CONCEPT: Environmental problems may vary from community to community.
CONTENT OBJECTIVE: 4I2.00 To understand environmental concerns within the local community
INSTRUCTIONAL OBJECTIVES: The learner will:
2.01 analyze some environmental concerns that confront communities.
2.02 formulate possible solutions to environmental concerns.
OUTLINE OF CONTENT:
I. Define environment
II. Define concern
III. List environmental concerns of community
IV. Formulate solutions
TN COMPONENT OF SCIENCE: Habits of Mind
To enable students to demonstrate ways of thinking and
acting inherent on the practice of science; and to exhibit an
awareness of the historical and cultural contributions to the
enterprise of science.
3.5 SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY - Science and technology
are separate but independent entities.
TN STANDARD(S): The learner will understand that:
3.5a Science and technology change the environment in beneficial
and detrimental ways
BENCHMARK: The decision to apply a given technology must be based
on the perceived benefits weighed against the possible disadvantages.
3.5b Technology makes it possible for scientists to extend their
research or to undertake entirely new lines of research.
BENCHMARK: Technological advances tend to extend the reach of our
senses and to extend our ability to manipulate and to understand
Two instructional periods
Complete this sentence, Environment is ________. (response - your
surroundings and all factors that affect your survival and quality
of life.) (Discuss) Have you ever wondered why a city or town
has land zones to divide their town/city into sections? (response)
Have you wondered why radio or TV broadcasters announce that a
certain city is boiling it's drinking water before use, especially
after a flood? (response) Today we will learn about some environmental
concerns of a community and possible solutions.
INSTRUCTION WITH ACTIVE PARTICIPATION:
Discuss environmental concerns that confront your own community: (Ex: clay companies releasing
clay dust into the air. Water pollution caused by nearby factories.
Strip mining. Problems relating to landfills. Farmers using pesticides inside city limits. Hauling of chemical waste through or near a community.) Through class discussion, form possible solutions to environmental concerns. (Ex: Evacuation of an area due to spilling of chemical waste. Ban farmers using crop spraying within city limits. Restore land after strip mining, ex. planting trees.) Invite a resource person(s) to talk to the class about environmental concerns of their given community and how the community is handling the concerns.
Communities are responsible for finding the solutions to the environmental concerns which face them. Tell your neighbor one environmental concern that we have studied and a possible solution to the problem or concern. (pause, responses, then summarize)
(Check newspapers and collect articles about problems in the local community. Prepare a written/oral report on how you think problems can be solved.)
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