From Research to Action
Students will discuss realistic ways that they can impact their environment in positive ways. A list will be compiled and they will chose one of the ways on the list to complete for an individual assignment. Examples may include: writing letters to their congressmen or local representatives, researching and reporting on the health of a local stream or river, contacting an environmental organization to find out how to do their part and following through with one of the suggestions, cleaning up the playground, practice taking shorter showers, etc.
Objectives
  • Students will learn how to making connections from research to action.
  • Students will learn how to work collaboratively to develop classroom decision-making procedures
Materials
** Potential List, varies depending upon project**
Trash bags and gloves
List of local government and environmental organizations
Portable water quality test kit
Drainage stencils
Paint
Procedure
1.  Students will discuss realistic ways that they can impact their environment in positive ways. A list will be compiled and they will chose one of the ways on the list to complete for an individual assignment (Examples may include: writing letters to their congressmen or local representatives, researching and reporting on the health of a local stream or river, contacting an environmental organization to find out how to do their part and following through with one of the suggestions, cleaning up the playground, practice taking shorter showers, etc.)
2.  The class will decide upon and complete a larger project designed to improve water quality. Examples may include: Stream Watch-visiting and testing water quality at a nearby stream on a continuous basis and communicating this information to a stream watch coordinator. Coordinating with local government in order to paint storm drains with "Please Do Not Dump/ Chesapeake Bay Drainage" stencils. Coordinating a clean up of a nearby stream or river.
3.  Another extension could include inviting experts (such as someone from Dept. of Natural Resources, a local nature center, or local environmental organization) into the classroom to discuss water quality/ pollution issues in the area. An excellent extension (if time and resources allow) would be to take a field trip to the bay or to an equivalent resource in your area.
References
How to Get Your School Involved-This site includes lists of who to contact, possible projects, links to other sites, online lessons, and more. It is an excellent resource for teachers.
http://www.chesapeakebay.net/info/involved_schools.cfm

Ways You Can Help
http://www.chesapeakebay.net/helpbay.htm

Chesapeake Bay Foundation
www.cbf.org
State Standards
1.1.1- The student will recognize that real problems have more than one solution and decisions to accept one solution over another are made on the basis of many issues.
1.7.5- The student will investigate career possibilities in the various areas of science.(NTB)
6.4.4- Apply the conclusions to develop and implement an action project. Methods of implementation may include physical action persuasion consumer action political action
6.4.5- Analyze the effectiveness of the action project in terms of achieving the desired outcomes.
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