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Sustainability Lesson Clearinghouse

Grades 3-5 Creativity

Make Reminder Plates for Light Switches and Thermostats
Lesson Type:
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy
GEF Program Category:
  • Green Energy Challenge
Milk Carton Bird Feeder
Lesson Type:
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Gardening
  • Waste Reduction
  • Other
GEF Program Category:
  • Waste Reduction Challenge
  • Green Thumb Challenge
Native American Clay Pots
Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Lecture
Sustainability Topic:
  • Other
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
Solar Cell Simulation
Lesson Type:
  • Group Work
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy
GEF Program Category:
  • Green Energy Challenge
Sustainable Living: Transportation
Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Climate Change
  • Other
GEF Program Category:
  • I Ride Green
Wonder Wheel! Food for Healthy Kids and a Healthy World
Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Experiment
  • Group Work
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Economics
  • Waste Reduction
  • Other
GEF Program Category:
  • Sustainable Water Challenge
  • Waste Reduction Challenge
  • Green Energy Challenge
  • I Ride Green
“Traveling for Water” Mini-unit
Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Water
GEF Program Category:
  • Sustainable Water Challenge
“World-Water Hero!”
Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Project
Sustainability Topic:
  • Water
GEF Program Category:
  • Sustainable Water Challenge
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