Know an eco-minded educator? Tell them about our lesson plan which uses family-friendly clips from the No Impact Man film and passages from the book to help middle and high school students explore the effects their everyday behavior has on the environment, their health, and their well-being. The plans were created with assistance from the Eat Well Guide, Food & Water Watch, 1Sky, Livable Streets and Center for a New American Dream.
Environmental Education Curriculum for Middle and High School Teachers
When Colin Beavan (aka “No Impact Man”) and his family decided to try living for a year in New York City without doing any harm to the environment (the “No Impact Experiment”), it attracted worldwide media attention. Why all the fuss? Because the Beavans traded their old habits for more environmentally-friendly ones - and figured out that doing so actually made their lives happier, healthier, and more abundant. People started talking about these discoveries, and thousands have tried their own No Impact Experiment.
All this discussion and action made it clear that the No Impact film and book, which document the Experiment, could be powerful tools for environmental education.
This curriculum uses these tools to help middle and high school students explore the effects their everyday behavior has on the environment, their health, and their well-being. It will also challenge students to think about how the systems in our present society influence our lifestyle choices in ways that often are not good for environment. Finally, it will guide students to take action both individually and with others to bring about positive change.
Lesson Plan Features
Each lesson plan:
- Is FREE.
- Can be used on its own or with the other plans.
- Is grounded in curriculum standards for Social Studies, English/Language Arts, and other subject areas.
- Can be taught in one 50-minute class period.
- Is designed for use in grades 6-12, but is easily adapted for older and younger students.
- Provides the popular No Impact Man media resources to engage students and stimulate discussion. Note: It is not required to purchase the DVD and book to use the lesson plans.
The free five-lesson secondary school curriculum can be accessed here.