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Elementary School Lessons

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Clean-Go-Bingo

Can you clean without chemicals? Through an interactive game of Clean-Go-Bingo, students learn about the caution, warning, and danger labels on hazardous household products as well as greener, more natural alternatives. As students play, the EnviroChallenger educators will answer questions and share stories to help them understand new vocabulary and concepts.

Length: 60 minutes

Additional Information

  • Before the EnviroChallenger visits your classroom, use the Pre-Visit Activity to better prepare your students.
  • After the EnviroChallenger visits your classroom, use the Post-Visit Activity as a lesson follow-up and test the students' new knowledge.

Down the Storm Drain: Where Does the Flow Go?

Find out what goes down the storm drains in Tacoma and how it affects water quality.  This lesson requires an in-class sink.  How do our actions affect water quality? Where do the chemicals we use on our lawn and garden go when it rains? While playing an interactive matching game, students will see how their actions affect water quality. Students will be able to identify 16 different behaviors that help or hurt our surrounding waters. Following the game, students brainstorm ways to keep our waterways clean, and then they take home a quiz to teach their family about helping the environment in Tacoma. For information about a companion program offered by Tacoma Public Utilities, please call (253) 502-8224.

Length: 50 minutes

Additional Information

  • This lesson requires an in-class sink.
  • Before the EnviroChallenger visits your classroom, use the Pre-Visit Activity to better prepare your students.
  • After the EnviroChallenger visits your classroom, use the Post-Visit Activity as a lesson follow-up and test the students' new knowledge.

Save Our Salmon: Is Something Fishy Going On?

Find out what we can do to help salmon from becoming endangered.  Where have all the salmon gone? During this lesson about salmon and water quality, students hypothesize reasons for the decline in salmon populations, play a game about the salmon life cycle and brainstorm ways to help save the threatened and endangered fish. While playing the game, students encounter factors that are critical to salmon survival. After the game, students express actions they can take to help salmon survive and thrive. For information about a companion program offered by Tacoma Public Utilities, please call (253) 502-8224.
Length: 50 minutes

Additional Information

  • Before the EnviroChallenger visits your classroom, use the Pre-Visit Activity to better prepare your students.
  • After the EnviroChallenger visits your classroom, use the Post-Visit Activity as a lesson follow-up and test the students new knowledge.

Talking Trash: Is It Really Garbage?

Find out how to reduce the amount of trash going to local landfills while saving money and the environment. Did you know that over a lifetime, the average American throws away 600 times his or her adult weight in garbage? All of us can play a part in Reducing the amount of waste we send to landfills. Getting into the five Rs, students learn why and what they can compost, Reuse and Recycle in Tacoma. Using hands-on visuals and minds-on activities, students learn how to make Responsible choices to help reduce the solid waste stream. As the class participates, they learn to Respect the environment.

Length: 50 minutes

Additional Information

  • Before the EnviroChallenger visits your classroom, use the Pre-Visit Activity to better prepare your students.
  • After the EnviroChallenger visits your classroom, use the Post-Visit Activity as a lesson follow-up and test the students new knowledge.

Toxic Toilets and Sick Sinks: What's in Your Sewer?

Find out what causes problems in the sewers.  What gripes your pipes? Are you putting things down the drain that don’t belong there? Be careful.  Some items like chemicals, oils and medicines can cause problems for your pipes, the treatment plant and the environment. In this lesson, students play a game where they are water drops traveling through the sewer lines. As they play, they find out what should and should not go down our drains. Students will learn about alternatives and proper disposal for things commonly flushed down or rinsed into the sewer.Length: 50 minutes

Additional Information

  • Before the EnviroChallenger visits your classroom, please use the Pre-Visit Activity to better prepare your students.
  • After the EnviroChallenger visits your classroom, use the Post-Visit Activity as a lesson follow-up and test the students new knowledge.

Water, Water Everywhere: How Can you Keep It Clean?

Learn how pollution affects the water cycle.  Students will unearth the importance of protecting and preserving this natural resource by learning about the water cycle and how pollution affects it. In this activity each student becomes a drop of water and collects different colored stamps as they flow through the water cycle. Putting their new aqua-information to work, the class discusses how to keep water clean and the environment healthy.

Length: 50 minutes

Additional Information

  • Before the EnviroChallenger visits your classroom, please use the Pre-Visit Activity to better prepare your students.
  • After the EnviroChallenger visits your classroom, use the Post-Visit Activity as a lesson follow-up and test the students new knowledge.