Environmental Science

Environmental Science

Russ Columbus and William "Tom" Green, teachers at the Knabusch Mathematics and Science Center in Monroe, MI have developed a 20 hour module on the topic of climate change. To view an outline of this Climate Change module, please click here.   Included in this module is a 5E introductory unit, including an assessment based on the "An Inconvenient Truth." Please click HERE to download the assessment.   Also included is a student inquiry unit. To view, the student inquiry unit and examples of student projects using this unit, please click on the link below:

During the module on climate change, student's did group research projects.  Please click on the links below to view the projects in either report format or PowerPoint format:


Three teachers at Thurston High School in Redford, MI , developed three modules designed for use in a variety of classrooms.
  • Algebra 2 -- Charlene Jones developed a 9-day module, composed of one-5E unit, on the topic of Carbon Footprints and Offsets. The target audience is algebra 2 students. Please click HERE to download the unit.
  • Economics -- Scott Bridges developed a two-week module designed to be completed throughout the school year on the topic of economics and the environment. Within this module are a variety of lessons on externalities, social costs and benefits, and the related micro and macroeconomic issues. Please click HERE to download the unit. Please click HERE to download his unit, Climate Change: The (Negative?) Externality.
  • Environmental Science -- Brad Fritz developed a module that will last about 5 days, potentially longer depending on the student project portion. His 5E lessons explore the 4 major greenhouse gases - methane, carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and water vapor. It requires access to a school lab, and some commonly available lab equipment. Please click HERE to download the module, which includes the unit.