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This lesson introduces the idea of reduce, reuse, recycle and has students create a classroom waste management plan. 


Step 1 - Inquire: Students are introduced to the idea of reduce, reuse, recycle through an engaging video and cut and match sorting activity.

 

Step 2 - Investigate: Students practice RRR by sorting recyclables in The Great Reuse Reduce Recycle Relay!

 

Step 3 - Inspire: Students make a classroom waste management plan using the information they have gained throughout the lesson.

Grade k-2
Subject Science
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In this lesson, students identify the main character in a story and identify their character traits. 


Step 1 - Inquire: Students read Saving Planet Earthly and discuss the character traits of the main character, Thoko.

 

Step 2 - Investigate: Students act out scenarios in small groups, demonstrating their knowledge of Thoko's character traits.

 

Step 3 - Inspire: Students choose one scenario and create a comic strip, showing how Thoko would act based on her character traits.

Grade 3-5
Subject English Language Arts
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In this lesson, students learn how cultural practices can spread not only ideas and traditions, but also invasive species into new areas. 


Step 1 - Inquire: Students watch a video outlining invasive species and write a summary outlining their new knowledge.

 

Step 2 - Investigate: Students play a digital game and a hands-on game to understand how invasive species can outcompete native species in their environments.

 

Step 3 - Inspire: Students use guided questions to conduct research about an invasive species in their community and create a presentation to spread awareness.

Grade 3-5
Subject Science,Social Studies,Biology,Geography
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In this lesson, students learn about how climate change is affecting flood risk in New Jersey. 


Step 1 - Inquire: Students share their experiences with flooding and watch a video about how climate change has caused increased flooding in New Jersey in recent years.


Step 2 - Investigate: Students build model houses with flood mitigation features and test their designs.


Step 3 - Inspire: Students learn more about flood mitigation tactics and write a short summary of their knowledge.

Grade 3-5
Subject Science,Career Skills
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In this lesson, students analyze videos about students challenging the government to protect natural resources, research why natural resources are a source of conflict, and create a video summarizing their findings. 


Step 1 - Inquire: Students analyze two videos portraying young people who are suing the government for its lack of climate action.

 

Step 2 - Investigate: Students research a natural resource to determine why it's a source of conflict and how the United States has addressed the conflict in comparison to other countries' responses.

 

Step 3 - Inspire: Students create a short video explaining why a natural resource continues to be a source of conflict and how the United States is handling this conflict.

Grade 9-12
Subject Social Studies,Civics
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In this lesson, students learn how climate change and deforestation are linked to the water cycle.
 
Step 1 - Inquire: Students view an Indigenous perspective on deforestation and learn how climate change can lead to deforested areas.
 
Step 2 - Investigate: Students complete a hands-on activity to investigate the effects of deforestation on erosion and watch a video on deforestation and climate change.
 
Step 3 - Inspire: Students create a cause and effect diagram about erosion and the water cycle.
Grade 6-8
Subject Science,Earth and Space Sciences
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In this lesson, students learn about extreme weather, create an infographic, and educate others on the knowledge gained from this unit.
 
Step 1 - Inquire: Students watch videos to understand why weather is becoming more extreme.
 
Step 2 - Investigate: Students create an infographic about extreme weather impacts in their area.
 
Step 3 - Inspire: Students educate others on the knowledge gained from this unit.
Grade 6-8
Subject Science,Earth and Space Sciences
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In this lesson, students learn how transpiration plays a role in cooling cities that experience extreme heat due to climate change.
 
Step 1 - Inquire: Students explore the idea of transpiration through a hands-on experiment.
 
Step 2 - Investigate: Students learn about trees' connection to urban heat islands.
 
Step 3 - Inspire: Students create a proposal to improve tree equity in their neighborhoods.
Grade 6-8
Subject Science,Earth and Space Sciences
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In this lesson, students learn about the water cycle and how climate change impacts its patterns.
 
Step 1 - Inquire: Students contemplate their relationship with water and observe a demonstration to determine if shifting climates may affect the water cycle.
 
Step 2 - Investigate: Students explore an interactive diagram about the water cycle.
 
Step 3 - Inspire: Students watch a video and complete a series of questions in their student journals.
Grade 6-8
Subject Science,Earth and Space Sciences
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In this lesson, students complete real-world calculations related to the number of solar panels needed to power the average house and how many solar panels could fit on their own home or a local building.
 
Step 1 - Inquire: Students complete calculations to determine if the average American home could be powered using solar panels.
 
Step 2 - Investigate: Students explore the Google Project Sunroof site and use data on their home address to solve problems.
 
Step 3 - Inspire: Students discuss the benefits and drawbacks to using solar energy and explore equity issues related to the affordability of solar panels.
Grade 6-8
Subject Mathematics
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In this lesson, students use algebra to calculate the number of wind turbines needed to power a local community.
 
Step 1 - Inquire: Students watch a short video introducing wind energy and discuss the possibility of wind energy powering their community.
 
Step 2 - Investigate: Students complete a series of mathematical calculations related to wind energy.
 
Step 3 - Inspire: Students discuss the benefits of wind energy using their calculations to support their ideas.
Grade 6-8
Subject Mathematics
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In this lesson, students engage in activities and experiments, applying their learning to understand climate change-induced sea level rise.


Step 1 - Inquire: Students explore the idea of physical state and changing states through a variety of activities and simulations.


Step 2 - Investigate: Students conduct an experiment to investigate the real-world problem of melting ice caps through the lens of changing states.


Step 3 - Inspire: Students reflect on the impact of sea level rise and how it may affect specific individuals and create a model to represent the changing states of matter in the ocean due to climate change.

Grade 6-8
Subject Science,Chemistry,Earth and Space Sciences
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In this lesson, students use chemical reactions that occur in landfills and composting as a vehicle to learn about chemical changes found in their daily lives.


Step 1 - Inquire: Students learn about landfills, create their own landfill, and begin to discern issues landfills may cause.


Step 2 - Investigate: Students explore the idea of chemical changes and their relationship with landfills through a series of articles, videos, and interactive resources.


Step 3 - Inspire: Students view the results of an investigation started in the Inquire section, compare the chemical differences between landfills and composting, and reflect on the different effects on communities.

Grade 6-8
Subject Science,Chemistry
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In this lesson, students explore various impacts of landfills, learn about the environmental justice movement, and apply their learning to community action.


Step 1 - Inquire: Students learn about the decomposition rates of items commonly found in landfills and begin to discern issues landfills may cause.


Step 2 - Investigate: Students explore their local landfills, watch a video on the beginning of the environmental justice movement, and learn about environmental racism.


Step 3 - Inspire: Students learn about the federal environmental justice office and create a community awareness plan about landfills.

Grade 6-8
Subject English Language Arts
Resource Type Lesson Plan