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Energy, Economics, Environment: Grades 3-6
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ISBN: 978-1-56183-628-4

Want to challenge your upper elementary students to analyze energy and environment issues from an economics perspective? These lesson plans give teachers the tools -- and students the knowledge they need -- to analyze important and timely energy and environment issues.

An Analytical Framework for Elementary School Students

In order for your students to examine and deal with hot-topic energy and environmental issues, they need to:

  1. Have a basic understanding of concepts relating to economics, energy, and the environment.
  2. Learn effective decision-making skills, and
  3. Be involved in meaningful activities.
Resources for Teachers that Combine Environmental and Economic Education

To lay a foundation for these lessons plans, an introductory essay gives teachers a logical framework for analyzing issues, and includes background content on teaching the economic aspects of environmental education. For instance, you'll discover how to teach your students to use simple marginal cost/benefit analysis to arrive at practical solutions to difficult energy and environmental problems.

Energy, Economics, and the Environment contains four units:

Unit 1 focuses on basic economic content. You'll introduce your students to fundamental economics concepts using lessons from the popular Playful Economics curriculum. Students discover how to use two effective decision models, the simple Decision Tree and the popular Five Step Decision Model (PACED).

Finally, there are three complete units covering Forests, Water, and Energy issues.

Turn-key Lesson Plans

Each unit is packed with comprehensive lesson plans that give you:

  • Basic Facts About the Issue
  • Teaching Activities that immerse students in the issue
  • Further Explorations that extend the activity
  • Let's Talk It Over to generate lively discussions
  • EEE Actions - You Can Make a Difference so that students can explore ways they can put the concepts to use in the "real world"!
  • Case Study that pulls the entire unit together where students put all their knowledge to use in one thorough wrap-up activity.