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Innovation in Teaching Competition - Beyond the Textbook

Innovation in Teaching Competition

 How does Pollution Impact our Environment?

Sarah Lucas
Georgetown K-8 School

Grade Level and Content

Third Grade
English Language Arts and Science

Overview

During this one to two week unit, students explore the effects of pollution on our environment and conduct research using a variety of print and electronic sources. In addition to learning about pollution, students address English Language Arts standards by taking notes on print and digital sources and collaborating with peers. At the end of the unit, students share their knowledge through a presentation in the format of their choice, such as a PowerPoint, video, diorama, poster or play.

Standards Addresses

English Language Arts

ELA.3.RI.4; ELA.3.W.2; ELA.3.W.7; ELA.3.W.8; ELA.3.SL.1; ELA.3.SL.4

Science

S.3.L.2

Available Materials

Overview 
Daily Lesson Plans
Pollution PowerPoint
Ocean Pollution Culminating Task Rubric

Video of Unit

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About the Teacher

Sarah Lucas is currently a 3rd grade teacher at Georgetown K-8 School in Savannah, Georgia. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Armstrong Atlantic State University and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Armstrong Atlantic State University. She has served as a grade level chair for prekindergarten and 3rd grade, and currently serves as a mentor teacher for students from Armstrong State University. Her best piece of teaching advice is to gain your students’ respect, set your expectations high and make everything fun!

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Disclaimer: The unit plans and materials on the Innovation in Teaching Competition website are aligned with Georgia’s standards through December 2014. English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics standards have been revised. The revised standards were approved by the State Board of Education on January 15, 2015. The revised ELA and Mathematics standards were renamed from the CCGPS to the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE).

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