The Lorax (Unit #11 Rachel Carson)

Rachel Carson2“Science is part of the reality of living; it is the what, the how, and the why of everything in our experience.” ~Rachel Carson

“One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself, What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again? ~ Rachel Carson

Rachel Louise Carson was an American marine biologist, author, and conservationist whose book Silent Spring and other writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement. She first alerted the world about the environmental impact of fertilizers and pesticides.

A marine biologist and nature writer, Rachel Carson catalyzed the global environmental movement with her 1962 book Silent Spring. Outlining the dangers of chemical pesticides, the book led to a nationwide ban on DDT and other pesticides and sparked the movement that ultimately led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ~ womenshistory.org

 

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Books of the month (Unit #11 John Muir & Rachel Carson: Environmental Science / Botany)

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

Environmental Science- The Lorax

Harriet’s Home at Sea by Evelyn Wang

Environmental Science- Harriet's home at sea

Smokey Bear: The Cub Who Left His Pawprints on History by Karen Signell

Environmental Science- Smokey Bear

One Tiny Turtle by Nicola Davies and Jane Chapman

Environmental Science- One Tiny Turtle

The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor by Cassandra Morris & Polly Adams

Environmental Science- The Magic School Bus on the ocean floor

Flush by Carl Hiaasen

Enivronmental Science- Flush

World Without Fish by Mark Kurlansky & Frank Stockton

Environmental Science- World without fish

The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps by Jeanette Winter

Environmental Science- The Watcher

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: A true-story of survival against the odds by William Kamkwamba & Bryan Mealer

Environmental Science- The boy who harnessed the wind

Science in the community (Unit #11 John Muir & Rachel Carson: Botany / Environmental Science)

recycle binsplant a tree

BONUS: Go recycle bottles, paper and other items and drop it off at CMS recycling drop offs OR plant a tree

In class we will be learning all about ecosystems, food webs, pollution, and talking about humans affect on the Earth and what we can do to improve it. We will be learning about the Brianhead fire and its aftermath. The students will participate in an oil spill challenge and some Lorax activities and games.

I love learning about how to help save the planet. It can be in small ways that can make a big impact- like turning off the lights at home, not wasting water and turning it off while we brush our teeth and not watering our lawns when it is super hot outside, recycling, etc. I hope the students know they they can make a difference.