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Sustainability Lesson Clearinghouse

Grades 3-5 Language Arts

3R's and Plastic Bags
Lesson Type:
  • Other
Sustainability Topic:
  • Waste Reduction
GEF Program Category:
  • Waste Reduction Challenge
A Garden of Verses--Poems About Class Garden
Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Lecture
Sustainability Topic:
  • Gardening
  • Other
GEF Program Category:
  • Green Energy Challenge
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
Build an Indoor Compost Bin
Lesson Type:
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Gardening
  • Waste Reduction
GEF Program Category:
  • Waste Reduction Challenge
  • Green Thumb Challenge
Build an Outdoor Compost Heap
Lesson Type:
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Gardening
  • Waste Reduction
GEF Program Category:
  • Green Thumb Challenge
Butterfly Window Box
Lesson Type:
  • Experiment
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Gardening
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
Clean Air Detective: Investigating Air Pollution
Lesson Type:
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Climate Change
  • Waste Reduction
  • Other
GEF Program Category:
  • I Ride Green
Creating a Mini Landfill
Lesson Type:
  • Project
  • Other
Sustainability Topic:
  • Waste Reduction
GEF Program Category:
  • Waste Reduction Challenge
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 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
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