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How Green is Your Community?

Lesson Description:
This is the first of six lessons on the idea of how green space benefits the community. In this introductory lesson, students will get an overview of the reasons why making a greener space is important for environmental reasons. Students will build basic background knowledge and form a working definition of “green space” and will come to understand the general benefits and environmental effects of grass and other plant life on the local environment.

Learning Objectives:
  • Collect data on how “green” their community is. 
  • Use resources to identify possible reasons for the green space movement. 
  • Write to persuade using environmental, lifestyle, and economic rationale.

Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Group Work

Sustainability Topic:
  • Economics
  • Gardening
  • Green Building

GEF Program Category:
  • Green Building Program
  • Waste Reduction Challenge

Time Needed:
2 class periods
Standards Addressed:
4ASI1.1 Ask a question about objects, organisms, and events in the environment.
4ASI1.4 Use data to construct a reasonable explanation.
4FSPSP4.2 Changes in environments can be natural or influenced by humans.
4EST2.2 People have always had problems and invented tools and techniques (ways of doing something) to solve problems. Trying to determine the effects of solutions helps people avoid some new problems.
8FSPSP5.1 Science influences society through its knowledge and world view. Scientific knowledge and the procedures used by scientists influence the way many individuals in society think about themselves, others, and the environment.

School or Group:
Discovery Education
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Located in: Science

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