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ALEX Lesson Plans  
   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] (0) 6 :
6 ) Identify and plan possible solutions (e.g., reducing, reusing, recycling) to lessen the human impact on the local environment.*

[ELA2015] (0) 38 :
38 ) Begin to demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing. [L.K.2]

a. Capitalize the first word in a sentence and the pronoun I. [L.K.2a]

b. Recognize and name end punctuation. [L.K.2b]

c. Write a letter or letters for most consonant and short-vowel sounds (phonemes). [L.K.2c]

d. Spell simple words phonetically, drawing on knowledge of sound-letter relationships. [L.K.2d]

Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Science (K)
Title: Lesson 2: Informational Writing: How to Lessen Human Impact on the Environment
Description:

This lesson may be taught as part of the Unit Plan - Solutions to Lessen Human Impact on the Environment. In this lesson, the solutions to lessen the human impact on the environment will be explored. Students will communicate their plan during journal writing by producing an informational writing piece that uses the conventions of Standard English such as capitalization and punctuation. At the end of the lesson, the students will peer edit their writing using the provided writing anchor chart.

This unit was created as part of the ALEX Interdisciplinary Resource Development Summit.




   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] (0) 6 :
6 ) Identify and plan possible solutions (e.g., reducing, reusing, recycling) to lessen the human impact on the local environment.*

[ELA2015] (0) 25 :
25 ) Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative or explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic. [W.K.2]

[ELA2015] (0) 31 :
31 ) Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about kindergarten topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups. [SL.K.1]

a. Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others and taking turns speaking about the topics and texts under discussion). [SL.K.1a]

b. Continue a conversation through multiple exchanges. [SL.K.1b]

[MA2019] (0) 16 :
16. Identify and describe measurable attributes (length, weight, height) of a single object using vocabulary such as long/short, heavy/light, or tall/short.
[MA2019] (0) 15 :
15. Classify objects into given categories of 10 or fewer; count the number of objects in each category and sort the categories by count.

a. Categorize data on Venn diagrams, pictographs, and "yes-no" charts using real objects, symbolic representations, or pictorial representations.
[MA2019] (0) 4 :
4. Connect counting to cardinality using a variety of concrete objects.

a. Say the number names in consecutive order when counting objects.

b. Indicate that the last number name said tells the number of objects counted in a set.

c. Indicate that the number of objects in a set is the same regardless of their arrangement or the order in which they were counted.

d. Explain that each successive number name refers to a quantity that is one larger.
Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Mathematics (K), or Science (K)
Title: Lesson 3: Recycle, Recycle, Recycle
Description:

This lesson may be taught as part of the Unit Plan - Solutions to Lessen Human Impact on the EnvironmentIn this lesson, students will participate in creating a recycle drive for a classroom project. Students will create the notification for parents for the recycle drive to help collect items to be recycled. Students will decide by voting on which items they will recycle. Students will bring recyclable items to the classroom for the project. Recyclable materials will be sorted, weighed, and graphed to compare the different items.

This unit was created as part of the ALEX Interdisciplinary Resource Development Summit.




   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] (0) 6 :
6 ) Identify and plan possible solutions (e.g., reducing, reusing, recycling) to lessen the human impact on the local environment.*

[ELA2015] (0) 1 :
1 ) With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text. [RL.K.1]

a. Make predictions to determine main idea and anticipate an ending. (Alabama)

[ELA2015] (0) 2 :
2 ) With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details. [RL.K.2]

Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Science (K)
Title: Lesson 4: Recycling Product Lesson
Description:

This lesson may be taught as part of the Unit Plan - Solutions to Lessen Human Impact on the EnvironmentThis lesson will culminate the lessons on recycling that have been previously taught. Students will work collaboratively in groups to discuss texts and factual information they have learned from previous lessons taught on recycling. The students will make a poster or brochure to share with the class. The shared portion of the lesson will be videoed so that the students can share with parents, other family members, and the local city council members.

This unit was created as part of the ALEX Interdisciplinary Resource Development.




   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] (0) 6 :
6 ) Identify and plan possible solutions (e.g., reducing, reusing, recycling) to lessen the human impact on the local environment.*

[ELA2015] (0) 31 :
31 ) Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about kindergarten topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups. [SL.K.1]

a. Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others and taking turns speaking about the topics and texts under discussion). [SL.K.1a]

b. Continue a conversation through multiple exchanges. [SL.K.1b]

[ELA2015] (0) 9 :
9 ) Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding. [RL.K.10]

Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Science (K)
Title: Lesson 1: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Description:

This lesson may be taught as part of the Unit Plan - Solutions to Lessen Human Impact on the Environment.  In this lesson, students will explore solutions that would lessen the human impact on the environment. After reading

students will discuss ways they can help their environment through the 3R's (reduce, reuse, recycle). Students will create a reduce, reuse, recycle chart from their discussion.  

This unit was created as part of the ALEX Interdisciplinary Resource Development.




ALEX Unit Plans  
   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] (0) 6 :
6 ) Identify and plan possible solutions (e.g., reducing, reusing, recycling) to lessen the human impact on the local environment.*

[ELA2015] (0) 9 :
9 ) Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding. [RL.K.10]

[ELA2015] (0) 1 :
1 ) With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text. [RL.K.1]

a. Make predictions to determine main idea and anticipate an ending. (Alabama)

[MA2019] (0) 16 :
16. Identify and describe measurable attributes (length, weight, height) of a single object using vocabulary such as long/short, heavy/light, or tall/short.
[ELA2015] (0) 31 :
31 ) Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about kindergarten topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups. [SL.K.1]

a. Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others and taking turns speaking about the topics and texts under discussion). [SL.K.1a]

b. Continue a conversation through multiple exchanges. [SL.K.1b]

[MA2019] (0) 16 :
16. Identify and describe measurable attributes (length, weight, height) of a single object using vocabulary such as long/short, heavy/light, or tall/short.
[ELA2015] (0) 38 :
38 ) Begin to demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing. [L.K.2]

a. Capitalize the first word in a sentence and the pronoun I. [L.K.2a]

b. Recognize and name end punctuation. [L.K.2b]

c. Write a letter or letters for most consonant and short-vowel sounds (phonemes). [L.K.2c]

d. Spell simple words phonetically, drawing on knowledge of sound-letter relationships. [L.K.2d]


Title: Solutions to Lessen Human Impact on the Environment
Unit Plan Overview: The unit will investigate the human impact on the environment. During the investigation, the students will identify the possible solutions to lessen the human impact on the local environment, plan possible solutions to lessen the human impact on the local environment, and identify potential human impacts on the local environment. This will be implemented through an introduction lesson with a guest speaker, an informational writing piece, a classroom recycle project, and a summative group video where students present solutions to lessen human impact on the local environment. This unit was created as part of the ALEX Interdisciplinary Resource Development Summit.



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ALEX Learning Activities  
   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] (0) 6 :
6 ) Identify and plan possible solutions (e.g., reducing, reusing, recycling) to lessen the human impact on the local environment.*

[ARTS] VISA (0) 1 :
1) Engage in self-directed exploration and imaginative play with art materials.

a. Use motor skills to create two-dimensional art.

Examples: Finger painting, watercolors, paper collage, and rubbings.

b. Use motor skills to create three-dimensional art.

Examples: Rolling, folding, cutting, molding, pinching and pulling clay.

Subject: Science (K), Arts Education (K)
Title: How Can You Reduce Your Impact on the Environment?
Description:

Students will use what they have learned about recycling and reusing to complete this STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) activity. Students will use recycled items to create something new.   

This activity was created as a result of the Arts COS Resource Development Summit.




ALEX Learning Activities: 1

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ALEX Classroom Resources  
   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] (0) 6 :
6 ) Identify and plan possible solutions (e.g., reducing, reusing, recycling) to lessen the human impact on the local environment.*

[SC2015] (5) 16 :
16 ) Collect and organize scientific ideas that individuals and communities can use to protect Earth's natural resources and its environment (e.g., terracing land to prevent soil erosion, utilizing no-till farming to improve soil fertility, regulating emissions from factories and automobiles to reduce air pollution, recycling to reduce overuse of landfill areas).

Subject: Science (K - 5)
Title: Waste Not, Want Not - Martha Speaks
URL: https://aptv.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/msts14.ela.wastewant/waste-not-want-not/
Description:

In this Martha Speaks interactive story, students explore the benefits of sorting waste in order to help the environment. Students learn about how recycling and composting work. When used as a part of Martha’s True Stories Buddies Program, buddy pairs engage with the interactive story, then talk and write as they create their own Earth Pledge about how they will help protect the earth. To familiarize yourself with the program, begin by reading the Martha's True Stories Buddies Program: Overview.



   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] (0) 6 :
6 ) Identify and plan possible solutions (e.g., reducing, reusing, recycling) to lessen the human impact on the local environment.*

Subject: Science (K)
Title: Litterbug Clean Up
URL: https://aptv.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/litterbug-clean-up-digital-lesson/elinor-wonders-why/
Description:

In this interactive Nearpod lesson, children will learn about the environment by going outdoors and picking up litter.

This digital lesson is delivered via Nearpod, a free, K-12 student engagement platform. Use these materials for virtual or in-person instruction, or share these resources directly with students and families to support learning at home.

NOTE: Teaching this digital lesson requires a free Nearpod account, but no account or student information is required for students to use Nearpod.



   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] (0) 6 :
6 ) Identify and plan possible solutions (e.g., reducing, reusing, recycling) to lessen the human impact on the local environment.*

Subject: Science (K)
Title: Kids Go Green: Waste Less
URL: https://aptv.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/ee18-sci-greentm/kids-go-green-waste-less/
Description:

Learn about kids who are helping the environment by reducing waste in their school. This Cyberchase-presented video features P.S. 110's Green Team who is helping their school recycle and compost more. P.S. 110 is a Greenpoint Eco-School, a local variation of a national Eco-Schools USA program for grades PreK–12 that combines the effective green management of school grounds, facilities, and curriculum to empower today’s students for a sustainable tomorrow. Refer to the accompanying discussion questions and teaching tips for ideas on using this video to help students consider ways to reduce waste and help the environment.

For more environmental education resources, visit the Human Impact on the Environment collection.



   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] (0) 2 :
2 ) Use observations and data from investigations to determine if a design solution (e.g., designing a ramp to increase the speed of an object in order to move a stationary object) solves the problem of using force to change the speed or direction of an object.*

[SC2015] (0) 6 :
6 ) Identify and plan possible solutions (e.g., reducing, reusing, recycling) to lessen the human impact on the local environment.*

Subject: Science (K)
Title: Curious George: Sail a Boat
URL: https://aptv.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/cg8.sci.lpsailboat/curious-george-sail-a-boat-lesson-plan/
Description:

Children explore reusing and recycling materials, and wind power, in this lesson plan featuring hands-on activities and a video excerpt from Curious George. They begin by watching a video in which Curious George gathers trash to help clean up the city streets and discovers that he can create something special with his found treasures. Children then use recycled materials to build toy boats that can sail. They discuss ways to make objects move with wind, then use child-generated wind power to move their boats in water. They conclude by sharing their boats with each other and brainstorming other ways in which they could recycle materials in the classroom.

This lesson is part of the Curious George STEM Collection.



   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] (0) 6 :
6 ) Identify and plan possible solutions (e.g., reducing, reusing, recycling) to lessen the human impact on the local environment.*

Subject: Science (K)
Title: Waste Not, Want Not: Martha Speaks | PBS KIDS Lab
URL: https://aptv.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/msts14.ela.wastewant/waste-not-want-not/
Description:

In this Martha Speaks interactive story, students explore the benefits of sorting waste in order to help the environment. Students learn about how recycling and composting work. When used as a part of Martha’s True Stories Buddies Program, buddy pairs engage with the interactive story, then talk and write as they create their own Earth Pledge about how they will help protect the earth. To familiarize yourself with the program, begin by reading the Martha's True Stories Buddies Program: Overview.



   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] (0) 6 :
6 ) Identify and plan possible solutions (e.g., reducing, reusing, recycling) to lessen the human impact on the local environment.*

Subject: Science (K)
Title: A Tale of Two Soup Cans: Martha Speaks | PBS KIDS Lab
URL: https://aptv.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/msts14.ela.twosoup/a-tale-of-two-soup-cans/
Description:

In this Martha Speaks interactive story, students learn how the choices we make about our trash have different consequences for our environment. A discarded soup can can end up in a landfill, whereas a reused or recycled can could become something new. When used as a part of Martha’s True Stories Buddies Program, buddy pairs engage with the interactive story, then create an Advice Column that offers ways to reuse, repurpose, or compost old things. To familiarize yourself with the program, begin by reading the Martha's True Stories Buddies Program: Overview.



   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] (0) 6 :
6 ) Identify and plan possible solutions (e.g., reducing, reusing, recycling) to lessen the human impact on the local environment.*

Subject: Science (K)
Title: How People Affect Ocean Animals and Plants
URL: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/activity/how-people-affect-ocean-animals-and-plants/
Description:

In this activity, students brainstorm how people living along coasts harm ocean animals and plants. Then they analyze specific examples.



   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] (0) 6 :
6 ) Identify and plan possible solutions (e.g., reducing, reusing, recycling) to lessen the human impact on the local environment.*

Subject: Science (K)
Title: Healthy Beaches
URL: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/activity/healthy-beaches/
Description:

In this activity, students describe their experiences with beaches, compare and contrast photographs of beaches, and brainstorm how humans living near the ocean affect ocean plants and animals.



   View Standards     Standard(s): [ELA2015] (0) 8 :
8 ) With prompting and support, compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in familiar stories. [RL.K.9]

[ELA2015] (0) 31 :
31 ) Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about kindergarten topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups. [SL.K.1]

a. Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others and taking turns speaking about the topics and texts under discussion). [SL.K.1a]

b. Continue a conversation through multiple exchanges. [SL.K.1b]

[ELA2015] (2) 3 :
3 ) Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges. [RL.2.3]

[ELA2015] (2) 12 :
12 ) Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text. [RI.2.3]

[ELA2015] (2) 29 :
29 ) Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about Grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups. [SL.2.1]

a. Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., gaining the floor in respectful ways, listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion). [SL.2.1a]

b. Build on others' talk in conversations by linking their comments to the remarks of others. [SL.2.1b]

c. Ask for clarification and further explanation as needed about the topics and texts under discussion. [SL.2.1c]

[SC2015] (0) 6 :
6 ) Identify and plan possible solutions (e.g., reducing, reusing, recycling) to lessen the human impact on the local environment.*

[SC2015] (2) 2 :
2 ) Collect and evaluate data to determine appropriate uses of materials based on their properties (e.g., strength, flexibility, hardness, texture, absorbency).*

Subject: English Language Arts (K - 2), Science (K - 2)
Title: Materials 2: Recycled Materials
URL: http://sciencenetlinks.com/lessons/materials-2-recycled-materials/
Description:

This lesson is the second of a two-part series on the properties and uses of different materials. It can be a continuation of the study of materials from the first lesson Materials 1: Materials and Manufacturing, or it can be a stand-alone lesson on recycling. In this lesson, students are introduced to the idea that some materials can be recycled. They will investigate the types of materials that can be reused, as well as potential uses for each type of recyclable material. Students will refer back to the story of The Three Little Pigs and discuss what happens after the story ends. They will discuss what the pigs will do with the mess that is left behind when the houses were blown down.



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