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Links on this page are for activities and materials that have been correlated to National, and sometimes State, Learning Standards. These sites are also crosslisted by topic area.

An international, interdisciplinary, water education program for formal & nonformal educators of students 5-18. Activities are designed to satisfy the goals of educational programs by complementing existing curricula rather than displacing or adding more concepts. Also provide many opportunities to address curriculum objectives & ed standards. Grade Level: K-12 NPEE Review
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Project Learning Tree          
Project Learning Tree® (PLT) is an award winning, broad-based environmental education program for educators and students in PreK - grade 12. PLT helps students learn HOW to think, not WHAT to think, about the environment. PLT, a program of the American Forest Foundation, is one of the most widely used environmental education programs in the United States and abroad.
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Project WILD          
Project WILD is one of the most widely-used conservation and environmental education programs among educators of students in kindergarten through high school. Project WILD is based on the premise that young people and educators have a vital interest in learning about our natural world. The program emphasizes wildlife because of its intrinsic and ecological values.
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Audubon - Kids and Education    
The National Audubon Society's site contains resources for teachers, including ordering information for Audubon Adventures, a classroom kit for grades 4-6 (correlated to National Science Education Standards);links to the WatchList, a comprehensive listing of threatened birds in North America; Wild!Life Adventures videos; and training workshops.
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Watershed Investigations Hands-On Learning    
NSTA's new publication Watershed Investigations: 12 Labs for High School Science is for teachers who use experiment-based environmental science curriculum and want to include studying the relationships between human impact and local hydrology. Lesson plans included may meet state and national standards.
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Environmental Health Science Education    
The Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) environmental health science lessons meet National Science Education Standards in biology, chemistry, environmental science, geology, and physical science, and are targeted at students in grades 9-12. All EHP news articles and lessons can be downloaded for free from this Web site.
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If Trees Could Talk - Grades 6-8      
This 8-module, middle school environmental history curriculum allows teachers to download in pdf format, self-contained activities based upon archival materials. Each module is a compilation of primary resources--documents, maps, newspapers, oral histories or photographs--that students will be asked to examine and analyze in order to synthesize insights about human interaction with the environment
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The Electronic Naturalist Web site is a project of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History providing plant and animal information with illustrations, weekly lesson units, and access to a naturalist with "Ask a Naturalist." eNaturalist memberships are free and provide previews of lessons, how those units align to national standards, weekly e-Naturalist newsletter, and the monthly Peterson Journal Online.
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Study Guides and Strategies    
Over 100 guides on developing good learning skills and study habits. Translated into 25 languages.
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Access Nature    
NWF's new inclusive nature curriculum. The universal design fits any audience, formal or non-formal. The adaptations that follow each of the 45 hands-on activities provide educators the tools to engage participants with hearing,

learning/cognitive, motor and visual disabilities alongside their peers without disabilities.
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Waste Hierarchy: Where Is Away?      
Teaching unit uses the four levels of waste treatment to introduce the issue of solid waste, to make students aware of their own waste generation, and to give them practice in issue resolution. Grade Level: 6-9
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Water Sourcebook Units Grades K-2, 3-5, 9-12      
"Designed for use by teachers and water quality professionals, the activities teach youth through experimental learning methods the importance of preserving and enhancing water resources. The inter-disciplinary books are designed to supplement existing curricula and are correlated with U.S. curriculum standards." Units for K-2, 3-5, 9-12 and a Spanish version can be ordered online. NPEEE Review for Grade Level: 9-12
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Project Based Learning - K-12 Teaching Modules    
An ongoing series of free teaching modules developed by education faculty and professional developers, and sponsored by the George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF). The modules draw from GLEF's archives of best practices and correlate with ISTE/NCATE NETS standards.
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Exploring Ecosystems Online    
An online guide to the Smithsonian Institution's Exploring Marine Ecosystems exhibit (grades 7-12)that contains downloadable activities (correlated to National Science Education Standards), reference resources, and a virtual tour of the exhibit.
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Iron Science Teacher    
Iron Science Teacher asks primary and secondary science educators to whip up a science lesson based on a "secret ingredient" -- be

it PVC pipe, pantyhose, toothpicks or even marshmallow peeps! The goal of the project is to celebrate science education and to demonstrate that teachers can teach the $10 million state science standards on a $10 budget.
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LEERIC: Energy and Environmental Education    
EE and energy education activities and lesson plans (downloadable) on coastal erosion, alternative energy, water quality and resource conservation(elementary and middle school - correlated to National Science Standards) as well as teacher resources. A project of the Louisiana Energy & Environmental Resource & Information Center (LEERIC).
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Child's Place in the Environment K-6 Curriculum        
A Child’s Place in the Environment is an integrated hands-on curriculum for K-6 teachers. The six grade-level topics are: living things, soil, ecosystems, water, natural resources, and sustainable communities. The website provides environmental concepts, descriptions of lessons, correlations to standards, and lists of environmental education literature in English and in Spanish.
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Rainforest Alliance Learning Site - Grades K-6    
The Learning Site is a tremendous resource for educators interested in incorporating environmental curriculum in the classroom. All of the Rainforest Alliance's education materials are completely free and meet national standards as compiled by Mid-Continent Research for Education and Training.
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Woodsy Owl Activity Guide    
The USDA Forest Service has developed 12 activities designed to help children ages 5 to 8 become more aware of the natural environment and fundamental conservation principles. Teacher's guide available on line, the activity guide must be ordered. Correlated to National Science Education Standards.
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Washington State Department of Ecology Environmental Education Site    
Classroom Curriculum Guides for K-12 environmental education. A number of K-12 curriculum guides are available, including A-Way With Waste, Discover Wetlands, The Estuary Guide, and Project Wet.
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Science education activities on "Science in personal and social perspective," primarily on environmental topics. Contributed by teachers, mainly for secondary level and up, activities are reviewed for scientific accuracy, peer reviewed for content and organized according to the Content Standards of the National Science Education Standards (NSES).
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Resources for Learning    
Food Land & People's curriculum serves PreK-12 grade students in 23 states. 55 objective, hands-on lessons emphasize the development of critical thinking skills needed to balance an understanding of the interdependence of food systems & enviro conservation. Correlated to content standards in CA. Available in Spanish & English.
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EPA Environmental Education Center - Teachers Page      
Provides educators with curriculum resources and activities, community service projects, various workshops and conferences, awards and grants, and other helpful resources.
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Rainforest Alliance Learning Site    
The Rainforest Alliance Learning Site is filled with free lesson plans, stories, presentations, posters and species profiles for K-6th grade. This standards-based multidisciplinary curriculum teaches science, math, language arts and social studies skills, and presents information on biodiversity and local communities while giving students opportunities for action. All resources are free of charge.
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Rocky Mountain National Park - Heart of the Rockies    
Rocky Mountain National Park's Environmental Education Program. Features information about visiting the Park, natural resource research, school visits and the Heart of the Rockies Teacher Activity Guides (K-9).
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SEEK (Sharing Environmental Education Knowledge)      
Minnesota's Interactive Directory of Environmental Education Resources. The SEEK directory is a clearinghouse for all types of environmental education resources including articles, lesson plans, events, performances and displays.
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Digital Frog International      
Educational, multimedia CD-ROMs with an ecological focus, covering wetlands, rainforests and frog ecology."Interactive activities help bring biology and ecology to life, while customizable workbooks give a structured way to explore and learn." Correlations to Learning Standards are available for some regions (U.S. and Canada).
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Environmental Education in a Standards-Based Curriculum    
Making the link between traditional disciplinary standards and environmental education. A publication from the EETAP Resource Library. In pdf format.
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Teaching Plastics    
The American Plastic Council's (APC) plastics education portal and teaching resource. Provides suggestions and information for teachers and students on interactive lesson plans to use in the classroom. Hands On Plastics Jr. educational resources and games for grades K-4, conforms to some of the National Science Education Standards (National Research Council, 1996).
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ProQuest K-12 Standards Based Curricula    
These learning activities offer creative methods for integrating use of eLibrary resources into classroom instruction. Developed by experienced educators with subject-matter expertise, the activities have been aligned to national standards and developed for four grade levels and four subject areas.
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Smithsonian National Zoo: Conservation Central    
This habitat education program explores the temperate forest -- home of the giant panda and black bear, through several online activities. Middle School conservation curriculum aligns with national science and social studies standards. Presented by Fujifilm.
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Growing Together with the Treetures      
"The tree-related activities are carefully correlated to the Benchmarks for Scientific Literacy, the recommended standards for math, science and technology suggested by the American Association for the Advancement of Science." Grade Level: Pre K-6 NPEEE Review
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Science of Global Warming    
This software package is designed to meet National Science standards and teach grades 8-14, through simulations and real experiments, about the science of global warming and it's abstractions. Purchase information from Seeds Software available. (Mac and PC compatible).
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Student's Guide: Understanding Basic Ecological Concepts    
A combined textbook and workbook that focuses on ecological concepts and the interrelationships of living things and their environments. Students examine current environmental problems such as acid rain, toxic waste, tropical deforestation, and destruction of the ozone layer. Grades 8+.
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Outside My Window    
Outside My Window is a project started by an international relations educator at Evergreen Valley High School in California. This project is designed to help students connect with other people around the world by exchanging photos taken through the windows of their houses and classrooms. To keep this broad and international, the learning standards are from the National Council on Social Studies and fit in with many local standards.
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Wyland Ocean Challenge    
Developed by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (UCSD) and marine life artist Wyland, the Wyland Ocean Challenge, “Clean Water for the 21st Century” is an interdisciplinary art and science educational program for grades K-6. The program integrates easily into primary school science units & meets all national standards for science. Available en Espanol.
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K-12 Curriculum and guidance for students and teacher resources. This interactive web-based tutorial adds fun to the school curriculum.
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Teachers Corner: Hands on Illustrations    
"Classroom activities which demonstrate the issues and solutions involved in the global issues involving population, consumption, environmental impact, and more. Most are about one class periond long, and are explained with a step-by-step approach, connected to national standards."
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Sites Alive!    
Virtual field trips (grades 3-9)to rainforests, coral reefs and wetlands. Students experience and learn from student researchers around the world through travel journals, photos, questions & answers, and audio files. Teacher's guides, access to a resource center and activities are available to subscribers (Free 14 day trial). Lessons are correlated to National Standards.
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Offers educators 17,000+ lesson plans, worksheets, and tons of tools for creating just about anything.
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Massachusetts Bays Watershed Stewardship Guide    
"Developed by the Massachusetts Bays Education Alliance. The full Guide contains 300+ pages of tried and tested activities for grades 4-12 incorporating inquiry, problem-solving and use of models as outlined in the Benchmarks: On the Way to Environmental Literacy K-12 for school-based educators and leaders of youth organizations, and the Massachusetts Science and Technology Frameworks."
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Exploring Climate Change Impacts Curriculum Guide    
For students and teachers in grades 9-12, exercises are adaptable to grade levels. Activities include an "Engagement" exercise, a Student Exploration project, and ideas for extended study. "The materials align with National Learning Standards for Science, Geography, Social Studies, Language Arts, Environmental Education, and Technology."
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Estuary Live! ~ Online    
May 3-5, 2005 ~ Online

Take a live, interactive virtual field trip to the Rachel Carson Site of the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve, four uninhabited islands and saltmarshes located off Beaufort, N.C. with a trained naturalist as your guide via a live internet connection. Lesson plans and images are available on-line.
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Environmental Ethics Video Series    
New video series "Environmental Ethics: Examining Your Connection to the Environment and Your Community" focuses on environmental topics (wildlife, forests, water, air, minerals) and related ethical debates. Curriculum is aligned to national standards of education for grades 9-12 and includes teachers’ guides and student workbooks.
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Actionbioscience Grades 6-12 - Undergrad Lessons Directory    
Articles and lessons (MS-undergrad) focus on issues in biodiversity, environment, genome, biotechnology, evolution, new frontiers in the sciences, and education. Lessons are written by educators and correlated to NSES standards.
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CIESE Online Classroom Projects    
Center for Improved Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) interdisciplinary projects that teachers can use to enhance their curriculum through use of the Internet. Focus is on projects that utilize realtime data from the Internet, and collaborative projects that reach peers and experts around the world via the Internet. Some of these collaborative projects include "Down the Drain: How much water do you use?"; "The Global Water Sampling Project: An investigation of water quality" for grades 9-12; and "The Square of Life: Studies of Local and Global Environments" for grades 1-5. Each project has a brief description and links to the National Science Standards and NCTM math standards it supports.
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Discovery Channel School - K-12 Lesson Plan Library    
Provides a database of resources searchable by grade, subject, and resource type (lesson plans can be printed off the web). Some EE related areas include Animals, Oceans, Earth and Life Science. Activities are correlated to National Learning Standards.
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Site offers a variety of flash learning programs and lesson plans designed to meet state and national learning standards.
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EPA's - Air Pollution: What's the Solution?      
Explore ground-level ozone through an online teaching unit designed for grades 6-9, correlated to National Science Eduation Standards and Excellence in Environmental Eduation: Guidelines for Learning. Students will discover the science underlying ozone formation while using real world data, EPA's Air Quality Index, the scientific method, graphing, math and data interpretation skills.
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