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. With so many outstanding resources available on the web related to environmental concerns, TeachersFirst's editorial team has hand-selected this group of "Editors' Choices" for their potential to engage and involve your students in both the understanding of scientific concepts surrounding Earth Day and in environmental activism for any time of the year.

TeachersFirst has many more reviewed Earth Day resources if you wish to browse a longer listing. You can also narrow your search to a specific topic for earth day or a certain grade range using our keyword search tool in the left column of this page. Be sure to read the tips to optimize your search of our reviewed collection.

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, our editors have found "the best of the best" to meet your needs.

 

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National Environmental Education Week - National Environmental Education Foundation

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4 to 12
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Join Environmental Education Week which is held the week before Earth Day. Get involved in Education Week programs by registering your school and classrooms. Find curricula, webinars,...more
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Join Environmental Education Week which is held the week before Earth Day. Get involved in Education Week programs by registering your school and classrooms. Find curricula, webinars, and resources under the "Resources" tab. Click on the resource list on the left for Educational materials including a Curricular Library, Green Reading, Nature Center Maps, Quizzes, and more. Be sure to subscribe to their monthly newsletter. Lesson plans and other activities can be downloaded.

tag(s): earth (228), earth day (112), ecology (135), environment (317), resources (111), water (130)

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Use this resource to plan great activities, lessons, and events for students leading up to Earth Day. For example, search through the Water resources to find great curricula for different age groups and be sure to use resources such as the "Water-Energy connection" to tie various resources together for better understanding of how resources and our use of them are interconnected. Use the articles and reports to pique student interest, use short videos in the classroom, and find great websites and programs linked from the page. Find lesson plans and fact sheets that can be downloaded and used. Use these resources not only for greater understanding of issues but to create awareness campaigns for change in the home, school, or community. Create posters of information learned, partner with local groups (conservation or not) to create action plans and events, and provide opportunities for change in the community. Have your students create an interactive online poster ("glog") using Glogster EDU, reviewed here.
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We Can Waste Wise - Florida PBS Stations in Partnership with DEP

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2 to 5
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"We Can Waste Wise" is a fun, interactive challenge for younger students. This site is created through the partnership of several different concerned companies to promote earth-friendly...more
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"We Can Waste Wise" is a fun, interactive challenge for younger students. This site is created through the partnership of several different concerned companies to promote earth-friendly practices and especially recycling starting at a young age. The game is easy to play and navigate. There are three different levels of recycling that include washing the recyclables, too. After each level of the activity is an informative piece of information that is both in words on the screen and read to you. The final part of the activity is where students can create new characters or machines out of recycled materials. These creations can be emailed to share, but this step is optional.

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Try using this interactive with students as an introduction to a lesson on recycling. Students can make guesses based on what they may already know about recycling and reusing to complete the activity. Teach the lesson on the three R's of reduce, reuse, and recycle. Then have students revisit the activity to see if their scores improve. An extension based on this activity could be to have students research freecycle.org (reviewed here) with their parents. Student could put their unwanted toys or outgrown clothes on freecycle.org with their parents help, or do an outgrown clothes drive for Goodwill or other such organizations.
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Earth Milestones since First Earth Day - MSNBC

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4 to 12
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Despite scary environmental news, what have we done to make progress in taking care of the Earth? Find major milestones since the advent of the first Earth day with this ...more
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Despite scary environmental news, what have we done to make progress in taking care of the Earth? Find major milestones since the advent of the first Earth day with this timeline. Follow from 1970 to the present by clicking through the items or choose from the icons in the smaller timeline along the top. Click on the photos to enlarge. Read articles below about the environment or about Earth Day and Earth Week activities.

tag(s): conservation (127), earth (228), earth day (112), environment (317), pollution (66)

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Search each event listed to learn more about the opinions, circumstances, and facts surrounding each event. Use the timeline as a springboard into discussions of various environmental topics. Use other applications such as Google Earth or sites that provide pictures and articles from past events. Compare air, water, or other pollution by viewing information or pictures from yesterday and today. Create campaigns of environmental issues. Use multimedia or conventional posters, websites, and podcasts to pass on important information. Have your students create an interactive online poster ("glog") using Glogster EDU, reviewed here. Have students create podcasts using a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here).
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Battle of the Bags - msnbc.com

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2 to 12
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Paper or plastic? Do you know which to pick? Start with the quick video introduction or a quiz that asks your habits. Follow with interactive segments that explain why people ...more
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Paper or plastic? Do you know which to pick? Start with the quick video introduction or a quiz that asks your habits. Follow with interactive segments that explain why people choose what they use, resources required to develop the bags, the reality of recycling, and the advantage of reusing. View the impact of using the bags, specific laws, and viewpoints from users that impact their decision to use of either paper or plastic. Advise students to ignore the ads and headlines that appear on this page.

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

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Use this site to identify viewpoints, advantages, and disadvantages to using either paper or plastic. Plan a "paper or plastic challenge" in conjunction with Earth Day or your recycling unit. Consider surveying not only your classes, but also the school, parents, and greater community as to their habits. Gather data from your local supermarket. Compare with data from around the country or the world and identify reasons for the differences in the results. Use the information to create a debate for or against each resource. Create a campaign to educate others about the use of paper or plastic. Create a design for a bag that can be created simply and cheaply. Take photos of students' bags and have students narrate the photos using UtellStory, reviewed here. Sell these bags with the message for sustainability. Find support from your local supermarket. Research recycling in your area.
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Ecosia - ecosia.org

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K to 12
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Looking for a different way to search the internet and do good for the world at the same time? Search using Ecosia and save areas of the rainforest with ...more
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Looking for a different way to search the internet and do good for the world at the same time? Search using Ecosia and save areas of the rainforest with every search. Learn how they do it with their informative video and frequently asked questions.

tag(s): ecology (135), search engines (64)

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Use Ecosia along with other search engines for the same information and compare the results and order of the most popular searches. Share the informative video with your class on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Discuss differences in search results, display of information, and other factors. Use as examples in media and internet safety classes.
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The Story of Stuff - The Story of Stuff Project

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6 to 12
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The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute web cartoon that illustrates how all the "stuff" we use affects our lives and our planet. While the cartoon clearly has a liberal-leaning ...more
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The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute web cartoon that illustrates how all the "stuff" we use affects our lives and our planet. While the cartoon clearly has a liberal-leaning political agenda, that should not deter you from using it. In fact, asking students to point out its biases would be an important lesson in sorting out perspective in a persuasive argument. The site adds cartoons dealing with other "wasteful" topics fairly often, such as the "cap and trade" energy issue, bottled water, and electronics. The "downloads" tab offers PDF versions of the script, posters and other promotional material, and short teaser video clips of the film.

tag(s): environment (317), sociology (22)

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Useful in classes on economics, ecology, consumer living, sociology or current events, the film would provide a wonderful discuss lead-in on topics ranging from consumer decision making to the environment. Because the site operates under the "Creative Commons" copyright agreement, you can download your own copy of the film for educational use or order a DVD copy.
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Exploring the Secret Life of Trees - University of Illinois Extension

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2 to 9
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This animated video explains in detail how an acorn becomes a tree. The audio uses simple terms, however some vocabulary may need further explanation with younger grades. The slides...more
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This animated video explains in detail how an acorn becomes a tree. The audio uses simple terms, however some vocabulary may need further explanation with younger grades. The slides can be advanced or reversed with the buttons provided on the pages. This is a modern version of the old fashioned film strip. The narration is also available in Spanish.

tag(s): earth (228), earth day (112), trees (30)

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This is ideal for use on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Due to the ability to easily pause the video, students can take notes directly from the whiteboard. Create a guided note sheet to accompany the interactive by capturing the screens into PowerPoint slides or a smart notebook and put blank text boxes over the writing so that students can enter the information as they watch it. This is a great one to save in your favorites for an Earth Day activity! Have student create their own "tree stories" using digital pictures of a tree they know and narrating it on Slidestory, reviewed here.
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The Greens

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3 to 8
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Meet the Green cousins, Dex and Izz, who are on a mission to make the world a little greener. Watch videos of Dex and Izz attempting to educate a whole ...more
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Meet the Green cousins, Dex and Izz, who are on a mission to make the world a little greener. Watch videos of Dex and Izz attempting to educate a whole cast of characters, including Dex's mom, Izz's dad, Granny, her cat, and the crazy neighbor lady, on how to become a little more earth friendly. These characters keep Izz and Dex on their toes throughout each comically, animated episode. Each episode has corresponding links that are filled with educational information about recycling, reusing and reducing. There is also a simple Blog (written by Izz and Dex). This site requires Flash.

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

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. This site is a perfect addition to Earth Day activities! Incorporate literacy skills into the site by having students read the silly blogs of each character. Extend into a writing assignment by having students create their own personal Green characters and write their own blogs for each episode.
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Act Green - Scholastic

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K to 8
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Act Green provides many avenues for students to learn about going green and to put their green ideas into action. The site includes "100 Ways to Act Green," printables, and ...more
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Act Green provides many avenues for students to learn about going green and to put their green ideas into action. The site includes "100 Ways to Act Green," printables, and many other features! Join the site for free (no email address is required) and become part of the Green Team by fueling the Greenerator! Students earn points for taking green action and can even become Greeniacs! This site requires Flash and Adobe Acrobat. You can get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

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

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This outrageously green site can serve as a guide for Earth Day activities. Extend it further and start a class project that could expand throughout the entire school and community. Share the interactives and other ideas on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Highlight some of the "100 Ways to Act Green" in your classroom. List this site on your class website for families to use at home. Have cooperative learning groups explore various facets of this site and complete a simple video sharing their findings. Share the videos using a site such as Teachers.tv (reviewed here).
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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 (323)

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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 (46), 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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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 (111)

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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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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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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 (143), 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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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)

In the Classroom

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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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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