Ready, Set . . . Go Green!

Contributor: Roxann Penny. Lesson ID: 12760

What do you think about when you see the color green? A healthy planet with clean air, water, and soil. Discover ways to keep the earth green!


Earth Science, People and Their Environment

learning style
personality style
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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  • What do you think the expression Go Green means?

Take a look at the choices below.

  1. wearing green clothing all year long with absolutely no exceptions
  2. eating only foods that are green, including Brussels sprouts
  3. cheering each time a traffic light turns green
  4. watching The Incredible Hulk turn green when he gets mad
  5. making better choices for the environment
  • Which answer did you choose?

Explore this lesson to find out if you made the right choice and to learn what it means to Go Green!

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Although the expression Go Green may sound like a cheer at a football game, it simply means doing things that are not harmful to the environment.

  • Can you identify some things that are harmful to the environment?

Write down some of your ideas.

Watch the video below to see what others think and compare their ideas to yours!

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Now that you have more information about Going Green, explore why going green matters. Reflect on the following questions and write down your answers.

  • What is pollution?
  • What are the effects of pollution on the environment?
  • What does sustainability mean?
  • Why is using sustainable resources important?

Compare your answers to the ones provided below.

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  • Were there any similarities between your responses and those presented?

Next, watch another video to explore the harmful effects of not recycling plastics and why going green helps to preserve everything from the oceans to our health.

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  • Were you surprised to learn how much pollution has accumulated in our oceans?
  • Do you think protecting our oceans is important even if you do not live near an ocean?
  • Can you think about one way you can become more involved in protecting the oceans?

Disposable products have become integral to daily life, and going green may seem daunting. Plastic is just one material that can be harmful to the environment. Other substances can be just as harmful, if not more.

Thankfully, green methods such as recycling provide a safe way of managing and minimizing the harmful effects of waste on the environment.

Before continuing this lesson, consider how much stuff you threw away today and how much you conserved or reused.

When you are ready, explore the Got It? section to test your green knowledge.

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