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Ch 1: Introduction to Environmental Science Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Introduction to Environmental Science chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the basics of environmental science in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

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.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday What is environmental science?Definition, renewable and nonrenewable natural resources, ecosystem services, environmentalism
Tuesday U.S. environmental historyTimeline 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 preservationDefinition of conservation, sustainable use, Gifford Pinchot, the Hetch Hetchy Valley controversy, secondary growth forests
Thursday Scientific evaluation of environmental problemsScientific assessment, public engagement, political action, long-term environmental management
Friday Scientific method for environmental problemsObservation, questions, hypothesis, experiment, interpretation and conclusions

5 Lessons in Chapter 1: Introduction to Environmental Science Lesson Plans
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What is Environmental Science? - Definition and Scope of the Field

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.

U.S. Environmental History: Movements & Timeline

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.

Environmental Conservation and Preservation: Definition, Differences & Advocates

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.

Scientific Evaluation of Environmental Problems: Process and Steps

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.

The Scientific Method Applied to Environmental Problems: Definition, Steps and Applications

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.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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