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Recycle Fun - Abacus House Clearance

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K to 3
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Can you sort the trash into the correct recycling bin? Move the control stick to pick up different items of trash then place into the bin. This simple game offers ...more
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Can you sort the trash into the correct recycling bin? Move the control stick to pick up different items of trash then place into the bin. This simple game offers players practice in basic recycling options.

tag(s): conservation (121), earth day (100), recycling (60)

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Although very simple in nature, this game provides a quick overview of different materials used in recycling. Share on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector as an introduction to your recycling unit and create a link for student play on classroom computers. After playing the game, ask students to take pictures of items they recycle then add them to an online bulletin board like Padlet, reviewed here. Create columns in Padlet for different types of materials and have students include the images in the correct column. Take your recycling efforts further and have students create a podcast to share with your school including recycling tips and classroom challenges. Use a tool like Podcast Generator, reviewed here, to create and share your presentations.
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Life of a Can - Novelis and Discovery Education

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3 to 6
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This engaging interactive and classroom program demonstrates the impact of recycling just one can. Students make eco-friendly choices within the interactive to explore Cantown and earn...more
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This engaging interactive and classroom program demonstrates the impact of recycling just one can. Students make eco-friendly choices within the interactive to explore Cantown and earn Green Points for helping to recycle a can. Resources for educators include standards-aligned lessons to download.

tag(s): conservation (121), earth day (100), recycling (60)

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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. Share a link to the interactive on classroom computers or your class website. Ask students to create a concept/mind map to organize the information they are learning. This could be done conventionally or digiatally. Consider using a digital concept mapping tool to replace the paper/pencil version of a concept map with MindMup, reviewed here. Next ask students to create a simple infographic sharing information on recycling using Visme, reviewed here, or create an interactive poster using Adobe Spark for Education, reviewed here.
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Cell Phone Recycling - Help Yourself to a Little Humanity - eCycle Best

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2 to 12
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Did you know that four cell phones a second end up in landfills? That E-waste represents 70% of our toxic waste? Learn about conservation of precious resources, energy efficiency, and...more
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Did you know that four cell phones a second end up in landfills? That E-waste represents 70% of our toxic waste? Learn about conservation of precious resources, energy efficiency, and how to recycle cell phones for cash or to support a good cause with this infographic. The causes supported by eCycle Best include organizations who conduct medical research, save women from abuse, support our troops, and help endangered species and pets. Use the tabs at the top of the infographic to see how to trade in your iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Smart Phone, and many brands of Cell Phones, Laptops, and Tablets. Under those tabs, you'll see a link for other related infographics that may be of interest such as Life & Death After Usage, Man & His Mobile: A Toxic Relationship, Electronic Waste Recycling Methods, and several more.

tag(s): earth day (100), environment (322), natural resources (57), recycling (60), sustainability (17)

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Students love their cell phones and want whatever is the latest and greatest. Create interest by starting a discussion about what's new on the device front. Then ask students what they do with their old cell phones, tablets, laptops, etc. Assign them to count, that evening, how many of these items they have at home that they could recycle. When they come to class the next day do a quick tally and have students multiply this by however many classes are meeting at the same time on your campus. They should start getting the idea that there are many devices out there that can be recycled. Next, share the Cell Phone Recycling infographic with your students using a projector or interactive whiteboard. Does your school encourage giving to the less fortunate during the holidays? For a class project, initiate a recycling campaign and create a center for recycling e-waste. How about holding a 'green' competition to see which classroom submits the most items. Assign small groups to create a public service announcement for your school or community to encourage recycling. Use one of the many multimedia tools reviewed by TeachersFirst here. Donate the cash collected to the school's charity of choice, or one of the charities listed on this infographic. Get parents involved. Make sure they are aware via your website and newsletter about submitting these items to the school. Many parents will be able to contribute items from their workplace that was otherwise destined for the landfill.This site is full of information such as kids and recycling, electronics in education, and many more. Find these by clicking Resources.

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Get Caught Recycling - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment

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K to 12
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What is e-waste and what to do with it? Find information about recycling, including e-waste, on this site. Though this site is for the State of Kansas, the information found ...more
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What is e-waste and what to do with it? Find information about recycling, including e-waste, on this site. Though this site is for the State of Kansas, the information found here will be helpful material for anywhere. Find great information on "Why Recycle?" and "How Can I Recycle?" including the often forgotten message about reducing the use of items that need recycling in the first place. Be sure to check the section on e-waste and recycling, and also check out the Earth Day resources found on this site.

tag(s): energy (212), natural resources (57), recycling (60), resources (105)

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Research how to recycle materials including e-waste on this site. Follow with research about recycling in your state. For Earth Day or everyday, use this site to raise awareness about the energy that is used to create items and how energy can be saved by using recycled materials. Encourage students to keep track of what items their family throws away (or make an audit of what is thrown away at school). Students can research statistics about the various items used in the United States and abroad including the most discarded items in landfills. Research why recycling is an important endeavor to combat pollution and energy use. Assign small groups to create a public service announcement for your school or community to learn more about the benefits and encourage recycling. Use one of the many multimedia tools reviewed by TeachersFirst here. Initiate a recycling campaign and create a center for recycling many items from the school including e-waste. Classes can tally the pounds of materials saved for recycling including paper. Have students create informational commercials and share them using a hosting service such as SchoolTube reviewed here. Use the many broadcast and print resources on this site as inspiration.
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Recycling Facts Guide - Recycling Facts Guide

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7 to 12
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Get your recycling facts from this source. Find a mountain of information about recycling mountains of stuff! View a variety of articles on this site. Find the Categories drop down...more
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Get your recycling facts from this source. Find a mountain of information about recycling mountains of stuff! View a variety of articles on this site. Find the Categories drop down on the right side to choose particular types of recycling from Compost, Electronics, Oil, Recycling Equipment, and more. Enter email information to subscribe to their newsletter at the bottom of the site.
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tag(s): conservation (121), consumers (17), recycling (60), resources (105)

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Use the information on this site to inform students about the various items that can be recycled. Consider using the site as background information for student created surveys for students and their families to complete. Use the information from the surveys to develop a campaign to bring awareness to consumption and use patterns that can save money for families as well as landfill space. Create a survey or a poll using Obsurvey, reviewed here. Use this site for meeting the Common Core Standards for nonfiction reading. Provide a link to the Recycling Facts Guide on your class website. Create a student project where students use information on this site to create a campaign to promote awareness about recycling. Debate recycling and recycling programs by comparing information from this site and others as well as misconceptions many may have. Use the information here to establish a recycling campaign in your school or community. Use this site as inspiration to write a story or cartoon based on the life of a particular resource.

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Environmental Education for Kids - Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

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Find interesting ways to incorporate environmental education into your science curriculum. Begin at the Critter Corner and explore the many fascinating topics: Amphibians, Birds, Fish,...more
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Find interesting ways to incorporate environmental education into your science curriculum. Begin at the Critter Corner and explore the many fascinating topics: Amphibians, Birds, Fish, Insects, Mammals, Other Invertebrates, Reptiles, and Endangered Species. Visit Nature Notes to learn about Habitats, Phenology, and more. Our Earth section features Alien Invaders, Endangered Species, Air Around Us, Recycling, and Water Wonders. Cool Stuff includes Rainy Day Activities, Big Fish Stories, and videos on EEK! Get a Job is a section about environment-related careers. The teacher section gives detailed lesson plans by subject and grade level with resources.

tag(s): air (143), animals (319), birds (51), careers (146), classification (24), earth (224), endangered species (40), environment (322), fish (24), habitats (110), insects (72), recycling (60), water (136)

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Plan to use Environmental Education in more than science class. For language arts, find detailed information about animals, plants, habitats, conservation, and Earth to use as practice with informational texts. Add this resource to your gifted curriculum for a problem based learning project on invasive or endangered species. Help find solutions to the existing problems in your area. Write letters to government officials offering ways to help the environment in your area.
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Garbology - Naturebridge

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3 to 12
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Garbology is an interactive that teaches about garbage and answers the question, "Where should my waste go?" While exploring, uncover startling facts about trash, waste, recycling,...more
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Garbology is an interactive that teaches about garbage and answers the question, "Where should my waste go?" While exploring, uncover startling facts about trash, waste, recycling, reuse, landfills, and composting. Find lessons and activities to extend your Garbology knowledge, from how to pack a waste-less lunch to getting the dirt on composting. The Trash Talk blog gives stories of conservation in practice.

tag(s): earth day (100), environment (322), recycling (60)

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Sweeten the smell of garbage at Garbology with this engaging site. Introduce the site on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore independently or in small groups. Tickle students' interest and get them digging away at Garbology! Use at centers or offer as a resource for projects on conservation. Put students into groups and offer a different lesson for every group. Students can then create and share their findings in a multimedia presentation! Introduce at science night and challenge families with a new goal: reducing waste! As a school, compete between classrooms to discover all of the changes that each can make. Collect data, analyze, and present findings.
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I want to be... - The Ad Council

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4 to 12
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Learn about recycling and the vast array of products that are made out of recycled materials. Use the Recycling 101 section to learn about the various types of materials that...more
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Learn about recycling and the vast array of products that are made out of recycled materials. Use the Recycling 101 section to learn about the various types of materials that are recycled, how to recycle them, and the new items they become. In Recycling Journey, follow an item from curbside pickup to the new item it becomes. Visit Do Your Part and share information about recycling with others you know via social media. Put in your local zip code to find opportunities to recycle in your local area.

tag(s): earth (224), earth day (100), natural resources (57), plastics (9), recycling (60), resources (105)

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For Earth Day or everyday, use this site to raise awareness about the energy that is used to create items and how energy can be saved by using recycled materials. Students can research statistics about the various items used in the United States and abroad. Discover why recycling is an important endeavor to combat pollution and energy use. Create a public service announcement for your school or community to learn more about the benefits of recycling. Initiate a recycling campaign and create a center for recycling many items from the school including paper. Classes can tally the pounds of materials saved for recycling. Have students create informational commercials and share them using a hosting service such as SchoolTube reviewed here.

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We Heart Trees - Knock

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K to 8
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Answer five simple questions to create your own unique tree at We Heart Trees. Questions relate to hand-washing, recycling, and other "tree friendly" actions. Customize with...more
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Answer five simple questions to create your own unique tree at We Heart Trees. Questions relate to hand-washing, recycling, and other "tree friendly" actions. Customize with your own color, accessories, and quotes to share with the world. Share your finished tree on social networks to increase awareness about the importance of our behavior.

tag(s): earth day (100), environment (322), recycling (60), trees (29)

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Have students create their own tree as part of your Arbor Day or Earth Day activities. Include this activity when studying plants and trees. With younger students, you will have to read the questions aloud or have them partner with stronger readers. This is also an excellent "homework" activity to do with a parent. After creating trees, have students draw their tree and include with an environmental tip for a bulletin board or hallway display. Or make your display online on a class wiki or blog to SAVE more trees! Have students upload a photo or screenshot of their tree and add voice bubbles to explain what they learned using a tool such as Superlame, reviewed here.

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ReCommunity Recycling - ReCommunity

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1 to 12
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Learn about the recycling process. View Vimeo videos about recycling processes including recycling of specific materials. View Infographics of data and information about use of resources...more
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Learn about the recycling process. View Vimeo videos about recycling processes including recycling of specific materials. View Infographics of data and information about use of resources and recycling. Need more information? Use the list of links to aid in research. Use the glossary at the bottom of the page to understand unknown words. Lesson plans are available for grades 1-12.

tag(s): earth day (100), energy (212), recycling (60), resources (105)

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Use the lesson plans to use the site to learn about resources and recycling. Be sure to discuss what is meant by "Reduce, reuse, recycle" in terms of resources and energy (Infographics and resources are helpful for this) and why recycling is not always the best answer. Do simpler activities or lessons with younger students during Earth Day or Earth Week. Include this link with other resources about resources and recycling. Have different groups each become an expert in the processing of one of the resources and discuss the common steps and problems involved in the recycling process.
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Clean up Your Grammar - Scholastic

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2 to 5
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Help clean up the beach in this game by recycling "trash" (nouns or verbs) into the correct containers. Each of the two leveled games shows ten items and the word ...more
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Help clean up the beach in this game by recycling "trash" (nouns or verbs) into the correct containers. Each of the two leveled games shows ten items and the word for it. Drag the item into either the noun or verb trash can. Replay the same level, or try a different level for a new game. If you have a successful "dump," the result is a colorful song reward. An error results in a slightly different sound, but the focus of the site is decidedly positive, rewarding students for what they do correctly.

tag(s): grammar (204), grammar review (41), parts of speech (70)

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This activity would work well for individual or pairs of students in a lab or on as a center to help students review the differences between nouns and verbs.
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Recycle Bank - Recyclebank, subsidiary of Recycle Rewards, Inc.

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4 to 12
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Recycle Bank offers current information to help live "greener." Their goal is to realize a world without waste, one person or community at a time. Recycling information is easy ...more
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Recycle Bank offers current information to help live "greener." Their goal is to realize a world without waste, one person or community at a time. Recycling information is easy to understand and engaging. Register to become a member and earn points by taking quizzes on environmentally friendly topics, by reading articles and learning more about recycling, and by recycling (if your center or borough participates in the Recycle Bank program). Earned points lead to rewards of grocery or entertainment coupons and some gift cards. No registration is required to read resources posted on the website.
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tag(s): earth (224), earth day (100), environment (322), recycling (60), sustainability (17)

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With the Common Core State Standards push for nonfiction reading, this site is a natural for any time of the year. Recycle Bank will appeal to students who are environmentally conscious, but its intrinsic value is in teaching all students to think about how they can recycle in their everyday life. The advertising comes along with the prizes, so be sure to discuss where to click (or not). If your students have access to email, have them register with the website and start a class competition to see how many points students can earn individually or as a class. Conclude the competition by having students discuss (no matter who won the competition) how acting in greener ways allows everyone to win. There will be future "Green Schools" program competitions. This is a yearly competition where school groups design a green plan for their school that wins up to $2500.00. Posted on the website are the accepted projects where members from all over the country can award points to your school. For every 250 points donated to your school initiative, you earn $1.00. Promote Recycle Bank to get as many people involved as possible. Ask them to donate their points to your school. Use this as an opportunity to teach students about grassroots movements and the difference that one bright idea and a few motivated people can make in the world. Why not plan an Earth Day project using this site?
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Cool It! Tips for Going Green - National Wildlife Federation

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2 to 12
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Cool It! Provides tons of realistic tips for conserving resources, recycling, and going green. Informational, logical articles featured are great for anyone interested in reducing their...more
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Cool It! Provides tons of realistic tips for conserving resources, recycling, and going green. Informational, logical articles featured are great for anyone interested in reducing their impact on the environment. This is a valuable resource for teachers, home owners, and gardeners alike! Put these practical ideas into motion and see the saving stack up!
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tag(s): earth day (100), energy (212), environment (322), recycling (60), water (136)

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If you are a science teacher, try using these topics as lesson content for Earth Day activities. Start by asking students, "What can you do to help the environment?" Lead them to this site and encourage them to hunt for at least three different things that they could each do. Involve parents by sharing this project and your goal of having kids change some of their habits to help the environment. Include the idea that these efforts can and will save parents money, and you have the start to a winning, real life learning activity.

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Ollie's Club - Sustain Ability International Pty. Ltd.

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2 to 5
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Ollie's Club is a place to learn and explore different ways to help save the planet through the 4 R's - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rethink. There are games like ...more
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Ollie's Club is a place to learn and explore different ways to help save the planet through the 4 R's - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rethink. There are games like making the energy meter last, word scrambles, logic challenges, and more. Visit Ollie Recycles to learn about recycling efforts in the United States or Australia. Watch videos featuring cleaning up the ocean's environment and delivering sustainable news that requires less energy to deliver.
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tag(s): earth day (100), environment (322), pollution (66), recycling (60)

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Share the site with your class then have students read about the 4 R's and how they apply to the 5 action issues. Have students create online posters on paper or do it together as a class using a tool such as Project Poster (reviewed here or PicLits (reviewed here. Use the videos as discussion starters in your classroom.
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A Simple Switch - Philips

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Join in the movement to reduce our carbon footprint on our earth. A Simple Switch is a site that challenges individuals and businesses to evaluate your own usage as well ...more
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Join in the movement to reduce our carbon footprint on our earth. A Simple Switch is a site that challenges individuals and businesses to evaluate your own usage as well as find new ways to reduce waste. Sponsored by Philips, articles, ideas, personal energy scans, games, and specials promote going green. Articles included range from self watering planters, hanging plants, urban gardens to buying local produce. Activities promote the understanding of energy required to light and maintain lightbulbs. Your personal energy scan questions and evaluates your personal usage. A free newsletter offers the latest articles and information. Facebook and Twitter are available as apps for the site. The site is a 2011 nominee for the Webby Awards.

tag(s): conservation (121), earth day (100), environment (322)

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In the classroom, use A Simple Switch, as a supplement and resource for your recycling/conservation units. Design experiments to find the difference between energy-saving techniques. Add as a resource for science project ideas. Science classes can determine how to measure energy usage and how to calculate the data into usable information. Use this site as an example for starting a school wide campaign on conservation. This site offers a great beginning for ideas for grants, community involvement, contests, or challenges focusing on conservation and recycling.
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Daytum - Ryan Case and Nicholas Feltron

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K to 12
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Are you looking to collect and analyze class data easily? Choose from 16 different ways to view data. Decide the items you wish to count (the free plan allows up ...more
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Are you looking to collect and analyze class data easily? Choose from 16 different ways to view data. Decide the items you wish to count (the free plan allows up to 1000 different things to be counted.) Also determine the category the items can be placed into (use up to 24 different categories in the free account.) Add a statement panel to your display panel to add notes and make comments about the data. Be sure to click the How To at the bottom of the home page to learn how to use the Daytum site. Also click the "Watch A Screencast" link for additional help. Data can also be collected via text or Twitter tweets.

tag(s): charts and graphs (203), data (156), infographics (51), statistics (130), visualizations (13)

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Some of the best data to collect is anything that is a habit: types of drinks students drink at home, hours watching TV/playing games/doing homework, meals/fast food, etc. Use the site to collect data from other students or classes for a Math, Social Studies, or Psychology class. Use Daytum for a Science class by counting animals at a feeder, recycling efforts, amount of paper used in the classroom, days of rain/no rain, etc. Anything that can be counted can be used by Daytum! Be sure to identify students who will be counters and recorders of the data.

Before using Daytum, be sure to follow the directions on the How To page. Be sure to decide the goal first and the data to be collected. Having an idea of the kind of data to be collected as well as how it will be displayed is necessary before using. This tool is best used as a class activity rather than creating individual accounts. Create a class account and use a class computer or computer attached to a projector or whiteboard to collect data as students enter the room. Set up the parameters of the data to be collected (or enlist the help of an ambitious student.)

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Wasteland Adventure - Parsons the New School for Design

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1 to 5
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This game touches on topics of recycling, trash, and the ecosystem. The time is 3010 AD and humans have destroyed the ecosystem. The earth can no longer heal itself. Using ...more
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This game touches on topics of recycling, trash, and the ecosystem. The time is 3010 AD and humans have destroyed the ecosystem. The earth can no longer heal itself. Using keyboard controls, the goal of the game is to navigate BOBO through the game so that he makes right decisions. The ultimate goal is to move from level to level to create a better earth. Although the game itself isn't highly educational, it would be a good supplement to a unit on recycling, trash, and the ecosystem. The material does get more educational as students move up to the higher levels of the activity.

tag(s): environment (322), pollution (66)

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This is a good activity to use to teach students about recycling and pollution. It would work well as a student center or in a computer lab. This would also be a great link to share to your class webpage. Every time a student "levels up" they see the Earth come alive. Extend your environmental unit by having students write a blog post from 3010 A.D. describing what has happened to the Earth.
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Earth 911 - earth911.com

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K to 12
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Find recycling centers in your area and learn about many green and ecological topics with this well organized site. Use this site for background information as well as providing a ...more
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Find recycling centers in your area and learn about many green and ecological topics with this well organized site. Use this site for background information as well as providing a means and ideas to create action. Find great articles about green initiatives and current news stories.

tag(s): conservation (121), environment (322), recycling (60)

In the Classroom

Allow students the opportunity to choose articles of interest to read, learn more about the topics, and present to the class, write a blog post, or create a public service announcement (PSA) to communicate their learning. Have your students create an interactive online poster using Visme, reviewed here. Find a multitude of learning opportunities on this site.

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Lesson: Life After Trash - Teach Engineering

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Great for a foundations of science class or middle level environmental science class, use this activity to have students "get their hands dirty" solving real life problems with real...more
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Great for a foundations of science class or middle level environmental science class, use this activity to have students "get their hands dirty" solving real life problems with real life activities. Life After Trash is an excellent lesson for having students think beyond the obvious uses of everyday products. Concepts such as landfills, the three R's (reduce, reuse, and recycle), and basic environmental awareness are partnered with the skills of working in groups, critical thinking, and problem solving to create an interesting and fun classroom activity. There is little cost (if any) to doing the lab.

tag(s): critical thinking (117), engineering (128), problem solving (294)

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A week or so before conducting this simulation activity, ask students to bring in recyclables and clean trash from home. This will cut down on the amount of trash you need to collect, and it will add variety to the supplies. Set up the activity by talking about trash, where it comes from and where it goes. Discuss better alternatives for trash "disposal" such as recycling and reusing. Have students think of obvious reuses for materials and then explain that there are other alternatives to obvious uses. Introduce the activity and basic rules and safety to the students. Arrange them in groups of three or four and then allow them to "shop" the classroom "landfill" to create new things out of old trash. Follow up with discussion of group products, uses, and real life applications of this idea such as recycled art.

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The Futures Channel: Real World Movies - The Futures Channel

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4 to 12
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Looking to show math, science, and STEM in real life? Look no further! This site has real world applications in video form. The clips tend to be five minutes or ...more
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Looking to show math, science, and STEM in real life? Look no further! This site has real world applications in video form. The clips tend to be five minutes or less. Videos are arranged into topic areas such as architecture, sports and many others. Learn about bicycle design, wind sails, recycling, creating an advertising team, and MUCH more. It is a good collection of video clips focused on the real math and science behind jobs that people do in real life.

tag(s): agriculture (57), architecture (84), business (55), environment (322), sports (101), STEM (201), transportation (47)

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The clips are brief which makes them ideal for introductions to math lessons or science lessons utilizing the interactive whiteboard or projector. Also, a lesson could be developed in math showing students what a clip of math in a real world movie looks like, and then have students use research to create their own short video clips. Share the videos using a tool such as Teachers.TV reviewed here.
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