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Learners build a filter from old soda bottles and dirt. They create polluted water, and pour it through their filter to clean it.
In this activity related to indoor air pollution, learners build take-home dust catchers with wax paper and petroleum jelly.
Learners test two jars containing soil, one covered and one open, for changes in temperature. After placing the jars in the Sun, learners discover that the covered jar cools down more slowly.
Learners use red cabbage juice and pH indicator paper to test the acidity and basicity of household materials. The activity links this concept of acids and bases to acid rain and other pollutants.
Learners test two jars, one containing plain air and one containing carbon dioxide gas, to see their reactions to temperature changes.
In this multi-part activity learners examine non-point water pollution.
In this environmental science lesson, learners will examine the dangers of mercury and how humans contribute to growing mercury emissions on Earth.
Learners take on the role of environmental engineers as they design water filters.
In this activity, learners investigate various appliances and electronics, discovering how much energy each uses and how much carbon dioxide (CO2) is released to produce that energy.
Learners conduct a simple experiment to model and explore the harmful effects of acid rain (vinegar) on living (green leaf and eggshell) and non-living (paper clip) objects.
As a model of acid rain, learners water plants with three different solutions: water only, vinegar only, vinegar-water mixture.
In this drawing/mapping activity, learners design plots of land while incorporating positive strategies for improving water quality.
In this activity, learners explore the human influences on the carbon cycle and examine how fossil fuels release carbon.
Learners will build a lung model to understand how their lungs and diaphragm work to make them breathe.
Learners design their own experiment to explore the permeability of different materials such as soil, sand, gravel, and marbles.
In this activity, learners explore clouds and how they form.
In this activity, learners explore the concept of permeability to better understand why amphibians are extremely sensitive to pollution.
This is a comprehensive lesson plan on page 85 for a group cleanup trip to a local beach, lake or stream. Learners keep track of the types and amounts of trash picked up and analyze this information.
In this activity on page 60, learners examine and simulate wildlife entanglement by experiencing what it might be like to be a marine animal trapped in debris.
Learners observe and discuss a simple model of a wet scrubber, a device for cleaning industrial air pollution.