Lessons

Environmental Health: What is it?

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1. 5 min warm up: Students use prior knowledge to answer the title question, Environmental Health: What is it? Students can respond in writing, or have a discussion in small groups.

 2. 5-7 min discussion: Class share answers. Teacher gives definition: Environmental Health is the study of how enviornmental factors affect human and other animal health.

 3. 10 min: Share a slide with the question, "What we should learn from news?" Ask students to write down what they feel are the most and least important issues covered in the news.

4. 20 min Show video of: 5 environmental health issues from https://www.linktv.org/viewchange/environment (link that came from one of the resources in pulitzercenter.org. [1. garbage dreams 4:18; 2.Jordan converts waste to energy 2:59; 3. Seed warriors 5:40; 4. Fly ash bricks 2:59; 5. Bio-biquette: an alternative source of energy 4:54] This is to introduce students to various environmental health issues from around the world.

5. 25 min Have students break up into groups of 3s and each group read two articles (six articles to the left in resources). Students will then present the article they feel is the most relevent to environmental health issue that is important to them. They will read as narrator and actors. The rest of the groups will be comparing and contrasting the points brought up from the group and their own ideas. At the end, the whole class will vote on the two most relevent topics to do further research on for future projects in class.

6. 10 min: Students will answer the following questions:

1. What is the one thing that I do that negatively effects the environment? '

2. How does my behavior negatively effect other parts of the world?

3. Describe a substitute behavior that will take the place of your answer in number 1?

7. 30 min: The following videos will then be showed, with a homework assignment of a 1 pager response to the video that most affected them. Students will be asked to answer why they videos they chose affected them and how.

Educator Notes: 

1. 5 min warm up: Students use prior knowledge to answer the title question, Environmental Health: What is it?

 2. 5-7 min discussion: Class share answers. Teacher gives definition: Enviornmental Health is study of how enviornmental factors affect human and other animal health.

 3. 10 min: Show slide of "what we should learn from news: during slide, students will be asked to write down what they feel is the most and least important issue from the slide.

4. 20 min Show video of: 5 environmental health issues from https://www.linktv.org/viewchange/environment (link that came from one of the resources in pulitzercenter.org. [1. garbage dreams 4:18; 2.Jordan converts waste to energy 2:59; 3. Seed warriors 5:40; 4. Fly ash bricks 2:59; 5. Bio-biquette: an alternative source of energy 4:54] This is to introduce students to various environmental health issues from around the world.

5. 25 min Have students break up into groups of 3s and each group read two articles (six artiles to the left in resources). Then they will present the one they feel is the most relevent to environmental health issue that is important to them. They will read as narrator and actors. The rest of the groups will be comparing and contrasting the points brought up from the group and their own ideas. At the end, the whole class will vote on the two most relevent topics to do further research on for future projects in class.

6. 10 min: Students will answer the following short answers: 1. What is the one thing that I do that negatively effects the environment? 2. How does my behavior negatively effect other parts of the world? 3.Describe a substitute behavior that will take the place of your answer in number 1?

7. 30 min: The following videos will then be showed, with a homework assignment of a 1 pager response to the video that most effected them and they will answer why it affected them how it affected them.

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