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CARBON NEUTRALITY
 

Middle School Science 6.2 Culminating Project

​ 15 points  Cross-listed under Zero Waste and Sustainable Transportation

In this unit students will reflect on the changes they can make in their lives that would impact Earth. By analyzing their school's carbon footprint in the areas of Energy, Transportation and Waste, they will construct a written and visual version of the plan to meet the SFUSD Sustainability Goals. The unit ends with a written letter to either the SFUSD Office of Sustainability or the SF Department of the Environment with student proposals. Arguments will be based on student learning and data collection throughout the unit. Access the curriculum.

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Grade 6

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.

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All grades

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.

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Grades 5-8

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.

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Grades 5-8

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WATER RESILIENCE

Using Math to Save Water

 15 points 

High school math teachers: use this 4-part lesson created by a math teacher from our very own Abraham Lincoln High School! Students will apply their math skills to real world water conservation problems while learning the importance of this special natural resource.  Access the curriculum.

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Grades 9-12

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

 15 points  Cross-listed with Carbon Neutrality

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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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Grades 5-8

Fresh Solutions: Water Use and Conservation

 15 points 

Features videos, lesson plans, and an online farming game, all of which prepare students to understand how we can improve our water resilience. Learn more.

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Middle Schools, High Schools

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.

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Grades 3-12

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ZERO WASTE
 

Middle School Science 6.2 Culminating Project

​ 15 points  Cross-listed under Carbon Neutrality and Sustainable Transportation

In this unit students will reflect on the changes they can make in their lives that would impact Earth. By analyzing their school's carbon footprint in the areas of Energy, Transportation and Waste, they will construct a written and visual version of the plan to meet the SFUSD Sustainability Goals. The unit ends with a written letter to either the SFUSD Office of Sustainability or the SF Department of the Environment with student proposals. Arguments will be based on student learning and data collection throughout the unit. Access the curriculum.

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Grade 6

Preventing Plastic Pollution

 15 points ​​

Introduce your students to the long lasting impact of plastic-use in San Francisco with this 5-minute video on plastic pollution. Complete with NGSS discussion questions, investigations, and reflections, California Academy of Sciences's new youth powered program, Flipside Science, tackles complex environmental topics and empowers viewers to make a difference. Learn more.

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Grades 6-12

Engineering for Good

 15 points ​​

Engineering for Good is a three-week, project-based learning unit for science classrooms focused on developing solutions for negative impacts of plastics on the environment. In this NGSS-aligned unit, students use the engineering design process to define a problem, brainstorm solutions, develop prototypes and iterate on their designs. The project culminates with students producing videos about their solutions to share with the community. Learn more.

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Grades 6-12

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.

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All grades

Productive Poop

 15 points ​​

Turn your kitchen trash into a garden treasure. Given the right conditions, worms can accelerate the breakdown of rotting food and produce rich compost in return. Learn more.

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Grades 5-8

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SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATION
 

Middle School Science 6.2 Culminating Project

​ 15 points  Cross-listed under Carbon Neutrality and Zero Waste

In this unit students will reflect on the changes they can make in their lives that would impact Earth. By analyzing their school's carbon footprint in the areas of Energy, Transportation and Waste, they will construct a written and visual version of the plan to meet the SFUSD Sustainability Goals. The unit ends with a written letter to either the SFUSD Office of Sustainability or the SF Department of the Environment with student proposals. Arguments will be based on student learning and data collection throughout the unit. Access the curriculum.

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Grade 6

Building Better Buses: Transportation Design Challenges

 15 points ​​​​

This lesson is composed of 3 challenges, each addressing a different aspect of how to design an efficient public bus system for a fictitious town while taking into account the benefits and drawbacks of various fuel options. All challenges involve mathematical & computational thinking and modeling that is connected not only to the NGSS, but also to the middle school Common Core math standards. Learn more.

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Grades 6-10

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CONNECTION TO NATURE
 

Living Schoolyard Activity Guide

 15 points 

Educators from all disciplines (English, Art, Math, Physical Education, etc.) can use this guide to bring their content into the outdoor world in a fun and engaging way. Through these activities, students will build a "place-based understanding" and connect to their neighborhoods in a unique natural, geographical and cultural context. Access the guide.

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All grades

Deep Sea Coral Communities

 15 points 

Teach your students about one of the most vital ecosystems on this planet: coral reefs. Students will identify the many species found in these communities, investigate the unique biology of deep-sea corals, and learn the threats these animals face and what we can do help protect them. Includes lesson plans, videos, powerpoints, field guides, and more. Access the curriculum.

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High School

Life Science Activities

​ 15 points  Resources available for multiple sustainability goals

Using these quick, interactive, and NGSS aligned lessons, teach your students about animals, adaptations, ecosystems, and and more! Access the lessons.

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All grades

San Francisco Bay Ecosystems

 15 points  Cross-listed under Water Resilience

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