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Curriculum

For Elementary Schools.

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CARBON NEUTRALITY
 

Big Ideas: Linking Water, Power, and Sewer in K-12

 15 points  Cross-listed with Water Resilience

Created by SFPUC and Center for Ecoliteracy, Big Ideas is a guide for teachers to engage their students in learning about how we obtain, use, and conserve water; how we harness the nature of power to provide energy; and how we clean our waste and reuse resources to protect the environment. These quick lesson ideas are aligned to NGSS, Common Core for English Language Arts, or History-Social Science Standards for California Public Schools to cultivate a cross-disciplinary approach to teaching about water, power, and sewer. Access and download the lessons.

Curriculum - Self initiated

All grades

Output of a Solar Cell

 15 points 

Measure the efficiency of solar cells as they convert sunlight to power. Solar cells convert light energy into electrical energy. With a few simple tools on a sunny day (or working indoors under a light source), you can measure how efficient a solar cell is at transforming sunlight into electricity. Learn more.

Curriculum - Self initiated

Grades 5-8

Light Wind

 15 points 

Build a simple wind generator. Use wind to power a motor and generate enough electricity to light an LED. Learn more.

Curriculum - Self initiated

Grades 5-8

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WATER RESILIENCE
 

Big Ideas: Linking Water, Power, and Sewer in K-12

 15 points  Cross-listed with Zero Net Energy

Created by SFPUC and Center for Ecoliteracy, Big Ideas is a guide for teachers to engage their students in learning about how we obtain, use, and conserve water; how we harness the nature of power to provide energy; and how we clean our waste and reuse resources to protect the environment. These quick lesson ideas are aligned to NGSS, Common Core for English Language Arts, or History-Social Science Standards for California Public Schools to cultivate a cross-disciplinary approach to teaching about water, power, and sewer. Access and download the lessons.

Curriculum - Self initiated

All grades

San Francisco Bay Ecosystems

 15 points  Cross-listed under Connection to Nature

Do you want to bring San Francisco Bay and surrounding ecosystems into your classroom? Look no further than these resources Aquarium of the Bay created for you and your students. Each guide contains multiple thematic lesson plans and is aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core State Standards. Access the curriculum.

Curriculum - Self initiated

All grades

Marine Debris Prevention

 15 points  Cross-listed under Zero Waste and Connection to Nature

Marine debris is one of the major critical issues threatening animals living in San Francisco Bay and all of the world’s oceans, estuaries, lakes, and rivers. All of us, including your students, can
control what we do with our trash and the trash we encounter in our everyday lives. By having your students do a trash cleanup at their school, they can take an active role in preventing the creation of more marine debris. Your students will learn how important and easy it is to prevent trash from becoming marine debris. Access the curriculum.

Curriculum - Self initiated

All grades

Marine Life Posters

 15 points  Cross-listed under Connection to Nature

The Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary offers 3 free educational posters which can be picked up at the Farallones Visitor Center in SF Presidio.
1. Deep Sea Coral: deep sea corals found off the coast of California (grades 6-12)
2. Shorebirds: local SF Bay Area shorebirds (grades 3-12)
3. Historical Fishing Boats: fishing boats in the SF Bay Area over the last 100 years (grades 4-12)

Curriculum - Self initiated

Grades 3-12

Our Water

 15 points 

Our Water is designed to teach 4th–6th grade students about San Francisco’s water resources and the importance of conservation. It is a unique, interdisciplinary unit that supports CA State Standards. This unit was created to be flexible. While we put the materials in the order we think works best, you can use it in part, in whole, or in any order you choose. Access the curriculum.

Curriculum - Self initiated

Grades 4-6

Raining on your Data Parade

 15 points 

What do you do if something looks odd in your data? Sometimes when you’re looking at data, you come across something surprising—a measurement that’s so unusual, you wonder if it’s correct. Take a look at some actual data from a rain gauge, then investigate what is likely to be accurate, and why. Learn more.

Curriculum - Self initiated

Grades 5-8

How Much Water Do You Eat?

 15 points 

At the end of this lesson students will be able to:

1. Recognize that some foods have lower water footprints than others and that meat production is particularly water intensive
2. Plan and create a healthy, balanced meal that has a low water footprint
3. Understand how each person’s food choices affect the water availability in the environment

Learn more.

Curriculum - Self initiated

Grades 3-12

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ZERO WASTE
 

Reducing San Francisco's Landfill Waste

 15 points 

Landfills take up a lot of space and use a lot of energy, and San Francisco has set the goal to be "waste free" by year 2020. Instead, as much waste as possible will be diverted to recycling and composting facilities, which also creates rich soil for farmers. In this lesson, students learn about decomposition and landfills, and learn how to sort their trash into the appropriate bin. Learn more.

Curriculum - Self initiated

All grades

Marine Debris Prevention

 15 points  Cross-listed under Water Resilience and Connection to Nature

Marine debris is one of the major critical issues threatening animals living in San Francisco Bay and all of the world’s oceans, estuaries, lakes, and rivers. All of us, including your students, can
control what we do with our trash and the trash we encounter in our everyday lives. By having your students do a trash cleanup at their school, they can take an active role in preventing the creation of more marine debris. Your students will learn how important and easy it is to prevent trash from becoming marine debris. Access the curriculum.

Curriculum - Self initiated

All grades

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