Take students to the computer lab and give each
of them a report card (see model below).
Inform them that they are to grade their state on the quality of life based on
the criteria listed on the report card. Students will research the websites listed
above in order to determine the grade. Students must give a comment next to each
grade they give their state that includes factual data they found from the sites
that they visited.
Report Card File (.doc)
On the second day have students work on their report cards
during the first half of the period. During the second half
of the period have students work in small groups to discuss
their report cards and then work together to devise a plan
for improvement for the state
Have a class discussion on the “Plans for Improvement”.
Discuss: How effective is the federal government in maintaining a healthy environment?
The State? What roadblocks must the state and federal governments overcome in
order to sustain a healthy environment?