts of marine debris and teach them pollution prevention techniques. At the same time, the activities strive to inspire an appreciation of the ocean. This guide may be used as a stand-alone teaching tool or individual activities may be used to supplement work in other subject areas.

Subject(s): Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
Type(s): Curriculum Guide
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School
Keywords: pollution, water and energy conservation, litter, trash and recycling, tides

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Global Water Supply: Elementary School Curriculum

Stand-alone lesson plans are part of larger units that cover a broad scope of subjects including English, science and technology, and social sciences like geography, civics and economics. Classroom activities cover everything from poetry seminars and vocabulary-building worksheets to science and math lessons about potable water availability. Activities are aligned to national standards.

Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
Type(s): Curriculum Guide
Level(s): Elementary School
Aligned with the following standard(s): National Science Education
Keywords: water cycle and movement, water and energy conservation, water quality, Drinking Water

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Are You a River Keeper?

Learners will utilize fundamental techniques to determine the health of a local river. They will collect, compile, display and interpret their data. The students will focus on how water speed affects rates of erosion and deposition. They will focus on the history of, reasons for, and possible solutions to excessive deposition in the southern branch of the Muskegon River or waterway in their community. Through the writing and performing of a short theatrical activity, learners will summarize articles they have read to increase environmental awareness. Learners will become aware of global issues of clean water scarcity. Learners will investigate the many causes of river water pollution and relate them to their sources. Students will then identify four sectors of society and how each can be an agent for change. They will locate and write letters to public service, nonprofit organizations in support of water clarity. After presenting their findings to peers, students will distribute a self-designed pledge, requesting households to commit to positive change.

Subject(s): Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
Type(s): Curriculum Guide
Level(s): Middle School
Keywords: pollution, water and energy conservation, erosion, water quality, water testing, student action

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Global Water Supply: Middle School Curriculum

Stand-alone lesson plans are part of larger units that cover a broad scope of subjects including English, science and technology, and social sciences like geography, civics and economics. Classroom activities cover everything from poetry seminars and vocabulary-building worksheets to science and math lessons about potable water availability. Activities are aligned to national standards.

Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
Type(s): Curriculum Guide
Level(s): Middle School
Aligned with the following standard(s): National Science Education
Keywords: adaptation, water and energy conservation, water quality, Drinking Water

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Global Water Supply: High School Curriculum

Stand-alone lesson plans are part of larger units that cover a broad scope of subjects including English, science and technology, and social sciences like geography, civics and economics. Classroom activities cover everything from poetry seminars and vocabulary-building worksheets to science and math lessons about potable water availability. Activities are aligned to national standards.

Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
Type(s): Curriculum Guide
Level(s): High School
Aligned with the following standard(s): National Science Education
Keywords: pollution, land use, water and energy conservation, renewable resource, water quality, economics, Drinking Water

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Bay Dreaming Bookstore

Here's a site that lists various books about the Chesapeake Bay's history, conservation, travel destinations, etc.

Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
Type(s): Books and Publications
Level(s): High School
Keywords: water and energy conservation, habitat and niche, wildlife

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Wasting Water Lesson

Students will learn why its important to conserve water and the common ways water is wasted. Students will estimate the volume of water on earth and calculate volumes and costs of wasted water. Students will then compose a list of ways to conserve water.

Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Virginia
Keywords: water and energy conservation

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Going for Water Lesson

Students will compare the experience of hauling one's own water, as described in Robert Frost's poem Going for Water, to the modern convenience of electric plumbing. They will predict the amount of water a student uses in a day and the amount of time it would take to haul that volume by hand. Then measure the time to the nearest minute that it takes each student to carry the water 50 yards.

Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Virginia
Keywords: culture and watermen, water and energy conservation

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Save Energy with the Lorax

This is a lesson that will teach kids the importance of saving energy and ways that they can help our environment by saving energy at home and at school.

Subject(s): Language Arts, Science
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Elementary School
Keywords: development, water and energy conservation, forest

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Thirstin's Word Scramble

The students can play an online word scramble game to help them learn more about the importance of clean water.

Subject(s): Language Arts, Science
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Elementary School
Keywords: water cycle and movement, water and energy conservation

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What Does the Sun Give Us Guide (5 Activities)

Where does the energy to build, light, and heat our houses and schools come from? The sun has actually created almost all of the energy we use today. If we want to find more energy, we can look back to the sun itself. All the light and heat we feel is energy that we might be able to use. How much energy could the sun give us? How much would this energy cost us? How can we capture the energy and use it for our needs? This lesson has five experiments that will begin to answer these questions.

Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
Type(s): Curriculum Guide
Level(s): Middle School, High School
Aligned with the following standard(s): National Science Education
Keywords: water and energy conservation, green development

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Energy Savings Activities — Lighting

Students use the scientific method to examine school lighting technologies and determine if there are opportunities to save energy and money.

Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Middle School
Aligned with the following standard(s): National Science Education
Keywords: water and energy conservation

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Energy Efficiency Ambassadors Lesson

In these activities, students will compare two products that provide the same function (in this case, light), but require different amounts of energy to do their job. Students will research and demonstrate energy efficiency in action and learn how it applies to different technologies.

Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Middle School
Aligned with the following standard(s): National Science Education
Keywords: water and energy conservation

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Comparing Light Bulbs Lesson

In this exercise, students will use a light to demonstrate the difference between being energy-efficient and energy-wasteful, and learn what energy efficiency means.

Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Technology
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School
Aligned with the following standard(s): National Science Education
Keywords: water and energy conservation

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Project WILD Curriculum Guide

The Project WILD Curriculum Guide emphasizes aquatic wildlife and aquatic ecosystems. Each Project WILD Aquatic activity contains all the information needed to conduct that activity including objectives, method, background information, a list of materials needed, procedures, evaluation suggestions, recommended grade levels, subject areas, duration, group size, setting, and key terms.

Subject(s): Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
Type(s): Curriculum Guide
Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Maryland, Virginia, New York, West Virginia, District of Columbia, Delaware, National Science Education, Pennsylvania
Keywords: adaptation, biodiversity, water and energy conservation, habitat and niche, predator prey relationships, schoolyard habitat, wildlife

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Making Decisions for Water Use Lesson

Students will explore and demonstrate the effect that water management can have on local water quality. Students will analyze tradeoffs and develop compromises for fair water use and discuss public policy issues affecting water quality and quantity in a community.

Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Technology
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Middle School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Virginia
Keywords: water and energy conservation, water quality

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Conserving Water Lesson

Students will discuss the different uses of water, inventory their own water use, and discuss ways to promote water conservation.

Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
Type(s): Lessons and Activities
Level(s): Middle School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Virginia
Keywords: water cycle and movement, wetland, watershed, water and energy conservation, water testing, Drinking Water

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Conserve Water Educators Guide

This Project WET publication, the Conserve Water Educators Guide provides teachers of middle school and high school students with the ins and outs of water conservation. Background information offers a hydrologic primer; past, present, and future water conservation issues; and case studies ranging from a rancher in west Texas to an ice cream factory in Massachusetts. These real-life examples encourage students to use critical thinking skills to examine different sides of each situation.

Subject(s): Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
Type(s): Books and Publications
Level(s): High School
Aligned with the following standard(s): Maryland
Keywords: water cycle and movement, watershed, water and energy conservation, water quality, wildlife

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