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How Does Pollution Impact Our Environment?

Innovation in Teaching Competition: Sarah Lucas from Georgetown K-8 School

Grade Level

Third Grade

Content Area/Instructional Strategy


During this one to two week unit, students explore the effects of pollution on our environment and conduct research using a variety of print and electronic sources. In addition to learning about pollution, students address English Language Arts standards by taking notes on print and digital sources, collaborating with peers, and writing an essay about recyclable and non-recyclable items. At the end of the unit, students share their knowledge through a presentation in the format of their choice, such as a PowerPoint, video, diorama, poster or play.

Standards Addressed

English Language Arts:
ELA.3.RI.4, ELA.3.W.2, ELA.3.W.7, ELA.3.W.8, ELA.3.SL.1, ELA.3.SL.4

About the Teacher

Sarah Lucas
Georgetown K-8 School

Sarah Lucas is currently a 3rd grade teacher at Georgetown K-8 School in Savannah, Georgia. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Armstrong Atlantic State University and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Armstrong Atlantic State University. She has served as a grade level chair for prekindergarten and 3rd grade, and currently serves as a mentor teacher for students from Armstrong State University. Her best piece of teaching advice is to gain your students’ respect, set your expectations high and make everything fun!