Going Places Making Choices: Transportation and the Environment curriculum National 4H Council (Grades 9-12)
This curriculum guide developed by the National 4H Council uses transportation as the hub from which to explore environmental sciences, culture, and value systems. The units in this guide focus on transportation and mobility issues. Unit topics are listed below:
Unit 1: A Cruise through History: A look at where we’ve been and where we’re going
Unit 2: Natural Resources and Energy Use
Unit 3: Sweating over Climate Change: Air pollution and climate change
Unit 4: Land Use: Leaving Our Imprint on the Earth
Unit 5: A Matter of Choice: Going Places, Making Choices, Taking Action
Each unit has background subject information, activities, and handouts.
The curriculum also includes an educator's guide and resource lists. The material can be ordered by visiting National 4H Council.
Cars of Tomorrow and the American Community
Through this unit created by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, students identify how alternatively fueled cars of tomorrow can be used in their community. It contains an introductory activity that helps students determine which energy and transportation issues are important to them and their communities, and three research sections about alternative fueled vehicles that address availability and distribution; emissions and health; and operation, maintenance, and refueling. With each lesson, students discover another social, scientific, or technical aspect of cutting-edge automotive technologies and fuels.
A guide for classroom presenters on earth friendly transportation
This document provides tips on bringing speakers and demonstrations into the classroom on the topic of transportation. It contains a guide for inviting speakers as well as a guide for hosting technology demonstrations and offers helpful suggestions for teachers in preparing for an event of this type.
Transportation Fuels: The Future is Today (Grades 5-8, 9-12)
Curriculum: Science, Social Studies, Math, Language Arts, Technology
This teacher guide provides extensive background information on transportation fuels to help students learn about conventional and alternative transportation fuels by evaluating their advantages and disadvantages. In addition, there are six suggested activities:
Learning about transportation fuels
Conducting research on transportation fuels
Write papers on the fuel choices
Develop a plan for a city to reduce emissions from their vehicles
Teaching others about transportation fuels
Calculating payback periods
Download the Teachers Guide to this Activity
Biodiesel Curriculum Guide (Grades 4-12)
The purpose of this guide is to teach students about biodiesel and encourage them to evaluate its economic and environmental advantages and disadvantages. It provides background information on biodiesel as an alternative fuel at three reading levels – elementary, intermediate, and secondary – with activities to reinforce knowledge and develop critical thinking and research skills.
Project Cleaner Cars Module
This module was created by the National Safety Council to reduce air pollution by encouraging responsible car maintenance and driving habits among future drivers. It is intended to be used in conjunction a driver’s education program, health science, or auto shop classes. This manual and the student manual can be downloaded/printed from the National Safety Council’s website at http://downloads.nsc.org/pdf/teacher.pdf.
Source:National Safety Council