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Students identify causes of pollution and ways they can prevent it in this bilingual photo story


Language Arts, Science  


K, 1, 2, 3  

Title – Earth Pollutants and Conservation
By – Elvia Silva
Primary Subject – Science
Secondary Subjects – Language Arts
Grade Level – K – 3 (Bilingual)

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills Standards:

  • 112.11.b Science – Kindergarten, Knowledge and skills.
      (1) Scientific investigation and reasoning. The student conducts classroom and outdoor investigations following home and school safety procedures and uses environmentally appropriate and responsible practices. The student is expected to:

        (C) demonstrate how to use, conserve, and dispose of natural resources and materials such as conserving water and reusing or recycling paper, plastic, and metal.
  • 112.12.b Science – Grade 1 Knowledge and skills.
        (C) identify and learn how to use natural resources and materials, including conservation and

      reuse or recycling of paper, plastic, and metals.
  • 112.14.b Science – Grade 3, Knowledge and skills.
      (7) Earth and space. The student knows that Earth consists of natural resources and its surface is constantly changing. The student is expected to:

        (D) explore the characteristics of natural resources that make them useful in products and materials such as clothing and furniture and how resources may be conserved.

General Goal(s):

    Students will learn about different kinds of pollution, discuss the sources of pollution, explain the importance of clean environment, and explain ways in which to use, conserve, and dispose of natural resources using Photo Story 3 to create a captivating (English/Spanish) video.

Specific Objectives:

    Students will be able to identify causes of pollution and ways to prevent it.

Required Materials:

  • Markers, crayons, pencils, colored pencils
  • Paper, posterboard
  • Garbage bag full of several types of plastic garbage
  • Chart to show “Pollutants Categorized by Importance”, etc.
  • Camera (digital) or scanner to scan pictures
  • Laptop/computer
  • Data projector
  • Internet access

Anticipatory Set (Lead-In):

  • The teacher will show some pictures and videos on pollutants.
  • Disney celebrities, Friends for Change website and making a pledge will be discussed.

Step-By-Step Procedures:

  1. Review of lesson vocabulary (pollution, environment, conserving, recycling).
  2. Read books:

    El Lórax

        Author: Dr. Seuss

        Grade: 1-6

        Summary: This is a translation of the classic story of the Lorax, who “speaks for the trees.” The Lorax tries to save his forest community by educating a factory owner about the impact of his business on the water, land, trees, and animals that live nearby.

    50 cosas que los niños pueden hacer para salvar la Tierra

        Author: Earth Works Group

        Grade: 1-12

      Summary: This informational booklet describes 50 different things that students can do to save the Earth. Includes issues such as acid rain, endangered species, and recover.
  3. Discuss pictures and videos viewed of pollutants. Student should be able to identify areas of concern regarding the pictures, videos viewed, and/or books read. Write responses on the board.
  4. Review the definitions pertaining to pollution. Discuss that the Friends for Change sponsored by Disney Channel is an aim to address that pollution and conservation is a responsibility and concern for all people.
  5. Brainstorm on ways to help stop pollution and maintain conservation.
  6. Students use poster board and crayons to inform others about pollution. (Display posters around school.)
  7. Students use cardboard boxes and decorate appropriately, labeling each as a recyclable bin for plastic grocery bags, newspapers, aluminum cans, paper, etc.
  8. Field trips to companies that deal with pollution prevention, waste management, recycling, conservation.
  9. Invite guest speakers to discuss environmental safety and/or pollution prevention.

Plan for Independent Practice:

  • Students will research pollution, using the Internet to find pictures depicting pollutants.
  • Students will also take pictures around the school that shows poor conservation efforts.
  • Students will then create their Photo Story 3 using the pictures taken or found.
  • Students will need to identify the type of pollution, the causes and effects.

Closure (Reflect Anticipatory Set):

  • Teacher will ask students to write about pollution, the causes and effects; and conservation.
  • Students would outline what they would pledge to do in order to take a stand against pollution and toward conservation efforts.
  • Each student will present to the class using Photo Story 3.
  • Teacher will conclude by reminding students that they can help by getting others involved in combating pollution and in conserving our environment.

Assessment Based on Objectives:

  • Assessment will be based on student presentation.
  • Teacher would determine if student demonstrates acquired knowledge pertaining to specific lesson objectives as outlined in grading rubric.
  • Students will also be assessed with short answer quiz.

Adaptations (For Students with Learning Disabilities):

  • Students will be assisted by teacher as needed. However, students will be allowed to work in pairs in order to complete the activities.
  • Teacher will assist student(s) as necessary.

Extensions (For Gifted Students):

    GT Students will collaborate with students experiencing difficulties and in need of assistance before teacher intervenes.

Possible Connections to Other Subjects:

  • Social Studies:
      Local community grassroots efforts towards conservation crusading.
  • Language Arts:
      Students write about their newly acquired knowledge and skills.

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