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Sustainability Literacy Guide for Science, ELA & Social Studies

How it Works

The Sustainability Literacy Guide for Science, ELA and Social Studies is an instrumental resource for educators of all grades looking to teach and learn sustainability concepts. By extracting some of the main topics covered in National and Common Core standards in Science, English-Language-Arts and Social Studies, the Literacy Guide aims to provide educators with a holistic knowledge of sustainability and its incorporation into material they’re already familiar with. GEF provides teachers with all the resources with which they can integrate this knowledge into their existing course load.

The Literacy Guide outlines significant concepts in National and Core standards, a brief description of how sustainability can be integrated into these concepts across all grades, and resources, such as GEF lessons and learning content, that instructors can use to teach these topics.

The Literacy Guide offers a unique and easy way for teachers to educate their students (and themselves) on sustainability, without increasing class time or creating new material.

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Examples from the Blueprint

Click for overview of national and common core sustainability connections for K-12 Science

Click for sample of Climate Change and Earth Systems sustainability connections and lessons for K-12 Science

Click for overview of national and common core sustainability connections for K-12 Social Studies and ELA

Click for sample of Research sustainability connections and lessons for high school ELA