Curriculum Support (MEECS)
Ecosystems, Land Use,Water Quality, Energy Resources, Air Quality
is the Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support (MEECS)
The Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support (MEECS)
is a set of environmental education curriculum lessons and support
materials, carefully designed to help teachers integrate environmental
materials into their classrooms – materials that are Michigan-specific,
balanced, science-based, and critically aligned to the Michigan
curriculum framework standards and benchmarks. The materials were
carefully developed with broad-based review, and teachertested
in Michigan classrooms.
The MEECS curriculum consists of five foundation environmental
education units for grades 4-9 which support Michigan’s
science and social studies curriculum framework and benchmarks:
Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Land-Use, Water Quality, Energy
Resources, and Air Quality.
The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Department
of Education have worked hand in hand to develop sound science-based
supplementary environmental education curriculum materials for
use by Michigan educators. The curriculum units were carefully
created by a team of experts, carefully reviewed by a variety
of organizations, teachers, university faculty, environmental
groups, business and industry trade associations, and government
agencies. Then each curriculum unit was field-tested by 20 to
30 classroom teachers and thoroughly revised based on their feedback.
The curriculum units are distributed through teacher training
workshops, conducted by trained facilitators, to help educators
more easily understand and integrate the materials into their
& Biodiversity (Gr. 4-6; eight lessons)
Explores how organisms interact with their environment, ecosystem
services, Michigan’s environmental timeline, and concepts
related to biodiversity including “Michigan’s Web
of Life” and “Biodiversity Study.”
Quality (Gr. 6-8; nine lessons)
Students discover the essential role that water plays in Michigan’s
economy and our lives; calculate how much water they use, investigate
how land uses can impact water quality, explore Michigan watersheds
and characteristics of healthy streams, analyze Michigan stream
data, and investigate challenges to the Great Lakes. Students
consider “How can we protect Michigan’s water quality
and quantity?” and “Are the Great Lakes really great?”
Quality (Gr. 7-9; eight lessons)
Explores the sources, types and health effects of air pollutants
in Michigan and examines current Michigan issues through lessons
on: “Why Should We Be Concerned About Air Quality?”
and “How Can We Tell What the Quality of Air is Today?”
Also includes a series of lessons on global climate change and
its potential effects on the Great Lakes.
Use (Gr. 4-5; eight lessons)
Teaches students how to analyze and understand issues regarding
land use and the impacts people have on it with lessons from
“Classifying Land Use” to “Solving Land Use
Resources (Gr. 7-9; eight lessons)
Addresses Michigan energy use and sources, how electricity is
generated, renewable and non-renewable energy resources, energy
conservation and efficiency, and environmental sustainability.
Students keep an Energy Use
Diary, compare Michigan and U.S. per capita energy consumption
to energy use in other countries, and calculate their energy
footprint. What is Michigan’s energy future?
FREE Classroom and Teacher Notebook of Lesson Plans
Materials for Workhop Participants!
Every curriculum unit includes:
Background Information for Teachers
CD with extension lessons, PowerPoints,
Pre- & Post-Tests and other assessments
Student materials & colorful posters
Steven E. Chester, Director
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