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Zero Waste

  • Introduction
  • National Standards
  • Lesson 1 – Grades: 3 – 6
    Packaging 101

    Students think outside of the box while they're introduced to the topic of sustainable packaging. They learn the benefits of packaging and the three rules of sustainable living – reduce, reuse and recycle.
  • Lesson 2 – Grades: 3 – 6
    Lunch Weigh In

    Students will find out that lunch is not all sandwiches, apples and chocolate chip cookies. Packaging makes up a large portion of students' lunches. Your students will discover exactly how much.
  • Lesson 3 – Grades: 3 – 6
    Trash Pie

    Students will monitor classroom garbage to find out what makes up most of the waste in the class. They’ll measure the data and create a classroom pie chart to share the trashy results.
  • Lesson 4 – Grades: 3 – 6
    Garbage Gone Wild

    Students learn about the harm that litter can do to the environment. Then they will think of ways that they can help win the battle against loose litter as they fight to save the planet from garbage gone wild.

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Animal Smarts

  • Introduction
  • National Standards
  • Lesson 1 – Grades: 3 – 6
    World Without Words

    Students learn about the challenges of communicating without using words and practice non-verbal communication skills while explaining to their partner how to put together a unique structure.
  • Lesson 2 – Grades: 3 – 6
    Watch It!

    In this lesson, students watch animal life up close, by either observing classroom pets or by watching animals in a natural environment outside. Students in rural, suburban or urban settings can find animals in their natural environments to observe. Students will find out what we can learn from watching closely.
  • Lesson 3 – Grades: 3 – 6
    Research and Role Play

    Students select an animal to learn more about. After doing research on the Internet, in the school library, or through visits to local zoos or wildlife centers, students will prepare a presentation showcasing an aspect of animal cognition.

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Meals on Mars

  • Introduction
  • National Standards
  • Lesson 1– Grades: 3 – 6
    Appeal of the Meal

    In this lesson, students interview each other about what makes certain food appealing to some people and not to others. Students use communication skills during interviews and math skills when they graph the data as bar graphs.
  • Lesson 2 – Grades: 3 – 6
    Taste This!

    This lesson focuses on a simple experiment in which volunteers have to hypothesize about the flavor of juice, which has been colored purple and red. They learn that many senses influence how food actually tastes.
  • Lesson 3 – Grades: 3 – 6
    Menus for Mars

    In this lesson, students play the role of an astronaut and are allowed to sample food in preparation for their upcoming missions. They follow this up by planning their own menus for space.
  • Lesson 4 – Grades: 3 – 6
    Space Shake

    In this lesson, adapted from NASA, students compare different ingredients for making the perfect space shake– one that is both nutritious and delicious.

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