Other Curriculum Resources
Using Meet the Experts in Your Classroom, Nancy Miller
One teacher’s approach to and rationale for using the Meet the Experts interactive in the classroom.
Introduction to Environmental Health: Why All Marylanders Should be Concerned, Dr. Michael Trush. Dr. Trush’s PowerPoint provides an excellent overview of environmental health issues in Maryland.
Gathering the Tools: Learning Paradigm Shift, Dr. Charles Johnson-Bey
Dr. Johnnson-Bey addresses issues in science education and education in general.
MDE in Your Classroom, Maryland Department of the Environment presents an overview of the resources they have developed for the classroom.
Introduction to Biotechnology, MdBioLab
MdBioLab and Maryland Loaner Lab Program give an introduction to Biotechnology and some ways to bring the technology to your classroom.
Problems With Pollution
"Problems with Pollution" is a lesson which uses the EnviroMysteries videos (Water +? = Trouble and Breaking the Mold) to teach about air and water pollution while addressing Middle School Science Standards.
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences educational resources
NIEHS has a site with a wealth of resources for the K-12 education community. There are materials and activities for students of all ages as well as information about summer research and job opportunities. For teachers, there is a wide array of classroom activities and curricula, easy access to reference materials based on reliable environmental health research, and professional development opportunities. There are also links to activities, tools and resources aimed at scientists giving presentations in classrooms, but these can be useful for teachers as well.
The EPA has a large number of publications and kits that teachers can use to teach about the environment and human health. The most popular ones are listed on the EPA’s teaching center website. They can be ordered through the National Service Center for Environmental Publications website.
Environmental Health Curricula for all grade levels are described below. These high quality resources were funded entirely or in part by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
Project Excite from Bowling Green State University
Project Excite is geared toward 4th-10th grade students It uses project based learning approaches, emphasizing critical thinking and problem solving skills in interdisciplinary lessons as well as the use of technology. The project has developed a number of “Odysseys” in which students investigate food borne illness, indoor pollution, household cleaners, and other issues related to environmental health.
The ECOS project from Baylor College of Medicine
ECOS is one of many science education projects from Baylor College of Medicine.
The ECOS project targets elementary school students and is based on My Health, My World and My World and Me science curricula developed at Baylor College of Medicine. Each unit covers an environmental topic from the physical, life, and environmental health perspective, has an adventure story book that accompanies it, along with a reading/language arts component and math extensions. In addition to ECOS materials, the Baylor College of Medicine, Center for Educational Outreach website offers BioEd online as well as other resources for Middle and High School teachers.
The Hydroville Curriculum Project from Oregon State University
The Hydroville curricula are interdisciplinary in nature and geared towards high school students. The Hydroville Challenge Problems feature real-world scenarios such as pesticide spills, and air quality, based on actual occurrences and real data. Solving the problems requires an integration of skills in several disciplines: physical science, biological science, environmental health, mathematics, social studies, and language arts. Students must develop a solution based on data collected through laboratory experiments, interviews, research, and interaction with experts. Scenarios are structured to help students understand the complexity of environmental health issues and to emphasize that many real-world issues have no single correct answer.
PEER program from Texas A&M University
The middle school curricular materials developed by PEER offer an innovative approach of integrating environmental health science into science and non-science classes such as math, English language arts, and social studies. These integrative materials follow a written story (adventure narrative) in which the characters (young middle-school aged students) travel to different parts of the world and are faced with various health problems which they are required to solve. In conjunction with the adventure narrative, problem-solving activities have been developed which enable students to work through various science, math, English, and social studies topics. These activities aid students in developing a solution to the environmental health problem associated with the narrative. There are also other resources on this website such as interviews with scientists and educators.
ToxRap and other materials from the Environmental and Occupational Health Science Institute at Rutgers University and the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
In these materials, leading scientific research is translated into comprehensive educational materials for schools, industry, professionals and the general public. Lesson plans, containing current and impartial information on environmental and occupational health, address pressing environmental health issues while improving the environmental literacy of elementary, secondary and vocational school students (grades K-12). Using inquiry-based, cooperative hands-on activities, the award-winning curricular materials, fact sheets, children’s books, games, videos and computer software programs promote critical thinking, decision making and problem solving skills. A science background is not required; materials are interdisciplinary, classroom-tested and employ environmental health as a comprehensive framework for learning in all academic areas. Each module can be used in its entirety as a unit on environmental and occupational health or individual activities can be selected for inclusion in existing programs or courses. While topics are grade-specific, materials can be modified to meet the needs of younger/older students.
AMBIENT from University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
The AMBIENT Project is a systemic approach to environmental health science education. Focused around the four environmental themes of air, water, soil and food, as well as an additional emphasis on ethics and toxicology, this health-science problem-based learning approach is geared toward high school students. An important emphasis of the project is to provide team teaching strategies for incorporating interdisciplinary activities into the large classes of more than 35 students at the typical US high school. All modules begin with a teacher’s guide which contains basic factual information. The modules are structured in a variety of ways, but in general the students research a problem or issue and are responsible for proposing workable solutions.
My Environment, My Health, My Choices from University of Rochester
Environmental health issues often seem complicated and difficult to navigate within the structured classroom environment. The My Environment, My Health, My Choices environmental health education project is intended to offer high school students and teachers a new set of tools to address problems such as lead poisoning, which can cause learning disabilities, polluted lake and stream water that makes fish unhealthy to eat, and invisible but polluted air that can make breathing more difficult for people with asthma, and cause other long-term health problems. The curriculum units focused on specific environmental health questions or problems that are of local, regional, or national concern.
IEHMSP from the University of Washington and the University of New Mexico
The Integrated Environmental Health Middle School Project (IEHMSP) engages students in community-based projects that empower them to make informed, responsible choices about their health and environment. By studying environmental health issues across the disciplines of language arts, social studies, science and math, students develop competency in identifying problems, assembling data, arriving at solutions, and communicating findings. Students research environmental health topics in their communities and address important issues such as environmental justice, human health, and individual rights. The IEHMSP offers a variety of environmental health curricula providing middle school teachers with multiple ways to bring environmental health concepts into their classrooms opportunities for project-based learning.
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