Make a Difference

How can one child make a difference in the enviornment?

The Big Questions

Essential: How can one child make a difference in the environment?


Driving: Why is conservation important and how does it keep the Earth clean and protected for future generations?


Driving: How can we help Daphne Elementary and the surrounding community by raising awareness about recycling and conservation?

College and Career Ready Standards

Health

5. Describe ways to save energy, water, and other resources.


Science

9. Identify ways to conserve Earth’s resources

10. Describe uses of recycled materials


Social Studies

9. Differentiate between natural resources and human-made products.

  • Listing ways to protect our natural resources

Proposed Timeline: March 2-April 22 (Earth Day)

Background Knowledge

Replace The Lady in the Moon with The Lorax. Use text to teach realism and fantasy.

Writing skill: Poster

Pre-teaching: Mister Bones - treasures from the Earth.

March 2-6

Read: The Lorax
Read: Non-fiction about natural/man-made resources (suggestion: Limited Resources http://www.k12reader.com/worksheet/limited-resources-2/ ) and list ways to conserve resources.

Questions: http://www.seussville.com/activities/Lorax14_EarthDayEduKit_Bklt_WEB.pdf

Writing: If I were the Lorax this is how I would help the Earth....

Assessment: Did the student identify 2-3 ways to conserve Earth's resources? (Standard 9)

March 9-13

Focus Standard
Social Studies #9 - Differentiate between natural resources and human-made products.
  • Listing ways to protect our natural resources


Common Activities


  • Online Sorts
    Natural vs Man-made
    Interactive Venn (click 'Materials 2' then 'Activity 3'
  • Dots Activity - Place one color dot on things in the room that are natural resources. Place another color dot on things in the room that are man-made.
  • Cut pictures from magazines and sort them under natural and man-made (or renewable and non-renewable)
    Images to download/print/sort



Close Read

Limited Resources


Assessment
Teacher observation - Successful completion of close read questions and natural resources sorts.

March 14-18

Focus Standards

Health #5 - Describe ways to save energy, water, and other resources.

Science #10 - Describe uses of recycled materials

Science #9 (bullet point) - Listing ways to protect our natural resources


Common Activity

PEAK Online Course - Leave No Trace - https://lnt.org/teach/peak/peakonline


Assign Recycled Materials Project - Students will use recycled materials at home to create something new. Suggestions include new purposes for old items (milk jug bird feeder), musical instruments, craft/art, or something to wear.


Close Reads (May be divided over this week and the following week)

Take Care of Our Planet

Maria Recycles


Assessment
  • Certificate completion online quiz with Peak course
  • TIME for Kids Problem/Solution sheet
  • Answers to the reading passage(s)
  • Teacher observation of understanding

March 23-27

Focus Standards

21st Century Skills - Communication, Collaboration, Creativity

Teacher Focus - Voice and Choice


Common Activities


  • Student Group Project - Students will use their new knowledge to decide how to best answer the driving question "How can we help Daphne Elementary and the surrounding community by raising awareness about recycling and conservation?" Projects will be developed with teacher assistance, but voice and choice will be given to the groups.
  • Students will review the Teamwork Rubric and understand their role in the group. Students will understand they are responsible for self and peer evaluation.


Close Reads (May be divided over this week and the following week)

Take Care of Our Planet

Maria Recycles

Assessment


March 30- April 17 (Includes Spring Break)

Time to develop and work on group projects.

Show - National Geographic Kids - Mission Animal Rescue - To give kids ideas about projects students have created to help animals. http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/videos/

Culminating Project

Each student group will create a product to inform and educate the public of the importance of conservation and recycling.

Suggestion of projects include:
  • Create and hang posters in the school or community
  • Publish a video to inform others about resources in Daphne
  • Label and draw attention to recycling areas in the school and community
  • Write letters to area leaders sharing the importance of ecology

Proposed finish before April 17 to be displayed / shown for Earth Day April 22.


Displays in the library with a project card to describe the project.

Assessment

  • Teacher Assessment of Collaboration
  • Rubric for students: give checklist ahead of time, let them check off as they work, and then review at the end
  • Peer evaluation: show ahead of time, let group members

Resources and Additional Activities

Teacher Resource packet p.7-8 Crystallizing Experiment

EPA.gov
Kids Recycling Zone
Kids Science Challenge
EekoWorld
Recycling Fun Facts - LOTS in a pdf


Virtual Forest Conservation Game


Earth's Natural Resources Unit (pdf)


Water Usage Survey


Short Videos on Pollution, Oil Spills, Etc


Graphing Trash


Compost Game

Once resources are destroyed, can you undo it? http://gironlife.blogspot.com/2010/04/experiment-can-you-undo-water-pollution.html

Feather Oil Experiment: http://projectbeak.org/teacher/pdf/adaptations_feathers_oil_and_feathers.pdf

Sid the Science Kid - Going, Going, Green

Education Quests with EPA


Landfill Virtual Field Trip YouTube


Landfill Virtual Field Trip YouTube


The Environauts Mission to Earth
Grades: 2-5
Help! The planet Ergon is filling up with trash and they need some help.....fast! Can you teach the people of Ergon to protect their environment? I bet you can!


Recycle City
Grades: 2-6
Explore Recycle City to see how the people of the town reduce waste, use less energy, and even save money by doing simple things at home, at work, and in their neighborhoods.


Sort Mania
Grades: 2-6
This interactive game teaches you how to recycle.


The Groundwater Story
Grades: 1-3
Animated music video about the water "down below", its importance to living things and how to help protect this hidden resource.


Renewable and Nonrenewable materials (w/The Lorax)


Magic School Bus Gets Recycled

Activities from Scholastic's Magic School Bus site