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Ch 29: Environmental Concerns - Middle School Life Science: Homeschool Curriculum

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The Environmental Concerns unit of this Middle School Life Science Homeschool course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about the most common types of environmental worries. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This unit of our Middle School Life Science Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about factors that contribute to environmental pollution. There is no faster or easier way to learn about environmental concerns. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about air pollution, global warming, groundwater, the ozone layer and water purification.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need a life science curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
  • Gifted students and students with learning differences.

How it works:

  • Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
  • Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
  • Short quizzes and an Environmental Concerns unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

Environmental Concerns Unit Objectives:

  • Read about the chemical, physical and biological types of pollution.
  • Review the causes and effects of air pollution.
  • Understand how global warming affects the environment.
  • Explore the ozone layer's effects on the Earth's atmosphere.
  • Identify the types and sources of water pollution.
  • Learn how groundwater contributes to environmental troubles.
  • See the different types of water treatment processes that can change wastewater to purified drinking water.
  • Examine the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Water Act.

8 Lessons in Chapter 29: Environmental Concerns - Middle School Life Science: Homeschool Curriculum
Pollution: Physical, Chemical & Biological

1. Pollution: Physical, Chemical & Biological

Pollution is the presence of unwanted substances in an environment. It is often the result of human interference. Learn about physical, chemical and biological pollutants and see examples of each.

What Is Air Pollution? - Definition, Sources & Types

2. What Is Air Pollution? - Definition, Sources & Types

In this video lesson, you will learn about the sources and types of air pollution. You will be able to identify the six classes of air pollutants identified by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Clean Air Act of 1970.

Global Warming: Atmospheric Causes and Effect on Climate

3. Global Warming: Atmospheric Causes and Effect on Climate

Global warming is a multifaceted, complex issue. It involves both natural and human causes that can increase the amount of greenhouse gases. This lesson looks at some of the facts about global warming and how they could contribute to climate change.

The Ozone Layer: Importance and the Harmful Effects of Thinning

4. The Ozone Layer: Importance and the Harmful Effects of Thinning

In this lesson, you will learn the importance of the ozone layer and how it is depleted. You will also study the research and policy that has been instrumental in its recovery.

Water Pollution: Definition, Types, and Sources

5. Water Pollution: Definition, Types, and Sources

In this lesson, you will learn about the different types and sources of water pollution. You will gain an understanding of both surface water and groundwater pollution and the similarities and differences between them.

Environmental Problems Associated With Groundwater

6. Environmental Problems Associated With Groundwater

Groundwater is an important natural resource, but like many of our other resources, it's affected by the surrounding environment and human activities. In this video lesson, you'll learn about some of the environmental problems associated with groundwater and why groundwater is especially vulnerable to them.

Water Treatment: Improving Water Quality

7. Water Treatment: Improving Water Quality

In this lesson, you will learn how water is purified for drinking, and how wastewater is treated before being put back into the environment. You will also learn about water purification issues in developing countries.

The Clean Water Act & Safe Drinking Water Act: Legislation for Clean Water

8. The Clean Water Act & Safe Drinking Water Act: Legislation for Clean Water

In this lesson, you will learn about the Clean Water Act of 1972 and the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974. You'll discover how both laws help keep our waters free of pollution and safe for everyday use.

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