Align Environmental Resource Guide (ERG)
with Graduation Standards

Follow the links below to review suggested ways to meet Minnesota profiles of learning using ERG activities:

Environmental Resource Guide (ERG) --User-friendly, scientifically sound curriculum focused on non-point source pollution prevention. Grades K-2, 3-5,6-8, and 9-12. Published by the Air & Waste Management Association (Click on "Education" and look for "Public Education.") Preview sample lessons and grids aligning the curriculum with national science standards. To order, download a copy of the AWMA Publications Catalogue. [You can also go to the AWMA "Online Library." Click on "Education" materials. NOTE: Be sure to order the Nonpoint Source Pollution curriculum, not the Air Quality Curriculum.]

Old Minnesota graduation standards met through ERG lessons

  • Grades K-3 - Writing and Speaking; and Direct Science Experience
  • Grades 4-5 - Living and Nonliving Systems; Geography and Citizenship; and Media, Observation, and Investigation
  • Grades 6-8 - Direct Observation; Accessing Information; Controlled Experiments; and Living Systems
  • Grades 9-12 - Concepts in Biology; Concepts in Chemistry; Concepts in Earth and Space Systems; Environmental Systems; Shape, Space & Measurement; and Research Proces

K-8 teachers must adapt some activities to ensure that they are student-directed. (Include "Follow-Up" and "Extension" activities.) Grades 9-12 ERG activities are already student-directed.

Each level of the ERG builds on concepts presented in lower grades. Yet no specific activities are repeated at more than one grade level.

Choosing Service-Learning Projects Which Support a Lesson - Browse the Water Quality Curriculum Grid to identify service-learning projects which fit well with the lessons you have chosen.

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