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EcoHealth Ontario

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th

Subjects

Science, Biology, Health

Regional Focus

Global, North America

Format

YouTube Video

How Green Space Can Boost Your Health

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  • This brief video describes the benefits of trees and nature to human health. 
  • It makes the case for healthy ecosystems and more trees in urban areas to help filter pollutants from the air, capture carbon, and provide shade. 

Positives

  • This video illustrates an important climate solution that also benefits human health.
  • The video is brief but informative.

Additional Prerequisites

  • You may have to wait through a commercial to view the video.
  • The video effectively ends after 44 seconds, when it transitions to updates on EcoHealth Ontario.

Differentiation

  • Science classes could use this as a hook for lessons about photosynthesis and the carbon cycle.
  • Biology, anatomy/physiology, and health classes could use this in a lesson about the importance of clean air for respiratory and cardiovascular health.
  • Social studies classes could discuss the connection between trees and human health using this lesson plan.
  • Other resources related to this topic include What Happens if We Cut Down All of a City's Trees and Dear Future Generations: Sorry.
The importance of trees in urban space is spotlighted in this resource. It includes prevention of respiratory conditions, UV rays on humans, cooling effects, air quality, health, etc. This resource is recommended for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-2 Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects.
      • MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
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