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Get Started: The following five lessons in this unit can be taught as a complete set or individually.

Unit 1 Overview and Standards

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What’s My Eco Footprint?

Students consider their water and carbon footprints and create a diagram to reflect on their current habits and the changes they can make to decrease their impact on the Earth.

Herbivore vs. Omnivore Diet

Students learn about the difference between plant-based and meat-based diets, and how the foods they choose to eat impact the environment.

Do You Know the 7 R’s

Students review the three R’s (reduce, reuse, recycle) and discuss why we need four more R’s (refuse, repurpose, repair, rot). They will generate different ways to practice the 7 R’s.

Break the Plastic Habit

Students consider how they use plastic each day and their behavior’s impact on the environment. They leave the lesson with practical solutions and ideas to reduce their daily use of plastic and are challenged to help others reduce their own plastic use.

Microplastics: Tiny Trouble

Students research microplastics and their environmental impact, while considering positive actions they can take for the Earth.