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Subject: Science (3)
Title: Protect Our Planet Piece By Piece
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org), endangered species will be explored.  This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series. *This lesson is provided by Julie Danley, Pam Walston, and Pat Mitchell.


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Subject: Science (3)
Title: Reuse, Reduce Waste, Recycle
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org), ways to sustain natural resources will be explored.  The Litter Patrol treats Auntie Litter to a birthday party complete with presents wrapped in recycled and reusable paper.  Auntie Litter is especially proud of one present--a canvas tote bag she can use instead of plastic or paper grocery bags.  This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series.


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Subject: Science (1 - 3)
Title: Conserve It to Preserve It
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (http://www.auntielitter.org/), conservation and describing ways to sustain natural resources will be explored.  Students will also recycle a paper plate to create a picture frame.  This lesson is one from the "Take Pride Statewide" series.  *Lesson provided by Julie Danley and Pam Walston.


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Subject: Science (1 - 3)
Title: Recycle to Renew
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org), recycling and ways to use recycled items will be explored. Students will also recycle a bottle to create a piggy bank.  This lesson is one from the "Take Pride Statewide" series. *Lesson provided by Julie Danley and Pam Walston.


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Subject: Science (1 - 3), or Social Studies (1)
Title: Team Up to Clean Up
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org), ways and items to recycle will be explored.  Students will also decorate a recycle team badge.  This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series.  *Lesson provided by Julie Danley and Pam Walston. 


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Subject: Science (1 - 3), or Social Studies (1)
Title: Water You Doing to Help?
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org), conservation of water resources will be explored. This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series.   *Lesson provided by Julie Danley and Pam Walston.


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Subject: Science (1 - 3), or Social Studies (1)
Title: Take Pride in America--Auntie Litter Needs You! 
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org)in celebration of Earth Day, the meaning of Earth Day will be explored. Students will also learn the words to a song honoring our planet.  This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series. *Lesson provided by Julie Danley and Pam Walston.


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Subject: Science (1 - 3), or Social Studies (1)
Title: Protect Our Planet Piece By Piece
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org), food webs and their significance will be explored. This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series.   *Lesson provided by Julie Danley and Pam Walston.


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Subject: Science (3)
Title: Picture a Perfect Environment
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org), recycling aluminum cans will be explored. Students will also create a set of stilts made from cans.  This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series. *Lesson provided by Julie Danley and Pam Walston.


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Subject: Science (1 - 3), or Social Studies (1)
Title: Earth:  We're In It Together!
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org), conservation and describing ways to protect the Earth will be explored. Students will also create a mural of ways to protect our planet.  This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series. *Lesson provided by Julie Danley and Pam Walston.


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Subject: Science (3 - 4)
Title: Recycle to Renew
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org), renewable resources, such as trees, will be explored. This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series.   *This lesson is provided by Julie Danley, Pam Walston, and Pat Mitchell.


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Subject: Science (3)
Title: Take Pride in America--Auntie Litter Needs You!
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org), Earth Day will be explored. This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series.   *This lesson is provided by Julie Danley, Pam Walston, and Pat Mitchell.


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Subject: Science (3 - 5)
Title: Team Up to Clean Up
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org), litter and litter removal will be explored. This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series. *This lesson is provided by Julie Danley, Pam Walston, and Pat Mitchell.


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Subject: Science (3 - 5)
Title: Water You Doing To Help?
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org), water pollution will be explored. This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series. *This lesson is provided by Julie Danley, Pam Walston, and Pat Mitchell.


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Subject: Science (3)
Title: Good Litter, Bad Litter
Description: In this lesson from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", (www.auntielitter.org), the effects of littering will be explored.  Auntie Litter and the Patrol team investigate an important way we can unite to make a cleaner Earth--by not littering.  This lesson is one from the “Take Pride Statewide” series.


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Subject: Mathematics (3 - 4), or Science (3 - 5)
Title: Sailing on the Wind
Description: This is a hands-on lesson that uses science and the steps of the Engineering Design Process to determine important properties in sail design materials and learn how to harness wind power. Students will learn that a problem can be solved in different ways using different materials, properties of materials change its effectiveness, conducting tests help determine versatility of materials, and that wind can be harnessed to do work. This lesson is adapted from Catching the Wind: Designing Windmills, Lesson 3: Testing Sail Designs (produced by the Museum of Boston for the Engaging Youth in Engineering program.) Visit http://www.mos.org/EiE for more information. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: English Language Arts (K - 2), or English Language Arts (K - 2), or Science (3 - 12)
Title: A Journey Through the Trees
Description: The teacher will discuss the importance of trees with the students. The teacher will provide photographs of various trees that grow in Russell Cave National Monument and the surrounding North Alabama area. The teacher will discuss significant features of each tree and pertinent ways to identify them. The collection may include: Dogwood, various Oak, Hickory, Pine, Maple, Cedar, Beech, Elm, and Birch trees. The teacher will take a nature walk with the students in order for each child to choose a tree and do a bark rub. The students will compare their art and write a journal entry in order to describe something they learned about their particular tree. This lesson plan is made possible through the ALEX and the U.S. National Park Service Partnership.


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Subject: Science (1 - 3), or Social Studies (K - 3)
Title: Tad the Tadpole
Description: Tad the Tadpole is designed to demonstrate how pollution in various areas affects wildlife in their native habitats. The lesson is designed to stress the importance of conservation for animals and their surrounding environment.  Upon conclusion of the lesson, the students will determine ways they could take care of the environment as opposed to further pollute. This lesson plan is made possible through the ALEX and the U.S. National Park Service Partnership.


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Subject: Science (1 - 3), or Social Studies (1 - 3)
Title: Fred the Fish - A Little River Trip
Description: Little River is home to 47 kinds of fish including the threatened "Blue Shiner" Cyprinella caerulea. These fish depend on the good water quality at Little River. This skit allows students to observe pollution's effects on a small scale and allows them to make choices affecting the environment.  This lesson plan is adapted from Chilton-Stringham, Patricia and Wolanin, Jan (1991). National Science Teachers Association, Karen K. Lind (Eds.) Water, Stones, and Fossil Bones (pp. 54-57). This lesson plan is made possible through the ALEX and the U.S. National Park Service Partnership.


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Subject: Science (K - 5)
Title: Little River Canyon's Carnivorous Green Pitcher Plants
Description: A digital slide program introduces the Green Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia oreophila) to the students.  Students use a model of the Green Pitcher Plant and plastic insects to role play. They will tell the story of habitat adaptation and interaction around the pitcher plant bog. Pitcher Plants and the animals in the neighborhood have lives interconnected to the environment. This lesson plan is made possible through the ALEX and the U.S. National Park Service Partnership.


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Subject: Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Waste Not, Want Not
Description: The students will take a look at the different items that they come in contact with everyday.  The students plan ways that they can reduce items that need to be recycled.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


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Subject: Arts Education (3), or English Language Arts (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Science (3)
Title: The Causes of Pollution
Description: In this lesson, the students will identify the types of pollution found in communities by viewing a video. After discussing the types of pollution, the students will discuss ways pollution can be controlled. Students will also explain why it is important to keep communities free of pollution by creating a poster.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Pollution in the Air and the Water Pollution Solution
Description: Students will conduct an experiment to see if there is more pollution in the air outside or inside the classroom. The effects and causes of pollution will be discussed. Students will also test different methods of purifying water and learn the health hazards of non-purified water. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Are We Finished With It Yet?
Description: This is an introductory lesson on sustaining natural resources. By examining simple objects, students will become aware of the need to recycle, reuse, and conserve. They will explore ways to sustain natural resources.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: English Language Arts (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Science (3)
Title: Muddy Water!!
Description: This is an introductory lesson which will help students realize how people use water and impact water pollution. The students will first observe a clean (or sterile) environment. They will be lead to discover the impact water pollution plays upon our Earth.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Science (3), or Social Studies (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Earth's Changing Surface
Description: During this unit, students will identify the various landforms found on the earth's surface. Also, students will describe how these landforms are created and changed by the natural forces within the earth and on its surface, as well as the unnatural impact of humans. Finally, students will create a slide presentation to display this information.


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Subject: Science (3)
Title: Closing the Loop on Recycling
Description: We buy goods that can be recycled. We recycle. We buy goods made from recyables. This closes the recycling loop. This lesson investigates all of the steps in the process.


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Subject: Science (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: A Water Dilemma - Mapping Dragonfly Pond
Description: This is a hands-on, technology rich lesson involving wetlands and the effects humans and human development have on these precious ecosystems. This is a follow-up lesson to a wetlands introduction and discussion.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Arts - Visual Arts - Science - Earth science - Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Can We Keep the Lake Clean?     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson introduces students to the water cycle by having them help draw a picture of a lake ecosystem, adding human impacts that affect water quality. Students conclude by creating their own illustrations of human-induced changes to a lake ecosystem.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science
Title: Recycled Materials     
Description: In this lesson, from Science NetLinks, students are introduced to the idea that some materials can be recycled. They investigate the types of materials that can be reused, as well as potential uses for each type of recyclable material.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science, Social Studies
Title: Global Breakfast     
Description: The purpose of this Science NetLinks lesson is to look for evidence of global interdependence in the foods that we eat. Students recognize the fact that many of the foods that they eat, and the ingredients that go into making them, are produced in other countries. They speculate about why certain foods are produced in different regions of the world, and what might happen if the production and/or distribution of these goods was to stop.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Current Events/Issues - Social Studies - Economics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Your Town in the Past, Present, and Future     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson illustrates one way that the study of geography can be applied to planning for the future. Students research an environmental issue that affects their town or region, draw pictures assuming two possible outcomes for the problem in fifty years (one negative and one positive), and create a plan to educate the community about this issue.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Title: Gardening for Kids
Digital Tool: Solids, Liquids, and Gases
Digital Tool Description: This digital tool is an interactive game where students will answer questions which will reinforce concepts about sustainable natural resources, conserving energy, and recycling. Students will successfully grow a garden from answering all questions correctly.


ALEX Podcasts


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Overcoming Pollution
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A brief summary of the causes of pollution and tips on how we can prevent it.


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Good Litter, Bad Litter
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In this podcast from The Friends of Auntie Litter", the Pollution Patrol investigates an important way we can unite to make a cleaner Earth--by not littering.  They visit The Grunge, who lives in a trash-filled world, and they find out the difference between good litter and bad litter.  If bad litter isn't disposed of properly, it can damage plants and animals.  Can you imagine a world without plants?  A student quickly finds out that, without plants, people wouldn't have anything to eat!


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Little Changes
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In this clip from "The Friends of Auntie Litter,", the Pollution Patrol sings a beautiful song about keeping the world clean and how little it takes to make a big difference.  The words to the song are included on the video.  This video is one from the Take Pride Statewide series.


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Earth, We're In It Together!
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In this clip from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", the Pollution Patrol sings a song reminding us to protect our land, air, and water.  We each have to do our part to protect the Earth.  The words to the song are included in the video.  This video is one from the Take Pride Statewide series.


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Recycle Rap
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In this clip from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", the Pollution Patrol sings a rap that teaches the three R's of recycling: Reuse, Reduce Waste, Recycle!  Words are included on the video.  This video is one from the Take Pride Statewide series.


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Reuse, Reduce Waste, Recycle
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In this podcast from The Friends of Auntie Litter", the Patrol treats Auntie Litter to a birthday party complete with presents wrapped in recycled and reusable paper.  Another visit from The Grunge shows how he often reuses things, but his ideas are much different than nature's.  Then Mario the Magician makes a surprise appearance for his magical recycling act.  A visit to a plastics recycling plant shows recycling in action.  Finally, Auntie and the Patrol perform a rap song to make their point loud and clear.


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Oil Spill Science- Introduction
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An introduction to a series of podcasts on teaching about the 2010 Gulf Coast Oil Spill.


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Oil Spill Science- Clean up Activities
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Activities to teach about the clean up efforts following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf Coast.


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Oil Spill Science- How Oil Forms
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A podcast that discusses how oil forms in relationship to the Gulf Oil Spill.


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Oil Spill Science- Oil Spills in Perspective
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A discussion that attempts to place the Deepwater Horizon oil spill into perspective.


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Pitcher Plant Little River Canyon National Preserve
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This podcast tells about the green pitcher plant. It is an endangered carnivorous plant located sparsely throughout the United States. It includes pictures, an explanation of what it eats, its location, and what to do if you find one.


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Water Pollution
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For this activity, stream table models are utilized. Students introduce pollutants into the sediment in the stream table. Then they introduce water into the stream table and observe the sediment and “downstream” waterway.This demonstration shows how ground pollution and upstream water pollution can be carried downstream to other bodies of water and land. The “ground” in the stream table model has been polluted with green food coloring (before the water is added). As the water passes over the polluted area, the pollution contaminates the stream, surrounding land and the larger body of water at the end of the steam. After polluted water has entered into larger bodies of water (seas, gulfs and oceans), it can be spread to other areas by the Coriolis effect. The Coriolis effect is caused by the rotation of the Earth. The effect deflects objects moving along the surface of the Earth to the right in the Northern hemisphere and to the left in the Southern hemisphere. The resulting movements can cause pollution to spread far beyond its source and affect other parts of the world.


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Acid Rain
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In this activity, the effects that varying pH levels have on plants are tested as a way to see the importance of clean, fresh water to living things. This activity will also demonstrate that water pollution is not just a local issue, but rather a global issue. Explanation: Acid rain is a prime example of how activities in one area can have a serious effect on conditions of a global scale. Acid rain primarily results from the transformation of industrial pollutants such as sulphur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides into other compounds such as sulphuric acid (H2SO4), and nitric acid (HNO3). This transformation occurs as these pollutants are transported in the atmosphere over distances of hundreds to thousands of kilometers. For example, sulfur dioxide emissions from industrial processes and the burning of fossil fuels have resulted in extensive acid rain and accompanying water pollution problems in southeastern Canada and the northeastern US. These emissions have global implications: more than half of the acid deposition in eastern Canada originates from emissions in the United States. Even slight changes in the pH of lakes and rivers can cause the loss of fish and invertebrates which are important links in the food chain. Acid rain is also responsible for extensive loss of forest cover in that region.


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Planet H2O- Bottled - vs- Tap: Which Tastes Better?
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“Bottled water is a $50 billion-a-year industry worldwide, and people in the United States consume more bottled water than people in any other country. How is it different from what comes out of our taps? Is it really tastier, fresher and healthier – or is that just the advertising hype? The quality of tap water varies depending on where you live, and you can check on the EPA’s Web site to find out if your community’s water meets national standards. For most of us in the United States, tap versus bottled water is a personal choice.”


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The Rainforest Alliance
http://www.rainfores...
The Rainforest Alliance helps people of all ages to understand the role that each one of us plays in biodiversity conservation. These pages provide kids and teachers with the information they need to understand fundamental environmental issues in order to help protect our planet. We invite you to use these education resources and join our efforts in connecting children to conservation.

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Let's Have Some R & R: Recycle and Reuse
http://www.scienceki...
This lesson plan will teach kids about the importance of recycling. Try some fun recycling activities as children learn some important concepts along the way.

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The Rainforest Alliance
http://www.rainfores...
The Rainforest Alliance helps people of all ages to understand the role that each one of us plays in biodiversity conservation. These pages provide kids and teachers with the information they need to understand fundamental environmental issues in order to help protect our planet. We invite you to use these education resources and join our efforts in connecting children to conservation.

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What Do You Mean?
http://kids.niehs.ni...
This website offers explanations for what waste is, how we should handle it, and what effect it has on our environment.

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Let's Have Some R & R: Recycle and Reuse
http://www.scienceki...
This lesson plan will teach kids about the importance of recycling. Try some fun recycling activities as children learn some important concepts along the way.

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The Rainforest Alliance
http://www.rainfores...
The Rainforest Alliance helps people of all ages to understand the role that each one of us plays in biodiversity conservation. These pages provide kids and teachers with the information they need to understand fundamental environmental issues in order to help protect our planet. We invite you to use these education resources and join our efforts in connecting children to conservation.

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