EE Activities - Downloadable
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Links on this page are for EE activities and materials that can be printed in their entirety directly off the web, or downloaded in PDF format (using Adobe Acrobat). These sites are also crosslisted by topic area.
Complete information about composting as a school project or classroom investigation. The information in this site is also contained in "Composting in the Classroom" and the video "It's Gotten Rotten," ordering information available.
The URL is: http://compost.css.cornell.edu/schools.html
National organization that offers student materials for grades K-5 and additional teacher resources, with FREE, downloadable guidebook in English and Spanish. A program of the University of Wisconsin - Environmental Resources Center.
The URL is: http://www.uwex.edu/erc/gwah/
"Includes background information, in-class experiments and extracurricular activities intended to meet the environ. ed. material guidelines of the North American Association for Environmental Education and Project 2061's Benchmarks for Science Literacy" (intermed grade levels). Available online. Developed by the Can Manufacturers Institute. Grade Level: Intermediate NPEEE Review
The URL is: http://www.cancentral.com/canc/abc.htm
Flowing water and other sorted nature sounds.
The URL is: http://www.webplaces.com/html/sounds.htm
K-12 teachers' guide with student materials for celebrating Muir's lifetime of conservation (available in PDF format or can be ordered). Part of the Sierra Club's John Muir Exhibit.
The URL is: http://www.sierraclub.org/john_muir_exhibit/john_m...
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.
The URL is: http://www.bsu.edu/eft/ecosystems/
The National Environmental Directory, a directory of more than 13,000 organizations in the United States concerned with environmental issues and environmental education.
The URL is: http://environmentaldirectory.net/default.htm
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).
The URL is: http://www.leeric.lsu.edu/ee_education/
Resource for K-12 teachers and students from the USGS, provides online lesson plans, activities, tutorials, and links to references dealing with interdisciplinary studies of natural science.
The URL is: http://www.usgs.gov/education/
This site provides something for everyone...from games for children, environmental information for students, career development opportunities and teaching materials for teachers, information on hazardous waste disposal, and environmental household practices for the general public.
The URL is: http://www.michigan.gov/deq
"A not-for-profit technical and educational organization, WEF's goal is to preserve and enhance the global water environment." Educational materials for grades K-12 and spanish speakers are available in PDF format; also, resources for teachers and information on organizing a water festival.
The URL is: http://www.wef.org/WefStudents/index.jhtml
Solid waste curricula (K-12 and Higher Ed) which "incorporate Native American cultural themes to help sensitize students to environmental issues and inspire greater participation in community pollution prevention activities." From EPA's Tribal Solid Waste Management Program (some resources are available for download in PDF format).
The URL is: http://www.epa.gov/tribalmsw/educout.htm
A huge array of information and activities on energy sorted by level of difficulty, as well as resources for parents and teachers (including downloadable activities in PDF format).
The URL is: http://www.energyquest.ca.gov/index.html
Teacher resources, lessons, family activities, stories, and facts about oceans (downloadable, some materials are in PDF format). Compiled as part of the Ocean Planet exhibition of the Smithsonian Institution.
The URL is: http://seawifs.gsfc.nasa.gov/OCEAN_PLANET/HTML/sea...
"Watts On Schools is Central and South West Corporation's way of bringing solar power to schools in communities throughout Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. Participating schools receive the energy produced by the systems for free." Related activities are also available online or in Word 97.
The URL is: http://www.wattsonschools.com/
Information for youth groups and teachers' guides to activities (downloadable). Subjects are divided into five major topic areas: Air, Habitat, People and the Environment, Wildlife and Endangered Species and Water. Many activities are from Ranger Rick and NatureScope. Selected resources have been reviewed by the National Project for Excellence in EE.
The URL is: http://www.nwf.org/schoolyardhabitats/
"Access hundreds of Free EHS software packages, databases, and interactive information resources. Find out how clean your community is, see photographs of endangered species, ecosystems, and oil spills, visit parks around the world, or view the Kids pages." Most resources can either be downloaded or used online. A project of Donley Technology.
The URL is: http://www.ehsfreeware.com/
Public Broadcasting System (PBS) hosts the Shape of Life website, a project of Sea Studios Foundation, features activities, explorations, and experiments for K-12 formal and informal educators, students, and families. Includes accompanying downloadable activity guide.
The URL is: http://www.pbs.org/kcet/shapeoflife/resources/inde...
Website for K–12 educators that features brief text or animated presentations on such topics as planting & tending gardens; incorporating 4–H projects in the classroom; & helping students become more aware of how plants, animals, & humans interact with ecosystems. Some activities are available on CD-ROM & in Spanish.
The URL is: http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/SchoolsOnline/index.h...
"The Forest Where We Live" is a documentary which looks at successful educational and hands-on conservation programs developed around the country that try to halt the deforestation of cities. Includes lesson plans for elementary and junior high students on urban forestry and tree biology and appreciation. A project of the Louisiana Educational Television Authority.
The URL is: http://www.lpb.org/programs/forest/classroom.html
Teaches kids about acid mine drainage through a series of hands-on experiments. It also contains additional resources on wetlands, watersheds, stream monitoring and other environmental topics. A joint project of the US Geological Survey, the Pittsburgh Research Center, and the West Virginia Division of Environmental Protection. Activities available online.
The URL is: http://craddock_t.tripod.com/amd_experiments-html....
From the Institute of Scrap Recycling, "The Scrap Map is an environmental teaching aid for Grades K-6. It explains and illustrates recycling by following autos, aluminum beverage cans, and newspapers through the recycling process." Downloadable.
The URL is: http://www.isri.org/kids-teachers.htm
CHAPPY is an educational Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) computer model. It is a variant of an LCA model developed by BHP to assist architects in green-design. It allows a student to calculate the environmental impact of their family by answering questions about their lifestyle. It is a free download and comes with workbooks developed for primary and high school students.
The URL is: http://www.chappy.au.com/
"Programs that teach young people ecology, community stewardship, urban resource management and basic job readiness skills in the context of their urban environment." School programs and downloadable urban activities for grades preK-6.
The URL is: http://www.communityresources.org/
A detailed account of Lewis Mills (CT) High School's earth science course that uses the management of the environment as a basis for learning Earth Science principles and skills. Lesson plans, research materials and learning objectives can be accessed online.
The URL is: http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/7639/INDEX....
Developed for elementary school teachers and students (grades 4-5), "Educational in Nature" is a series of environmental education curriculum supplements designed to foster understanding and environmental awareness in the classroom. Topics include trees, forest management, conservation, forest products, and wildlife. The web site is sponsored by Georgia-Pacific Corp.
The URL is: http://www.gp.com/EducationalinNature
Life history information and classroom activities focusing on marine animals, as well as information about the educational programs offered by Sea World/Busch Gardens parks around the country.
The URL is: http://www.seaworld.org/just-for-teachers/guides/i...
"A collection of [K-12] classroom activities that will help your students gain a better understanding of transportation choices and how those choices affect their communities, future generations and the environment." Developed by Climate Solutions and Oil Smart. Full guide online in .PDF format.
The URL is: http://www.climatesolutions.org/
Resource packs that provide teachers with opportunities for studying animal welfare subjects are available for free download. Covers UK Key Stages one to four through packs based on pets, intensive farming, animal experiments and endangered species.
The URL is: http://www.naturewatch.org/
Information on watersheds, water quality, monitoring, legislation, classroom applications (high school)and reference resources. A project of Building Environmental Education Solutions, Inc. (BEES).
The URL is: http://www.thewatershed.org/edu_educators_lvl2.php...
In PDF format only . Compendium includes: lesson plans and activities, computer software, videos, posters, newsletters and courses. A brief description, contact information and the target audience is available for each entry. A project of the North Central Texas Council of Governments.
The URL is: http://www.dfwinfo.com/envir/links/educational/cat...
"IYE is a supplemental interdisciplinary curriculum for use in grades 6-12." Downloadable activities in PDF format on forests, wildlife, water and unique ecosystems, a project of the US Forest Service's NR Conservation Education program. Grade Level: 6-12 NPEEE Review
The URL is: http://www.fs.fed.us/outdoors/nrce/iye/contents.ht...
Free, hands-on, multidisciplinary lesson plans built around the subject of energy and the environment. Elementary, middle, and high school plans available. From the Alliance to Save Energy
The URL is: http://www.ase.org/educators/index.htm
Hands-on, multidisciplinary lesson plans for K-12 teachers. Used in the Green Schools project-a collaborative effort by teachers, administrators, and facilities and maintenance staff which reduces school energy costs at the same time it educates students. Downloadable in pdf format.
The URL is: http://www.ase.org/educators/download.htm
An online teacher's guide including a variety of lesson plans, activities and informational articles about karst resources and their conservation. If you teach about caves, bats, springs, groundwater or any karst issue, this guide is worth a look. Intended for grades K -8. A project of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.
The URL is: http://www.nps.gov/ozar/skindeep.htm
These free materials (downloadable) "outline a two-day study of building block chemistry using basic concepts and easy-to-find materials." Grades 9-12. A project of the Chlorine Chemistry Council.
The URL is: http://www.science-education.org/building_block_ch...
Submitted by teachers at a workshop emphasizing urban EE, downloadable lesson plans on air and water quality, solid waste, and land use planning. From the Chicago Academy of Sciences.
The URL is: http://www.chias.org/www/edu/ecocit/eif.html
"NASA offers a variety of educational products and resources in the area of Earth Science. Check out the teachers' guides, videos and links to other materials available to educators." (Some resources are available for download in PDF format). For K-12, post secondary, and informal educators.
The URL is: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/k-4/feat...
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.
The URL is: http://www.estuarylive.org/
A K-12 science curricula that uses the planet Earth as the unifying theme. Developed by The Ohio State University and the University of Northern Colorado. Sample activities are available online, other curricular materials can be ordered (Grades 6-12). Selected resources have been reviewed by the National Project for Excellence in EE.
The URL is: http://www.ag.ohio-state.edu/~earthsys/
Materials compiled and reviewed by the Environmental Resources Center, University of Wisconsin-Extension, that will help you to develop a community-based, youth water education program that targets youth and links key community members in partnerships while working toward common water education goals.
The URL is: http://www.uwex.edu/erc/eypaw/listgrade.cfm
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