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Environmental Justice (K-12 Lesson Plans)

found in: science; preK-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-12

Environmental Justice (K-12 Lesson Plans) were compiled from other sources for Duke University’s Environmental Justice Workshops held in 2012 and 2013. Some lessons list standards.

Food and You ( PDF, 128 KB, 5 pgs.) has students in grades K-5 compare resources in different foods and analyze which foods are more environmentally friendly. No standards.

Food Justice is a unit of five lessons for 3rd graders. The second lesson, Eating on a Budget, asks students to explore issues of privilege, poverty, consumption, and access to nutritious food. Standards listed.

With Analyzing Environmental Justice, students in grades 6-12 (adaptable for primary) examine how the poor and racial and ethnic minorities are affected by pollution to a greater degree and learn how to use a map to locate environmental injustice. Links to materials and related articles and lessons are provided. No standards.

In Editorial Cartoons: Poverty/Environmental Justice, students in grades 6-12 analyze images and text in an editorial cartoon and understand how satire is used to make a political statement. NOTE: some of the resources on the website have been moved. Use the site search function to find them. No Standards.

NOTE: EPA sites have changed. Follow the link to the Archive.


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