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Societal Issues

Lesson Plan Title & DescriptionGrade LevelCurriculum Areas Expert Advice

Greenwashing: The truth behind the "green" ads

Students examine advertisements for evidence of greenwashing--attempts by a manufacturer to make a product appear environmentally friendly when it is not.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

Hands Off

Students perform a hand washing experiment to see if a difference can be detected in the number and types of microbes on our hands after various types of cleaning.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

New Tech, New Choices

In this activity, students learn about the current technology of genetic testing and some of the dilemmas about using gene technology.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

MicroArrays: Chipping Away at the Mysteries of Science and Medicine

Students investigate what microarrays are, how they are produced and how they can be used in research.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

The Promise of MicroArray Technology in Medicine

Learn how microarray technologies can be applied to further our understanding of cellular mutations.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

The Nuclear Energy Question

In this lesson, students will explore the benefits and risks of nuclear power and identify the causes and effects of the nuclear accident at Chernobyl.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

And Justice for All?

After a brief introduction to the issue of environmental justice, students work collaboratively in groups using internet and video resources.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

Evolving Resistance

Students examine the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria from an evolutionary perspective using the example of drug resistant tuberculosis.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

To Ban or Not To Ban

Should smoking be banned in restaurants? Have your students role-play different groups of people involved in the controversy and express an opinion of their own using this lesson plan.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

Don't Sit So Close to the TV

Students will compare articles written by those who believe that EMF's pose no health threats with articles that feel that cancer and possibly birth defects could be a result of everyday exposure.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

Nicotine, a Whistleblower, and the FDA

In this lesson the concept of addiction is examined by looking at what nicotine does to the body to cause addiction.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

To Test or Not To Test

Students explore the controversies surrounding genetics testing through a Web Quest and engage in a case study discussion on the ethics of genetic testing.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, Your Nose, Your Mouth . . .

This lesson educates students about what is in the air we breathe and the factors that keep the body from getting enough oxygen.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

Seeking Justice

As society makes decisions about how much and what pollution to allow, students will assess who is ultimately affected by the pollution.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

Three Mile Mess

This lesson challenges students to understand nuclear radiation, its sources, uses, and how it can affect society and the environment. 

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

Green Genes

Students research the advantages and disadvantages of using genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for food crops.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

Lesson Seeds

Presentations

Interviews

Meet Dr. DeLisa Fairweather, who is researching the connection between environmental factors and heart disease.

Meet Kathryn Kulbicki, a GIS database specialist working on environmental health issues.

Meet Dr. Clifford MitchellDr. Phil HeardDr. Michael Trush, and Barbara Sattler, who work with the state of Maryland and its citizens to address environmental health concerns.

Meet Dorothy Morrison, Environmental Justice Coordinator for the Maryland Department of the Environment.

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