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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Environmental Education: High School

Guide to environmental education resources and curricula for teachers and teachers in training. Includes subject specific resources.

Books

1001 Ideas for Science Projects on the Environment by Marion A. Brisk (Princeton, NJ : Peterson's, 1997. ISBN: 002861707X)
Ideas for high school science fair projects in environmental science.

Assessing Toxic Risk: Student Edition and Teacher's Guide by Nancy M. Trautmann and the Environmental Inquiry Team (Arlington, VA : National Science Teacher's Association, 2001. ISBN: 0873551966 -- Available for purchase from NSTA)
This book is a collaborative effort among scientists, science educators, and high school and middle school teachers. Includes both a student guide and a teacher's guide. The student guide presents some basic concepts of toxicology, then presents some procedures, or protocols, that students can learn to do.

Chemical Manufacturing : The Process of Mixing by Dianne N. Epp (Middletown, OH: Terrific Science Press, c2000. ISBN: 1883822238) [660. 0712 E643c.]
Highlights the ways that mixing is used in different industrial applications. Offers background information on the importance of mixing and a detailed explanation of the machinery used in industry. It also contains inquiry-based activities that teachers can use to illustrate mixing in their classrooms.

Environmental Science Activities Kit: Lessons, Labs and Worksheets for Secondary Students by Michael L. Roach & Ginny Allen (Jossey-Bass, 1993. ISBN: 0876283040)
Provides 32 detailed, interdisciplinary environmental science lessons with complete directions for use, including summary, introduction, materials needed, preparation and step-by-step teaching directions plus worksheets and background sheets. For grades 7-12.

Green Means 1,2, & 3 [Videorecording] (San Francisco, CA: KQED-San Francisco, no year given.)
Series of short programs about environmental concern and consciousness. The stories profile ordinary people, businesses and communities who are doing extraordinary things for the earth's sake. For grades 6 and up.

The Life Cycle of Everyday Stuff by Mike Reeske and Shirley Watt Ireton (NSTA Press, 2001 ISBN: 0873551877)
Using common products like the telephone, this book helps students lean about the flow of energy and matter through the environment. Includes seven illustrated sections which can be used as standalone units or as a cumulative program. For grades 8-12.

Mission Possible!: A Teacher's Guide for Grades 9 to 12 : Students Building Solutions for Their Community's Recycling Needs by Julia F. Walsh (Springfield, IL : Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs, Bureau of Energy and Recycling, 1999.) [363. 7282 W225m]
This guide presents lessons on solid waste management and related educational materials emphasizing the 3Rs -- Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle -- for grades 9-12. These units meet the "Applications of Learning" in the Illinois Learning Standards and align with some of the Illinois Academic Standards in Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies.

Organics? A Wasted Resource! by Gerald R. Culen (Champaign, IL : Stipes Publishing, 2001. Student edition ISBN: 1588740463, Teacher edition ISBN: 1588740471)
This resource is an entire sequence of scientific information about composting and how to set up a composting operation at home as well as strategies for investigating and evaluating issues about organic waste management. For grades 6-12.

Strong Medicine : Chemistry at the Pharmacy (Middletown, OH: Terrific Science Press, c1999. ISBN: 1883822106) [615.19 00712 S9239.]
Looks at chemistry in the pharmaceutical industry. Students get hands-on experience making aspirin and learning sophisticated chemical techniques like gel filtration. For grades 7-12.

Toxics in my Home? You Bet! : Learning Activities on Household Toxics for Grades 9-12 ( Sacramento, CA: Golden Empire Health Planning Center, 1984.) [371.3 078 T755.]
One-week school curriculum on chemical hazards in the home for grades 7-8. Offers step-by-step teaching instructions and masters for student worksheets/handouts. Innovative and activity oriented. Discusses safe use, disposal, and safer substitutes for common household products containing toxic substances. Also has modules for K-3, 4-6, and 7-8.

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