This lesson is called “Rachel Carson: Scientist and Writer Who Sparked the Environmental Movement.” It describes the life and career of Rachel Carson who watched as more and more chemicals were developed. It didn’t seem to her that anyone was thinking of the consequences. Useful insects as well as harmful ones were destroyed.Plus harmful chemicals accumulated in the soil, water and in the animals. Rachel Carson saw the danger and then issued a warning. The warning came in her book Silent Spring. In my lesson I explain the significance of the book’s title I also tell how Rachel came to love nature her science-related jobs, and the impact of her writing, especially Silent Spring.
After reading two pages of information, students answer twenty questions divided into three sets. With the first five sentences, students put X's on the ones that are true about Rachel Carson. In the next set of five questions, they sequence the events. The final set of questions are ten multiple choice ones. Together all the questions promote vocabulary building and various reading comprehension skills. Vocabulary taught and tested includes natural resources, conservation, ecology, biology, marine biology, zoology, banned, pesticides, consequences, issued, posthumously, The multiple meanings of the word spring are also explained. Reading comprehension skills include: making inferences, identifying correct sequences, relating causes to effects, determining main ideas, recognizing character traits, and locating details. You also get two public domain photos of Rachel Carson. One is of her on a U.S. Postage Stamp. The sixth page is the answer key.
This lesson will work well in reading or science class. It can also be used for a quiz or a test, or in a literacy center or as a great resource for either Women’s History Month or on Earth Day.