Why is the Pond Green?
Illinois EPA partnered with the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s Office for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education (MSTE) to create a new science curriculum unit for fifth and sixth grade educators: Why is the Pond Green? The unit focuses on surface water and algae. The entire curriculum is free and available online to teachers and parents.
Why is the Pond Green? will help students investigate the algal blooms and the greater environmental impact. It follows a storyline model that is driven by student questions. The unit is aligned to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for formal classroom use. It is also suitable for informal use.
The Agency and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign are creating a second fifth and sixth grade curriculum unit focused on food waste reduction. The food waste unit is expected to be available in Spring 2020 and will also conform to the NGSS.
The new curricula are an update to the Agency’s existing curriculum Environmental Pathways: Youth Investigating Pollution Issues in Illinois, found below.
Youth Investigating Pollution Issues in Illinois
The Illinois EPA offers our fifth-sixth grade teacher’s guide to the environment, Environmental Pathways – Youth Investigating Pollution Issues in Illinois. This guide meets the criteria of the North American Association for Environmental Education’s Environmental Education Materials: Guidelines for Excellence and is correlated with the Illinois Leaning Standards.
The packet is designed to develop critical thinking skills, encourage students to think constructively about environmental issues and to make informed decisions about our natural resources.
This guide will be a valuable tool as you develop your environmental curriculum.
If you plan to use our Environmental Pathways curricula Why is the Pond Green? or Youth Investigating Pollution Issues in Illinois in your classroom this year, be sure to participate in the
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