The Way We Live

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Who Polluted the Potomac? from Population Connection

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This website contains a variety of activities and lesson plans for grades from 3 through 8.  Who Polluted the Potomac uses an interactive story to help students learn how our rivers have been affected by our growing population. This includes the impact of toxic materials on the environment.

Activity, Other 3-5, 6-8 Language Arts, Science, Social Studies Citizenship/Service, Natural Resources/Life Cycles, Waste/Pollution
Who Polluted the River? (from Population Connection)

See lesson plan and activities here.

As the lesson's website says, Grades 1 and 2 "students participate in an interactive story and learn how, as human populations have increased and land uses have changed, many of our rivers have become polluted. This example demonstrates that just as we each contribute to the problem, we can also each be part of the solution."

Activity, Book/Reading PreK-2 Language Arts, Science, Social Studies Citizenship/Service, Natural Resources/Life Cycles, Waste/Pollution
Why "Stuff" Matters

See Why "Stuff" Matters Part I here    See Why "Stuff" Matters Part II here

The Part I, 7-slide PowerPoint gives the definitions of three waste management strategies (recycling, reusing and reducing), and explains why reduction is the most preferred strategy. 

The Part II, 8-slide PowerPoint shows the impacts of "stuff" on the environment, specifically in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. It also emphasizes the importance of looking at the full life cycle of products, not just looking at waste and disposal.

Other 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Post-secondary Math, Science, Social Studies Reduction/Consumption, Natural Resources/Life Cycles, Recycle/Reuse/Compost, Waste/Pollution
World Population Video

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This seven minute film depicts the history of human population growth and distribution from 1 AD through the present, then projects future growth to the year 2030.

Activity, Videos 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 Language Arts, Social Studies Global Studies, Population