Environmental Health Unit



Throughout this three-week, low-prep long unit, students investigate the concept of environmental health, how chemicals in our environment affect our health, and how an outbreak of specific diseases can begin and then spread.

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Key concepts and ideas from these lessons include DDT, pathogens, different types of hazards (biological, social, chemical and physical), epidemiology, toxicology, dose-response relationships, risk assessments, pollution, carcinogens, chemical mutagens, teratogens, neurotoxins, allergens, endocrine disruptors, asbestos, radon, VOCs, carbon monoxide, lead, bioaccumulation, biomagnification, malaria, cholera, annual pesticide use, etc.

The following resources are included in this unit:

  • Unit Pacing Guide
  • “What is Environmental Health?” Lesson Plan
  • DDT Activity
  • Environmental Health Overview PowerPoint Presentation & Guided Notes
  • Animal Testing Probe Worksheet
  • Biological and Social Hazards Practice Packet & Answer Key
  • Toxic Substances in the Environment PowerPoint Presentation & Guided Notes
  • Toxic Substances in the Environment Practice Packet & Answer Key
  • Environmental Chemicals and Their Impact on Human Health Lab & Answer Key
  • Environmental Health Quiz & Answer Key
  • Case Studies Assignment
  • “Tracking an Outbreak” Lesson Plan
  • “Tracking an Outbreak” Lab & Answer Key
  • “Tuna for Lunch?” Lesson Plan
  • “Tuna for Lunch?” Lab & Answer Key
  • Annual Pesticide Use Lesson Plan
  • Annual Pesticide Use Worksheet & Answer Key
  • Malaria and Climate in Africa Lesson Plan
  • Malaria and Climate in Africa Worksheet & Answer Key
  • Environmental Health Study Guide
  • Environmental Health Unit Exam & Answer Key


Grade Levels: 8th – 12th
Total Pages: 115+
Teaching Duration: 3 Weeks

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What busy teachers like you have said:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Christine M. says, “I used this in a mixed summer school class that had students in grades 9 – 11 that needed to make up Environmental Science or Human Body Systems. It was easy to work with and had little to prep.”
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Dana Koprowski (TPT Seller) says, “Great resource. My students were fully engaged throughout!”

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