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Programs > Environmental Programs > Environmental Education ToolKit
Grade 6 Environmental Education ToolKit
Standard 6.0 Environmental Science

Students will use scientific skills and processes to explain the interactions of environmental factors (living and non-living) and analyze their impact from a local to a global perspective.


A. Natural Resources and Human Needs

1. Recognize and compare how different parts of the world have varying amounts and types of natural resources and how the use of those resources impacts environmental quality.

1. Identify and describe natural resources as 
  • Land
  • Fossil Fuels     
  • Forests           
  • Water            
  • Wind              
  • Minerals          
  • Wildlife

2. Identify and describe the distribution of natural resources around the Earth.
3. Identify and describe how the natural change processes may be affected by human activities.

    • Agriculture                         
    • Beach Preservation               
    • Mining                                   
    • Development/construction      
    • Stream/river alteration

4. Identify and describe problems associated with obtaining, using, and distributing natural resources.

5. Identify possible solutions to problems associated with obtaining, using, and distributing natural resources.

B. Environmental Issues

1. Recognize and explain that human-caused changes have consequences for Maryland's environment as well as for other places and future times.

  1. Identify and describe a range of local issues that have an impact on people in other places.
     Chesapeake Bay Watershed Lesson Banks
    Ø BRIDGE - Lesson Banks & Resources
    Ø ChesSIE - Lesson Banks & Resources

  2. Recognize and describe how environmental change in one part of the world can have consequences for other parts of the world.  
      Ø MPT Thinkport Envirohealth Connections - Lesson Bank
      Ø EPA Air & Climate
        Topic Ideas: Invasive Species, Acid Rain, industrialization (air pollution,
                           ocean debris

    Consumption & Lifestyle 
     Ø SciNetLinks Working to Save Endangered Species

  3. Identify and describe that ecosystems can be impacted by human activities.

              Physics  6.3.2- Forms of energy
Lessons and Interactives from Shell Oil

              Social Studies: Geography; Economics
              Resource acquisition and use:  Ø Collapse I  - Why Civilizations Fall
                                                                              Ø Collapse 2: Interpreting Evidence

Ø  AMNH Going, Going, Gone... Biodiversity & Wildlife interactives   
Ø AMNH Global Grocery  Obtaining and distributing natural resources

Ø  U.S. Department of the Interior - The Ocean's Sand- A Natural Resource
                                                                                    Beach preservation

Ø AMNH Solutions - Interactive: Uneven distribution of world's population and resources; threats to biodiversity (deforestation, pollution, soil destruction, invasive species, overfishing, urbanization)

Ø  SciLinks Urban Ecosystems lessons:

  • Urban Ecosystems 1: Cities are Urban Ecosystems
  • Urban Ecosystems 2: Why Are There Cities? A Historical Perspective
  • Urban Ecosystems 3: Cities as Population Centers
  • Urban Ecosystems 4: Metabolism of Urban Ecosystems
  • Urban Ecosystems 5: In Defense of Cities

    Ø  FINDING COMMON GROUND  Six classroom modules
    (Smithsopnian Zoological Park) Students make informed decisions to conserve temperate forests in the United States and central China, habitat of the endangered giant panda.Through classroom activities, on-line simulations, and field investigations students learn about the important role temperate forests play in local and global ecosystems. Action steps culminate in a Class Conservation Action Plan.

    Ø MPT EnviroHealth Connections - Lesson Areas: Air & Atmosphere; Land, Soil &
                                                                                       Water; Food & Nutrition; Toxicology; Cancer

    Ø MPT EnviromysteriesBreaking the Mold   (mold and asthma)
     Water + ? = Trouble (water and disease)
                                                                   Inside Story- An Internet Investigation
                                                                                                   (an environmental health story)
    Ø MPT   Meet the Experts - Career Link-
                        On-line interviews with environmental health professionals

    Ø   Environmental Health Science Education lessons and interactives
         National Institute of Environmental Health

    Ø  American Museum of Natural History - Intro page to lessons and
                                                                                resources, including minerals

    Ø EE Link Resource Bank

    Suggested Maryland Green School Activities

    Green School 

    Chemical Use in Schools & Homes
                                            - Environmental Health activities

    Integrated Pest Management on
                                              School Grounds
                                            - Erosion Control on School Grounds
    - Schoolyard Habitat Project
                                            - Stream Buffer Planting
                                            - Consumerism and Life Style
                                            - No-Idle Zone
                             - Background: Becoming A Maryland Green School
                                                    - Native Plant Nurseries in the Chesapeake Bay Area 
                                                    - General Information for Maryland
                            - Funding for Bay- related projects
                                        - Funding for Schoolyard Habitats

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