Students construct a word web to show the possible cause and effect relationships of a growing population....
Young learners hear an interactive story about river pollution
Through an interactive story, students experience the pollution of a local river over time, and propose methods...
Spanish/English lessons for K - 5th grade teachers cover sustainability and population change
Counting on People is an online lesson plan library for elementary teachers on environmental stewardship and global citizenship
Engaging local to global lessons make it fun to teach sustainability and community to elementary students.
Screenshot of video lesson plan "Go Fish!" demonstrating uneven resource consumption of limited resources
Students share bowls of goldfish crackers to simulate the challenges that arise when trying to divide something...
Screenshot of video lesson plan "World of Difference" showing an example of a habitat circle with allotted resources
In a role-playing simulation, students act as species in a habitat trying to survive by collecting cards...
Screengrab of gardening lab video lesson plan
A simulation and gardening lab that gives students hands-on experience with the effects of increasing population density.
Screenshot of video lesson plan "For the Common Good" showing beads representing fish populations
Students estimate a fish population (using goldfish crackers on a flat surface) by sampling.
Child's hand print cut out of construction paper for the Earth Day lesson, Lend a Hand to the Earth
Students create handprint art and write an action they will take to protect the environment.

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