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Student Curriculum: Recipes for Healthy Kids and a Healthy Environment

Lesson 1: Environmental Health 101
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This lesson helps kids connect the earth to their schools, homes, and communities and teaches them how they all affect each other.

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Kids Will Be Able to:

  • define environment and environmental health;
  • list the four things that all living beings need (air, water, food, and shelter) and give examples of each;
  • understand why children are often more at risk from environmental health hazards; and
  • understand that their actions can help to create a healthier environment for themselves and for everyone around them.
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Lesson 1 Environmental Health 101

Lesson 1: Environmental Health 101 (PDF) (23pp, 5.61MB)

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Handouts for Kids


Poster 1 (PDF) (2pp, 986K)
Poster 1
Poster 2 (PDF) (2pp, 728K)
Poster 2
Poster 3 (PDF) (2pp, 551K)
Poster 3
Visual Cards (PDF) (6pp, 1.86MB)
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Additional Online Resources

Looking for more resources for instructors or activities for kids on this topic? Check out these suggested resources from federal and state organizations.

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