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Sustainability in Early Education – Lesson Plan April 19, 2010

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                            Riley Schwartzott

I decided to create a lesson plan because I was curious to see what other teachers were doing to teach sustainability and I wanted to contribute. Being an education major I think it is crucial to teach children about sustainability early. They’re impressionable, willing to learn, and can find it exciting (if you make it exciting.) That was my goal; to create a lesson plan that was fun and informational. I think sustainability should be something taught by every teacher in elementary education. I decided to gear my lesson towards water bottles and the harmful effects on yourself, and the environment you live in. First students will start off my completing a KWL. A KWL is a group participating method of pre-assessing what student’s know, what student’s want to know, and what they’ve learned. After that students will view a PowerPoint presentation about recycling, the harmful effects about the re-use of plastic water bottles, and the harmful effects of not recycling on the environment. After the lesson is done students will take part in an activity in which they create their own safe to re-use water bottles. I also thought to help afford the materials needed for this activity students could take the week and recycle aluminum, glass, and plastic they have at home to help fund for their new water bottles. I think teachers and schools assume sustainability is just part of a science curriculum but in fact it is a part of The New York State Standards for all curriculums.  I feel that all teachers should be including lesson plans concerning sustainability in their year round curriculum. Therefore I created a lesson plan to show how a little bit of creativity and research can create a fun way to teach the “Green Movement.” This is something that should be being taught to every child in school.


Pedagogy About Sustainability in Education


Sustainability Lesson Plan

Persuasive Section – Sustainability Lesson Plan


Teaching Sustainability to Our Children

Teacher Help

Where to Buy Sports Water Bottles in Bulk

Where to Buy Glass Water Bottles in Bulk

Template – Previous Education Class

All About Water

Dangers in the Re-Use of Water Bottles


Math and Sustainabilty

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Kyle Persons

 I chose to do my research project on education and teaching students and teachers how to reduce their carbon footprint and become more sustainable.  I took the approach of a high school math teacher teaching a lesson on mean, median, and mode.  By creating a lesson plan integrating both the outside world dealings with sustainability and a common math lesson teachers and students should have no excuse when it comes to reducing their footprint.  The way we think and do things as children sticks with us as adults as bad habbits.  If more and more children learned about the dangers of CO2 emissions more of them would work to reduce it.  With out a general knowledge of what it is how can young students attempt to fix it.  I believe as teachers it is our responsibilty to inform and teach students not only the curriculum given to us but use real world examples to further their knowledge and make it more meaningfull.   

Project: What is a carbon footprint?


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What is carbon footprint

Plastic Bottles

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