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Free Teacher's Guide
BOOMer Rules
2007

Rate Your Family Conservation Study

Students assess how environmentally aware their family is by a point system. Goal is to heighten awareness of environmental their family impact.
Procedure:
Students collect data on a point system. (Points below are from a suggested example; an additional part of this could be for students to come up with an appropriate rating system.)

  • If you recycle paper, adds 10 pts.
  • If you picked up litter in the past week, add 5 pts.
  •  If you littered in any way. Subtract 20 pts.
  • If you planted one or more trees in the past year, add 10 pts.
  • If you drove your car (or had someone drive you) to destination fewer that two blocks away in the last week, subtract 20 pts.
  • If you have taken your children to a natural setting, such as the woods, a stream or a mountain trail in the last month, add 15 pts.
  • If you recycle glass, cans, plastic, aluminum foil, add 10 pts.
  • If you compost, mulch, or leave your leaves or grass alone to decompose, add 5 pts.
  • If you have a compost pile, add 10 pts.
  • If you have a family vegetable garden, add 10 pts.
  • If you have forgotten to turn off a light, television, or radio in an empty room today, subtract 10 pts.
  • If you have use rechargeable batteries, add 5 points
  • If you use both sides of a piece of paper before throwing it away, add 5 pts.
  • If you have florescent lights at home add 5 points for each one.
  • If you have a hybrid car or low mileage car add 20 points.
  • If you have an SUV or Hummer subtract 15 points.
  • If you have volunteered your time for an environmental cause in the past year (such as paper drive, trash pick-up, clean up, help animals , improve habitat , fund raising for nature, etc.), add 10 pts.
  • If you have a push lawnmower,  add 10 points.
  • If you do not use pesticides on your lawn, add 10 points.

How did your family score????

90 points or above: Indeed you are a friendly family of the Earth!

80 to 89 points: You are a concerned family and doing OK.

70 to 79 points: Your family needs to make a plan and try harder.

Below 70: Your family is contributing to the problem.

*Adapted from Dorota. "Weird Frog Facts." Frogland. (1999) http://allaboutfrogs.org/ (Accessed 12 Nov. 1999).

 See www.epa.gov/globalwarming/kids or www.cnaturenet.org for more details on simple things we can do to help the earth.

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