Humans and the Environment

Want to really save the planet? In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby will give you some concrete suggestions about how you can do your part. First, you’ll learn why protecting the environment is such an important thing--and how it got to be so vulnerable in the first place. Next, you’ll find out how everyday things we consume affect our environment on a large scale! And finally, you’ll learn three major ways in which you can help clean up the planet and protect it for future generations. From conserving energy to consuming less stuff, you’ll get some important tips on how we can all make the world a better place!

Jacques Cousteau Lesson Plan: Write an Obituary

In this lesson plan, adaptable for grades 5-10, students explore BrainPOP resources to learn about how Jacques Cousteau applied his passion for undersea exploration, film making, innovating, and later conservation to create documentaries as well as one of the first television nature shows. Using what they learn, students will write an obituary remembering Cousteau’s achievements and contributions.   This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Persuasive Arguments About Water Ecology Lesson Plan: Citizen Science Game

In this multi-day lesson plan which is adaptable for grades 5-12, students use BrainPOP resources to practice crafting reasoned arguments and explore the effect of humans on the environment. Through an online game, students will learn about the causes of water pollution in a lake and pose a question about the local water supply to community residents. Students then compile the residents' opinions during game play and compose a persuasive letter to their congressional representative asking for his or her support in improving water conditions. See more »

Earth Awareness Lesson Plan: What’s Your Cause?

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 3-8, students choose an area of earth awareness that is of interest to them and use BrainPOP resources to explore the topic in-depth. Students will use internet resources to conduct their research and use PowerPoint to communicate what they learned. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

The Environmental Cost of Oil Lesson Plan: How Oil Production Can Impact Oceans

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades K-5, students use BrainPOP Jr. and/or BrainPOP resources to learn the environmental cost of oil, and that that the ocean is a complex ecosystem that is home to a variety of animals and plant life. Students will make and test predictions about how oil and pollutants react with water, and explain how pollutants such as oil significantly impact humans and the environment. Students then work in cooperative learning groups to create a project that demonstrates what they have learned. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Natural Disasters Lesson Plan: Making Historical and Global Connections

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 3-8, students use BrainPOP resources to demonstrate an understanding of local natural disasters from historical, scientific and human impact perspectives. Students will communicate and collaborate with peers from different parts of the world to swap personal, natural disaster experiences. They’ll also create an innovative teaching product/method surrounding a natural disaster that impacts their area and deliver it to their virtual peers, who will reciprocate with products and discussions on natural disasters that impact them. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Environmental Solutions Lesson Plan: A Webquest

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 6, 7, and 8, students use BrainPOP resources, a WebQuest, and a graphic organizer to investigate different environmental problems. Students will also share and discuss other environmental problems and solutions associated with the problems they have just researched. Afterward, students will work with a group to choose a final project on a tic-tac-toe board and create an informative product to share with the rest of the class. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Water Pollution Lesson Plan: How Oil Spills Affect Ocean Animals

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 3 to 5, students use BrainPOP resources to determine causes of ocean oil spills and explore how birds, marine mammals, and fish are affected by oil spills. Students will also identify ways to clean the water and animals after an oil spill, and create a public awareness poster of the effects of oil spills in the ocean and ways to help keep the oceans clean. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Earth Cycles and Global Ecosystems Lesson Plan: Carbon Cycle, Nitrogen Cycle, and Water Cycle

In this multi-day lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 9-12, students use BrainPOP resources to identify the steps of the carbon, nitrogen, and water earth cycles. Students will also explore the significance of each cycle within global ecosystems and explain how human environmental impacts are affecting these three global cycles. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »
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