Be the Change: Environment

Unit of 3 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
9
10
11
12
Subjects: 
Language Arts
Mathematics
Philanthropy
Science
Social Studies
Arts Education
Issue Area: 
Environment
Focus Question 

What is a citizen's responsibility to advocate for water conservation and the environment? 

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Unit Overview 

Students explore environmental issues and discuss ways to take social action to raise awareness of environmental stewardship. 

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Service Experience 
  Students create a clean-up campaign focusing on their “pollution reduction” area, including posters made on recycled paper (computer printed or hand-drawn) encouraging people to utilize trash bins and recycling containers.  Students calculate their water footprint and analyze ways they could cut down on water use. They make a pledge to reduce water use and encourage friends, family, and community members to take action to conserve water.  This may be an opportunity to raise funds for clean water projects. Students can accept pledges at a per-gallon rate (much like a walk-a-thon, with pledges per mile) or at a flat rate for one week, and choose a charitable fund for their donation.  
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Be the Change: Environment
Lesson 1 of 3
Grades: 
9
10
11
12

Students read about and discuss issues related to pollution, waste management, and recycling. They collect and analyze physical data about the type and amount of litter in a neighborhood park or region. They are challenged to come up with a plan to reduce the amount of litter in their neighborhood.

Unit: 
Be the Change: Environment
Lesson 2 of 3
Grades: 
9
10
11
12

Students learn facts about water availability in the world and compare water resources. Through a hands-on activity, they explore the concept of water contaminants. They discuss the importance of protecting the water supply and conserving water. They examine their own water footprint (water usage).