Lesson Plans – Environment

Circle of Rights. Economic, Social & Cultural Rights Activism
Source: Module 15, “The Right to a Healthy Environment,” Circle of Rights: Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights Activism: A Training Resource
A curriculum module that provides an introduction to economic, social, and cultural rights related to the environment with case studies and resources.
Grade Level: High school – adult
Subject Area: social studies


Environmental Justice
Elementary   Middle school   High school
Source: Teaching Tolerance
Uses maps and graphs to explore how some natural disasters like the Gulf Oil Spill disproportionately affect people of color and those who live in poverty.
Subject Area: social studies, geography


Food and You
Source: Earth Day Network
Explores the connection between the sources of food and waste. Defines sustainability using oranges and orange juice. Simple graphing of results.
Grade Level: elementary


Global Environmental Problems: Implications for U.S. Policy
Source: Choices Program, 2009
Explores the relationship between public policy in the United States and the ecological health of the planet.
Grade Level: high school
Subject Area: social studies, US History


Global Water Supply
Elementary school Middle school High school
Source: Water.org
Multi-lesson units that address personal and global issues related to water. Also offers videos of Water.Org’s work.
Grade Level: Preschool – high school
Subject Area: environment, science


Human Rights and Service Learning
Source: Amnesty International USA
An introduction to human rights service learning with a lesson on taking action for the environment.
Grade Level: middle – high school
Subject Area: social studies, service learning


Speak Truth to Power – Loune Viaud

Source: Speak Truth to Power Curriculum, RFK Center
Activities based on the Loune Viaud’s story of establishing healthcare systems in Haiti.
Grade Level: high school
Subject Area: science, environmental studies, health


Natural Resources, Conflict, and Conflict Resolution
Source: US Institute of Peace, 2007
Study and discussion guide with learning activities that explore the complex relationship between natural resources and violent conflict with extensive background information, discussion questions, and activities that include a concept map and simulation.
Grade Level: high school – adult
Subject Area: social studies, environmental studies 


Property Rights: Is the Environment Different?
Source: Foundation for Teaching Economics
Examines the economics of environmental realities, policies and solutions.
Grade Level: high school – adult
Subject Area:  social studies, economics


Reporting on Environmental Racism
Source: Teaching Tolerance
Explores the concept of environmental racism using print sources.
Grade Level: Middle -high school
Subject Area: social studies, science, health

 

Rights to a Clean Environment Toolkit
Source: Advocates for Human Rights, 2011
A multi-faceted educational tools with background information, lesson plans, action opportunities, and resources that analyze the right to a clean environment in the United States.
Grade Level: middle school – adult
Subject Area: social studies, current events 


Trash Conflicts: An Integrated Science and Social Studies Curriculum on the Ethics of Disposal

Authors: Amy Ballin with Jeffrey Benson and Lucile Burt
Source: Educators for Social Responsibility, 1993
A comprehensive teacher’s guide incorporating a variety of activities, handouts, and readings that help teachers integrate environmental education across subject areas, including science, English, and social studies. As a self-contained or team-taught unit, it can be used in a variety of settings ranging from schools to community centers.
Grade Level: Middle school – adult
Subject Area: social studies, science, events


Wangari Maathai
Source: Speak Truth to Power Curriculum, RFK Center
Activities based on an interview with the founder of the Green Belt Movement in Kenya.
Grade Level: middle school
Subject Area: science, environmental studies


Water and Environment

Source: UNICEF
Separate units with resources and lesson plans for each grade level that raise student awareness of the problems facing children with inadequate access to clean water.
Grade Level: Preschool – high school
Subject Area: environment, science