Planet in Peril

Students will identify ways in which Earth’s ability to sustain life is being threatened, specifically resource depletion, pollution, and excess waste production. Students will also discover ways that they can help reduce the impact of these problems on the world’s growing population. Students will view recycled objected and plastics made from plants to demonstrate how some people are already making these types of changes.

Grade: 4th and Upper Elementary.

Science SOLs: 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.9, 3.10, 3.11, 4.4, 4.5, 4.9

Concepts and Vocabulary Introduced

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Litter, Pollution, Fossil Fuels, Landfill, Waste-To-Energy, Incinerator, Conservation, Natural Resource, Renewable, Nonrenewable, Deforestation, Soil Erosion, Nutrient Load, Bacterial Load, Stormwater Runoff, Acid Rain, Smog

Equipment Needed: Projector for Powerpoint or Computer/Smartboard

Duration: 45 - 60 minutes

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