You want the best K–12 curriculum, and we've got it. In this first installment of “3 lessons on…”, the Center for Green Schools at USGBC is featuring lessons that will support educators in strengthening their students’ knowledge of and relationship to nature, as well as help align to learning standards and green schools initiatives.
Check out this month's selection of three lessons, and envision how to incorporate them into your curriculum:
- Grades 1–2: Nature Knows Best: The Good Food Game, created by EcoRise and RIS. In this fun, play-based lesson, students learn that food that is closer to nature is healthier for us and for the planet. We also offer a version of the lesson in Spanish.
- Grades 6–8: How Natural Areas Filter Water: Water Filtration—Natural Surfaces versus Impervious Surfaces, created by The Nature Conservancy. In this lesson, students conduct a hands-on activity that focuses on the role of natural areas as filters that produce clean water.
- Grades 9–12: Protecting Wilderness, created by the Global Oneness Project. In this lesson, students analyze the effectiveness of digital media and the choices made by a young environmental activist who risks his life to protect an old California redwood forest. We also offer a version of the lesson in Spanish.