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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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World Climate - Robert Hoare

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5 to 12
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Users can find average temperature readings by clicking on common locations or entering any world city into a search box. Answers show three readings, Average Maximum Temps, Average...more
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Users can find average temperature readings by clicking on common locations or entering any world city into a search box. Answers show three readings, Average Maximum Temps, Average Minimum, 24 hour readings, as well as longitude and latitude.. Depending on the area, other data includes rainfall, sea-level pressure, station level pressure, and general information about the area's geography. Searchers must use native language spellings of larger cities and must settle for information about the main cities of the world.

tag(s): climate (92), earth (228), earth day (112), environment (317), temperature (29), weather (188)

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Use the data along with world maps (or Google Earth) for students to draw conclusions about geographic features and weather or to collect weather data over a time period to compare seasonal differences between northern and southern hemispheres. As part of an Earth Day or climate comparison activity, have students create a color-coded climate data "globe" in small groups, showing major cities and their weather data by color. You can use basketballs and sticky colored contact paper to cut out continents and climate zones, or have students make the map on an interactive whiteboard using a globe projection and highlghter tools in different colors. Older students can use the raw data as part of study of climate and cultural differences, environmental issues, or related topics.

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Blow Your Mind - TryScience

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4 to 10
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This entertaining (and informational) website challenges students to design a prototype windmill. Students are provided with some background information about designing a windmill...more
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This entertaining (and informational) website challenges students to design a prototype windmill. Students are provided with some background information about designing a windmill and presented with an interactive "design a windmill" challenge. The interactive activity requires Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.. There is also a teacher's link available with additional details and ideas to use in the classroom.

tag(s): design (84), earth (228), earth day (112), energy (198)

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Get your interactive whiteboards ready for designing a windmill. Students will love testing their designs. Have them hypothesize and keep track of what works and what doesn't.
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Butterfly Curricula - The Butterfly Website- Rick Mikula

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K to 3
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This web page offers links to lesson plans for butterfly and life cycle units. [Unfortunately, a couple of the lesson ideas are now dead links, but the remaining ones are ...more
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This web page offers links to lesson plans for butterfly and life cycle units. [Unfortunately, a couple of the lesson ideas are now dead links, but the remaining ones are good.] The lesson plans are user-friendly and geared toward primary grades. You can also obtain information on applying for grants to create a butterfly garden at your school. That would make a fantastic Earth Day project for a classroom or entire school to promote team work.

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

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As an anticipatory set or activator, try using a projector with a few of the images found at the "Photo Gallery" link at the left on this site. Your children will be very excited to OOOO and Ahhh at the beautiful pictures.

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Zero Footprint Carbon Calculator - Zero Footprint.net

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9 to 12
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This tool allows you to calculate your contribution to greenhouse gasses by answering questions about lifestyle and behavior. A kids'...more
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This tool allows you to calculate your contribution to greenhouse gasses by answering questions about lifestyle and behavior. A kids' version is also available. The calculator is intended for adults but is quite applicable to teenagers, especially those who drive a car. This site also includes ways to "offset" carbon emissions through tree planting, etc. Some of the information is part of initiatives for which the organization solicits funds, but the research and data are informative and sobering.

This resource was featured in a recent New Teacher Hotline Podcast as one of the Tech Toolbox resources. Hear more about it on the podcast .

tag(s): carbon (21), carbon footprint (11), climate (92), climate change (64), earth (228), earth day (112), environment (317)

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Share this and the kids' calculator on your teacher web site and ask students to come up with a plan to decrease their carbon emissions as part of your unit on environmental issues. This could be a "real world" connection in geography study of natural resources or a science class on climate change.

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Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Kids Page - MPCA

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Find information and activities for elementary and middle school students on environmental issues. Check out the featured creatures of the month, frogs, and student research tools or...more
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Find information and activities for elementary and middle school students on environmental issues. Check out the featured creatures of the month, frogs, and student research tools or share printable activities and coloring pages on environmental themes, including recycling, pollution, and more. Although the information was created for Minnesota's kids, it applies almost anywhere. The Frogs for Kids page has facts that are sure to be a hit as you study amphibians!

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

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Use the printables as extra activities for Earth Day or to supplement your discussions of environmental concerns at any time of the year.
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Polluted Runoff (Nonpoint Source Pollution) Kids Page - US EPA Office of Water

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Help your elementary and middle school students learn about water quality and conservation -- and what human behaviors affect them. Explore run-off, home and garden habits, aquatic...more
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Help your elementary and middle school students learn about water quality and conservation -- and what human behaviors affect them. Explore run-off, home and garden habits, aquatic life, terminology, and more in these simple interactive pages. If it's about water, you can find it here, along with lesson plans or activities to help your students understand. One link require purchase of a CD, but there is plenty to do without spending money! Middle school activities include the activity sheets in both Word and Acrobat formats.

tag(s): conservation (127), earth (228), earth day (112), environment (317), water (130)

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Share these activities as part of your Earth Day plans or whenever you study about water and pollution. Be sure to include the link on your teacher web page so students can share the ideas at home, as well.
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Drinking Water and Ground Water Kids' Stuff - U.S. EPA

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K to 12
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Find the perfect lesson plan for your grade level as you study water or plan for Earth Day. Each level has a several activities, many hands-on. ...more
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Find the perfect lesson plan for your grade level as you study water or plan for Earth Day. Each level has a several activities, many hands-on.

tag(s): conservation (127), earth (228), earth day (112), water (130), water cycle (33)

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All lessons require Acrobat Reader. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..
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Recycling Lesson Plans - Pennsylvania Dept of Environmental Protection

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K to 12
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Find an activity to get kids moving on Earth Day as they start a recycling project appropriate for their age. This collection of lesson plans will get you going. ...more
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Find an activity to get kids moving on Earth Day as they start a recycling project appropriate for their age. This collection of lesson plans will get you going.

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

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Recycling Paper - Zoom, PBS Kids

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K to 3
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Find easy-to-use, basic instructions for recycling paper for primary grades. This is an easy and interactive activity to use around Earth Day (or anytime of the year) when discussing...more
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Find easy-to-use, basic instructions for recycling paper for primary grades. This is an easy and interactive activity to use around Earth Day (or anytime of the year) when discussing recycling.

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

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Create a classroom scrap paper bin and use all of those scrap pieces of paper to recycle! Add your own creative pieces. Place the link on the classroom homepage and have students try this at home.

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ESL Environmental Education - Charles LaRue

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2 to 6
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This site, intended for ESL/ELL students, has environmental education issues on six topics; Each topic is available in English, Hmong, Arabic and Somali. Students-- even those without...more
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This site, intended for ESL/ELL students, has environmental education issues on six topics; Each topic is available in English, Hmong, Arabic and Somali. Students-- even those without special needs-- can listen to the very simple lesson while viewing a related picture online or they can opt for the print version and read the lesson themselves. English learners and special ed students would benefit from listening and following along with the written versions. Quizzes are available to check comprehension of the material presented. Topics include recycling, reuse, personal involvement in conservation, and hazardous waste disposal. The non-English language choices offered are less common, but this is an extremely useful site for adapting curriculum for ESL and special ed students.

tag(s): arab (18), arabic (20), earth (228), earth day (112), environment (317), recycling (57)

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If you teach environmental issues or ESL, this is a good site to know about when planning a lessons. Make sure you have headphones available for students to listen without disturbing others. ESL and Special Ed teachers may want to make regular ed/science teachers aware of this site to include with their environmental units.
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Vermicomposting (Making Good Use of Garbage) - NIEHS Kids

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2 to 5
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This page has good basic information on the value of worms in our environment, and they include some ways to make it fun, as well, such as with the "worms ...more
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This page has good basic information on the value of worms in our environment, and they include some ways to make it fun, as well, such as with the "worms crawl in" song!(requires Quicktime). Click to learn about other Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle measures in conjunction with composting. Younger students will need someone to read for them.

tag(s): earth (228), earth day (112), environment (317), worms (5)

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This is a great site to share on a projector and read together while studying worms or the environment. What a wonderful way to bring Earth Day to a level students can participate in!

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Dimming the Sun - NOVA/WGBH

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NOVA provides a wide array of information on global dimming, a crisis due to the masking effect of pollution on the true impact of global warming. See interactive timelines of ...more
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NOVA provides a wide array of information on global dimming, a crisis due to the masking effect of pollution on the true impact of global warming. See interactive timelines of global change, some creative pollution solutions, and more. There is a complete teacher's guide, including hands-on classroom activities and extensive related links. This site is a companion to the PBS television broadcast.

tag(s): climate (92), climate change (64), earth (228), earth day (112), pollution (66), sun (71)

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Use this site as a starting point for your discussion of global warming and environmental issues or as a research source for student projects. The interactive timeline would display well on a projector or interactive whiteboard to give students the "big picture" they so rarely have on their own.

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Scorecard - Green Media Toolshed

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6 to 8
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Environmental pollution might be causing a bigger problem in your community than you may believe. And whose fault is it? Just enter your zip code into this site's search feature, ...more
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Environmental pollution might be causing a bigger problem in your community than you may believe. And whose fault is it? Just enter your zip code into this site's search feature, and receive an online report detailing the pollutants in your neighborhood, who is responsible for them, and what health risks they produce. In addition, you can discover the geographic areas and companies that have the worst pollution records, and find out how to "Take Action" by faxing a polluting company, emailing the governor of your state, or network with environmental groups within your community.

tag(s): earth (228), earth day (112), ecology (135), pollution (66)

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Incorporate into an Earth Day lesson, and challenge students to take action within their own communities through letter-writing or personal action plans.

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Earth as Art - Library of Congress

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Enter this virtual exhibit to view satellite photos of some of the world's most amazing geographic and geologic treasure. Basic maps are provided to show visitors the approximate location...more
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Enter this virtual exhibit to view satellite photos of some of the world's most amazing geographic and geologic treasure. Basic maps are provided to show visitors the approximate location of each strange and awe-inspiring art form. Dramatic deforestation in the Amazon Basin, the West Fjords of Iceland, and the Lambert Glacier in Antarctica are among the breathtaking images included in the collection. Use this site to inspire your art students, illustrate a geographic concept, or enrich an environmental science lesson.

tag(s): ecology (135), landforms (45), photography (160)

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Use this site as an Earth Day activity! Use the maps on deforestation to lead to a conversation on conservationism.

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Facing the Future: People and the Planet

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Help students recognize that Earth Day is every day with this thought-provoking resource that addresses the interconnections between the environment, population, poverty, consumption...more
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Help students recognize that Earth Day is every day with this thought-provoking resource that addresses the interconnections between the environment, population, poverty, consumption and conflict. Start with the Teacher's Corner page which provides an impressive collection of downloadable activities and interdisciplinary lesson plans aligned to national standards (click on "download curriculum" to access this feature). Informational text is provided in both 60 second and in depth versions. Choose based on the reading lefel of your students. Check out the "Service Learning" opportunities for practical ideas on engaging your students in critical local and global issues. Created by Facing the Future, a non-profit organization.

tag(s): environment (317), population (60)

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John Muir Day - Sierra Club

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While this day of recognition (April 21) may be better known in California, Muir's legacy of concern for conservation had a national impact, as is evident from this Sierra Club ...more
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While this day of recognition (April 21) may be better known in California, Muir's legacy of concern for conservation had a national impact, as is evident from this Sierra Club site. In addition to documents relating to creating the California holiday, teachers will find a John Muir Day study guide in Adobe Acrobat format that outlines Muir's life and the conservation issues for which he fought.

tag(s): conservation (127), earth (228), earth day (112), ecology (135)

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Earth Day Network

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This web site from a consortium of several thousand environmental organizations offers a great collection of resources to build awareness of ecological issues and inspire both individual...more
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This web site from a consortium of several thousand environmental organizations offers a great collection of resources to build awareness of ecological issues and inspire both individual and collective action. These include several games that let students discover how well they and their families conserve resources. Try the Ecological Footprint Quiz.

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

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The teachers' section includes additional resources and lesson ideas.
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Solid Waste and Energy - EPA

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Power from garbage? It's not as silly as it sounds, and this EPA site offers lots of illustrations showing how solid waste and recycling programs can contribute to meeting growing ...more
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Power from garbage? It's not as silly as it sounds, and this EPA site offers lots of illustrations showing how solid waste and recycling programs can contribute to meeting growing energy needs. Try this one as part of an earth day event, or as the basis for a science project or demonstration.

tag(s): energy (198), recycling (57)

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Creative teachers will find lots of "raw material" in this one.

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Backyard Conservation - USDA

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The US Department of Agriculture offers this section with ten different backyard activities that can help teach conservation principles. Most of these could also be easily adapted to...more
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The US Department of Agriculture offers this section with ten different backyard activities that can help teach conservation principles. Most of these could also be easily adapted to the environment around a school. The site includes printable PDF files for each activity. Try this one if you need a "take home" resource for a conservation or earth day activity.

tag(s): conservation (127), environment (317)

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Biodiversity Jr.

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Here's a site that highlights a selection of endangered species, explains the importance of habitats, and introduces the concept of biodiversity. Some of the examples are Pennsylvania...more
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Here's a site that highlights a selection of endangered species, explains the importance of habitats, and introduces the concept of biodiversity. Some of the examples are Pennsylvania specific, but the presentation is simple and the overall principles apply anywhere.

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

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This would be a good "exploring" site for upper elementary students.

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