by Alison Pearce Stevens
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Tiny Plastic, Big Problem
- Alison Pearce Stevens
When plastic was invented at the turn of 20th century, it was lauded as a miraculous new material that could be used to create innumerable products. Few could have recognized the impact that plastic would have on our world – particularly in our oceans – over the course of a century.Pair “Why are bees vanishing?” with “Tiny Plastic, Big Problem” in order to spark a discussion about how plastic and pesticides (both human inventions) affect us and our environment.
Conservation as a National Duty
- President Theodore Roosevelt
As an explorer and naturalist, Theodore Roosevelt, who served as the 26th President of the United States (1858-1919), was a great supporter of environmental policies and protection. In this speech delivered on May 16th, 1908, President Roosevelt charges conservation as a national responsibility.Pair “Why Are Bees Vanishing?” with “Conservation as a National Duty” and ask students to discuss the far-reaching implications of environmental protection. Does conservation go beyond protective plant life, minerals, natural gas, etc? Does wildlife (including insects) fall under this as well, and how should we protect it?
- Anthony Lentini
A young person, living in a gleaming technological future, travels with their family to see their first tree.Pair “Autumntime” with “Why are Bees Vanishing?” and ask students to discuss the costs and benefits of human and technological progress as they are presented in Lentini’s short story and the article. In regards to our environmental impact, how similar is the present-day to the setting presented in “Autumntime”?
Explainer: Animals’ Role in Human Disease
- Amanda Leigh Mascarelli
In “Explainer: Animals’ Role in Human Disease,” Amanda Leigh Mascarelli discusses how diseases among animals can be introduced to humans.Pair “Why Are Bees Vanishing?” with “Explainer: Animals’ Role in Human Disease” and ask students to discuss what humans can learn from studying animals. What have humans learned about the potential causes of decreasing bee populations? What have humans learned about animals’ role in spreading diseases? How can humans and animals pose threats to each other?
Coming: The Sixth Mass Extinction?
- Alison Pearce Stevens
In the informational text “Coming: The Sixth Mass Extinction?” Alison Pearce Stevens discusses the possibility of a sixth mass extinction and the importance of biodiversity.Pair “Why Are Bees Vanishing” with “Coming: The Sixth Mass Extinction?” and ask students to discuss why certain species are disappearing. How are humans bringing about the sixth mass extinction? How does this compare to the actions of humans that are negatively impacting bees? How do both texts emphasize how humans rely on the services and resources provided by diverse species?
Emerald Ash Borer
- Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
In the informational text “Emerald Ash Borer” from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the author describes a beetle native to northeastern Asia that is now found in North America.Pair “Why are bees vanishing?” with “Emerald Ash Borer” and ask students to discuss how insects can help and hurt plants. What would be lost if bee populations disappeared? How does this compare to what would happen if the emerald ash borer was no longer abundant in North America?