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National Environmental Education Week

National Environmental Education Week (EE Week) is a time to encourage environmental learning and inspire stewardship of our essential resources: water, land, and air. Celebrate EE Week (April 22 - 26, 2019) with the edtech tools featured below.

Grades 4-12

National Environmental Education Week

National Environmental Education Week is April 22 - 26, 2019 and this site provides educational materials including videos, infographics, activities, and links to more resources. Be prepared for each day of EE Week, including Earth Day (4/22)!

Grades 5-12

Tread Lightly!

This site highlights tips and ideas for balancing environmental stewardship with the needs of outdoor recreation. Follow the links to free downloadable files, videos, and more.

Grades K-12

CurriConnects Book List: Living Green

Dig into this book list that shares timely stories and efforts to live green and do what is good for our environment. Help your students discover ideas for how they can make a difference and contribute to positive change by living green.

Celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22nd with events held in over 190 countries around the world. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day is a natural time to teach about protecting the environment. 

Grades K-12

Earth Day: TeachersFirst Editors' Choices

Earth Day presents a special opportunity to connect classroom curriculum with real-world experience, not only in science but also for lessons in math, language arts, social studies, art, and more. Discover a variety of resources for Earth Day.

Grades 2-8

Oh My Disney: Celebrate Earth Day

Sit back, relax, and celebrate mother nature with this Disney created collection of engaging GIFs featuring Disney movie quotes that remind us about the beauty of Earth. Share these GIFs in time for Earth Day.

Grades 4-7

Earth Day

Engage your students and find creative ways to learn about the Earth's history and make learning about the environment fun! This area of the EPA's website includes "General lesson ideas for teachers" and a virtual trip to "Recycle City."

Environmental Science for Elementary

Enhance your elementary classroom science curriculum with this engaging trio: EcoKids, a Canadian ecology website; e-Learning for Kids, filled with ready to go interactives and classroom ideas; plus Plum Landing's interactive games and videos. 

Grades K-8


Teachers will find a treasure trove of information and instructional materials from this Canadian ecology site. Students can participate in interactive stories, play and learn with more than 50 ecology-focused on-line games and activities, and more.

Grades K-6

e-Learning for Kids: Environmental Skills

Honor the environment in your classroom with seven detailed lessons on various evironmental topics: Global Warming, Energy, Earth's Resources, Homes for Living Things, and others. Choose a lesson and follow the prompts to complete each activity.

Grades 1-3

Plum Landing

Join Plum, an alien video game designer from another planet, and explore the natural world through interactive games, videos, adventures, and real life activities. Post images, thoughts, and ideas to share with others in the gallery.

This Week at TeachersFirst

We invite you to chat with us on Thursday (4/18) to discover effective Tech Tools for Accessibility; be inspired to start a school garden; and share how your school celebrates Earth Day.

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Twitter Chat: Thursday (4/18) at 8 pm ET

Tech Tools for Accessibility

Join our edtech coaches this Thursday (4/18) at 8 pm ET to learn about Tech Tools for Accessibility during our #OK2Ask Twitter chat. Explore ways to collaborate with school teams to ensure appropriate tools are being used in the classroom.

Share tech tools to make learning accessible for all »

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Infusing Technology Blog

5 Steps to Planning a Successful School Garden

April is Gardening in Schools Month. Whether you are just getting started or looking to improve/expand your garden, read about the five steps to a successful garden. Discove the academic, social, and emotional benefits of creating a classroom garden.

Practical tips for planning a school garden »

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Earth Day is April 22nd

Weekly Poll

Does your school recognize Earth Day? Share with our community how you celebrate Earth Day in this week's poll.

Tell us how you celebrate Earth Day »

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