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A Lot of Garbage
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - School Projects
Summary: Students will define and give examples of waste and identify the amounts of solid waste produced by individuals and groups. This activity conducts an audit of classroom waste and is an appropriate activity for grades 1-3.
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A Whiff of Danger
Grade Level: High School
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: A Whiff of Danger, reviews common chemistry and biochemistry concepts by exploring real data related to the article, A Whiff of Danger Synthetic Musks Encourage Toxic Bioaccumulation.
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ABCs of Environmental Education (Aluminum Beverage Cans), The
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Glossary
Summary: This provides an an educational package to better understand the aluminum beverage can industry and the processing and recycling of aluminum.
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Acid (and Base) Rainbows
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons - Experiment
Summary: Students are introduced to the differences between acids and bases and how to use indicators, such as pH paper and red cabbage juice, to distinguish between them. This lesson is aligned to Colorado educational standards.
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Air Pollution: What's the Solution
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Lessons - Experiment - Web site
Summary: Air Pollution: What’s the Solution? is an educational project for students, grades 6 - 12, that uses online real time data to guide student discovery of the science behind the causes and effects of ground level ozone. Core activities include The Ozone Betwee...
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All About Aluminum
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: This lesson is designed for grades 4-5. Students will use magnetism, appearance, and mass to distinguish between aluminum, tinned and bimetal cans; complete a math worksheet on the properties of metals; understand the connection between natural resources used...
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Alternative Fuels Biodiesel
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet
Summary: This teacher guide has suggested activities with correlations to national science standards, fact sheets on soybeans, biodiesel, and each is assigned appropriate grade levels.
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Aluminum Beverage Cans: ABCs of Environmental Education
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet - Glossary
Summary: Seven intermediate level lessons on aluminum cans, a history of can making as well as teacher and student background and glossaries makes this an useful site for teaching about aluminum cans.This is a standards-based lessons.
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Architeacher
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Web site
Summary: A uniquely interesting resource has recently been brought to my attention that focuses on saving the environment by recycling buildings for new uses and preserving existing buildings. Historic Preservation Education, Community Planning, Architecture and Aesth...
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Biodiesel Using Renewable Resources
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Classroom Lessons - Experiment
Summary: Using the principles of Green Chemistry, this experiment examines ways to use renewable resources to replace nonrenewable starting materials and it examines characteristic properties of matter.
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Biomass (Elementary/Middle School)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: Grade appropriate fact sheet on Biomass.All NEED Curriculum Correlations to the National Science Education Standards for all grade levels. NEED has also correlated our materials to many State Education Standards
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Biomass (high school)
Grade Level: High School
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: Grade appropriate fact sheet on Biomass. All NEED Curriculum Correlations to the National Science Education Standards for all grade levels. NEED has also correlated our materials to many State Education Standards
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Biomass (pre-K-K)
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: Grade appropriate fact sheet on Biomass. All NEED Curriculum Correlations to the National Science Education Standards for all grade levels. NEED has also correlated our materials to many State Education Standards.
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Biomass Lesson Plans on Alternative Fuels
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Experiment
Summary: Select each of these links (table of contends, biomass lesson plans) for sources of innovative, hands-on approaches to learning designed to supplement and reinforce your students' preparedness for higher education goals. These lessons address alternative energ...
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Buyer's Choice
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: This lesson is designed for grades 4-5 and can be used in social science and math. Students will assess the factors that affect purchases and recognize that a number of economic factors affect consumer choices and that some factors are enviornmental in nature...
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Classroom Trash Audit
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: In this exercise, students will collect their own personal garbage an entire day. Or students will collect representative samples from the school's waste bins in order to conduct a trash audit.
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Clean Green Healthy Schools: An Environmental Health and Safety Activities Book for Teachers and Students (March 2003)
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Manual/Handbook
Summary: The goal of the Clean,Green and Healthy Schools Manual is to protect students and the school community's health and safety on campus and in the home. Every student has the right to attend a school whose environment, staff and training protects and nurtures ph...
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Clock Reaction Presentation
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Experiment - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: Powerpoint for green chemistry version of timed clock reaction.
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Coal
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet
Summary: Grade appropriate fact sheet on coal.All NEED Curriculum Correlations to the National Science Education Standards for all grade levels. NEED has also correlated our materials to many State Education Standards.
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Coal
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: Grade appropriate fact sheet on coal.All NEED Curriculum Correlations to the National Science Education Standards for all grade levels. NEED has also correlated our materials to many State Education Standards.
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Coal
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: Grade appropriate fact sheet on coal.All NEED Curriculum Correlations to the National Science Education Standards for all grade levels. NEED has also correlated our materials to many State Education Standards.
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Coal
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High
Summary: Grade appropriate fact sheet on coal.All NEED Curriculum Correlations to the National Science Education Standards for all grade levels. NEED has also correlated our materials to many State Education Standards.
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Coal
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: Grade appropriate fact sheet on coal.All NEED Curriculum Correlations to the National Science Education Standards for all grade levels. NEED has also correlated our materials to many State Education Standards.
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Coal
Grade Level: High School
Summary: Grade appropriate fact sheet on coal.All NEED Curriculum Correlations to the National Science Education Standards for all grade levels. NEED has also correlated our materials to many State Education Standards.
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Coco Locomotion
Grade Level: High School
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: Students will read a brief description about the use of coconuts from the Environmental Health Perspectives publication, April 2005. This article describes the use of coconuts in the production of biodiesel fuel. Students will then proceed to calculate the q...
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Contaminated Water, What's Up in the Environment
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: What's Up in the Environment projects are intended primarily for middle school students, but can be modified. They begin with an extensive description of the project’s objectives, standards, time and materials needed, computer requirements, and lists of on-lin...
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Death by Particles
Grade Level: High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: Students read a brief news article about a resesarch study showing that ambient particulate matter (PM) less than 10 micrometers in size and other air pollutants increase women's relative risk for coronary heart disease. Then they use data from the article to...
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Decibel Dilemma
Grade Level: High School
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: After students read the EHP article "Decibel Hell: The Effects of Living in a Noisy World" they will track sound exposures over the course of a day. Students will graph their own data as well as the class data to better understand statistical concepts (mean a...
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Detectives in the Classroom: An Epidemiology Curriculum for Science, Mathematics and Health Educators
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - Web site
Summary: The Detectives in the Classroom is an interactive online curriculum developed for middle school students because:

1. During middle school students become increasingly independent and are faced with many health-related decisions that can profoundly affect...

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Discover How Trees Produce and Conserve Energy
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: Students will design an energy wise community using trees and they will be introduced to landscaping for energy conservation.This is a 13-page pdf.
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Division of Waste Management (Kentucky)
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Lessons - Database - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: A directory, education section, fact sheets, forms, news and events as well as links to other environmental resources and programs are offered. Programs include a hazardous waste program, enforcement, field operations, solid waste, superfund and more.
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Downwind Learning Science Using an EPA Exposure Model
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: The primary purpose of this project is to guide students regarding the causes and possible results of air pollution. It introduces students to the use of the IGEMS/ISC computer model, which has been developed by the United States Environmental Protection Ag...
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Dr. Arbor Talks Trees
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet - Glossary - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - Science Fair Projects - Web site
Summary: Tree Basics, Teacher's Guide, Dr. Arbor's Lab, Tree Key, State Tree Gallery and Gloassary aree all included in this site's inforamtion of trees. Users can progress forward by clicking on side arrows through the interactive descriptions of tree parts. Dr. Arbor...
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Electricity (Elementary/Middle School)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: Grade appropriate fact sheet on electricity.All NEED Curriculum Correlations to the National Science Education Standards for all grade levels. NEED has also correlated our materials to many State Education Standards.
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Electricity (Middle School/High School)
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: A grade appropriate fact sheet on electricity.All NEED Curriculum Correlations to the National Science Education Standards for all grade levels. NEED has also correlated our materials to many State Education Standards.
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Energy Audit: What's Up in the Environment
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Glossary - School Projects
Summary: What's Up in the Environment projects are intended primarily for middle school students, but can be modified. They begin with an extensive description of the project’s objectives, standards, time and materials needed, computer requirements, and lists of on-lin...
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Energy Efficiency World
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Experiment - Glossary - Web site
Summary: The Energy Efficiency World website is designed to educate 8- to 12-year-old students about energy, motivate them to make energy-saving behavioral changes, and encourage their families to do the same. The site is geared for a range of interests and reading l...
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Energy Hog
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: Saving Energy is not only easy, it saves money, promotes a healthy lifestyle and protects natural resources for future generations. The Energy Hog provides a scavenger hunt as a take home assignment, an interactive learning experience, training games, handbook...
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Energy Savings Activity Lighting
Grade Level: High School
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: Students will usa a light meter to measure the amount of light in their classroom and compare the energy use of a compact fluorescent bulb to an incandenscent bulb.
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Energy Science in the Home: Hands-on Activities for the Middle Grade
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: Energy Science in the Home: Hands-on Activities for the Middle Grades curricula is a 5-6 week, inquiry-based program that helps students explore the dynamics of home energy use through investigations that integrate math, science and economics. All activities...
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Energy Sources
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten
Summary: Grade appropriate fact sheet on energy sources.All NEED Curriculum Correlations to the National Science Education Standards for all grade levels. NEED has also correlated our materials to many State Education Standards.
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Exploring the Secret Life of Trees
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: Classroom Lessons - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: Exploring the Secret Life of Trees is designed to help 3rd – 5th grade students gain an appreciation of trees, observe trees in their everyday lives, and develop an interest in discovering more about trees. It is intended for adults to work with children to ex...
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Eyes: Windows to the World
Grade Level: High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: Students read and discuss an article on vision disorders related to environmental exposures. Then they use the article as the basis for the creation of a photo collage using both their own photos and images collected from various sources. This is an integrat...
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Focus on Energy
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Web site
Summary: Find energy efficiency answers for where you live or work, about product and services providers or tell your energy saving success story.
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Following the Sun to Greener Buildings
Grade Level: High School
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: The EHP Online lessons provide students lessons that are based upon actual articles. The EHP summary for this lesson is as follows "Students read the articles Growing Green Communities and identify green building techniques that have environmental and health...
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Fossil Fuels to Products
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: Students learn about exploration, production, refining, chemical manufacturing, transportation, marketing, and uses of petroleum, natural gas, and their products in the industrial sector with background information and hands-on activities.
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Geothermal
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: Grade appropriate factsheet on Geothermal Energy.All NEED Curriculum Correlations to the National Science Education Standards for all grade levels. NEED has also correlated our materials to many State Education Standards
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Geothermal
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: Grade appropriate fact sheet on Geothermal Energy.All NEED Curriculum Correlations to the National Science Education Standards for all grade levels. NEED has also correlated our materials to many State Education Standards.
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Geothermal Energy
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten
Summary: Grade appropriate factsheet on Geothermal Energy.All NEED Curriculum Correlations to the National Science Education Standards for all grade levels. NEED has also correlated our materials to many State Education Standards.
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Get to Know Glass
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: In this lesson for 4th and 5th grade students will learn about the process of making and molding glass, and the energy and natural resources used in the process, complete a math worksheet on the properties of glass, understand the connection between natural re...
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Great Lakes--Make the Human Health Connection
Grade Level: High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: Environmental Health Perspectives online lessons have a new addition that focuses on the Great Lakes’ environmental problems. This is designed for grades 10-12. As a reminder, EHP lessons are built around real issues and news articles and the article link is p...
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Hazardous Products Substitutes
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Experiment
Summary: This lesson is designed for grades K-3 and can be used in both science and health education. Students will recognize signal words and visual symbols that indicate the presence of hazardous substances; identify "how much" of various products would be dangerous...
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History of Electricity
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: Grade appropriate fact sheet on the history of electricity.All NEED Curriculum Correlations to the National Science Education Standards for all grade levels. NEED has also correlated our materials to many State Education Standards.
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History of Electricity
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: Grade appropriate fact sheet on the History of Electricity.All NEED Curriculum Correlations to the National Science Education Standards for all grade levels. NEED has also correlated our materials to many State Education Standards.
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History of Energy
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: Grade appropriate fact sheet on the history of energy.All NEED Curriculum Correlations to the National Science Education Standards for all grade levels. NEED has also correlated our materials to many State Education Standards.
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How Big is Your Footprint
Grade Level: High School
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: Students will increase their awareness of the impact of their choices on the earth's resources.
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Hydropower
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: Grade appropriate fact sheet on Hydropower. All NEED Curriculum Correlations to the National Science Education Standards for all grade levels. NEED has also correlated our materials to many State Education Standards at http://www.need.org/guides.htm
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Hydropower
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: Grade appropriate fact sheet on Hydropower. All NEED Curriculum Correlations to the National Science Education Standards for all grade levels. NEED has also correlated our materials to many State Education Standards at http://www.need.org/guides.htm
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IDEM Air Quality Environmental Education Lesson
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: Classroom Lessons - Glossary - Web site
Summary: These lessons provide teacher preparation, presenter preparations, lessons and activities, extensions, standards, glossary of air quality and air pollution terms and additional resources. These are designed for K-3 and 4-6.
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IDEM Childrens' Health Environmental Education Lesson
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: Classroom Lessons - Glossary
Summary: These lessons provide teacher preparation, presenter preparations, lessons and activities, extensions, standards, glossary of childrens' environmental health terms and additional resources. The lessons focus on Integrated Pest Management and the ways in whic...
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IDEM Land Quality and Solid Waste Environmental Education Lesson Plans
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Glossary
Summary: These lessons provide teacher preparation, presenter preparations, lessons and activities, extensions, standards, glossary of solid waste management terms and additional resources. The lessons focus on providing solid waste and landfill information. Some le...
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IDEM Recycling Environmental Education Lesson Plans
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: Classroom Lessons - Glossary
Summary: This lesson plan is appropriate for grades K-6 and is designed for Indiana standards, but easily modifiable for other state standards. Lessons provide teacher preparation, presenter preparation, lessons and activities, glossary of recycling terms and ways to...
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Introduction to Energy
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: Grade appropriate fact sheet on Energy.All NEED Curriculum Correlations to the National Science Education Standards for all grade levels. NEED has also correlated our materials to many State Education Standards.
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Introduction to Energy
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: Grade appropriate fact sheet on Energy.All NEED Curriculum Correlations to the National Science Education Standards for all grade levels. NEED has also correlated our materials to many State Education Standards.
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Investigating Air: Organizing, Analyzing, and Interpreting Information about the Quality of Air
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons
Summary: Non-Fiction, Lessons

Authors, NSTA

ISBN 0-87255-173-7

This book is full of lesson plans and background information that provide investigations, which lead students to the answers to questions such as what is air made of, how does a...

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KEEP (Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Lessons - Fact sheet - School Projects - Web site
Summary: The mission of KEEP is to initiate and facilitate the development, dissemination, implementation, and evaluation of energy education programs within Wisconsin schools. KEEP offers resources for high school, elementary education, field trip suggestions, teachin...
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Kids and Chemicals Facts and Laws
Grade Level: High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Glossary - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: This lesson is designed so students are able to identify some of the synthetic chemicals they have contact with during their days; so they can consider the affects that toxic chemicals have on people; that they can reflect upon alternatives to toxic home-use p...
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Know Zone, The
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Games and Activities - Fact sheet
Summary: Visit California Air Basins for an interactive experience that explains air basins and helps to create a basic understand for smog. Lesson plans and activities are provided as well as additinal links and fact sheets.
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Lead Poisoning Prevention Curriculum Project
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Web site
Summary: This guide combines traditional curriculum design with other designs including standards-based curriculum design. It has been developed for pre-k through high school with sections dedicated to preshool-K, 1-2, 3-5, 6-8 and high school. Each contains curricul...
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Look at a Landfill
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: This lesson is designed for grades K-3. Students wil identify landfills as the most common method of disposing solid waste; describe the form and function of a sanitary landfill by observing a model; understand that waste does not "go away" or decompose when...
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Lunchroom Trash
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons
Summary: This lesson is designed for grades K-3 and can be used in social science, math and English. Students will take a first-hand look at excess packaging and determine ways to reduce waste.
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Making a Model Landfill
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: Students will construct a model of a landfill and analyze the most effecti design, identify the way in which a landfill is different than a natural cycle, identify the pros and cons of landfill disposal and alternative forms of disposal and practice map readin...
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Mapping the Air in Your School
Grade Level: High School
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Experiment
Summary: The EHP Online lessons provide students lessons that are based upon actual articles. The EHP summary for this lesson is as follows "Students read the articles Beyond the Bench: Mapping the Air in Public Schools." Then students measure temperature and relative...
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Mercury in Your Community and the Environment (A Wisconsin Curriculum)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Checklist - Classroom Lessons - Fact sheet
Summary: Facts, lessons, activites and links to national standards accompany general information on mercury in our world and known health issues. This also addresses cultural and religious uses of mercury as well as some of its unique properties.
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National Pest Management Association Inc
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Materials - Language Options - List - Manual/Handbook - Web site
Summary: This resource is designed for consumers and professionals in the pest control industry. The website offers teacher resources, activities for children interested in learning more about pests, and it offers a link to locate recommended professionals.
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Need to Conserve Energy (The)
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Classroom Lessons - Experiment
Summary: Using principles of Green Chemistry, this experiment will compare the environmental costs of heating and measure reaction time and discuss the relationship to the reaction rate.
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Needs and Wants (Grades 4-5)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons
Summary: This lesson is designed for grades 4-5. Students will recognize the impace of humans on natural systems; make predictions about the impace of certain behaviors and how personal or cultural perspectives affect these behaviors; assess factors that affect consum...
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Needs and Wants (Grades K-3)
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons
Summary: This lesson is designed for grades K-3 and can be used in Social Science and English. Students will be able to discriminate between wants and needs, quantiy and quality, necessities and luxuries; evaluate their own motives for buying things; think about the l...
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Nonformal Environmental Education Programs: Guidelines for Excellence
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: Nonformal Environmental Education Programs: Guidelines for Excellence introduces nonformal educators to a set of recommendations for developing and administering high quality programs. Too often non-formal educators (museums, nature centers, government agenci...
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Now You See it, Now You Don't
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: This lesson is designed for grades 4-5 and can be used for both science and math with english extensions. Students will classify organic and inorganic objects, perform a mini-compost experiment, record observations, compare and contrast decomposition rates for...
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Plastic Polymers
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Checklist - Classroom Lessons - Experiment
Summary: This lesson is designed for grades 4-5. Students will conduct a series of tests to determine the properties of different types of plastics, audit the plastic waste generated in their homes, understand the positive and negative impacts of using plastic, the ba...
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Project Yellow Bus
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: Classroom Materials
Summary: Project Yellow Bus seeks to educate the private and public sector abut renewable energy. It provides a five-week lesson plan that includes grade specific plans for K-5 teachers, focusing on biodiesel and other renewable energy resources. It primarily seeks t...
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Quest for Less: Activities and Resources for Teaching K-6
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: Download the complete document (10 MB) or individual chapters. The Quest for Less units include Product Life Cycles, Methods of Handling Waste, Putting it All Together and a glossary.
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Recycle Lifecycle
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: This lesson is designed for grades K-3. Students will define the word recycle, learn to recognize the universal symbols for recycling and be aware that recycling an alternative to disposal. A Plastics Coding Chart is included.
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Recycle Lifecycle
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: This lesson connects material use and recycling with physical and earth science concepts. Recycle symbols are provided in a format appropriate for younger elementary.
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Recycling by Composting
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Glossary
Summary: What's Up in the Environment projects are intended primarily for middle school students, but can be modified. They begin with an extensive description of the project’s objectives, standards, time and materials needed, computer requirements, and lists of on-lin...
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Renewable Energy Lesson Plans
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Fact sheet
Summary: Renewable energy lessons for elementary, middle school and high school explore a variety of renewable energy forms using lessons and associated fact sheets. These are available online or they can be ordered at a web site provided (see Get Stuff). These lesson...
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Rethinking Recycling
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons - Manual/Handbook
Summary: Rethinking Recycling contains activities and lesson plans for students in grades K-5. The lessons can be used separately or as a unit. Many of the lessons satisfy Oregon's new Common Curriculum Goals and Benchmarks. Rethinking Recycling was first published in...
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Saving Energy
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: Grade appropriate fact sheet on Saving Energy.All NEED Curriculum Correlations to the National Science Education Standards for all grade levels. NEED has also correlated our materials to many State Education Standards.
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Saving Energy
Grade Level: Elementary
Summary: Grade appropriate fact sheet on saving energy.All NEED Curriculum Correlations to the National Science Education Standards for all grade levels. NEED has also correlated our materials to many State Education Standards.
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School Power Naturally In the Classroom
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Experiment
Summary: School Power Naturally offers solar energy curricular materials for students in grades 5 - 12. Developed for New York State, these are applicable to classroom everywhere. As of early 2006 there were 45 lessons, divided into Level II and Level III. They also...
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So Many Cookies...So Much Packaging
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons
Summary: Designed for K-3 to help children understand that when they buy something, they also buy the packaging. Packaging has many important purposes, such as safety, marketing, protecting and transporting the product. This lesson will allow comparision of the differe...
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Soaps, Solvents and Cleaning: A slippery problem
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Classroom Lessons - Experiment
Summary: Using the principles of Green Chemistry this experiment examines the effects of surfactants on solvents, discusses ways to make cleaning agents environmentally friendly and the role crystallization plays in cleaning?
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Soil Module from AMBIENT
Grade Level: High School
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Database - Fact sheet - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - Web site
Summary: The AMBIENT curriculum soil module evolves around the scene of a legal action regarding an old hazard, lead poisoning of kids. Several news videos are included and lessons and problem solving are developed around these resources.
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Solar
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: Grade appropriate fact sheet on solar energy.All NEED Curriculum Correlations to the National Science Education Standards for all grade levels. NEED has also correlated our materials to many State Education Standards.
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Solar
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: Grade appropriate fact sheet on Solar Energy.All NEED Curriculum Correlations to the National Science Education Standards for all grade levels. NEED has also correlated our materials to many State Education Standards.
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Solar Cars: What's Up in the Environment
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Glossary
Summary: What's Up in the Environment projects are intended primarily for middle school students, but can be modified. They begin with an extensive description of the project’s objectives, standards, time and materials needed, computer requirements, and lists of on-lin...
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Solar Energy
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten
Summary: Grade appropriate fact sheet on solar energy.All NEED Curriculum Correlations to the National Science Education Standards for all grade levels. NEED has also correlated our materials to many State Education Standards.
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Solar Matters I
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: This unit provides an introduction to solar energy, the importance of it in our lives and its impact on the future of energy devleopment. Included is a solar bead activity, cooking tips, and solar cell simulation (and much more). Designed for grades K-2.
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Stuff Curriculum and Resource Guide
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Glossary
Summary: This curriculum packaged complements the book Stuff: The Secret Lives of Everyday Things. As an approach to science, social studies and environmental education, this material has a simple premise, that young people are curious about their world. Stuff...
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Talking Trash Solid Wastes
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Experiment
Summary: Using the principles of Green Chemistry, this experiment analyzes the trends in the generation and reclamation of solid wastes within the United States over time and it evaluates reasons for making wastes.
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There is No Away (Grades 4-5)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons
Summary: Designed for grades 4-5, this lesson will help students recognize that there is no "away" in "throw it away"; identify the destination of the waste they generate at home and at school; identify the negative aspects of dumping or burning trash; learn the "solid...
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Transportation Fuels: The Future is Today
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: Students learn about conventional and alternative transportation fuels and participate in several activities to learn and teach others. Designed for grades 7-12 with modification for middle school. This is a teacher guide with introudctions to petroleum, gasol...
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Transportation, What Car WIll You Drive?
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: Upper elementary students are introduced to traditional and alternative transportation fuels. This is a teacher guide that introduces petroleum, gasoline, diesel, hybrid electricity, ethanol, propane, CNG (compressed natural gas), biodiesel, electricity, metha...
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Trees are Terrific ... Travels with Pierre
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: Trees Are Terrific...Travels with Pierre, is designed to help young children (5–8 years of age) gain an appreciation of trees, observe trees in their every day lives and develop an interest in learning more about trees. It is intended for adults to work with c...
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Turning on the Juice
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Experiment - Fact sheet - Glossary - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - Web site
Summary: How does the "juice get to the plug" is the question and the answers come through activities. course guides, teacher's manuals and parent information. This is everything and anything a teacher might need to know for teaching about electricity. Animated power...
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Understanding the Organism Insect and Arthropod Biology and ID
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: This lesson provides tools for identification of insects and understanding the organism's life cycles and survival requirements.
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Unequal Housing, Unequal Health
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: The EHP lessons provide lessons for students that are linked to actual articles. The summary for this lesson is "students read the article Dwelling Disparities: How Poor Housing Leads to Poor Health" to obtain a comprehensive picture of how environmental heal...
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Using Chemistry to Treat Lead Poisoning
Grade Level: High School
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Experiment - Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
Summary: The EHP Online lessons provide students lessons that are based upon actual articles. The EHP summary for this lesson is as follows "students read the article Challenging Assumptions about Lead and IQ: Effects Increase, Not Decrease in Older Children" and cond...
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UV Bead Magic (Solar Beads)
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: Using ultraviolet detecting beads, students will be able to explain how the amount of UV radiation varies in differing conditions of sun and shade and they will be able to explain the importance of using sunscreen. (A source for solar energy beads is www.teac...
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Waste and Tinker Toys Atom Economy
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Classroom Lessons - Experiment
Summary: This is an experiment using Green Chemistry principles that explores the idea of atom economy, or avoiding wastes by incorporating as much of the starting materials into the desired product as possible; relates the Law of Conservation of Matter to the idea of...
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Water Cycle, The
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: A grade appropriate fact sheet on hydropower.All NEED Curriculum Correlations to the National Science Education Standards for all grade levels. NEED has also correlated our materials to many State Education Standards.
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Watersheds: What's Up in the Environment
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Glossary
Summary: What's Up in the Environment projects are intended primarily for middle school students, but can be modified. They begin with an extensive description of the project’s objectives, standards, time and materials needed, computer requirements, and lists of on-lin...
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Watt Does It Cost to Use It?
Grade Level: High School
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: Students will become familiar with how electrical usage is counted and prices and they will evaluate representative household and school electricial items.
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Watts on Schools, Bringing Solar Energy to the Communities we Serve
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Database - Experiment - List - Web site
Summary: Move backwards and forward at this site dedicated to Solar Energy and you can learn about what schools are doing, calculate wattage, download data, find appropriate activities and learn about the photovoltaic systems.
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Wetlands: What's Up in the Environment
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Glossary
Summary: What's Up in the Environment projects are intended primarily for middle school students, but can be modified. They begin with an extensive description of the project’s objectives, standards, time and materials needed, computer requirements, and lists of on-lin...
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What Color Is Your Waste
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Experiment
Summary: This lesson examines the principles of Green Chemistry through an activity on accessing commonly used and environmentally packaging.This activity can be used as a demonstration for middle school students or as a lab exercise for high school students. It can a...
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What is Biomass
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: Grade appropriate information on Biomass. All NEED Curriculum Correlations to the National Science Education Standards for all grade levels. NEED has also correlated our materials to many State Education Standards.
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What is Electricity?
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: Grade appropriate fact sheet on Electricity.All NEED Curriculum Correlations to the National Science Education Standards for all grade levels. NEED has also correlated our materials to many State Education Standards.
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What is Energy?
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: Grade appropriate fact sheet on Energy.All NEED Curriculum Correlations to the National Science Education Standards for all grade levels. NEED has also correlated our materials to many State Education Standards.
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What is Geothermal?
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: Grade appropriate fact sheet on Geothermal Energy.All NEED Curriculum Correlations to the National Science Education Standards for all grade levels. NEED has also correlated our materials to many State Education Standards.
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What is Hydropower?
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: Grade appropriate fact sheet on hydropower.All NEED Curriculum Correlations to the National Science Education Standards for all grade levels. NEED has also correlated our materials to many State Education Standards.
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What is Solar Energy?
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: Grade appropriate fact sheet on solar energy.All NEED Curriculum Correlations to the National Science Education Standards for all grade levels. NEED has also correlated our materials to many State Education Standards.
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What is Trash
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: In 1999, Oregon disposed of 2.8 million tons of garbage. (See “Where Is Away?” Background for more details about solid and hazardous waste disposal). The terms “waste” and “resource” are relative and reflect our own needs and values rather than any objectiv...
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What is Wind?
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: Grade appropriate fact sheet on Wind Energy.All NEED Curriculum Correlations to the National Science Education Standards for all grade levels. NEED has also correlated our materials to many State Education Standards.
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What's Your Hypothesis?
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: Students develop an hypothesis about the connection between air pollution and cardiovascular disease and then test this hypothesis using statistical analysis.
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Wind
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: Grade appropriate fact sheet on wind energy.All NEED Curriculum Correlations to the National Science Education Standards for all grade levels. NEED has also correlated our materials to many State Education Standards.
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Wind
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: Grade appropriate fact sheet on Wind.All NEED Curriculum Correlations to the National Science Education Standards for all grade levels. NEED has also correlated our materials to many State Education Standards.
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Wind Energy
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: Grade appropriate fact sheet on Wind Energy.All NEED Curriculum Correlations to the National Science Education Standards for all grade levels. NEED has also correlated our materials to many State Education Standards.
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