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Science and Environment


Curriculum Kits Suggested Grade Level
Chemicals In the Environment High School through College
Endangered Species High School through College
Global Warming High School through College
Resource Depletion High School through College
Sustainability High School through College
Sustainability: Fingerlakes new High School through College
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Additional Teacher-Created Science Lessons: All Grade Levels
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Chemicals In the Environment
High School through College
Includes a 185-page kit with 40 slides covering an historical overview of American representations of chemicals from the three sisters to the Love Canal. It includes a teacher guide for each image, student readings, and both print and video case study lessons comparing conflicting constructions about nuclear reactor safety, depleted uranium, Rachel Carson and DDT. Through analyzing diverse historic and contemporary media messages, students understand changing public knowledge, impressions and attitudes about chemicals in the environment.

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Endangered Species
High School through College
Includes a 185-page kit with 40 slides covering an historical overview of American representations of endangered species from the slaughter of the American buffalo to Palm plantations in Sumatra. It includes a teacher guide for each image, student readings, and both print and video case study lessons comparing conflicting constructions about human/animal relations, rainforest biodiversity, the Northern Rockiesí gray wolf, frogs and Atrazine. Students decode how the relationship of animals and humans has been portrayed and passed on from generation to generation. Useful in any earth, natural or environmental science course as well as American history classes.

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Media Construction of Global Warming
High School through College
Includes 383-page kit with teacher guides for all eight units, including all activities, readings, slide shows, film clips, journal articles, advertisements, and more. Lessons teach core knowledge about the science of climate change, explore conflicting views, and integrate critical thinking skills. Students will apply knowledge of climate change to a rigorous analysis of media messages through asking and answering questions about accuracy, currency, credibility, sourcing, and bias. Lessons address basic climate science, the causes of climate change, scientific debate and disinformation, the consequences of global warming, the precautionary principle, carbon footprints, moral choices, and the history of global warming in media, science, and politics.

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Resource Depletion
Middle School through College
Includes a 185-page kit with 40 slides covering an historical overview of American representations of natural resources from ancient Indian basketry to contemporary web sites. It includes a teacher guide for each image, student readings, and both print and video case study lessons comparing conflicting media constructions about the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the damning of rivers, and Chukchi sea oil drilling. By showing the slow realization that natural resources are finite, students will learn valuable lessons in earth, natural and environmental sciences.

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Media Constructions of Sustainability: Food, Water, and Agriculture
High School through College
This kit explores how sustainability has been presented in the media with a particular focus on issues related to food, water and agriculture. Each of the 19 lessons integrates media literacy and critical thinking into lessons about different aspect of sustainability. Constant themes throughout the kit include social justice, climate change, energy, economics and unintended consequences. The subject areas covered include environmental science, agronomy, anthropology, sociology, economics, journalism and the creative arts among many others. Lessons include definitions of sustainability, creative visions of the future, farming, community and sustainability sustainable economics, food security, sustainable cultures, the value of water, who owns the water?, consumerism and sustainability, BP oil and Gulf fisheries, who stewards seeds, the green revolution, guiding our food choices, biofuels and transitioning to a sustainable future. Media forms include song, film, science fiction literature, poetry, essays, posters, book and magazine covers, web video, web articles, book covers, documantary & feature film clips, television commercials and newspaper headlines.

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Media Construction of Sustainability: Fingerlakes
High School through College
Includes a 235-page kit explores how sustainability within the Finger Lakes region of New York has been presented in the media with a particular focus on issues related to food, water and agriculture. Each of the seven lessons integrates media literacy and critical thinking with key knowledge and concepts related to sustainability. This kit is a companion to the nineteen-lesson collection, Media Constructions of Sustainability: Food, Water and Agriculture. The kit will be of particular interest to high school environmental science teachers, community sustainability educators, social studies teachers,  and college–level agronomy and media studies professors.

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