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Elementary (K-4), Lithosphere

 

Scenario:

Keepers of the Land

It's time to make a difference. Time to make a choice.
It's time for you to stand up. Time to find your voice.
It's time to work together. It's time to lend a hand.
It's time to be Earth's keeper and help protect the land.

Don't believe that you're too little or simply just too young.
Or that your time for speaking out has really not begun.
You can make a difference with the choices that you make.
You can change the way things are with actions that you take.

We share the Earth, our home and its land on which we live.
It's time to figure out what and how to the land you can give.
It's time to keep your eyes wide open and go take a walk.
Out your door, down the street or maybe around the block.

There's land that needs protected and clean up to be done.
It's time to do some good, join others, even have some fun.
So look around until you've found a need that you can meet.
Learn about it, tell others, and keep the land beneath your feet.

It's time to make a difference. Time to make a choice.
It's time for you to stand up. Time to find your voice.
It's time to work together. It's time to lend a hand.
It's time to be Earth's keeper and help protect the land.

Stand Up sung by Sugarland


Keepers of the Land Essential Questions
As you work through this module see if you can find answers to these questions and questions of your own about protecting Earth's land:
  • How are the actions of people changing the land in your neighborhood?
  • Why is it important to protect the land in your neighborhood?
  • What can you do to help protect the land in your neighborhood?
  • What can you do to help protect the land in other places in the world?

 

Date: 6/15/2011

Scenario Images:

landfill
Each person in your family puts about 5 pounds of stuff into the trash each and every day. That adds up to over 800 pounds of trash each year. Where does all of your trash go? Millions of pounds of trash are put into landfills. Watch this video and see where your trash goes. It was made in England so some of the words may not be familiar to you. See if you can figure out what these words mean: rubbish, bin, lorry, shop, crisps, and methane. What can you do to put less stuff into our landfills? Image: Courtesy landfill-site.com



recyling
Of the 3R's, recycling is the most popular way to keep trash out of the landfills. Reusing is another. Not everything can be recycled. Not everything can be reused. Maybe we just need to use less stuff so we don't need so many recycling bins. What can you do to reduce the amount of stuff you use? Image: Courtesy timtak via flikr



junk mail
Everybody gets junk mail, tons of it. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, over 3 million tons of our junk mail went into landfills in 2008. Reducing or recycling junk mail will save land, trees, water and energy and reduce air pollution, too. Images: Wikipedia Commons and Environmental Protection Agency.



Resources:

 

Protecting the Land for Kids (Cycle A)
The following sites have videos, games and activities to help you learn about why what you put into the trash makes a difference.

  • EPA Loop Scoops Videos Watch them all and learn about recycling, waste and making choices that help protect the Earth's land.
  • Meet the Greens- Watch the short episodes to learn about composting, recycling and more.
  • Recycle City - Explore Dumptown and see how they learned to reduce, reuse and recycle.
  • My Environment - EPA- Provides real-time and historical data about land, water, air and health issues in your neighborhood. Search by zip code, city name or county and compare values to state and national averages.
  • Earth911 - Search recycling centers by zip code. The what and where of recycling in your neighborhood.

 

Protecting the Land for Teachers (Cycle A)
The following sites provide information about land conservation topics:

  • My Environment - EPA- Provides real-time and historical data about land, water, air and health issues in your neighborhood. Search by zip code, city name or county and compare values to state and national averages.
  • Landfills How they work and more.
  • Learn the Issues: Land and Clean Up - This EPA site provides information about protecting the land. It has links to a variety of related resources and ways to get involved in clean up efforts in your area.
  • Learn the Issues Waste - This EPA site provides information about the generation and disposal of waste materials and more.
  • The Environmental Literacy Council - Information, news, lesson plans and more.
  • EPA Report Municipal Solid Waste Generation, Recycling, and Disposal in the United States: Facts and Figures for 2009.
  • Earth911 - Search recycling centers by zip code. The what and where of recycling in your neighborhood.

 

Becoming an Earth Keeper for Kids (Cycle B)
What does it mean to be an Earth Keeper? How can you tell others about what you want to do to protect Earth's land? How can you get other to help you make a difference? The following sites will give you ideas and let you see what other kids are doing.

  • Giving and Me - Join Ant Phil and learn how you can make the world a better place. You'll learn what philanthropy means and have some fun, too.
  • Service Learning Youth Site - Go here to see what others kids are doing, get ideas for your project and share your success with others.
  • Generation On for Kids - Go here to learn about what you can do to make a difference.
  • Kids for Saving Earth - started by a kid for kids. See what other kids are doing and learn more about how you can help protect the Earth's air, water, land and living things.

 

Service Learning for Teachers (Cycle B)
The following sites provide basic information about service learning.


 

K-4 Keepers: Land for Teachers (Cycle C)
Get ideas and supporting resources to design your own K-4 Keepers: Land project.

  • The Quest for Less - Complete recycling curriculum from the EPA for grades K-5.
  • EPA Reduce Waste in Schools - Plans and tools to help reduce waste in your school.
  • Green Education Foundation - Activities, posters, programs and more all focused on sustaining our planet.
  • Junk Mail Tree Project - Building a junk mail tree is a great way to raise awareness. The program is no longer active, but here are the plans for building a tree.
  • The Catalog Canceling Challenge - Join a movement of over 8000 children in 22 states who have canceled over 60,000 unwanted sales catalogs to save trees, water, energy and our climate.
  • EPA Earth Day - Ideas, information and more about how to celebrate and protect our environment.
  • Disney Planet Challenge - Inspires grade 3 and up students to be good stewards of the environment and empowers them to make a difference in their school, at home and in their local communities while teaching them about science, conservation and positive ways to impact the planet. Teachers are given the resources to create a standards-based curriculum that engages students in researching, managing and solving a real world environmental issue with their teachers.
  • PBS Learning Media - Looking for videos with complete lesson plans? Items can be searched by grade level and content area. Includes content from a variety of online sources. Registering allows you to create a collection of favorites.

 

Sample Investigations:

 

Hurray! It's Zero Garbage Day (Cycle A)
Zero garbage out for a whole day? Not one piece of anything that doesn't go into a recycle bin. Could you do that? Maybe in a perfect world, but it's not likely to happen in the real world. BUT, what would happen if you and your classmates tried to reduce your trash for one school day to zero? What would you give up? How would your lunch be different? How would your school work be different? Celebrate a "It's Zero Garbage Day" and see what happens. Then share what you learn with others at your school and challenge them to see which class can end up with the least amount of garbage for a day.

Hurray! It's Zero Garbage Day for Teachers.
Difficulty: beginner

 

Keep that Junk Mail out of the Landfill (Cycle A)
How much junk mail comes to your house? Do you really need or want all of that mail? What does your family do with its junk mail? Does it all get recycled or does most of it just get thrown into the trash? Over 3 millions tons of junk mail ended up in landfills in 2008! About 50% of all the junk mail went into landfills. That's a bunch of paper and other stuff. You can get your family to put more of their junk mail into the recycle bin. Or you can reduce the amount of junk mail that comes to your house in the first place. Reducing the amount of junk mail will not only keep it out of the landfill, it will save trees, save water and save energy, too.

Stopping the delivery of junk to your house won't be that easy. You will need the help of the grown-ups in your family.

Recycle or reduce? Whatever you decide to do be sure to share what you learned with your friends or your teacher.

Junk Mail for Teachers
Difficulty: beginner
Younger students could just use a collection of junk mail to make junk mail mobiles, posters or a Waste Stream wall display to raise awareness.

 

Put Old Shoes Back in the Game (Cycle A)
Keep those shoes out of the landfill and put them back in the game. Collect old athletic shoes for recycling as part of the Nike Reuse-a-Shoe program. Since 1990 Nike has recycled over 25 million old shoes. Be sure to check out the program videos here to learn about how it's done. Donate your family's old shoes, have a neighborhood collection or ask your teacher to get your class involved.

Back in the Game for teachers
Difficulty: beginner

 

Learn About Becoming a Keeper of the Land (Cycle B)
Work with your team to find answers to questions of your own and these Essential Questions about protecting the land:

  • How are the actions of people changing the land in your neighborhood?
  • Why is it important to protect the land in your neighborhood?
  • What can you do to help protect the land in your neighborhood?
  • What can you do to help protect the land in other places in the world?

Difficulty: beginner

 

Pick 5 for the Environment (Cycle B)
Earth's living things has never been simpler. Join the Pick 5 for the Environment network. You don't need an e-mail address. Just enter your town, zip code and the keyword to make your pledge. Use the tools at the site to get ideas about what you can do to protect Earth's living things. Learn as much as you can about the why's and how's of conserving and not polluting Earth's living things resources and habitats. Decide what you are going to do. Then get busy doing your Pick 5! Share what you are doing with others kids and see what they are willing to do to protect Earth's living things.

Pick 5 for the Environment for Teachers
Difficulty: beginner

 

Design a Keepers: Land Investigation (Cycle C)
Design an investigation of your own that will help students ask and seek answers to questions like these about protecting the land:

  • How are the actions of people changing the land in your neighborhood?
  • Why is it important to protect the land in your neighborhood?
  • What can you do to help protect the land in your neighborhood?
  • What can you do to help protect the land in other places in the world?

Difficulty: beginner

 

 

Standards:

  • Science
    National Science Education Standards - Science Content Standards http://www.nap.edu/readingroom/books/nses/html/overview.html#content The science content standards outline what students should know, understand, and be able to do in the natural sciences over the course of K-12 education.
    • K-12 UNIFYING CONCEPTS AND PROCESSES
      The understandings and abilities associated with the following concepts and processes need to be developed throughout a student's educational experiences:
      • Systems, order, and organization
      • Evidence, models, and explanation
      • Constancy, change, and measurement
      • Evolution and equilibrium
      • Form and function
    • GRADES K-4 CONTENT STANDARDS
      • Science as Inquiry (Std A)
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
      • Physical Science (Std B)
        • Properties of objects and materials
      • Life Science (Std C)
        • Organisms and environments
      • Earth and Space Science (Std D)
        • Properties of earth materials
      • Science and Technology (Std E)
        • Abilities to distinguish between natural objects and objects made by humans
      • Science in Personal and Social Perspectives (Std F)
        • Changes in environments
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