This is an 1100+ slide PowerPoint presentation on the Environment / Environmental Studies with built-in class notes (red slides), challenge questions with answers, built-in activities / projects, video links, four page homework sheet, modified version, lesson notes, project info, and 117 slide end of the lesson PowerPoint Review game with answer and template.
Note to Buyer: This unit paints a clear message that the environment and its life sustaining systems are in a state of peril. It will also describe that our current relationship with the environment is out of balance. The unit will highlight a number of environmental problems, provide solutions / alternatives, challenge current systems, and discuss the importance of achieving sustainable systems. Everything arrives editable. Please read the description below.
This unit focuses on key themes in environmental studies. This lesson bundle begins discussing how matter can be recycled but energy cannot. The Law Conservation of Matter is then described and student volunteers head up to the board for some step by step readings about the topic. The idea that most of our products go from cradle to grave is described. A neat class activity has the students find an item and then trace the energy and raw materials required to extract, transport, manufacture and deliver the item to the students. Students create mini posters to describe the whole process. Environmental Studies is then described (red slides = important notes). Some environmental case studies are described (hydraulic fracturing, Love Canal, Pincher Oaklahoma, Coltan in the Congo). Tragedy of the Commons is then addressed. The teacher gets the class together on the floor and then without instructions drops candy in the middle. A few grab most of the resource. This activity moves into the tragedy of the commons and the takers of the common resource are highlighted. Lots of discussion will emerge. The lesson moves into the essential question if greed is good? Resource Allocation is described. Over consumption is addressed throughout as are electricity vampires. The 4 R's are addressed and some wasteful packaging highlighted. A neat project has your students showcase wasteful packaging or the creative reuse of an existing product. Frugality and strategies of frugality are then described. Human Population growth is then addressed as is carrying capacity. Some nice video links are provided. Students then see the expanse of cities and urbanization (East Coat Megaopolis). This leads into a neat project that has your students design a sustainable home. All of the requirements to the project are provided in the slideshow and handouts. I have the students use Google Sketch-up which most will enjoy. Solar passive design as well as other renewable forms of energy go into the design. The 11th hour is mentioned and teacher can purchase or visit the link to watch using the internet (Optional but recommended). The Lesson ends discussing renewable forms of energy in a step by step approach. This is a very powerful and discussion creating lesson bundle that covers much more than described above. If you are looking for a lesson with waffles, this is not it.
Also included... is a waffle free Climate Change / Global Warming Lesson Bundle. Please read the description below.
This PowerPoint begins with a saddened student in the hall and a report card. The issue of why care about climate change is addressed as adolescents have so much else to worry about. Slides then address that climate change will impact everybody's lives. A step by step sequence of slides (I try to only have one focus point per slide) shows how climate change deals with the cryosphere, the oceans, the land, and the atmosphere. Branches of science that are also involved in the study of climate change are addressed. A definition of anthropogenic (human created) climate change is provided. Reference to how climate change has to do with the Carbon atom is shown. A link to Part I of a five part series about Carbon Todd "It's all about carbon" is provided. This is a really good segment about global warming. Each part is about 3.5 minutes and I break up the whole video into segments spread throughout the PowerPoint. Carbon reservoirs are pointed out in a series of slides. Natural and unnatural sources of greenhouse gases and factors that can control climate change are described with supportive images. Some history associated with the human species and fuel use from our origins until now is shown. Fossil fuels are addressed as is carbon (borrowed light) from millions of years ago locked underground. Part II of the Carbon Todd Link is provided. The Earth's natural carbon cycling is addressed. A series of challenge slides help students review photosynthesis and cellular respiration. Differences in hemispheres (land masses) and seasonally variations in global CO2 is described. A link for Part III of the Carbon Todd "It's all about Carbon" is provided. Another link to a website that has students calculate their carbon footprint / how many Earth's would the world need if everyone on the planet lived like you is provided. The Greenhouse Effect is then described in a series of slides. A few challenge based activities have students demonstrate an understanding and then a demonstration is provided where the teacher places two bottles in the light, one is covered, the other is not. Temperature differences are recorded. A Link to Part IV and V of the Carbon Todd Series is provided. Next, students create three cartoon characters of three guest speakers from an NPR radio broadcast (link provided). They then listen to the interviews and record information about the speakers next to the cartoon character. (The interviews are really neat) Lot's of graphs and step by step visuals show increasing carbon dioxide levels and are followed by temperature. Images of Ice Caps then and now are shown. The big negative impacts of climate change are described in a series of slides including sea-level rise. This section of the PowerPoint covers a lot. A link is provided to listen to the opposition for a bit. (An interesting segment listening to the founder of the Weather Channel) A really neat activity looks at who do we blame. Teacher brings in a cake, passes out note cards with countries names on them (PowerPoint includes directions). The PowerPoint then describes how much of a cake (The Climate Change Problem) they are responsible for. The Unites States only has one card, and gets a large slice of the cake. Asia gets the largest slice of the cake, but is shared by many etc. A final message about picking two lottery tickets plays out the future and has the students choose some future scenarios. A link to "An Inconvenient Truth" is provided. A hidden box games concludes the PowerPoint where Carbon Todd is revealed after each slide removes parts of the boxes hiding him. Students try and guess the picture as boxes are being removed. This is a really neat PowerPoint that dives deep into Climate Change but is not overwhelming. This PowerPoint does describe other factors that may control climate other than human emissions but is clear in its message that enhanced climate change is a real and serious issue.
Some Areas of focus in this PowerPoint include: Thermodynamics, Industrial Processes, Environmental Studies, The 4 R's, Sustainability, Human Population Growth, Carrying Capacity, Green Design, Renewable Forms of Energy, Greenhouse Effect, Climate Change, and much more.
This PowerPoint includes critical notes (Red Slides), exciting visuals, challenge questions, activities with directions and more. Text is usually placed at the top of the slide so it can be read from all angles of a classroom. Color coded slides, as well as a shade technique to increase student focus and allows the teacher to control the pace of the lesson. These PowerPoints are meant to be interactive as possible and ask many questions, provides built-in review opportunities, explains directions to activities, and much more. Transition effects are rarely used.
Please visit my other posting on TpT called The Matter, Energy, and the Environment Unit which includes this PowerPoint within the 3500+ slide PowerPoint roadmap, 14 page bundled homework / assessment, 8 page modified assessment, detailed answer keys, and 20 pages of unit notes for students who may require assistance that chronologically follow the PowerPoint slideshow. The answer keys and unit notes are great for support professionals. This larger file also includes three PowerPoint review games (110+ slides each with Answers), 29 videos, lab handouts, activity sheets, rubrics, materials list, templates, guides, and much more. Everything arrives in editable format and can be modified to fit any curriculum or time requirement.
Matter, Energy and the Environment Unit (3,500 Slides) on TpT
Matter, Energy, and the Environment Unit
This unit includes all of the lessons below in one organized folder....
-Matter, Energy and the Environment Homework, Lesson Notes, Answer Keys, and PowerPoint Freebies
-Matter, States of Matter, Phase Change, Physical Change, Chemical Change (500 Slides, HW, Notes, and more)
-Matter and Phase Change PowerPoint Review Game
-Gases, Gas Laws, and Much More (394 Slides, HW, Notes and more)
Viscosity Olympics Lesson
-Forms of Energy Lesson (400 Slides, HW, Notes, and more)
-Heat Transfer Lesson, Convection, Conduction, and Radiation Lesson
-Electricity and Magnetism Lesson (540 Slides, HW, Notes and more)
-The Electromagnetic Spectrum, Particles, Waves, and more (900 Slides, HW, Notes, and more)
-Energy, EM Spectrum, Forms of Energy Review Game
-Matter and Energy Crossword Puzzle with Solution
-About the Environment Lesson (900 Slides, HW, Notes and much more)
-Environmental Studies Review Game a>
Entire 4 year Science Curriculum, 20 Full Units (50,000 Slides) HW, Notes, and much more
Areas of Focus within the Matter, Energy, and the Environment Unit.
Matter, Elements and Compounds, States of Matter, Solids, Liquids, Gases, Plasma, Law Conservation of Matter, Dark Matter, Physical Change, Chemical Change, Gas Laws, Charles Law, Avogadros Law, Ideal Gas Law, Pascals Law, Viscosity, Archimedes Principle, Buoyancy, Seven Forms of Energy, Nuclear Energy, Electromagnet Spectrum, Waves / Wavelengths, Light (Visible Light), Refraction, Diffraction, Lens, Convex / Concave, Radiation, Electricity, Lightning, Static Electricity, Magnetism, Coulomb's Law, Conductors, Insulators, Semi-conductors, AC and DC current, Amps, Watts, Resistance, Magnetism, Faradays Law, Compass, Relativity, Einstein, and E=MC2, Energy, First Law of Thermodynamics, Second Law of Thermodynamics,Third Law of Thermodynamics, Industrial Processes, Environmental Studies, The 4 Rs, Sustainability, Human Population Growth, Carrying Capacity, Green Design, Renewable Forms of Energy.
I also sell all 20 Middle-Level Science Units as a hard good on TpT and this is mailed on an 8GB USB drive ($20 Value) free shipping. This includes all 19 units (35,000 slides), in Life, Earth, and Physical Science for students in grades 5-10, This also includes 300+ pages of bundled homework / assessment that chronologically follows each unit, 200+ pages of modified assessments, 350+ pages of answer keys, 300+ pages of unit notes, 40+ PowerPoint review games (5000+ slides), hundreds of lab activities with questions and answers, hundreds of project ideas, 315 videos, hundreds of pages of handouts, First Day PowerPoint, Guidebook, and Four Year Curriculum Guide and classroom license.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. Best wishes.
Ryan Murphy M.Ed