30 Minute Environmental Science Lesson Plan for Middle School Students

Short films to enrich learning. Discussion and activity suggestion included. 

30 minute middle school environmental lesson plan
Credit: MY HERO

Total run time of films approximately 27 minutes.

MABON ‘The 8 year old activist’

Jack Davies

Our world has a serious ocean plastics problem. There are now a higher number of plastics in the ocean than the number of fish. (4:39 minutes run time)

The Last Straw

Lynne Cherry

Milo Cress is concerned about the millions of straws that pollute waterways, waste fossil-fuel resources, and harm ocean creatures.  (4:28 minutes run time)

Plastic Plague

Produced by:Jody Lemmon

Plastic pollution is threatening the ocean's ecosystems, but we can work together to prevent further damage! (4:46 minutes run time)

Every Drop Counts

Produced by:Actuality Media

Cada Gota Cuenta gives a dynamic insight into just how detrimental the contaminated water in Guatemala can be on its population. (9:55 minutes run time)

The Secret of Trees

Produced by:Albert Maysles

What do trees know that we don't? 13-year-old inventor Aiden set out to find out. (3:35 minutes run time)

Discussion Questions and Activity Suggestions

1. Plastic is harmful to our waterways and oceans. What are some things you can do to make a positive difference in solving this problem?

2. Aiden noticed a possible connection between trees and harnessing solar energy. How can increased solar energy help the climate?

To Extend this lesson: Have students think about what they can do to reduce the use of plastic at school and at their homes. Encourage them to create an action plan and share their story with MY HERO. 

Organizer created on 4/5/2022 1:37:51 PM by Laura Nietzer

Last edited 4/6/2022 9:26:34 AM by Laura Nietzer