Project 3 - Environmental Quality

  General Information

Lead Teacher(s): Howe Lundrigan
School: St. Peter's Elementary
Upper Island Cove, NF
A0A 1G0
Telephone: (709) 589-2624
Grade Level: Grade Nine (Science)
Number of Students: 25 students.
Project Start and Finish Dates: March - April, 1998

  Project Overview

The main focus of this unit is the relationship between science, technology and the global society. This project highlights how humans interact with their environment in both positive and negative ways. The ultimate aim, however, is to help students gain an appreciation of our pristine environment by comparing it to those of other countries/regions. This comparison will help students realize that our local environment is precious and the onus is on their generation to preserve and protect it. During this unit the students will study such valuable concepts as:

Industrialization
Urbanization
Pollution
Toxic
Phosphates
Smog
  Biodegradable
Non-biodegradable
Sanitary Landfill Site
Nitrogen Oxides
Sulfur Dioxides
Hydrocarbons

  Curriculum Connections/Learning Outcomes

This particular unit of study has been designed specifically to fit the objectives for grade nine students as set by the Dept. of Education. The unit will integrate science technology, language arts and mathematics. In order for this integration to occur, however, it is vital that students be able to make comparisons globally. These comparisons can only be made through the use of the Internet.

Learning outcomes are as follows:

Science:

After competition of this unit, the students will be able to:

  • Describe change in the environment (local, regional and global) that are the direct and indirect result of human actions.
  • Describe the factors that are indicators of water quality (i.e. pH levels, phosphate levels, etc.).
  • Investigate water quality in the local area.
  • Compare water quality globally.
  • Prepare a report to propose suggestions and recommendations for maintaining a high level of water quality.
  • Compare graphs and charts of local and global pollution levels.

Technology:

After completion of this unit the students will be able to:

  • Effectively use the world wide web.
  • Download graphs, charts, tables, etc. that will be of value in their reports.
  • Use e-mail services to seek pertinent information on various regions.
  • Conduct effective searches on the Internet using the proper combinations of key words to access the required information.

  Resource Connections

  • A series of networked computers capable of running www software.
  • Computer software relating to the environment.

  Evaluation

  • A series of activities/labs to make students familiar with various testing methods on how to detect pollution.
  • A detailed report on the whole unit.
  • Various student and teacher checklists to evaluate group work.
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