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Sustainability Lesson Clearinghouse

Grades 3-5 Science

Seeds in Different Soils Experiment
Lesson Type:
  • Experiment
Sustainability Topic:
  • Ecosystems
  • Gardening
GEF Program Category:
  • Waste Reduction Challenge
  • Green Energy Challenge
  • Green Thumb Challenge
Seepy Sandwich
Lesson Type:
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Water
GEF Program Category:
  • Sustainable Water Challenge
Soil Erosion and Runoff
Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Experiment
Sustainability Topic:
  • Gardening
  • Water
GEF Program Category:
  • Green Thumb Challenge
Sun or Shade?
Lesson Type:
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Gardening
Sunflower House
Lesson Type:
  • Experiment
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Gardening
GEF Program Category:
  • Green Thumb Challenge
Sustainable Living: Transportation
Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Climate Change
  • Other
GEF Program Category:
  • I Ride Green
Swap and Save
Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
Sustainability Topic:
  • Waste Reduction
GEF Program Category:
  • Waste Reduction Challenge
The Adventures of Plastic Bottles and Aluminum Cans
Lesson Type:
  • Other
Sustainability Topic:
  • Waste Reduction
GEF Program Category:
  • Waste Reduction Challenge
The Urban Heat Island Effect and Air Quality
Lesson Type:
  • Other
Sustainability Topic:
  • Climate Change
  • Waste Reduction
  • Other
Thirstin Builds an Aquifier
Lesson Type:
  • Experiment
Sustainability Topic:
  • Ecosystems
  • Water
GEF Program Category:
  • Sustainable Water Challenge
Thirstin's Groundwater Movement Activity
Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Other
Sustainability Topic:
  • Water
GEF Program Category:
  • Sustainable Water Challenge
Thirstins Water Cycle Activity
Lesson Type:
  • Experiment
Sustainability Topic:
  • Water
GEF Program Category:
  • Sustainable Water Challenge
This Mine of Mine
Lesson Type:
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy
Transportation & Air Quality
Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Group Work
  • Other
Sustainability Topic:
  • Climate Change
GEF Program Category:
  • I Ride Green
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