As an educator, you understand the importance of keeping students interested and involved. We here at the Department of Environmental Services have gathered a collection of materials and activities to help make environmental education fun in YOUR classroom.
We understand your need to address the goals of your curriculum in the classroom, and we have done our best to match our goals with yours. Many of the activities involve the use of the SCIENTIFIC METHOD, because we believe that good science is a combination of questioning, experiments, evidence, logical argument, ingenuity, and skeptical peer review.
Another area that grows more important with each passing day is TECHNOLOGY. It is imperative that we educate our young students about not only the benefits of emerging and existing technologies, but of their limitations and potential negative impacts as well. By doing this, we increase the chance that they will make good, ethical decisions concerning technology and the environment.
- Lesson 01 - A Big Waste Problem
- Lesson 02 - Generations of Waste
- Lesson 03 - Today's Waste
- Lesson 04 - Where Does the Trash Go?
- Lesson 05 - Island Survival
- Lesson 06 - Physical Properties of a Package
- Lesson 07 - A Juicy Investigation
- Lesson 08 - Coffee Conundrum
- Lesson 09 - What's Hazardous About
- Lesson 10 - Finding Safer Substitutes
- Lesson 11 - Retrace Your Waste
- Lesson 12 - Paper or Plastic
- Lesson 13 - Can We Really Reduce?
- Lesson 14 - The Great Paper Waste
- Lesson 15 - The Decision Makers
- Lesson 1 - It's a Closed System
- Lesson 2 - Sustainability
- Lesson 3 - Earth System Conditions
- Lesson 4 - The Product Life Cycle
- Lesson 5a - Saving Humpty Dumpty (1)
- Lesson 5b - Saving Humpty Dumpty (2)
- Lesson 6 - One Step at a Time
- Pre Assessment
- Post Assessment
- Resource Glossary
- US - Environmental Protection Agency
- NYS - Department of Environmental Conservation
- American Plastics Council
- National Recycling Coalition
- Newspaper Association of America