MS-ESS3-4

Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.

 
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Design Your Society

8th Grade Science » Unit: Design a Resilient, Self-Sustaining Community
8th Grade Science » Unit: Design a Resilient, Self-Sustaining Community
Lori Knasiak
Lake In The Hills, IL
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

It is time for students to apply all their newly acquired knowledge as they develop plans for a new society on Earth.

 
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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

6th Grade Science » Unit: Enivronmental Science
6th Grade Science » Unit: Enivronmental Science
Melodie Brewer
Scottsdale, AZ
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

As we have evolved, our needs have demanded the production of materials that are durable and weather-resistant - plastic! But what happens to all that plastic when we throw it away?

 
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Sludge is in the Air

6th Grade Science » Unit: Enivronmental Science
6th Grade Science » Unit: Enivronmental Science
Melodie Brewer
Scottsdale, AZ
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson students students generate design solutions by first identifying examples of particulate matter in the air and then design a particulate matter collector.

 
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Measuring Energy in the Atmosphere: Exploring Climate Change

8th Grade Science » Unit: Measuring Energy
8th Grade Science » Unit: Measuring Energy
Sydney Schuler
La Grange Park, IL
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Tired of explaining climate change? Let the students discover for themselves the facts about climate change.

 
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climate
   

Blame it on the Carbon

6th Grade Science » Unit: Enivronmental Science
6th Grade Science » Unit: Enivronmental Science
Melodie Brewer
Scottsdale, AZ
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

As students describe how the carbon cycle contributes to the condition of our environment, they gain a better understanding of the cause and effect of human activities on the Earth's systems.

 
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The Story of Stuff

6th Grade Science » Unit: Enivronmental Science
6th Grade Science » Unit: Enivronmental Science
Melodie Brewer
Scottsdale, AZ
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

The way we consume and dispose of material goods reflect our culture and way of life. The culture of America is wasteful and we must consider ways to reduce our consumption of material goods in order to sustain life on our planet.

 
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garbage
   

Climate Change and the Greenhouse Effect

6th Grade Science » Unit: Enivronmental Science
6th Grade Science » Unit: Enivronmental Science
Melodie Brewer
Scottsdale, AZ
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

While our planet relies on the greenhouse effect in order to survive, increased formation of greenhouse gases are causing our global climate in change in a way that way hinder our quality of life.

 
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Where the Waste Goes

6th Grade Science » Unit: Enivronmental Science
6th Grade Science » Unit: Enivronmental Science
Melodie Brewer
Scottsdale, AZ
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson students investigate their own trash consumption and become aware of how the disposal of non-biodegradable waste impacts the environment.

 
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garbage
   

Energy History

8th Grade Science » Unit: Energy Sources
8th Grade Science » Unit: Energy Sources
Sydney Schuler
La Grange Park, IL
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

What's the best way to teach about our energy crisis? Students will look at energy timelines to determine for themselves events leading up to global warming and climate change.

 
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power plant
   

Carbon Sinks: Modeling the future

8th Grade Science » Unit: Understanding Our Changing Climate: Impact on Oceans
8th Grade Science » Unit: Understanding Our Changing Climate: Impact on Oceans
Ryan Keser
Brookline, MA
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Students use an online simulation to analyze the amount of carbon emissions given off by a set of energy choices and then report their findings out.

 
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Why is Coal so Important?

8th Grade Science » Unit: Exploring Non-Renewable Energy Sources
8th Grade Science » Unit: Exploring Non-Renewable Energy Sources
Sydney Schuler
La Grange Park, IL
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

By 8th grade students can grasp how coal has both an environmental as well as an economic impact.

 
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kids and coal
   

Water Woes (5 Day Project-Based Lesson)

6th Grade Science » Unit: Enivronmental Science
6th Grade Science » Unit: Enivronmental Science
Melodie Brewer
Scottsdale, AZ
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Our water supply is limited, so it is extremely important to conserve this resource that is so crucial to sustaining life.

 
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Don't Be Fuel-ish!

6th Grade Science » Unit: Enivronmental Science
6th Grade Science » Unit: Enivronmental Science
Melodie Brewer
Scottsdale, AZ
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Fossil fuel supplies are not indefinite. Society must utilize alternative forms of energy in order to ensure life on our planet.

 
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Acid Oceans Part 1

8th Grade Science » Unit: Understanding Our Changing Climate: Impact on Oceans
8th Grade Science » Unit: Understanding Our Changing Climate: Impact on Oceans
Ryan Keser
Brookline, MA
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Introduce your students to the acids, bases and the pH scale in the context of ocean acidification.

 
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Impact of Climate Change

6th Grade Science » Unit: Enivronmental Science
6th Grade Science » Unit: Enivronmental Science
Melodie Brewer
Scottsdale, AZ
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Now that we have learned about the causes of climate change, we will learn how it affects living things around the world.

 
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