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Sustainability Lesson Clearinghouse

Grades 3-5 Science

Mission Possible: Energy Trade-Offs
Lesson Type:
  • Group Work
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy
GEF Program Category:
  • Green Energy Challenge
National Idling-Reduction Campaign!
Lesson Type:
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Climate Change
  • Waste Reduction
GEF Program Category:
  • Waste Reduction Challenge
  • I Ride Green
Particulate Matter: How Dirty is the Air We Breathe
Lesson Type:
  • Group Work
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Waste Reduction
Penguins Marching Into Your Classroom
Lesson Type:
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Climate Change
  • Other
Planning a Garden Using a Grid
Lesson Type:
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Gardening
GEF Program Category:
  • Green Thumb Challenge
Plant Parts Salad
Lesson Type:
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Gardening
GEF Program Category:
  • Green Thumb Challenge
Please Don't Make Us Cough, Shut Your Engine Off!
Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Group Work
  • Other
Sustainability Topic:
  • Climate Change
  • Other
GEF Program Category:
  • I Ride Green
Post-Visit Activity: Energy Audit
Lesson Type:
  • Audit
Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy
  • Green Building
GEF Program Category:
  • Green Building Program
  • Green Energy Challenge
Precycle - the First Step
Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Other
Sustainability Topic:
  • Waste Reduction
GEF Program Category:
  • Waste Reduction Challenge
Pretzel Power
Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Experiment
  • Group Work
Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy
  • Other
GEF Program Category:
  • Green Energy Challenge
  • I Ride Green
Recycled Planters
Lesson Type:
  • Experiment
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Gardening
GEF Program Category:
  • Green Thumb Challenge
Recycling Roundup!
Lesson Type:
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Waste Reduction
GEF Program Category:
  • Waste Reduction Challenge
Renewable and Nonrenewable Energy Riddles
Lesson Type:
  • Group Work
  • Other
Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy
GEF Program Category:
  • Waste Reduction Challenge
  • Green Energy Challenge
Reusing or Recycling
Lesson Type:
  • Other
Sustainability Topic:
  • Waste Reduction
GEF Program Category:
  • Waste Reduction Challenge
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