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Sustainability Lesson Clearinghouse

Grades 3-5 Social Studies

Energy on Public Lands
Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Group Work
Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy
GEF Program Category:
  • Green Energy Challenge
Exploring Energy
Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Group Work
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Climate Change
  • Energy
GEF Program Category:
  • Green Energy Challenge
  • I Ride Green
Gardens Throughout the World
Lesson Type:
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Gardening
Going in Cycles: The Life of an Aluminum Can
Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Other
Sustainability Topic:
  • Waste Reduction
Grade 3: Reduce Your Trash
Lesson Type:
  • Other
Sustainability Topic:
  • Waste Reduction
GEF Program Category:
  • Waste Reduction Challenge
Green Packaging
Lesson Type:
  • Other
Sustainability Topic:
  • Waste Reduction
GEF Program Category:
  • Waste Reduction Challenge
Growing a Native American "Three Sisters" Garden
Lesson Type:
  • Group Work
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Gardening
GEF Program Category:
  • Green Thumb Challenge
Intro to Transportation & the Environment
Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Other
Sustainability Topic:
  • Climate Change
  • Other
GEF Program Category:
  • I Ride Green
Is Bigger Always Better?
Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Group Work
  • Other
Sustainability Topic:
  • Waste Reduction
GEF Program Category:
  • Waste Reduction Challenge
Make a Sundial
Lesson Type:
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy
Make a Windmill
Lesson Type:
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy
Math in a Bottle
Lesson Type:
  • Other
Sustainability Topic:
  • Waste Reduction
GEF Program Category:
  • Waste Reduction Challenge
Mission Possible: Energy Trade-Offs
Lesson Type:
  • Group Work
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy
GEF Program Category:
  • Green Energy Challenge
Precycle - the First Step
Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Other
Sustainability Topic:
  • Waste Reduction
GEF Program Category:
  • Waste Reduction Challenge
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