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Environmental Problem Solvers


This lesson plan was developed by the Pennsylvania Resources Council in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as part of the Share and Spread Connected Learning Collection, organized by The Sprout Fund with the generous support of the MacArthur Foundation

You can download a PDF of this lesson plan and its supporting materials on RemakeLearning.org.

Developed by: Sarah Alessio Shea
Subjects:  Science, Environment, Ecology
Estimated Time:  10 sessions over 2-4 weeks
Grade Level: 6-8

About This Lesson Plan:
The Environmental Problem Solvers Curriculum will educate middle school students about regional environmental issues and show them practical applications for how to make an impact on regional environmental issues.  Students will learn about household toxins, watersheds and water quality, and waste management.  They will utilize this information to develop tools and projects that help the local environment such as installing rain barrels or recycling signage at their school.  They will take their knowledge and present their projects to their classmates.

About Pennsylvania Resources Council:
PRC is Pennsylvania’s oldest grassroots environmental organization. Since 1939 we have worked to protect the Commonwealth’s resources for future generations through environmental education, recycling and waste diversion programs, anti-litter campaigns and much more. Navigate the pages below to find more about PRC’s history and current projects and programs.

 Pro Tips:
This lesson plan invites students to look closely at how small steps at home can make a global environmental impact. Consider using elements of this lesson plan to help your students investigate similar issues and find new ways to engage in your community. What environmental issues are especially pressing in your community? What community partners might be help your students with their research? Who might be willing to help your students showcase their work and spread the word about their insights? 

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