Forty classroom-ready science teaching and learning activities for elementary and middle school teachersGrounded in theory and best-practices research, this practical text provides elementary and middle school teachers with 40 place-based activities that will help them to make science learning relevant to their students. This text provides teachers with both a rationale and a set of strategies and activities for teaching science in a local context to help students engage with science learning and come to understand the importance of science in their everyday lives.
Activity 26: Pollution in the Neighborhood
One of the values of doing place-based science activities is that they create opportunities for social action in which students learn what it feels like to make a difference. Many of the environmental problems we hear about on the news or in science class seem too large for any one person, class, or school to help improve. We can study about the hole in the ozone layer, but we can't close it. We can learn about how expansion of human settlements is driving more and more endangered species to the brink of extinction, but we cannot prevent that spread from occurring. When it comes to pollution in our neighborhood, however, there are specific problems that we can ...