ERIC Number: ED329841
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: 0
Into Adolescence: Caring for Our Planet and Our Health. A Curriculum for Grades 5-8. Contemporary Health Series.
Hunter, Lisa K.
This module, written for middle school students in grades 5-8, is oriented toward informing students about environmental issues in relation to their own health and well-being. It is deliberately focused on a few issues that will interest young adolescents, and is not intended to be comprehensive. The six lessons stress individual action and include opportunities to assess current situations at school or at home. Lesson 1 introduces the goals of the curriculum and encourages students to share what they know about the environment. In lesson 2, students monitor their water use for a day and calculate the total number of gallons of water used by the class in one day. Lesson 3 continues the theme of personal responsibility with a student assignment to collect all personal garbage for a day. In lesson 4, students survey sources of air pollution at home or at school and commit to an action to help reduce air pollution. Lesson 5 broadens the focus from local aspects of environmental issues to global issues, with the introduction of rain forests as an important environmental resource. In lesson 6, students are encouraged to review the commitments they have made and assess their progress toward an environmental ethic. Student information and worksheets are included. (LLL)
Descriptors: Air Pollution, Conservation (Environment), Ecology, Elementary School Curriculum, Elementary School Students, Environmental Education, Health, Health Education, Intermediate Grades, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, Recycling, Waste Disposal, Water Pollution
Network Publications, 1700 Mission St., Suite 203, P.O. Box 1830, Santa Cruz, CA 95061-1830 ($19.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Walter S. Johnson Foundation, Menlo Park, CA.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: For related documents, see CG 023 212-213.