Sample Lessons & Activities
Engage and empower your students
Give students the tools to take action
The Power2Sustain project was first created by a small group of public school teachers and administrators to address the critical shortage of science and in specific environmental learning opportunities for K-12th grade students. Being on the front lines of daily learning for students, the group saw how science instruction time was slowly being reduced and in some cases pushed aside completely. Knowing the priorities and the ins and outs of the current K-12 systems in several states, the group set about to design a project that fits within the goals and realities of today's K-12 structure, but that also was more than a one-shot presentation or assembly. Important to the group was the internalization, solidification and critical thinking of environmental literacy that is needed for our current students to sustain our planet.
The Power2Sustain project offers a series of lessons (short unit of study - with inter-related concepts) that touch on key ideas in environmental stewardship, sustainability and personal responsibility for our environment and are integrated with math, English Language Arts, social studies and content related science. Most of the lessons are also Common Core Standards aligned.
The lessons and project were created by teachers for teachers. The entire project is easily accessible, stream-lined and can be plugged into a teacher's daily schedule with ease. The hands-on aspect of most of the lessons and the culminating activity where each student receives a reusable shopping bag on which they illustrate a message or something that they have learned - serve to engage and empower most students with the concepts. We have also found that as most of today's K-12 students seem to have been born with a natural ability to understand and use technology, this current generation also has an innate ability and desire to be more connected to their natural world.
Current research shows, that while students are aware that there are problems with our planet, and have a desire to do something they do not seem to know how they can take action and begin to solve these issues. The Power2Sustain project gives students concrete ways that they can begin taking immediate action at school, at home and in their communities. This has become apparent in our project feedback and measures and comes even despite current discussions of children not having an interest in nature and their outside environments.
Lessons & Activities
Grades K-2 - Environmental Stewardship Lessons - SAMPLE
Grade 4 - Sustainability Lesson - SAMPLE
Grade 5 - Sustainability Lesson - SAMPLE
Grades 7-8 Sustainability/Stewardship Lesson - SAMPLE
Grades 9-10 Stewardship Lesson - SAMPLE
Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability Background Info and Facts for Teachers:
Background Info for 7-8 Teachers
Background Info for 11-12 Teachers
Background Info for 9-10 Teachers
Common Core Content Standards:
Next Generation Science Standards (STEM) (through the National Science Teachers Association)