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Technology and Its Impact on Our Environment

Course, Subject

Earth Science, English Language Arts, Science, English Language Arts (2005)

Grade Levels

Intermediate, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade


Completed project and student summaries are evaluated.


Lynn Corder, Olean Middle School


5 class periods


Students will gain an understanding of the impact technology has had on our environment.


  • Class brainstorms the impacts technology has had on environment; examples are wildlife preservation, “throw-away society,” nuclear waste, and ozone depletion.
  • Students select one impact and research it.
  • Students write a letter to an environmental or governmental agency that deals with their topic, asking for information.
  • Students choose one of the following projects:
    • Research paper addressing their topic
    • Project related to their topic, such as birdhouses, recycling bins, or products created from recycled materials
    • Plan of action, such as posters, brochures, flyers, announcements, energy surveys, letters to the editor
  • Students present their projects and research.
  • Students write a one-page summary of the information and materials they received as a result of their letters.


  • Computer with Internet access
  • Word processing programs
  • Research resources
  • FAX
  • Various hand tools and equipment
  • Paper/pencils


  • Project work can be accomplished inside or outside the classroom.
  • A “down time” should be planned between the time letters are mailed and the time materials are received by students.


Corder, Lynn. “Technology and Its Impact on Our Environment.” In Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Resource Guide with Core Curriculum. New York State Department of Education, 136.

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