Project 2: Environmental Health
|Lead Teacher(s):||Howard Pope - Grade
Derek Burridge - Grade 5 Teacher
Duane Huxter - Grade 6 Teacher
Weldon Blanchard - Grade 6 Teacher
Box 3539 R.R.2
Tel: (709) 783-2780
|Grade Level:||Grades 5 - 6|
|Number of Students:||80 students|
|Project Start and Finish Dates:||For approximately two weeks in the spring of 1998|
This project intends to deepen student awareness of environmental issues relevant to their home community and to other communities situated in various parts of the world. Participants would attempt to identify real and potential hazards in their own area and then compare/contrast them with environmental health problems experienced by people living in other places on our planet. Also, students would be asked to identify organizations, services, etc. that promote environmental wellness. Students would then compare/contrast them with organizations, services, etc. found in other communities around the world. Information collected during the project could be used to create a data base of items which focus on similarities and differences regarding environmental issues in various communities on earth.
This project would certainly support many of the objectives presented in the environmental strand of the Departments Elementary Health Curriculum Guide (1994).
In particular, the following learning outcomes might result from involvement in the project.
~ a recognition of the potential health hazards of community garbage disposal.
~ an understanding of how litter may create an unsafe community environment.
~ an appreciation of the importance of reusing, reducing, and recycling waste to promote environmental health.
~ an ability to identify existing disposal and litter problems.
~ a recognition of the problems that pesticides may cause in the environment.
~ an understanding of the fact that natural and man made changes in the environment may have negative as well as positive implications.
~ an ability to discuss the greenhouse effect, ozone layer, and pollution in terms of their actual and potential negative influence on environmental health.
The STELLAR Schools Internet connection would greatly enhance the projects ability to collect current environmental data from various parts of the world.
The project would also need to utilize library print materials.
In addition, representatives of local agencies promoting different types of environmental care would be invited into the school to make presentations.
~ Submission of a completed project.
~ Show how to use the Internet.