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Keywords: Environment, interdisciplinary
Subject(s): Math, English/Language Arts, Science, Technology, Photography
Grades 7 through 8
School: Brecksville Broadview Hts MS, Broadview Hts, OH
Planned By: Vanessa Russell
Original Author: Vanessa Russell, Broadview Hts

Part I: Weather Research
Initially, students will begin with research in Language Arts class. Presentations, outline, and note cards on their research will be incorporated into Language Arts class. As part of Math class, students will find data relating to your topic and create a graph in Excel. Following their research, students will develop an action project in Science focusing on conservation.

Part II: Green Graphs
Once students have chosen their weather topic, they will find data relating to their content during library research. Using the data students have chosen, they will create a graph in Excel. Students will present their data in a graph style best fitting their information, such as a line graph, pie chart, or bar graph.

Part III: Water quality
Water is a vital natural resource that all living things depend on to survive, but water quality is being affected by human activity. As planet protectors, students will explore how humans have impacted the quality of our water resources, and consider ways to avoid further pollution. Students have examined the causes of water pollution, and will now investigate the quality of their community’s water supply. Their investigated results will be published on a global forum for water quality data and compared to other published data. Students will conclude with an exploration of ways to make water safe for human consumption.

Part IV: Planet Protectors
Once weather research is completed and students have listened to the many aspects of Earth’s atmosphere and its unique features, they are going to take our learning a step further. Students will design, create, and market one of their own ideas for protecting the planet. Their plan can range from a recycling program to promoting fabric shopping bags, anything the average family could participate in. Students will take digital pictures in order to document and create a brochure and tri-fold board displaying their planet protector project.
Materials: Point and Shoot, Wildlife, Mobile Labs, Spreadsheet, Web Page, Slideshow, Podcasting, English and Language Arts, Science, Math, Camera Bags, xD Memory Cards, Flash/USB Drives, Batteries