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Sustainability Lesson Clearinghouse

Grades 3-5 Science

3R's and Plastic Bags
Lesson Type:
  • Other
Sustainability Topic:
  • Waste Reduction
GEF Program Category:
  • Waste Reduction Challenge
A Clean City
Lesson Type:
  • Group Work
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Green Building
GEF Program Category:
  • Green Building Program
  • Waste Reduction Challenge
A Day in the Life of a Drop
Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Lecture
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Water
GEF Program Category:
  • Sustainable Water Challenge
Absorbing Sunlight in Different Colored Soil Surfaces
Lesson Type:
  • Experiment
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy
  • Gardening
GEF Program Category:
  • Green Energy Challenge
  • Green Thumb Challenge
Air Pollution: Visible and Invisible
Lesson Type:
  • Experiment
  • Group Work
Sustainability Topic:
  • Climate Change
  • Waste Reduction
GEF Program Category:
  • Green Energy Challenge
  • I Ride Green
An Environmental Collage
Lesson Type:
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Climate Change
  • Economics
  • Ecosystems
  • Energy
  • Gardening
  • Green Building
  • Water
  • Waste Reduction
GEF Program Category:
  • Sustainable Water Challenge
  • Green Building Program
  • Waste Reduction Challenge
  • Green Energy Challenge
  • Green Thumb Challenge
  • I Ride Green
Asian Longhorned Beetle
Lesson Type:
  • Other
Sustainability Topic:
  • Economics
  • Ecosystems
  • Other
Be “Sun-sible” About Heating Water
Lesson Type:
  • Group Work
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy
  • Water
GEF Program Category:
  • Sustainable Water Challenge
  • Green Energy Challenge
Become a Green Sleuth!
Lesson Type:
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Waste Reduction
GEF Program Category:
  • Green Building Program
  • Waste Reduction Challenge
Before We Drove Cars
Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Group Work
  • Other
Sustainability Topic:
  • Climate Change
  • Other
GEF Program Category:
  • I Ride Green
Benefits of Indoor Plants
Lesson Type:
  • Group Work
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Gardening
GEF Program Category:
  • Waste Reduction Challenge
  • Green Thumb Challenge
Build a Green Roof
Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Ecosystems
  • Gardening
  • Green Building
  • Water
GEF Program Category:
  • Green Building Program
  • Green Thumb Challenge
Build an Indoor Compost Bin
Lesson Type:
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Gardening
  • Waste Reduction
GEF Program Category:
  • Waste Reduction Challenge
  • Green Thumb Challenge
Butterfly Window Box
Lesson Type:
  • Experiment
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Gardening
GEF Program Category:
  • Green Thumb Challenge
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