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7 Billion: Where Do You Stand?

Students articulate their thoughts about the ethical issues related to population reaching seven billion and...

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Acid Tests

Students test different pH solutions on radish seeds to determine the optimal level for seed...

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Adding Armadillos

Students become acquainted with the concepts of doubling time, exponential growth, and biotic potential by...

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Almighty Aquifers

Students participate in a game that mimics the relationship between population growth and aquifer depletion....

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Bye, Bye, Birdie

Students determine a list of criteria to use when deciding the fate of endangered species,...

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Cap and Trade Game

Students play a game that simulates a cap and trade system, and analyze its successes...

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Carbon Crunch

Students work in small groups to determine the main environmental concerns during given periods of...

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Catch It If You Can

Students mimic the spread of disease by exchanging liquids in test tubes and then graph...

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Catching Pollution

Students "catch" pollution (particulate matter) on prepared cards to see the environmental and health-related consequences...


Reading:

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An All-Consuming Challenge

Personal consumption background reading: What is an ecological footprint and what are the impacts of...

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Buzzing About Bees: The Mystery of Pollinator Decline

Food and Hunger case study reading: How are pollinators critical to our food supply, and...

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Cleaner Cookstoves: Combatting Indoor Air Pollution

Air pollution case study reading: Learn about initiatives to tackle health problems of indoor air...

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Deforestation: The Unkindest Cut

Forests background reading: The world's forests are important ecosystems in regulating climate and nurturing wildlife....

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Disappearing Islands: A Climate Change Wake-up Call

Climate change case study reading: A profile of Kiribati, a nation of islands in the...

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Electronic Waste: The Case of Agbogbloshie, Ghana

Solid waste case study reading: A profile of a town in Ghana that is the...

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Gasping for Clean Air

Air pollution background reading: An overview of how fossil fuel combustion creates unhealthful levels of...

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Germany: Solar Energy Leader

Energy case study reading: A profile of how Germany came to lead the world in...

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How do People Create so Much Waste?

An elementary-level reading on the creation and disposal of solid waste.


Lesson Packet:

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330 Million in the USA

U.S. population takes center stage in this downloadable packet that includes 14 lesson plans, 6...

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Air Pollution and Solid Waste unit

Thematic unit for the middle school classroom covers issues related to garbage and solid waste...

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Air Pollution unit

Thematic unit for the high school classroom on outdoor and indoor air pollution. Includes teaching...

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Biodiversity unit

Thematic unit for the high school classroom on biodiversity issues, endangered animals, and extinction rates....

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Climate Change unit

Thematic unit for the high school classroom covers a wide range topics related to climate...

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Earth Day Resources for Elementary Grades

Packet of Earth Day lesson plans for K - 5th grades. Free to download! The...

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Earth Day Resources for High School

Packet of Earth Day lesson plans for 9th - 12th grades. Free to download! The...

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Earth Day Resources for Middle Grades

Packet of Earth Day lesson plans for 6th - 8th grades. Free to download! The...

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Energy unit

Thematic unit for the high school classroom on energy issues in more developed and less...


Video:

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Carbon Crunch

Students work in small groups to determine the main environmental concerns during given periods of...

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Crowding Can Be Seedy

A simulation and gardening lab that gives students hands-on experience with the effects of increasing...

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Earth: The Apple of Our Eye

A visual demonstration of the limited farmland available on Earth (instructor cuts an apple to...

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For the Common Good

In two simulation games, students determine individual short-term consumption strategies that will maximize resources for...

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Go Fish!

Students share a bowl of goldfish crackers to simulate even and uneven consumption of limited...

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Habitat Scramble

In a role-playing simulation, students act as species in a habitat trying to survive by...

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How Many Fish in the Sea?

Students estimate a fish population (using goldfish crackers on a flat surface) by sampling.

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In Search of Sustainable Life

Students develop an index of the ten factors they identify as most important to a...

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Like Oil and Water

Students use the engineering design process to create and test prototypes for cleaning up oil...


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A Quick Trip to 7.6 Billion poster

Colorful, informative poster makes the perfect classroom wall decoration - it inspires conversations and questions....

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Carbon Emissions and Population Over Time infographic

Bar graph shows change in global population from 2 billion people in 1927 to 7.3...

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Child Health in Low Income Countries infographic

Bar graphs show the percentage of children in low income countries who have access to...

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CO2 Emissions of the 10 Most Populous Countries, infographic

Bar graph shows the amount of carbon dioxide per capita, in metric tons, is emitted...

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Degree of Impact cards

Six cards that compare resource use in the United States and worldwide.

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Ecological Footprint Over Time infographic

Infographic compares the number of Earths needed to provide for humans' current consumption over time....

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Energy Mix Goals infographic

Bar graph compares the energy mix - percentage of energy from fossil fuels vs. renewables...

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Energy Use Comparison infographic (1 American uses as much energy as…)

Infographics shows that 1 person in the U.S. consumes as much energy as 2 Germans,...

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Forest Coverage Over Time infographic

Line graphs display forest loss in Indonesia and the Brazilian Amazon, showing the percentage of...