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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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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 (222), earth day (104), ecology (133), pollution (65)

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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 (133), landforms (49), photography (157)

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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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5 to 12
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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 (321), population (64)

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John Muir Day - Sierra Club

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6 to 12
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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 (123), earth (222), earth day (104), ecology (133)

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Earth Day Network

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4 to 12
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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 (222), earth day (104), ecology (133), environment (321)

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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 (210), recycling (58)

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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 (123), environment (321)

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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 (222), earth day (104), ecology (133), environment (321)

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

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Earth Day on Your Block

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Here's a long page describing community-based activities around Earth Day themes. Some of these require extensive adult cooperation, but many are projects students could conduct mostly...more
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Here's a long page describing community-based activities around Earth Day themes. Some of these require extensive adult cooperation, but many are projects students could conduct mostly on their own. Some of the supplementary resources are unique to the Kansas City, MO area, where the page originated. Use this one as a resource when someone asks, "What can we do ourselves?"

tag(s): earth (222), earth day (104), ecology (133), environment (321)

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Earth Day Canada

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Our Canadian users will want to visit this starting page for Canadian Earth Day acvitivities and information, and others will also find the selection of information and resources useful....more
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Our Canadian users will want to visit this starting page for Canadian Earth Day acvitivities and information, and others will also find the selection of information and resources useful.

tag(s): conservation (123), earth (222), earth day (104), ecology (133), pollution (65)

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Celebrating Earth Day with Students

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This is a general teachers' guide from the Woodrow Wilson Leadership Program in Biology. It offers a collection of Earth Day ideas, projects, and activities for students and classes....more
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This is a general teachers' guide from the Woodrow Wilson Leadership Program in Biology. It offers a collection of Earth Day ideas, projects, and activities for students and classes.

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Earth Day Online - Envirolink Network

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The site includes information on both the history of Earth Day and current Earth Day Events. Schools and communities can add their own events. Includes a timeline of what led ...more
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The site includes information on both the history of Earth Day and current Earth Day Events. Schools and communities can add their own events. Includes a timeline of what led to the first event.

tag(s): earth (222), earth day (104), environment (321)

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Plan your own all-school or community activity and share it in this online venue.

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Waste Management Lesson Plans - Texas Natural Resoure Conservation Commission

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This collection of lesson plans from the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission includes content for primary through middle school students. Most lessons are straightforward,...more
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This collection of lesson plans from the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission includes content for primary through middle school students. Most lessons are straightforward, requiring limited use of outside resources.

tag(s): pollution (65), recycling (58)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans shared on this site for use with Earth Day activities, or recycling and conservation units. Challenge students to keep a daily or weekly journal using a blog tool and sharing their learning and understanding. Use Loose Leaves, reviewed here. This blog creator requires no registration. If you are teaching younger students and looking for an easy way to integrate technology and check for understanding, challenge your students to create a blog using EasyBlog, reviewed here.

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The Wilderness Society - Earth Day

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The Wilderness Society offers several student-oriented activities, including items for elementary students. This site concentrates on environmental education. ...more
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The Wilderness Society offers several student-oriented activities, including items for elementary students. This site concentrates on environmental education.

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Earth Day Trash Survey

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Here's a plan for a relatively simple study of how what we throw out affects the environment. This one's nice because it lets students collect "real data" without requiring a ...more
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Here's a plan for a relatively simple study of how what we throw out affects the environment. This one's nice because it lets students collect "real data" without requiring a lot of complex equipment.

tag(s): conservation (123), ecology (133), pollution (65)

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Maggie's Earth Adventures - Maggie's Earth Adventures

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K to 5
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Take students around the world visiting environmental global issues. Find a variety of activities designed for a variety of levels. Find lessons focusing on critical thinking activities...more
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Take students around the world visiting environmental global issues. Find a variety of activities designed for a variety of levels. Find lessons focusing on critical thinking activities in cooperative learning situations. Register with your email to receive free Weekly Activity packets that present environmental skills and critical thinking. Photographs offer weekly writing prompts. In the kid's section, find games like GeoSpy, Spanish English Cycle Race, Around the World in 80 seconds, Super Match Game, Science Labeling, Short Circuit, Fish 'um up, Edit Dan's Copy, and Clean up your Grammar.
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tag(s): environment (321)

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Stay up to date in the latest environmental issues infused with language arts and critical thinking skills. Introduce on your interactive whiteboard or projector and offer as enrichment at centers or for home use. Use to inspire children for science fair ideas. Feature at Earth Day activities. Post this on your class website for a great site for educational enrichment.
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