Island Explorers Curriculum Home


Unit 4

Lesson Plan 1

Lesson Plan 2

Lesson Plan 3

Lesson Plan 4

Lesson Plan 5


Concepts/Objectives | Vocabulary/Background | Activity | Extension


Lesson Plan 4



Adapted from "Heal the Bay"


  • Teacher passes out "Our Urban Environment" question sheet.
  • Students research the answers, using the internet, by contacting the local city or county offices, asking experts, and/or doing library research. They may do this in groups or as individuals, over a series of days and present their information.


  1. What is the most important thing to know about chemicals in your house?
    That they can go into the environment and harm it, we must be careful how we dispose of them, we should use alternative products that do not harm the environment....
  2. What should we look for on the labels of products in the store to know if they are safe
    for the environment?
    What are the ingredients---are they harmful to the environment; consider the packaging-lots of extra packaging adds to the landfill problems, we can buy products in bigger boxes to reduce waste....
  3. What are 3 ways that we can save electricity and energy?
    Turn off lights and appliances that are not being used, buy appliances that use less electricity, insulate your house, put insulation around doors and windows.....
  4. What are 3 things we can do to reduce our water use?
    Fix leaky faucets, water lawns and shrubs in the evening or early morning so you can water less often, install low-flow toilets--or put a plastic carton of water in the tank, take shorter showers---use the shower just to rinse on and rinse off, do not leave the hose running when you wash the car.....
  5. How much trash does a typical person produce each year (or month or day)?
    Students will get information directly off of the exhibit---9 pounds per day, 270 pounds per month, over 1.5 tons per year
  6. Why do we have smog in the city?
    Exhaust from cars, smoke and fumes from industry, ---all put chemicals in the air---as well as dust and particle matters, the geography of the Los Angeles Basin and the air layer above the basin (inversion layer) traps these chemicals in the air above the city. Sunlight hits the chemicals and causes more reactions that all combine to form smog.