Everyone you knew, know, and will know lives on Earth: our home. One of the reasons we are staying home these days is to protect the people we know. But how do we protect the home we all share? In this week’s activities students will open their eyes and minds to observe a small area of our world; find out how they might reduce, reuse, and recycle our trash; and use experiments to find ways to keep soil from contaminating the waterways. These activities will help kids understand sustainability and how they might make a difference in preserving our world.
Online Videos: Use these links to educate and entertain!
- Elementary School: Science Video for Kids: How to Care for the Environment
- Middle School: What is Solar Energy
- High School: Can 100% renewable energy power the world?
Micro-Habitat Study – Kids and their parents will take a close look at nature by examining what they can see within a selected area of the ground, both living and non-living.
Rethink Trash – In this activity, kids will investigate ways they can reduce, reuse, and recycle trash that their family generates while making dinner throughout the course of a week. Much of the trash we generate can be reduced, reused, and recycled after we identify and quantify the types of items we throw away.
Rip Rap: Controlling Run Off – In this experiment, kids will design their own landscape and erosion control to try and contain the most topsoil and prevent it from entering waterways. If soil enters the waterways at a large volume it not only washes away habitat, but it also creates turbid and cloudy water for animals living downstream. One of the most common forms of erosion control is rip rap, which is large rocks set on the shoreline of lakes, rivers, and streams.
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