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  Buy, Use, Toss? A Closer Look at the Things We Buy - Lesson Plan PDF  

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Buy, Use, Toss? is a free interdisciplinary unit that includes ten fully-planned lessons. This unit is correlated with national science and social studies standards and will lead your students through an exploration of the system of producing and consuming goods that is called the materials economy. Students will learn about the five major steps of the materials economy; Extraction, Production, Distribution, Consumption, and Disposal. They will also be asked to analyze the sustainability of these steps, determining how consumption can benefit people, economies, and environments. 

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  Climate Change: Connections and Solutions, Grades 6-8 - Lesson Plan PDF  
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This free two-week lesson plan PDF encourages students to think critically about climate change and to collaborate to devise solutions. Students learn about climate change within a systems framework, examining interconnections among environmental, social, and economic issues. Facts and figures in this unit were updated in July 2013. More Info

 
  Climate Change: Connections and Solutions, Grades 9-12 - Lesson Plan PDF  

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This free two-week curriculum unit for grades 9-12 encourages students to think critically about climate change and to collaborate to devise solutions. Students learn about climate change within a systems framework, examining interconnections among environmental, social, and economic issues. Facts and figures in this unit were updated in July 2013. 

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  Engaging Students in Conservation: Protecting the Endangered Snow Leopard - Lesson Plan PDF  

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This free interdisciplinary 1-2 week unit was developed in collaboration with the Snow Leopard Trust. It includes five dynamic lessons and culminates with a service learning project. The unit is designed for 5-8th grade students in science and social studies. Though the lessons are designed as a comprehensive unit, each lesson can stand alone.

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  Newspapers in Education - Series of twenty biweekly articles  

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This ten-week series of articles first appeared in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Newspapers in Education series Skills for Everyday Living.

Written for grades 5-10, the series can be used in full or in part to study specific topics. Each week features two articles on a particular topic. All articles include a student activity and "take action" idea. The articles complement specific Facing the Future lessons, many of which are available to download for free.

  • Grades: 5-10
  • Subjects: Social Studies, Science
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