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!
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?
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. 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?
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
23. Review this school environment activity ideas. List 2 things that are relevant to your school.
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?
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?
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?
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
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?
Can it be used in your community?
Can it be used in your school or home?
50. At Libby, Montana, they mined vermiculite ore for 70 years. Mining provided decades of good jobs and national attention
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...
Identify and investigate one environmental issue in your community.
Evaluate your school's solid waste management. Make a recommendation to the administration on a way to reduce waste or recycle it.
The Scientific Method - watch this Expose investigative report about the challenges of air quality in one Texas community.
Capturing Carbon - Nova Science Now online video July. 2008
Watch Video Animations of U.S. Carbon Dioxide Pollution - How are things looking where you reside?
Useful links about the environment
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.
Hunts / Nature
and People / Meadows & Fields Eco Study Unit / Water & Watersheds
Save a tree - use a Digital Answer Sheet: Highlight the text of the questions on this web page, copy them - Edit .. Copy. Open a text document or word processing document. Paste the questions into the blank document. Answer the questions in the word processing document in a contrasting color ( not yellow) or font (avoid fancy fonts like: , Symbol, or . Save frequently as you work. I do not like losing my work. You will not like it either. Put your name and the date in a header. Bad things happen. Retain a copy of your work on your computer. Submit your assignment via a class electronic drop box or email attachment.
Proof your responses. It is funny how speling errors and typeos sneak in to the bets work. Make Your Own Printed answer sheet
Tech Tip: Working in a group or in two different places like the library & home? You do not have to be physically together to work together.
Or perhaps you have the resources to record verbal answers. If you do, be sure to first read / record the question. Then record the answer immediately after it.
Aligned with National Science Education Standards - National Educational Technology Standards for Students and the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for: Science and Technology, Environment and Ecology, Reading & Writing, Careers