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Title: Environmental Solutions/ Concerns
Description: We were able to locate several resources you might find useful in your classroom. EXPERIMENTS & ACTIVITIES Two activities offer hands-on ways for students to learn about recycling. The first resource, Recycling, suggests an activity in which the students sort through a typical bag of trash to see what Americans typically throw away. Students will also be able to determine what can be recycled and which items account for the largest percent of trash that could have been recycled. The second resource, Recycling Paper, explains how students can make their own recycled paper. The drying process takes a couple of days to complete, but the experiment allows the students to have fun getting a little messy making the paper. After drying, the students can evaluate the properties of the paper and test if the paper is easy to write on. Perhaps students could repeat the process to see how many times paper can be recycled. GENERAL RESOURCES The third resource, Scorecard, is an environmental defense website directed towards adults, but it contains some useful tidbits that students will find interesting. The website contains a pollution locator that lists all the different kinds of pollution in your community, including pollution from farm animal waste, power plants, and other industrial facilities, and ranks their relative pollution levels. The next resource (4), Air Pollution, describes an experiment testing the effects of air pollution on plant growth. The experiment is a little basic for 8th grade, but the additional information provided is excellent for this age level. Teachers may obtain free handouts and fact sheets for their students by calling the number listed on the website. The last resource (5) is the Partnership for Environmental Education and Rural Health website. Here you will find several helpful modules that cover a wide range of topics listed under "Environmental Health Hazards." Each module includes lesson plans, pre- and post-tests, and activities. 
Key Words: recycle, recycling, pollution 
Grade Level: 8th 
Subject: Science 
URL: http://www.eduref.org/cgi-bin/printlessons.cgi/Virtual/Lessons/Science/Environmental_Education/ENV0018.html 
URL: http://www.eduref.org/cgi-bin/printlessons.cgi/Virtual/Lessons/Science/Environmental_Education/ENV0020.html 
URL: http://www.scorecard.org/ 
URL: http://www.eduref.org/cgi-bin/printlessons.cgi/Virtual/Lessons/Science/Environmental_Education/ENV0003.html 
URL: http://peer.tamu.edu/curriculum_modules/index.html 

Teacher's Request: Materials for lessons on environmental solutions/concerns. This includes recycling, air pollution, land pollution, water pollution, etc.

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