April 15, 2018
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Plant the Seeds of Knowledge on Earth Day & Beyond
Each year, Earth Day—April 22—marks a worldwide movement to demonstrate support for environmental protection. In the spirit of Earth Day, our featured sites this edition include environment-related edtech resources as well as STEM, coding, and other science concepts.
National Environmental Education Week
Get involved in Environmental Education Week, held the week before Earth Day. Register your class and find resources and activities to use each day of the week. The shared materials include videos, infographics, activities, and links to more resources.
Learning to Give
Wow! This resource shares 1,400 free lesson plans for teachers, parents, and community leaders. Lessons are coded to state standards and can be searched by grade level, keyword, subject, or academic or philanthropy standard. Find ideas to get involved.
Bring some vocabulary into your science lessons! Use this extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, all related to Earth Day. Find interactive vocabulary activities, printable crosswords, fill in the blank, and more. Try the activities as a class.
STEM Science & Beyond for Elementary
Teach students about the importance of recycling by following the life of a can or get the little ones coding! And don't miss the interactives available at e-Learning Environmental Science for even more environmental learning.
Life of a Can
This standards-aligned site, demonstrates the impact of recycling just one can. Students have the opportunity to make eco-friendly choices within the interactive to explore Cantown. Earn "green points" as you explore the interactives and activities.
Get coding with your young students, with this easy-to-follow tool. Activities include loops, functions, debugging, and more. Create one free class account for an unlimited number of students with twelve weeks of lessons (assessment options are included).
e-learning for kids - Environmental Skills
Scan this collection of seven digital lessons related to environmental learning. Specific topics include Global Warming, Energy, Earth's Resources, Homes for Living Things, and others. Click to read our full review for tips on using this site.
Get to the Root of Science!
These TeachersFirst-created resources include a Living Green booklist, as well as detailed MakerSpace and Earth Day themed digital lessons for all grades!
Earth Day: Editors' Choice Resources
Skim this collection of resources curated by the TeachersFirst editors as the BEST resources for Earth Day. Resources are included for all grade levels. Read the full reviews to find detailed descriptions and tech integration ideas.
CurriConnects Booklists: Living Green
Help your students discover ideas to make a difference and contribute to positive change. Share this booklist that includes stories of efforts to live green and do what is good for our environment. Each book includes reading levels and a description.
Whether you are just getting started on your MakerSpace journey or looking for some new ideas, take a look at this collection of ready to use MakerSpace resources. Each review includes a description and classroom use ideas, many digital.
This Week at TeachersFirst
Our OK2Ask Spring sessions begin THIS week! Join our free virtual workshop on Tuesday at 7 PM ET to learn about Google Forms. You will FLIP for our Twitter chat this Thursday at 8 PM ET. And, be sure to participate in this week's Earth Day inspired poll.
Tuesday 4/17 at 7 PM ET
Google Form Basics
Learn to use Google Forms to support your classroom instruction, improve teacher productivity, as well as create surveys and quizzes. You can even collect research data, plan events, and more!
Thursday 4/19 at 8 PM ET
#OK2Ask Twitter Chat: Don't Flip Out, Flip Your Classroom
Have you tried to flip your classroom and instruction? Learn all about this topic during our upcoming Twitter chat this Thursday, 4/19 at 8 PM ET. Discuss with our K12 edtech coaches tools and tips that'll make you flip!
What will you and your class do this Earth Day?
Will your class do anything to recognize Earth Day? Does your entire school complete activities? Do you do events within your own classroom? Or is April simply too busy to do anything but testing and regular school requirements? Vote today in our poll.
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