Reflection: Lesson Planning What is Environmental Science? - Section 2: Direct Instruction


I understand that some teachers would prefer not to use class time delivering a lecture.  I understand that everyone has a different approach, so I would offer the following suggestions for using this lesson's resources:

  1. Instead of assigning a textbook reading, you could share the PPT as homework.  In this way, students learn all the vocab content and have images for almost every concept.  Students could fill in the notesheet on their own time as they view the PPT.
  2. You may choose to merge the critical thinking questions from the homework (those questions covered in my discussion guides) with the notesheets, so that students reflect on the info presented in the Powerpoint and can hopefully integrate their new understanding into a problem-based question.
  3. You might assign the Powerpoint and notesheet but then ask students to make a list of questions they had (whether these are questions of clarification or tangential questions arising from their curiosity), and then spend class time discussing those questions.

Feel free to use these resources in any way you see fit in your classroom and don't hesitate to make them your own by changing images and questions to better suit the needs of your students.

  Ok, ok... so you don't want to lecture: some suggestions for using this lesson's resources
  Lesson Planning: Ok, ok... so you don't want to lecture: some suggestions for using this lesson's resources
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What is Environmental Science?

Unit 2: The Nature of Environmental Science
Lesson 1 of 17

Objective: Students will be able to explain the reasons that effective approaches to environmental problems require a broad base of interdisciplinary knowledge.

Big Idea: Environmental science is more than just biology and chemistry. It is interdisciplinary and utilizes social science as well as physical science.

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