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Sustainability Lesson Clearinghouse

Grades 3-5 Language Arts

Pond 2: Life in a Drop of Pond Water
Lesson Type:
  • Other
Sustainability Topic:
  • Water
GEF Program Category:
  • Sustainable Water Challenge
Precycle - the First Step
Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Other
Sustainability Topic:
  • Waste Reduction
GEF Program Category:
  • Waste Reduction Challenge
Recycled Paper Nature Journal
Lesson Type:
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Gardening
  • Waste Reduction
GEF Program Category:
  • Waste Reduction Challenge
  • Green Thumb Challenge
Renewable and Nonrenewable Energy Riddles
Lesson Type:
  • Group Work
  • Other
Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy
GEF Program Category:
  • Waste Reduction Challenge
  • Green Energy Challenge
Renewable Energy Sentences
Lesson Type:
  • Other
Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy
GEF Program Category:
  • Green Energy Challenge
Reusing or Recycling
Lesson Type:
  • Other
Sustainability Topic:
  • Waste Reduction
GEF Program Category:
  • Waste Reduction Challenge
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
Transportation Fuels Debate
Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Group Work
Sustainability Topic:
  • Climate Change
  • Other
GEF Program Category:
  • I Ride Green
Using Energy Wisely
Lesson Type:
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy
GEF Program Category:
  • Green Energy Challenge
Waste Not, Want Not
Lesson Type:
  • Project
  • Other
Sustainability Topic:
  • Water
  • Waste Reduction
GEF Program Category:
  • Sustainable Water Challenge
Waste to Energy
Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Other
Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy
  • Waste Reduction
GEF Program Category:
  • Waste Reduction Challenge
  • Green Energy Challenge
Water is Life, Water is Poetry Seminar
Lesson Type:
  • Other
Sustainability Topic:
  • Water
GEF Program Category:
  • Sustainable Water Challenge
Watershed Protection
Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Other
Sustainability Topic:
  • Water
GEF Program Category:
  • Sustainable Water Challenge
  • Green Energy Challenge
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