Environment Exploration Activity
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1. How can composting help solve the problem of excess waste? Compost video on Newton's Apple

 

2. What factors are endangering the "River of Grass"?

 

Who is the unexpected savior of the Everglades? Explain.

 

3. When you think of insects, you may think of cockroaches, gnats & mosquitoes. UGH!
You may be surprised to learn there are good things about bugs. What are some benefits of insects?

 

4. What happened to the residents of Love Canal, NY? Why?

 

5. Name 3 benefits of trees.

 

6. What is a habitat garden?

 

7. How many years passed from the first controlled nuclear reaction to the first nuclear meltdown in U.S. history?

 

What is a nuclear meltdown?

 

8. What "weed" is vital to the survival of the monarch butterfly?

 

9. How are bluebird trails helping them to survive?

 

How do bluebirds help control pests?

 

10. How are bats important members of the ecosystem?

 

11. How are bottom trawlers damaging Earth's oceans?

 

12. How has the peregrine falcon adapted its nesting behavior?

 

13. List some factors being explored to explain the high number of frog deformities.

 

14. How was Chernobyl a global disaster?

 

15. What harm do House Sparrows (a nonnative species) present to native birds?

 

16. What does it mean when the label on cans of tuna fish say they are dolphin-safe?

 

17. Why was leaded gas banned in the United States of America?

 

What chemical in paint can be very dangerous to people?

 

Based on what you know about lead, should lead be used in products that people regularly use?

 

18. LeAnn Waters saved many of the children in her town. How did she do that?

 

19. Described the environmental disaster the captain of the ship Exxon Valdez caused.

 

Recently, there was another ocean disaster. Where did it occur? What happened?

 

20. How many people died at the Union Carbide accident, at Bhopal, India?

 

21. How is litter harmful to wildlife? Use Google to find the answer

 

22. Name four different materials that can be recycled. recycling symbol

 

23. Review this school environment activity ideas. List 2 things that are relevant to your school.

 

24. Research: Name two consequences of air pollution.

 

25. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed the bald eagle from the Endangered Wildlife list.
How many bald eagles are found in your state?

 

Based on this, do you think the bald eagle has recovered?

 

26. List three species potentially impacted by arctic drilling. (Research and thinking required)

 

27. What is an Ephemeral Aquatic environment?

 

28. How are invasive species impacting the Great Lakes Food Web?
(Search the site for information that will help you answer the question)

 

29. Use the NatureServe Database to identify a species found in your state. How is it threatened or endangered?

 

30. What is Ecological Forestry?

 

 31. Name two things that are endangering the coral

 

32. Name the two government agencies that identify species to be put on the Endangered Species List.

  

33. Why couldn't the people of Santa Monica, CA drink their ground water?

 

Investigate - Is this an issue where you live?

34. What factors are endangering the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem?

 

35. Name two ways people can help save the Pacific Salmon.

 

 36. In 1989, many countries agreed to ban trade in ivory. Why?

 

37. For several years, gypsy moths did great damage to forests in the US.

What are three ways they can be controlled?

 

 

38. Everyone knows fish cannot climb ladders. Or can they?

 

What do these ladders do?

 

39. Why is the flooding of the Colorado River controversial?

 

40. Has the restoration of the wolf to Yellowstone Park been successful?
(Christmas in Yellowstone video Nature on PBS)

 

How has it impacted the Yellowstone ecosystem?

 

41. How does energy use affect the environment?

 

 42. Is captivity harmful to whales?

 

43. Evaluate today's school lunch using Eat Local. (Homeschoolers and cyber schoolers - look for the menu online or examine one of your family's meals eaten yesterday.)

Nothing local grown/ some possibly locally grown / many locally grown choices

 

44. The machine you are using to do this hunt will some day stop functioning.

List some facts about computer recycling. (research required)

 

45. What are the sources of mercury contamination in our environment?

 

46. What is a Superfund site?

 

How many Superfund sites are located in your state? __________

How many are in your county? __________

47. What is green chemistry?

 

48. Name one source of alternative energy. (Look it up using your Internet research skills.)

 

Can it be used in your community?

 

Can it be used in your school or home?

 

49. Aspen trees are dying in large numbers. What action(s) should people take to save the trees?

 

50. At Libby, Montana, they mined vermiculite ore for 70 years. Mining provided decades of good jobs and national attention
as the source of 80 percent of the world's vermiculite production.
What is the price the people of Libby have paid for this industry?

 

51. Read "Cleansing the Air at the Expense of Waterways" New York Times October 12, 2009.

Is this an issue for your community? Explain.

 

The Big Picture...
This activity has explored a wide variety of environmental issues.
Which do you feel is the most significant? Why?

or

Identify and investigate one environmental issue in your community.
What is the short term and long term impact? What should be done?

Write a letter to the editor of the newspaper regarding the issue.

or

Evaluate your school's solid waste management. Make a recommendation to the administration on a way to reduce waste or recycle it.

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The Scientific Method - watch this Expose investigative report about the challenges of air quality in one Texas community.
Why would you move there or not move there?

or

Capturing Carbon - Nova Science Now online video July. 2008
An eighth-grader's science fair project prompts her scientist father to develop a new way to pull excess carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.

or

Watch Video Animations of U.S. Carbon Dioxide Pollution - How are things looking where you reside?

or

Watch: Consumerism and Waste: A Message to Barack Obama from Garrett Padera (It is a 2009 winning Student Cam video!)

How can we change our behaviors at school, home or work to reduce waste?

Follow up - Check out the environment in your community - Scorecard.org | How Clean is the Air in Your Community?

Which do you prefer paper - plastic - cloth bags? | Fields, Meadows & Fencerows EcoStudy Unit

Saving on Light Bulb Energy Compare-Contrast Activity | Energy, Renewable Energy & Alternative Energy Studies

Observation Science Skills Builders > 40 | Sagan - Reflect on this mote of dust essay

Useful links about the environment

Learn how you can take action on behalf of the environment. Environmentalist Internet Hunt
Environmentalist Award nomination - a problem based learning activity Sierra Club's Environmental Education page.
Check out the environment in your community - Scorecard.org Explore the resources at Environmental Awareness
Oceans cause for concern PBL BLUE RIDGE BUMBLE BEE
Explore Efficient Energy Uses Ocean Pollution Webquest
Energy Alternatives pbl Chief Seattle's profound words
Milkweed & Monarch Mania Sea Fish farms
Product Packaging Conundrum - pbl mshs PA Envirothon info
Energy Alternatives Exploration Green Scissors Campaign
Global Warming and Climate Change pbl Exploring the Environment
Natural Resource Wars - who will be the winner? pbl Wetlands Ecosystem Study Unit
Prairie Ecosystem Activity Water, Water Everywhere - interactive
Exploring Biomes - pbl Landscape with native plants at school pbl
Solve the science mystery - what has happened? Sustainable Materials Management
Rachel Carson Beetles Eating Up Rockies video
Drought Presentation - pbl Predators in paradise
Bluebird Project Environmental Working Group
Environment Issues Game - problem based learning The Environment Report
List the environmental reasons for gardening with native plants. Read: Paper, Plastic or Reusable? | BYO bag
The Sun - renewable energy source activity

Environmental Education Network, a clearinghouse for all environmental education information, materials and ideas on the Internet. K-12 links range from Acid Rain Lesson Plans to Whales: A Thematic Web Unit. http://www.envirolink.org/

I have long been an ardent recycler. I started an aluminum recycling program in our community which raised over $8000 for technology at our elementary school. I hauled over 1 million aluminum cans in 3 years of collecting. I also planned, planted and cared for the school's habitat garden. At another school, I established a bluebird trail which had 5 families the first year! My yard is a certified habitat garden and a Monarch Waystation.

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