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Sustainability Lesson Clearinghouse

Grades 3-5 Social Studies

3R's and Plastic Bags
Lesson Type:
  • Other
Sustainability Topic:
  • Waste Reduction
GEF Program Category:
  • Waste Reduction Challenge
Alternative Energy Sources
Lesson Type:
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy
GEF Program Category:
  • Green Energy Challenge
Before We Drove Cars
Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Group Work
  • Other
Sustainability Topic:
  • Climate Change
  • Other
GEF Program Category:
  • I Ride Green
Build a Green Roof
Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Ecosystems
  • Gardening
  • Green Building
  • Water
GEF Program Category:
  • Green Building Program
  • 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
Communityscape: Our Built Environment
Lesson Type:
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Green Building
GEF Program Category:
  • Green Building Program
Comparing Light Bulbs
Lesson Type:
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy
  • Waste Reduction
GEF Program Category:
  • Green Energy Challenge
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
Design a Colonial Garden
Lesson Type:
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Gardening
GEF Program Category:
  • Green Thumb Challenge
Earth Day Every Day
Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
Sustainability Topic:
  • Waste Reduction
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 Jeopardy
Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Other
Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy
GEF Program Category:
  • Green Energy Challenge
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