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Below is a sample breakdown of the Introduction of Environmental Science chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||What is environmental science?||Definition, renewable and nonrenewable natural resources, ecosystem services, environmentalism|
|Tuesday||U.S. environmental history||Timeline of environmental milestones, John Muir, the Audubon Society, the Sierra Club, the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service Act, the Environmental Protection Agency|
|Wednesday||Conservation and preservation||Definition of conservation, sustainable use, Gifford Pinchot, the Hetch Hetchy Valley controversy, secondary growth forests|
|Thursday||Scientific evaluation of environmental problems||Scientific assessment, public engagement, political action, long-term environmental management|
|Friday||Scientific method for environmental problems||Observation, questions, hypothesis, experiment, interpretation and conclusions|
1. What is Environmental Science? - Definition and Scope of the Field
This lesson will explore the exciting and broad field of environmental science. You will learn what environmental science is and also discover what disciplines it incorporates. Also, the importance of environmental science will be explained.
2. U.S. Environmental History: Movements & Timeline
Have you ever heard of John Muir? Have you ever been to a National Park and wondered why it was preserved for future generations to enjoy? This lesson will discuss the major environmental movements in the United States since the 19th century, including the events that occurred, the people involved and the legislation which developed.
3. Environmental Conservation and Preservation: Definition, Differences & Advocates
This lesson will explain two views on how land can be managed and discuss famous supporters of each view. We will also explore examples of situations where the views are opposing each other and when they can be combined for the common good.
4. Scientific Evaluation of Environmental Problems: Process and Steps
This lesson will explore how the process of scientific evaluation is used to solve environmental problems. We will also investigate the steps involved in the scientific evaluation of environmental problems and how they all work together to solve an important issue.
5. The Scientific Method Applied to Environmental Problems: Definition, Steps and Applications
In this lesson we will investigate the steps involved in the scientific method. We will also explore how the scientific method is used to solve environmental problems.
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