DAY: Ideas for the classroom
TeachableMoment lessons on Earth Day & the environment
PAST EARTH DAY LESSONS:
Day 2011: OUR WATER FOOTPRINT (Elementary) (4/15/11)
Students consider how much water we consume and what impact
it has by hearing some facts and discussing the story of one girl's
GARBAGE PATCH: Two Earth Day Lessons (Elementary) With the
help of a short video clip, students explore the 'life cycle'
of a plastic bag and develop a 'reduce, reuse, recycle' action
IN THE WAVES: Two Earth Day Lessons
(Middle School) After viewing a short video clip, students consider
the effect all our waste has on the environment and develop a
'reduce, reuse, recycle' action plan. http://www.teachablemoment.org/middle/earthdayms.html
Day 2011: ELECTRONICS & ENVIRONMENTAL (IN)JUSTICE (High
School) (4/21/11) Students consider
concepts of "environmental racism" and "environmental
(in)justice" and view and discuss an online clip about the
dumping of electronics. Homework assignments suggest furher study
of this issue and the Gulf Spill anniversary.
DAY 2008: An Essay on HISTORY & THE ENVIRONMENT (High
School) An Earth Day presentation to students prompts educator
Alan Singer to reflect on some vital questions that Al Gore's
documentary An Inconvenient Truth left out
LESSONS ON THE ENVIRONMENT (all for high school)
PRICE AT THE PUMP: What Does Oil Really Cost? (5/5/11) Two
student readings focus on the reasons for rising gas prices as
well as the true social and environmental costs of oil, with discussion
questions and an internet inquiry.
CLIMATE CHANGE: Fitting the Facts Together & Acting on Them
(9/22/10) Student readings explore the scientific evidence on
global warming, the views of climate change deniers, and ideas
for student action on climate change, including a day of action
on October 10, 2010, sponsored by 350.org, Greenpeace and the
Rainforest Action Network.
CHANGE CONTROVERSY (3/24/10) Alan Shapiro offers a process
(including two student readings) to help students conduct a rigorous
inquiry into the controversy over climate change.
CLIMATE CONFERENCE: Will we continue to be 'slowly boiling
brainless frogs'? (10/19/09, updated 12/21/09) The December 2009
conference presents an opportunity for students to consider some
key issues facing our planet.
INITIATIVES to Combat Climate Change (4/15/09) Student readings
describe the scientific controversy over "tipping points,"
the Obama-Biden energy program, and plans to green the Empire
State Building. Following the readings are suggestions for student-led
green initiatives for Earth Day - or any other day.
ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE includes additional action opportunities
and also lists useful websites. A relatively new one is the Alliance
for Climate Protection, an organization founded last year by Al