Learning Pathways

Learning pathways are Next Generation Science Standards-aligned units that integrate environmental education into required science content, allowing today’s youth to think deeply about local environmental issues. Our pathways have been designed following the storyline model, so that each unit is motivated by a puzzling event and driven by student questions. As environmental education curriculum, these storylines emphasize problem-solving, taking local action, and fostering students’ sense of connection to their local communities.

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What should I do with this trash?

Students investigate waste management problems and solutions. They consider when and how to recycle, and explore alternatives to waste.

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How does a bulb light?

Students investigate current power systems and consider anticipated future changes.

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Where does my food waste go?

Students investigate an everyday phenomenon: food waste in the school cafeteria.

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Why is the pond green?

Students investigate the causes and effects of an algal bloom on an Illinois pond in the late summer.

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