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May 01, 2014

Environmental Laws Timeline Activity

Grade Level:




Students will have to select 25 environmental laws in American history from a much larger list. Their goal is to produce their own timeline of American environmental law history to present to the rest of the class. In doing so, they will develop critical thinking and analytic skills and articulate the importance of the Rule of Law to protecting the environment.


Time needed:

~1 hour


Materials required:

Environmental Laws Timeline Lesson Plan


National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies, National Council for the Social Studies:

Theme 2: Time, Continuity, and Change

Theme 6: Power, Authority, and Governance

Theme 10: Civic Ideals and Practices