Synopses & Reviews
This timely update of the popular Environmental Science Activities Kit
includes more than 35 lessons for middle and high school science teachers on the most compelling and relevant environmental topics, such as global warming, food and water production, alternative energy sources, endangered species, land-use issues, and many more.
Each of the lessons includes the following information for the teacher:
A topic summary and introduction
Alignment to national science content standards
List of materials and guidelines for teacher preparation
Step-by-step teaching directions
Discussion questions, extensions, and resources
Plus dozens of reproducible pages of background information and ready-to-use student worksheets.
Praise for The Environmental Science Activities Kit
"Through this engaging and effective activity guide, Michael Roa has, once again, made a significant and lasting contribution to environmental education."
—Dr. James Marshall, department of curriculum and instruction, California State University, Fresno, California
"The Environmental Science Activities Kit is all about activities that light the fuse of students' curiosity and engage their hearts and minds to participate in the movement toward a sustainable future."
—Frank R. Schiavo, professor emeritus,San Jose State University, San Jose, California
"Revised and expanded, this new edition of Environmental Science Activities Kit is a must-have resource for 7-12th grade teachers interested in integrating environmental topics into core content areas."
—Jennifer Rigby, director, Acorn Naturalists
"The collection of environmental science activities in the Environmental Science Activities Kit are clearly connected to the National Science Education Standards, and it would make an excellent supplement to a general science curriculum."
—Tom Lough, professor of science education,Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky
This timely update of the popular Environmental Science Activities Kit includes more than 35 lessons for middle and high school science teachers on the most compelling and relevant environmental topics, such as global warming, food and water production, alternative energy sources, endangered species, land-use issues, and many more.
About the Author
Michael L. Roa was a classroom teacher and school administrator for 38 years and is currently the science education specialist for the Sonoma County Office of Education in California. He is the author of several books on environmental science and is a frequent presenter at local, state, and national science conventions.
Table of Contents
About Environmental Education and This Resource Book.
Using the Environmental Science Activities Kit.
A Few Words About Safety.
UNIT ONE: HUMAN ISSUES.
ACTIVITY 1. POPULATION—MORE IS LESS.
ACTIVITY 2. FOOD? WHAT FOOD?
ACTIVITY 3. WE “AUTO” DRIVE LESS.
ACTIVITY 4. TOXICS IN THE HOME.
ACTIVITY 5. WANTS AND NEEDS.
ACTIVITY 6. WHAT’S HAPPENING?
ACTIVITY 7. THINK GLOBALLY, ACT LOCALLY.
ACTIVITY 8. DO IT!
UNIT TWO: LAND USE ISSUES.
ACTIVITY 9. SURFACE MINING.
ACTIVITY 10. WHY RECYCLE?
ACTIVITY 11. SOIL COMPACTION.
ACTIVITY 12. WHAT PRICE OPEN SPACE?
ACTIVITY 13. MULTIPLE USE OR MULTIPLE ABUSE?
ACTIVITY 14. RUNOFF RESEARCH.
UNIT THREE: WILDLIFE ISSUES.
ACTIVITY 15. HABITATS—THE CHOICE IS YOURS.
ACTIVITY 16. MICROHABITATS.
ACTIVITY 17. LONGITUDINAL STUDIES.
ACTIVITY 18. SALTWATER INTRUSION.
ACTIVITY 19. ENDANGERED SPECIES I—WHAT’S HAPPENING?
ACTIVITY 20. ENDANGERED SPECIES II—WHO CARES?
UNIT FOUR: WATER ISSUES.
ACTIVITY 21. OIL SPILL!
ACTIVITY 22. WATER TREATMENT.
ACTIVITY 23. “WATER” WE GOING TO DO?
UNIT FIVE: ATMOSPHERIC ISSUES.
ACTIVITY 24. DETECTING AIR POLLUTION.
ACTIVITY 25. ACIDIC PRECIPITATION.
ACTIVITY 26. GLOBAL WARMING.
UNIT SIX: ENERGY ISSUES.
ACTIVITY 27. FOOD CHAINS.
ACTIVITY 28. WE’RE ALL IN THE WEB.
ACTIVITY 29. HIDDEN ENERGY USES.
ACTIVITY 30. “WATTS” THE COST?
ACTIVITY 31. CONSERVE A WATT.
ACTIVITY 32. KEEP THE HEAT!
ACTIVITY 33. CATCH THE SUN!
ACTIVITY 34. FOSSIL FUEL EXTRACTION.
ACTIVITY 35. THE NUCLEAR POWER PUZZLE.
ACTIVITY 36. BIOFUELS.
ACTIVITY 37. ENERGY ALTERNATIVES.
APPENDIX I: Governmental Agencies.
APPENDIX II: Selected Private Environmental Organizations.
APPENDIX III: Helpful Web Sites.
APPENDIX IV: How to Write for Information.
APPENDIX V: How to Write a Letter to a Governmental Official.
APPENDIX VI: Local Environmental Investigations.