Each Unit includes:
All units use Project-Based and STEAM learning to support NGSS and Common Core in Math & ELA. CiS programming supports 21st century learning initiatives and is appropriate for all learners. Total time-on- learning is up to 10 hours per unit using the included materials.
Nature’s Composters: 1st -3rd grade
Soil is one of our most crucial resources, yet it is so easily overlooked. After completing this unit students understand how soil is made and by who, along with the responsibility we all have to protect soil. Easy steps to begin composting as well a other soil practices are covered in this unit.
Pollination: 1st - 3rd grade
Bees are an incredibly important species responsible for a crucial step in food production, pollination! In this unit students buzz into the world of bees. After completing this unit students understand how and what bees pollinate, what human activities impact bees, and what simple steps even our youngest learners can take to help protect bees.
Human Impact on Forests- 1st - 3rd grade
The multi-sensory approach in this unit teaches students about the value and interconnections between local and global forests. Students learn the value of trees for animals, humans and climate. Students end this unit armed with simple ways they can protect this precious natural resource.
Human Impact on Oceans
In this unit students explore the largest and arguably most important ecosystem, oceans. After examining how trash ends up in the ocean and the effects it has on food chains, students connect those effects back to human health learning about bioaccumulation. This unit motivates students to reflect on how their decisions add up in a big way.
Human Impact on Animals- 2nd - 4th Grade
Students work through this unit as environmental scientists to identify the four main reasons species become endangered and use critical thinking to address the issue from a social and ecological approach. Students are able to begin making changes in their daily lives that positively affect animals all over the world.
Interacting with Ecosystems- 2nd - 4th Grade
In this unit students are immersed in four different global ecosystems right in the classroom. Acting as a team of scientists and researchers’ the students work through challenges to link daily actions to issues within ecosystems. Students learn to mitigate these problems through sustainability and behavior change.
Connected to the Grid- 4th - 6th Grade
In this unit students identify the resources needed to create energy and explore their community's electric grid. Students learn how to conserve energy in order to help reduce CO2 pollution, the depletion of the natural resources, and climate change caused by producing power.
Life Cycle of Stuff- 4th - 6th Grade
This unit helps students learn and appreciate where, how, and by whom their products are made. Students are able to look at items in new ways: tracing a plastic lego, or t-shirt back to the oil from which it's made, and realizing the environmental impacts included in the production process..
Reducing Community Waste- K - 6th Grade
Students discover the complexity of the impacts of our global trash problem. Our students will reduce the overall amount of trash they create along with learning better ways to dispose of things like textiles, electronics, food waste, and more. Within this unit students define a clear path to living a zero-waste lifestyle.
Soil on Earth- 4th - 6th Grade
In this unit students learn that we rely on soil for ALL of our food. Students take deep dive into the global health and usage of soil. Addressing social issues issues through soil and food science inspires healthy choices and empowers them with the skills necessary to incorporate composting and other sustainable practices in their lives.
Community Water Systems- 4th - 6th Grade
This unit starts with a global view of water on earth providing students with big picture thinking allowing them to have a better perspective on taking action at the local level. This unit enlightens children to the threats posed by squandering water, polluting water and how climate change is affecting water for humans.
Global Food Systems- 4th - 6th Grade
This unit highlights the impact that global food production and distribution has on our health and the health of the environment. It engages students in the grocery shopping process and has them seeking out (and understanding the importance of) local food options. Using geography and role playing places children on farms all over the world and pushes their thinking to connect food with climate change and community action.
Reducing Carbon Footprint- 5th - 6th Grade
Students will identify and examine what human habits impact carbon dioxide levels in our atmosphere and how carbon dioxide affects our planet. This unit leaves students armed with easy ways they can reduce their carbon footprint everyday. This unit makes climate change relevant to students.
Urban ecology and city planning are growing fields as more and more of our population migrates into cities each year. In this unit students explore how cities interact with the environment through albedo and the urban heat island effect. Students get a chance to build their own model cities with a focus on sustainability.
In this chemistry based unit, students explore the dangers of modern day cleaners and create their own naturally safe alternatives for healthy home and water. This project based unit helps students take what the learn in the classroom and apply it at home to expand learning and sustainability beyond the classroom.
Students are exposed to the science behind genetically modified food and get the chance to make some hypothetical genetic modifications of their own. This unit focuses on the positives and negatives of genetically modified foods empowering students and families to be more educated about their food.
New in 2018
- Electric Vehicle Technology & Battery Storage
- Food Waste
- Healthy me, healthy planet
- Invasive Species
- Sustainable Economy