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Whether you seek ideas for a community service project for Earth Day or ways to use innovative technologies to bring the environment into your classroom, TeachersFIrst has the reviewed resources to meet your needs. This extensive list is a full listing of TeachersFirst resource for Earth Day.

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Earth Day Network Footprint Calculator - Earthday Network

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6 to 12
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This quick quiz provides the user with his or her ecological "footprint." Based on the answers given, the student can see how much space his or her lifestyle takes ...more
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This quick quiz provides the user with his or her ecological "footprint." Based on the answers given, the student can see how much space his or her lifestyle takes up in the world (based on foot eaten, modes of transportation, size of house etc.) and how that compares to others in the world. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): conservation (127), earth (228), earth day (112), environment (317)

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This would be a great Earth Day activity, although younger students may not know how to answer some of the questions (the square footage of their house, the size of their hometown). The information gives students very concrete feedback about the environmental impact of their life on the planet. Taking the quiz takes only a few minutes, but the discussion it yields could easily fill a whole class period! If individual computers aren't available, share the site on an interactive whiteboard or projector.
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Water on the web - Water on the web

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9 to 16
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Understand, investigate, and solve environmental problems related to water. Use "Basic Science" for High School students to investigate through activities using technologies on the...more
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Understand, investigate, and solve environmental problems related to water. Use "Basic Science" for High School students to investigate through activities using technologies on the website. Use activities divided into sections: Teacher (lesson plans) and Student ("Studying" lessons and "Investigating" lessons.) Complete the "Water Science" water resource management course for undergraduates as a two semester course. Use lake and stream water quality data monitored continually throughout Minnesota and other participating areas. View the data in real time as well as information about the area, its uses, and watershed characteristics. Manipulate data characteristics to customize information needed to study in the "Data" section of the website. Use the "Understanding" section of the site to view reference materials and background information for better understanding of water issues, techniques, and sampling of data or the "Resources" section for tutorials and other references. This site requires Adobe Acrobat. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): data (148), water (130)

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Use the site to monitor data from a specific lake or stream, or compare between several different lakes or streams. Identify issues that change data and research the issues and areas of the World they impact. Follow up investigations with a trip to a water treatment center or with actual data collection in a nearby lake or stream. Create podcasts, videos, website or wiki pages (or any traditional media) to share information learned about water quality. View data as an inquiry activity for students to questions and then focus research on finding and sharing answers. Culminate the research in April in time for Earth Day as students share their findings with others in the community.
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State of the air - American Lung Association

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4 to 12
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How healthy is your air? Search by state and zip code to identify how your area "makes the grade." Identify the most common pollutants and their sources in easy to ...more
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How healthy is your air? Search by state and zip code to identify how your area "makes the grade." Identify the most common pollutants and their sources in easy to understand language. Identify the health risks of the pollutants and what can be done to reduce some of them. Compare and contrast different areas as well as the most polluted and cleanest cities. Use this site to learn more about the common pollutants: ozone and particulates using the "Pollution Basics" tab. This site also includes a blog, and personal stories submitted by readers of the site.

Caution: A contribution ad does appear on the side of the site, and students should be cautioned.

tag(s): air (163), earth (228), earth day (112), ozone (10), pollution (66)

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Begin your unit on air pollution with the quiz to determine students background knowledge and identify misconceptions. Use student groups to investigate various areas of the country or states and determine trends within the area/state. Students can follow with research in that area to look at various factors contributing to the air pollution in that area (industry, population, etc.) Students can present findings to the class in order to identify trends across the nation and in our lives that can affect air quality. Follow up with other activities and labs to understand air pollution and the factors that contribute. Access the "Key Findings" tab of the site to find an executive summary of information, tables, and trend charts that can be used for great discussions in the classroom. Create particle collectors using double sided tape or through purchase from Science supply catalogs to identify factors in students personal and school environments. As you approach Earth Day, have students create papers or online posters about air pollution and share them in their chosen "poor grade" locations.

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Earth Day - Myvocabulary.com

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4 to 10
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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, MyVocabulary.com has added a themed area for Earth Day. Find interactive vocabulary activities using Earth Day vocabulary...more
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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, MyVocabulary.com has added a themed area for Earth Day. Find interactive vocabulary activities using Earth Day vocabulary words. You will also find printable crosswords, fill in the blanks and more, all using the same theme words. This and other "themes" available on the site will make vocabulary development fun.

tag(s): earth (228), earth day (112), vocabulary (324)

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Share the puzzles on your interactive whiteboard or projector or make them available as links on your teacher public page. Have students (or groups) create their own illustrated dictionaries of terms using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here. As you add more vocabulary lists during the year, have them select their favorite 6-10 terms from each list to add to their "book."

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The Dirt on Soil - Discovery Education

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2 to 6
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View what lives in the soil. Learn the difference between soil and dirt, and look at soil profiles. Join the "Soil Safari" to navigate through the soil layers and view ...more
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View what lives in the soil. Learn the difference between soil and dirt, and look at soil profiles. Join the "Soil Safari" to navigate through the soil layers and view microscopic soil creatures and learn how chemicals can destroy the soil. The interactive Soil Safari challenges students to find a soil organism that can eat a certain chemical. They must find it in time to save the meadow! Hurry! Don't forget you need Flash for the fun. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): chemicals (40), earth (228), earth day (112), oil (45), soil (17)

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Use this site to earn about layers of the soil and organisms found there. Analyze soil core samples from areas in the community to determine soil composition and view some of the soil under a microscope. Use information from the site to identify environmental concerns in your or other areas. Have the students work with partners and try out the interactive challenge. This site could bring new meaning to "earth" day!
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Kids for Saving Earth - Kids for Saving Earth

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K to 8
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Use this inspirational site to encourage helping to save the Earth. Kids for Saving Earth was created by a student, Clinton Hill, who died from cancer at the age of ...more
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Use this inspirational site to encourage helping to save the Earth. Kids for Saving Earth was created by a student, Clinton Hill, who died from cancer at the age of eleven. The friendly interface contains many suggestions for different activities, worksheets, music, or videos sprinkled throughout the website. Membership is not required to access materials though memberships with additional materials are available for groups and families. Sign up for free emails with new information through e-pals newsletters. View "Defenders of the Planet" to see schools all over using activities to make a difference in their area. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): conservation (127), earth (228), earth day (112), environment (317)

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Use many of these wonderful resources to understand environmental problems and find small ways students can make a difference. Share the video clip and other parts of this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Create action days at your school with students working to teach other schoolmates, families, and their community about environmental problems. Create posters, news reports, or other materials to make a difference where you live. Or have students create their own multimedia presentations: wiki, blog, video, PowerPoint, etc..
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Human Footprint - National Geographic

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3 to 10
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This interactive takes a look at the effect of typical human consumption on the planet. Students can see how the bread they eat or the newspapers they read tax the ...more
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This interactive takes a look at the effect of typical human consumption on the planet. Students can see how the bread they eat or the newspapers they read tax the resources of our earth. There is also information about water consumption, diapers (and the crude oil they require), eggs, and more. The highly visual display of the site is well balanced with facts. Comparisons between the U.S., the U.K, and Japan provide interesting contrasts in resource usage between nations.

tag(s): earth (228), earth day (112), environment (317), natural resources (59), resources (112)

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Fire up the projector or interactive whiteboard to use this site when beginning a unit on natural resources, agriculture, environment, green living, or cultural comparisons. Ask your students to research other items that might be included in the comparison besides newspapers, potatoes, gas, etc. Have them make charts or online presentations to display consumption information in a similar fashion. Save this site in your favorites to use for Earth Day.
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Tox Town - Specialized Information Services

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K to 8
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This highly entertaining and multifaceted activity is all about environmental health risks and toxins. Students have the option to visit a farm, town, city, or the US-Mexico border....more
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This highly entertaining and multifaceted activity is all about environmental health risks and toxins. Students have the option to visit a farm, town, city, or the US-Mexico border. Students simply click on the various items on the pictures to learn more about the toxins. There are audio explanations and interactive activities. Some pages also offer maps to learn more about the health risks in your local area. There is a lot of factual information and both interactive and non-interactive activities. This site required FLASH. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): carbon (21), earth (228), earth day (112), environment (317)

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Teachers should begin their planning at the "For Teachers" link. The link provides standards, detailed activities, enrichment activities, and more! Be sure to try an interactive whiteboard or projector for this unique educational activity. This activity would be great for Earth Day lessons! Have older students complete a multi-media project about the toxins they learn about (blog, wiki, or video).
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Garbage - Annenberg Media

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3 to 6
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Need a quick, ready-to-go Earth Day activity? Try this interactive activity that tests students' knowledge of proper disposal methods for common household substances. Students must...more
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Need a quick, ready-to-go Earth Day activity? Try this interactive activity that tests students' knowledge of proper disposal methods for common household substances. Students must determine which items are hazardous, which can be recycled, which can be disposed of with the regular household trash, and which should be washed down the drain. After completing the activity, students can check their answers.

tag(s): recycling (57)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Provide this link on your class website for students to share with their families. Have students research and create their own quiz about other household items and how they should be properly disposed of.

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Earth Day - Earthday.com

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4 to 7
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This environmental education site, a cooperative effort across the entire U.S. government, is filled with creative ways to make learning about the environment fun! Click on the "In...more
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This environmental education site, a cooperative effort across the entire U.S. government, is filled with creative ways to make learning about the environment fun! Click on the "In the Classroom" link to learn more about specific topics, play educational interactive, complete puzzles, or take a virtual trip to "Recycle City." The "For Kids" page provides an annotated collection of kid-friendly environmental Web sites filled with clever and interactive activities. Learn about the history of Earth Day, ways to celebrate in your classroom or at home, and more. There is quite a bit to explore!

tag(s): earth (228), earth day (112), ecology (135), environment (317), recycling (57)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Read the history of Earth Day together. Have cooperative learning groups explore different ways to "take action" and then create a multimedia presentation to share with the class. Why not challenge students to create a video to share with the class using a site such as TeacherTube (explained here).

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A Student's Guide to Global Climate Change - US EPA

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5 to 8
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Created by the Environmental Protection Agency, this visually appealing site is filled with interactive story books, climate animations, and cleverly designed animations for students....more
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Created by the Environmental Protection Agency, this visually appealing site is filled with interactive story books, climate animations, and cleverly designed animations for students. Links include Climate Change (What is It), Climate & Weather, Greenhouse Effect, What is the Climate System, Climate's Come a Long Way, The Climate Detectives, Games, Climate Animations, Climate Change Calculator, Stuff for Teachers, So What's the Big Deal, We CAN Make a Difference, and Can We Change the Climate. Use this site to supplement a unit on the Greenhouse Effect or as a springboard for Internet Earth Day activities. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): ecology (135), fossil fuels (18)

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Have cooperative learning groups research the many links and activities at this site. Challenge groups to create a multi-media presentation: blog entry, wiki, PowerPoint, web page, or video.
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Real Trees 4 Kids - The National Christmas Tree Association

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K to 12
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Trees, trees, and more trees - that is what you find at this site. There are lesson ideas and activities for all grade levels (K-12). The activities are broken down ...more
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Trees, trees, and more trees - that is what you find at this site. There are lesson ideas and activities for all grade levels (K-12). The activities are broken down into grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Each level includes several "Teacher's Guides." In grades K-2, the site's goal is for students to learn about trees and their parts using writing, science, and math! The Grades 3-5 section focuses on the life cycle of conifer trees. This level also discusses how real trees are recycled, the types of trees grown on farms, and new vocabulary words. In grades 6-8 students learn about the life cycles and scientific names of the trees and take a look (first-hand) into the life of a real tree grower. Grades 9-12 challenges students to dig deeper into the soil and check out how REAL TREE growers keep their crops healthy, how supply and demand works, and more details about conifers. There are many other highlights at this site: ready to go units, photos, and more. The TF editorial staff checked many of the links; there were two not working at the time of this review. However, the other 30-40 links did work. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): conservation (127), earth (228), earth day (112), plants (144), trees (30)

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Use this site to "spruce" up Earth Day or your study of plants and trees! The Teacher's Guides are basically ready-to-go units of study. Some of the activities are more interactive than others. If you are looking for a more "technology" friendly activity, consider having students create a wiki guide to the various trees in their hometowns (or around their school). Or have them create a video "Tree Tour." Share the videos using a tool such as SchoolTube (reviewed here).
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Think Green - Waste Management

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4 to 12
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Use Think Green, a site created by Waste Management, to obtain information about everyday recycling and waste management as well as environmental protection. View "Our commitment" to...more
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Use Think Green, a site created by Waste Management, to obtain information about everyday recycling and waste management as well as environmental protection. View "Our commitment" to view a message overview and their environmental commitment. Ads do appear under this tab but do not run generally on all pages of the site. "Waste As a Resource" offers information on Landfill Gas To Energy, Waste-To-Energy, Recycling, and Beneficial Land Reuse. The site also offers many "Case Studies" on how companies are being inventive in waste management and energy use. View "Media" for more information about "Burning Questions," "Fuel for Thought," "Secret Life of Landfills," and "Second Life." "Point of View" offers thoughts from others in academic and business institutions. Click "News" which is a pop up of news items. A caution that "Greenopolis" leads to an online community and may not be appropriate for all students. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): earth (228), earth day (112), environment (317), recycling (57)

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Use this site for mining for information and examples of waste management and energy production. Use this site for background information and practical applications of what students have researched. Use examples to audit local businesses, residence practices, and waste management procedures to offer solutions. Use information to compare and contrast different environmental practices in terms of effectiveness, cost, and sustainability. Have students create videos to demonstrate their knowledge. Share the videos on a resources such as SchoolTube SchoolTube (reviewed here).
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EcoKids - Earth Day Canada

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K to 8
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This clever, creative, and entertaining resource is a must for elementary science classroom! Click to enter the Room 26: Kids or the Teachers' Lounge. Kids from all over...more
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This clever, creative, and entertaining resource is a must for elementary science classroom! Click to enter the Room 26: Kids or the Teachers' Lounge. Kids from all over the world can learn oodles from this Canadian ecology site. Teachers will find a trove of information and instructional materials as well. You will appreciate the Earth Day activities and information. There are also numerous educational interactives highlighting the food chain, bugs, animal adaptations, acid rain, transportation, and other topics. Students can participate in interactive stories; play and learn with more than 50 ecology-based on-line games and activities; learn about a variety of topics including wildlife, energy, and environment issues; and print out word games or coloring sheets.

Be aware: recently, this site started to offer certain features of the Teacher's Lounge to "members only." Membership is FREE, but does require an email address. The link for students does NOT require membership to access the interactives, information, or printables. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): acid rain (5), earth (228), earth day (112), ecology (135), transportation (40)

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There is SO much to look at and explore, so browse through the offerings, create a plan for your students based on their age and ability level, then mark the site as a favorite on classroom computers. Upper elementary students can use it as an independent learning center. Younger children may need help with some of the text, so consider using an interactive whiteboard or projector and exploring the activities as a class. Click on "Downloads" on the bottom left to find printables, including coloring sheets of Canadian wildlife and various ecology-related worksheets and lesson plans. Click on the 'games and activities' tab and use the interactive whiteboard or projector for whole class eco-minded fun. ESL and ELL teachers, don't miss the 'teacher' section for a cache of activities written for your ELL/ESL students. Interested students will use this one for hours, so some directions will be important for classroom use.
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Breathing Earth - David Bleja

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3 to 12
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SEE the relative contributions to carbon dioxide emissions country by country. Students roll the mouse over countries on a flattened world map to see what the carbon dioxide emission...more
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SEE the relative contributions to carbon dioxide emissions country by country. Students roll the mouse over countries on a flattened world map to see what the carbon dioxide emission of each. The featured country's pertinent facts pop up, including emissions, populations, and birth/death rates. Countries are color-coded to indicate rates of carbon dioxide emissions. The pop-ups of births and deaths are fascinating (they occur in real-time). The bottom of the site includes a detailed legend; be sure to check it out. Note that spelling is Australian ("tonnes" vs "tons"). You can turn off the audio at the lower left. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): carbon (21), carbon dioxide (17), carbon footprint (11), earth (228), earth day (112), environment (317)

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This site has countless uses in the classroom of various grade levels. Share this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard. With younger classes, use this map to teach about map legends. Use this when studying ecosystems, environmental issues, economics, current events, world birth and death rates, pollution problems, and conservation. Leave the site open for a few hours for students to see the changes. This site is an excellent resource for research projects on countries throughout the world.
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Freecycle - The Freecycle Network

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Need a bookcase or rug for your classroom or home office area? Perhaps you have extra, personally-purchased classroom supplies that you no longer use. There is a solution to both ...more
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Need a bookcase or rug for your classroom or home office area? Perhaps you have extra, personally-purchased classroom supplies that you no longer use. There is a solution to both dilemmas--Freecycle! Check this site to see if there is a local Freecycle group in your area. With 4,336 groups and growing, there's a good chance one is in your neighborhood. Twenty five states currently have participants. This grassroots, non-profit network's aim is to get unused 'stuff' into the hands of someone who can use it, and most importantly, they want to keep it out of our clogged landfills. Teachers are the most resourceful people on earth, and Freecycle is here to help fuel that creditable reputation. Membership is free -check it out!

tag(s): earth (228), earth day (112), environment (317)

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Share this site with your class as an idea for Earth Day or being "green." Encourage your school service club or student council to consider launching a Freecycle project. Be sure to list the link on your class website, so parents can freecycle too.

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The Recycling Game - BBC

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K to 1
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This interactive recycling game challenges students to determine if various items are made of plastic, glass, or paper. Students simply click on the items and drag the items into one...more
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This interactive recycling game challenges students to determine if various items are made of plastic, glass, or paper. Students simply click on the items and drag the items into one of three bins (plastic, glass, or paper). spoken voice and word choices are British, so you may see some puzzled faces when the student first hear the terminology, but the illustrations will help them recognize the objects. And you will have a chance to talk about vocabulary in different parts of the English-speaking world. The website features a Teachers/Parents link that provides general standards for this interactive game. The entire activity requires Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): earth (228), earth day (112), recycling (57)

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Remember to turn on speakers or attach headphones for this activity. This website is a perfect "ready to go" learning center, especially around Earth Day. This challenge is a wonderful companion to teaching students about the importance of recycling.
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Your Ocean - National Maritime Museum

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4 to 9
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Don't miss this wonderful website - perfect for environmental awareness. This "student friendly" website is divided into 4 distinct sections - your energy, your waste, your stuff (products...more
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Don't miss this wonderful website - perfect for environmental awareness. This "student friendly" website is divided into 4 distinct sections - your energy, your waste, your stuff (products that come from the oceans), and your climate. The website is designed to use with students ages 11 - 14, but could be adapted for other ages. There are interactive games, quizzes, and a wealth of information. The website even provides students with simple tips and actions they can do to save energy and protect the environment.

Be aware that this site was created in the UK, so you may notice some minor spelling differences. Some of the interactive games and quizzes require Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): climate (92), earth (228), earth day (112), energy (197), environment (317)

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This website would work as a group activity (on an interactive whiteboard or projector) or as a cooperative learning activity for small groups to complete together. This is also a good choice for Earth Day activities. Have cooperative learning groups explore one of the sections of this site and create a blog entry demonstrating what they learned.
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Dr. E's Energy Lab - U. S. Department of Energy

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If you have any hesitation that students think energy is 'uncool,' think again. Tinker Bell delights the younger students with her short video clips about energy. They will spend oodles...more
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If you have any hesitation that students think energy is 'uncool,' think again. Tinker Bell delights the younger students with her short video clips about energy. They will spend oodles of time exploring the many facets of this site. Click on the various types of energy from the homepage to start the exploration. Interactives, lesson plans, crafts, printable sheets, and tons of information that we all need to know to survive on this planet is handily available here. The Game link includes "Funergy," "Energy Quest," and more! Visit the Teacher's link to find over 350 lesson plans and activities (with standards). The activities are divided into three levels (grades K-4, 5-8, and 9-12). While some of the Dr. E's activities look like they are intended for a young audience, don't be fooled. Heavy information for the high school student is housed behind the "cutesy" cover. This site requires Flash and Adobe Acrobat. You can get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): earth (228), earth day (112), energy (197), solar energy (38)

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If energy is a subject you teach in your classroom, there are several pages at this site that would work well on a projector or interactive whiteboard. You will want to explore on your own to find all the teaching materials and activities, since there is SO much information. Share this site on your teacher web page during your energy unit, since many activities can include parents, as well. The alternative fuels, renewable energy, and conservation sections are also ideal for Earth Day activities. Have students use this site to research energy. Why not have students create blog entries demonstrating their knowledge?
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Smog City 2 - U.S. EPA and Sacramento Air Quality Management District

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5 to 12
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Use this interactive air pollution simulation to learn about the effects of particulates, ozone, and individual choices on air pollution. The Create Your Own section allows you...more
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Use this interactive air pollution simulation to learn about the effects of particulates, ozone, and individual choices on air pollution. The Create Your Own section allows you to test cause and effect of different factors in a controlled setting. Although the option to download the simulator is offered, it runs just fine in its online version. The site's disclaimer explains that the complex relationships between environmental factors have been simplified for this simulator, but the processes are still representative of the "real world" factors. This is a MUST for Earth Day!

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tag(s): air (163), earth (228), earth day (112), environment (317), pollution (66)

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Younger students would benefit from a teacher-centered introduction on the simulator (using your interactive whiteboard or projector), followed by directed explorations to find specific answers to teacher questions. Older students can determine the most important factors in air pollution and explore means to solve the problem as part of a health, social studies, science, or government class. Have your students present their finding on an interactive whiteboard or projector.
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