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Sustainability Lesson Clearinghouse

Grades 3-5 Science

Cafeteria Compost
Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Gardening
  • Waste Reduction
GEF Program Category:
  • Green Thumb Challenge
Challenge! Getting Around Clean & Green
Lesson Type:
  • Group Work
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Climate Change
GEF Program Category:
  • Waste Reduction Challenge
  • I Ride Green
Conserving Water Through Art
Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Water
GEF Program Category:
  • Sustainable Water Challenge
Creating a Mini Landfill
Lesson Type:
  • Project
  • Other
Sustainability Topic:
  • Waste Reduction
GEF Program Category:
  • Waste Reduction Challenge
Draft-O-Meter
Lesson Type:
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy
  • Green Building
  • Waste Reduction
GEF Program Category:
  • Green Building Program
  • Green Energy Challenge
Ecology Lesson Plan – Walk in the Woods
Lesson Type:
  • Audio - Video
  • Group Work
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Ecosystems
GEF Program Category:
  • Green Thumb Challenge
Emissions and the EPA
Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Other
Sustainability Topic:
  • Climate Change
GEF Program Category:
  • I Ride Green
Energy Activity Book
Lesson Type:
  • Group Work
  • Other
Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy
GEF Program Category:
  • Green Energy Challenge
Energy Carnival
Lesson Type:
  • Group Work
  • Project
  • Other
Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy
GEF Program Category:
  • Green Energy Challenge
Energy Conservation
Lesson Type:
  • Other
Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy
  • Waste Reduction
GEF Program Category:
  • Waste Reduction Challenge
  • Green Energy Challenge
Energy Conservation Lesson 1: Fossil Fuels and the Ticking Clock
Lesson Type:
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy
  • Waste Reduction
GEF Program Category:
  • Green Energy Challenge
Energy Efficiency - Batteries
Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Group Work
  • Other
Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy
  • Waste Reduction
GEF Program Category:
  • Waste Reduction Challenge
  • Green Energy Challenge
Energy Efficiency - Choosing the Best Light Bulb for the Environment
Lesson Type:
  • Other
Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy
  • Waste Reduction
GEF Program Category:
  • Waste Reduction Challenge
  • Green Energy Challenge
Energy Jeopardy
Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Other
Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy
GEF Program Category:
  • Green Energy Challenge
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