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Unit 4

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Lesson Plan 4


Adapted from "Heal the Bay"


"What's Around the House?


  1. Who knows what a toxin is?
    Something that is poisonous
  2. Do you think you have any toxins in your home?
  3. What do you use to clean the sink? To clean up a paint brush after you paint a wall?


  1. Teacher passes out Eco-Challenge game cards. (Can be done in pairs).
  2. Play Eco-Challenge.
  3. Have each pair chooses 4 or 5 items and decide what they could use instead.
    After they have attempted to find alternative products pass out the "Household Alternatives" sheet and let them see how correct or close they were (or have them turn over the card if you are using the original printed game cards).


Next: Let's talk about how other types of waste products you have around your home can harm wildlife.

Has anyone ever seen one of these before? (Teacher holds up plastic six-pack ring)

Proceed with "Drastic Plastic"activity which is found directly after this activity description. Please be sure to pass out one sheet to each student.

Have students make a list of:

  • electric appliances they have in their home.
  • other ways that they use electricity in their home.
  • how often and in what ways do they use water?


  1. Students discuss and compare their homework lists.
  2. Using their personal lists of their own home electricity and water use, students will write down what environmentally friendly changes they will attempt to make in their home.
  3. Add to the list other changes they will make regarding recycling, chemical use, six-pack rings, etc.
  4. Teacher asks students to make as many changes as possible over the next two weeks. Students will discover what actual changes they can make in their own home environment.

At the end of the week and again at the end of the following week, have students repeat the list and see what changes and improvements they have actually made. What specific things did they do this week to improve how they impact the environment?

Possible examples:

  • Reduced amount of garbage, because we are recycling more things.
  • Change at least one thing to do with the chemicals around your house
  • Cut the six-pack rings.
  • Have turned off unused lights. How many times have you done this?
  • Turn off the water while you brush your teeth
  • Get their parents to take their own bags to the grocery store so they don't have to use more plastic bags