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Act Now!


Every year, your family takes a vacation to Ocean City. One of your
favorite things to do is to eat your lunch on the beach. You love to
watch the waves crash along the beach, hear the seagulls squawk
above you and once you're done, you join some family members in
building a sandcastle. But wait! You forgot to pick up your trash from
your lunch! But it won't matter...will it?

What if?

What if each visitor to the beach left one piece of garbage on the
sand? How polluted would our oceans become?

Our planet Earth is quite extraodinary - but humans are taking

advantage of our Earth. Every day, we pollute our air, water and
land. It's time to make changes and start protecting our Earth!

After conducting some research about pollution, you will share

your research findings and conclusions in order to answer the
essential question:

How can I encourage others to take better care of our Earth?

Build your background knowledge

Helping America Clean Up Its Act

Earth Saver Girl is Here to Save the Planet

SIRS Discoverer: Earth Day 2014

Using your journal, respond to the prompts.

Explore some interesting ideas

see what you can find about

Air pollution

Land pollution

Water pollution

Light pollution

What is pollution?

What is Pollution (World Book Kids)

What is Pollution (World Book Students)

Take notes and organize

Ducksters Air Pollution

Easy Breathers Air Pollution

Brain Pop Air Pollution (free movie)

Six Common Air Pollutants Air Pollution

Down in the Dumps (SIRS Discoverer) Land Pollution

Ducksters Land Pollution

EPA Waste Land Pollution

Superfund Land Pollution

Take notes and organize

Ducksters Water Pollution

Water Quality Water Pollution

Water Pollution World Book Student

Globe at Night Light Pollution

Light Pollution Photographs Light Pollution

National Geographic - Light Pollution

Light Pollution World Book Student

Other Resources

Use Destiny to find books on pollution

Use SIRS Discoverer to find information on pollution

Use Encyclopedia Britannica to find out more about pollution

Once you have gathered your


Organize your information in such a way that you will be able to

create one of the following:


A poster

A brochure

A movie

An audio clip


Share your information with the class

Teacher notes

Students may work individually, in pairs, or in small groups

The resources listed are not the only resources that you may use

Product choices can be limited or expanded upon. Use your

judgment based on your library and your students

There are many great resources on Discovery Education and

Brain Pop if you subscribe in your building

Using NOODLETOOLS for the citations and the note taking is a

great option. It's not required for both, but is a great way to get
in more exposure - have students enter information into
Noodletools after taking notes with paper/pencil or go directly to

Curriculum Standards
Maryland State Library Curriculum
2.0 Locate and Evaluate Resources and Sources: Students will be able to follow
an inquiry process to identify, locate, evaluate, and select resources and sources
in a wide variety of formats to meet the information need in an ethical manner.
(AASL 21st 1)
3.0 Find, Generate, Record, and Organize Data/Information: Students will be able
to follow an inquiry process to find, generate, record, and organize information
relevant to the information need in an ethical manner. (AASL 21 st 1)
4.0 Interpret Recorded Data/Information: Students will be able to follow an
inquiry process to interpret recorded data/information to create new
understandings and knowledge related to the information need in an ethical
manner. (AASL 21st 2)
5.0 Share Findings/Conclusions: Students will be able to follow an inquiry process
to share findings/conclusions in an appropriate format to support written, oral,
and multimedia information products and evaluate the products and the
processes in an ethical manner.