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Environmental Science and Social-Political Contexts

Unit 1: Examining Biotic/ Abiotic Factors and Relationships and the Beginnings of Environmental Social Justice

Part 1
Unit Developed and Resources Compiled by: Darlene HawkerSelf


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Unit Plan (Ubd Format) and Teacher Background Knowledge

1.1 Unit Plan

1.2 NSTA Position Statement on Teaching Science and Technology in the Context of Societal and Personal Issues

1.3 Execuitive Order 2898 February 11, 1994. President Clinton.

1.4 Federal Actions To Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations. United States Environmental Protection Agency

1.5 USA Departmental Regulation on Environmental Justice. Natural Resource Conservation Service

1.6 Department of Transportation (DOT) Order To Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations Department of Transportation

1.7 Environmental Justice Fact Sheet. by Air and Waste Management Association.

1.8 Advancing Environmental Justice Norms Davis. University of California

1.9 Quiroz-Martinez, J., Wu, D. Pei, Zimmerman, K. (2005). ReGeneration: Young People Shaping Environmental Justice. Oakland, CA: Movement Strategy Center.

1.10 Toxic Wastes and Race at Twenty With Figures and Tables Bullard, Mohai, Saha & Wright

1.11 The Environmental Justice Resource Center

1.12 Environmental Justice is Dead! Long Life Environmental Justice: An Inquiry Into the Evolution of "Mainstreamed" Environmental Justice. Charles Hanolin. WPI.

1.13 Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization Lester Brown Especially chapters 6, 7, and 8 are germane to this unit.

1.14 Urban Science Adventures! The blog by D.N.Lee of Saint Louis, MO

2 Biotic and Abiotic Factors

2.1 Bottled Ecosystem

2.2 Bottle Biology

2.3 Effects of Salt Pollution on Plants and the Lab Write Up

2.5 Worm Worlds Investigation "An inquiry based activity guide investigating earthworms and their habitats; developed by Drs. Berkowitz and Patrick Bohlen for the North American Association for Environmental Education. "

2.5 Urban Ecology Institute A suggested resource

3 Water Quality and Availability

3.1 Opinion Activity #6 from Climate Status Investigations (High school lessons with free membership) to generate discussion on topics of environmental science, dihydrogenmonixide questionaire attached. The dihydrogenmonoxide discussion shows how lack of knowledge about science can be detrimental to good decisions.

3.2 Modeling the Availability of Fresh Water Activity

3.3 Water Filtration and You Can Clean Dirty Water filtration labs

3.4 The Earth's Distribution of Water Powerpoint A brief set of lecture notes which could accompany some lessons

3.5 Where's the Water? Investigating Draught. "It's easy to take water for granted. In most parts of the United States, every time you want to take shower, water a lawn, or fill a swimming pool, clean, fresh water runs out of the tap. In countries with substantial and stable infrastructure, freshwater is so available that many people don't realize how critical this resource is. In this lab, you'll analyze data and interpret graphs and charts that show the distribution of the world's water. You'll develop a sense of where the world's water is, as well as where it's going."

3.6 Water Quality and Invertebrates McGraw-Hill Biology: Virtual Laboratory Links

4 Urban Ecology

4.1 Eco-Choices: Ecosystem Consequences of Town Decisions "Using the idea that environmental impacts are interrelated, students make decisions for hypothetical towns. They will discover that their decisions have consequences on water quality, air quality, biodiversity and human health; while realizing that air and water movement connect communities. This two hour lesson (which can be divided over 2 class periods) has been used in 5-12 grade classrooms."

4.2 The Changing Hudson River Project Computer Simulation Project: The Tivoli Marsh Simulation

4.3 Personal Water Consumption Calculation EXCEL spreadsheet attachment for the activity

4.4 Wad-ershed Activity Students make a model of a watershed, developing their own cities, and then track point and non-point source pollution's effects.

5 Water Treatment and Water Services: A collection of Articles and Reading Activities

5.1 Environmental Working Group Highest and Lowest Rated Water Utilities and St. Louis' City Water Division "Best Tasting City Water in America" and City of St. Louis Water Quality Report 2002.

5.2 The Relationship Between People and Government

5.3 No Silver Bullet:Water Privatization in Atlanta, GA- A Cautionary Tale

5.4 Whose hand on the tap? Water privatization in South Africa

5.5 Probable Passage reading activity. Can accompany any reading where student's need assisstance pulling out the who, what, where, when, why and how of an article as well as creating a "gist" statement. Credit to Marlene McCarthy, Parkway

5.6 Reading IS Thinking reading activity. Used as a KWL and reflection on learning during reading, as well as note-taking on reading topics. Credit to Marlene McCarthy, Parkway

5.7 Questioning Articles As a Group a reading activity. A group can read an article, and following the guidelines of this activity can generate questions for further investigation. Credit to Marlene McCarthy, Parkway

5.8 Venn Diagram reading activity. Compare and contrast articles or ideas. For example. Water quality in St. Louis to Atlanta, GA.

6 Lead in St. Louis and East St. Louis and Other Urban Issues

6.0 Majora Carter on Environmental Justice a grassroots environmental justice leader in South Bronx NY

6.1 "Tox-In" The City: Exploring Environmental Health Science Issues and Powerpoint Developed by Judy Moffitt & Colleen Hagadorn South Glens Falls High School. From University of Rochester Medical Center Life Science Learning Center

6.2 Lead Poisoning Lesson and Webquest from University of Rochester Medical Center Life Science Learning Center Written by William F. Buckely Jr. and slightly adapted. Includes a pretest, lesson, ppt., webquest and posttest. Teacher Powerpoint and Student Powerpoint

6.3 Lessons for Pre-K and Kindergarten from L.A. Public Health; high school students can teach to younger people about lead posioning.

6.4 Lead Poisioning Resources EPA and CDC and Hud Healthy Homes

6.5 Asthma in the City and Written by Dan Sullivan East High School Rochester, New York.

6.6 Environmental Health Concerns: From Problem to Public Policy Written by Michael Fantauzzo Rush-Henrietta High School Henrietta, NY 14667.

7 Times Beach and History of EPA

7.1 Discussion: Should the government regulate? The Times Beach Story and History of the EPA. The Time's Beach Story by Marilyn Leistner, last Mayor of Times Beach, Missouri and the EPA's Report on Times Beach and Legends of America a tourism version.

7.2 EPA Region 7 a source for region 7 issues

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