Penguins and Pollution

This activity is designed to start your students in recognizing themselves as scientists and thinking

critically about problem-solving. The goal is to teach concepts through discovery and to encourage using

scientific thought processes. As with all lessons provided, please feel free to adapt them according to

your students’ abilities. You may find it more successful to lead activities and discussions as a whole

group rather than using individual Research Plan sheets. Certain scientific vocabulary may or may not

be appropriate for your students’ level of understanding. Take these ideas, make them your own and your students will have a greater chance at success.

State Standards include-

Environmental Science Topic: Earth's Resources: Water and Water Pollution; Point source and non-point source contamination

Global Environmental Problems and Issues: Species depletion and extinction; Waste management (solid and hazardous)