Social Studies Lessons

The social studies portion of the PULSE curriculum provides important context for the understanding of science and making the science applicable to all students. These lessons appreciation for American history, geography, culture, government and world history. These learning cycles and lessons can also stand alone to teach important concepts to high school students. These language arts lessons provide the students with tools or skills that will aide them in these environmental health based major projects. The education standards prepared by the National Council for the Social Studies were used to allign the lessons.

The National Standards for Social Studies Teachers education standards can be viewed at: http://www.socialstudies.org/standards/

The lessons address many of the NCSS standards and specifically emphasized the following areas:

• Reading
• Writing
• Speaking
• Technology
• Research skills
• Presentations
• Persuasion

Lessons in Alphabetical order: A-H, I-S, T-Y.

Description of Mini-Unit/Lesson
A Civil Action Students will analyze segments from the movie “Civil Action” to understand the civil procedure and the impact that civil suits have on environmental health.
A Country of Migrants
A Recommendation for the Future --
A Society of Employees

American Business abroad

American Migrations Timeline --
Students will use the information they gathered from the explore lesson to devise a field trip to their assigned country. The students will explain through a museum walk how the people of their country have adapted to the physical and cultural features of their country.
Arsenic Contamination; Natural Disaster or Human Induced? --
Brother Can you Spare a Dime --
Building a Healthy City --
Business Revisited --
Can Diseases be Prevented? --
Can I be Swayed? Students will read and analyze articles on energy policy from different points of view
Can We Breathe Easier? Students will debate the pros and cons of federalism and then analyze the Clean Air Act to ascertain the role of the states and federal government in enforcing it.
Changing Opinions --
Climate Change Roundtable In this lesson students will participate in a round table discussion on climate change. Their objective will be to persuade all industrialized countries to sign a global treaty to adapt their technologies to use more renewable energy sources and decrease their dependence on fossil fuels, thus reducing the threat of climate change.
Dangerous for Your Health --
Describe my City --
Devastating Diseases! --
Diseases are real --
Dreaming of a Healthy City --
Economic Crash & Recovery --
Energy Task Force Students will simulate a meeting of the President’s energy task force in order to observe how energy policy may be developed with the input of various groups.
EXTRA! Read about it! --
Finding A Voice --
Finding Patterns in Times of Crisis --
Finding Your Voice --
Flush it! Throw it! --
Forced to Move --
Fun In the City --
Getting to Work and Making Money --
Global Interdependence The issue climate change is a good example of how the physical features of the earth; air, water, living organisms, and land are interconnected. This lesson will allow students the opportunity to explore this theory by participating in a road race.
Government Intervention Students will role play members of the FDA and make a list of regulations for clinical trials on human subjects.
Hello Mexico City --
How can you be a Revolutionary? --
How to Write a Bill Students will write their own bill and participate in a committee mark-up session
Human Migration in the United States --


-- I-S, T-Y --

PULSE is a project of the Community Outreach and Education Program of the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center and is funded by:

NIH/NCRR award #16260-01A1
The Community Outreach and Education Program is part of the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center: an NIEHS Award


Supported by NIEHS grant # ES06694

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