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Sustainable Materials

Lesson Description:
This lesson explains alternative building supplies that are not only better for the environment but also healthier for the occupants of the building. Students will discover the cost difference between conventional wood and FSC-certified wood.


After completing this lesson, students will be able to:
· Calculate the financial and environmental costs and benefits of several types of building materials.
· Compare the costs associated with traditional building materials and sustainable materials.
· Predict what happens to construction materials when something is demolished or destroyed.
· Discuss the health benefits of green building.
· List materials that make up a house and find green alternatives that could be used.
Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Group Work

Sustainability Topic:
  • Green Building

GEF Program Category:
  • Green Building Program

Time Needed:
1 class
Standards Addressed:
This lesson addresses the following National Education Standards
· Content Standard: NM-NUM.6-8.1 Number and Operations
· Work flexibly with fractions, decimals, and percents to solve problems
· Compare and order fractions, decimals, and percents efficiently and find their approximate locations on a number line

· Content Standard: NM-ALG.6-8.3 Algebra
· Model and solve contextualized problems using various representations, such as graphs, tables, and equations.

· Content Standard: NS.5-8.6 Personal and Social Perspectives
· Personal health
· Populations, resources, and environments

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Lesson Documents:
application/pdf Sustainable Materials.pdf
Located in: Science | Math

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