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PLT's Early Childhood Guide Wins Award    
Project Learning Tree's Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood has been selected a Learning ® Magazine 2011 Teachers’ ChoiceSM Award winner. Designed for educators who work with children ages 3 to 6, PLT’s Early Childhood Guide and CD offers 130 experiences to engage children in outdoor exploration and play using their senses, seasons, and neighborhood trees. Since it was published in February, over 15,000 copies have been distributed to early childhood educators across the country through PLT professional development workshops.
The URL is: http://www.plt.org/cms/pages/21_21_259.html

Slick Sea Spills (4th grade – 6th grade)    
The Franklin Institute

Students first discuss how oil gets into the water supply. Then, students investigate how oil affects the ocean and the organisms that live in it. Afterwards, students determine how best to attempt cleaning up an oil spill. The experiment helps students develop problem solving and critical thinking skills.
The URL is: http://www.fi.edu/tfi/activity/earth/earth-2.html

Cleaning Oiled Feathers (1st- 6th grade)    

Students learn first hand how oil affects bird feathers. Students then complete an experiment to clean oiled feathers.

The URL is: http://response.restoration.noaa.gov/audience_subt...

Power for Change: An Energy Curriculum for Grades K-12    
The NorthWoods Stewardship Center in Vermont has recently published a 220-page curriculum book focusing on energy conservation, efficiency, and renewable energy. The book contains 18 interactive lesson plans, over 50 student handouts, extensive background information with figures and data, and a complete energy glossary.
The URL is: http://www.northwoodscenter.org/energycurriculum.h...

Easy-to-Use Climate Change Action Projects for K-12 Students    
Facing the Future has released a comprehensive service-learning resource for climate change. The Climate Change Action Project Database includes more than 25 ready-to-use action projects that will prepare students to understand and take action on climate change. The online database provides:

· Meaningful projects to fulfill graduation requirements

· Ideas for transforming classroom learning on into action

· Project details and contact information needed to get started

· Options for projects that take place both on and off school grounds

Thanks to funding from the McKibben Merner Family Foundation, these service-learning projects are accessible free at
The URL is: http://www.facingthefuture.org/ServiceLearning/Cli...

Lesson Plan: Taming the Paper Tiger    
This lesson plan "Taming the Paper Tiger: a Unit on Paper and the Environment," combines environmental education, science, math, literacy, and technology. It includes a coloring page, reproducible folktale, and multi-grade (k-6) hands-on activities.
The URL is: http://www.gosmartpay.com/files/smartpay_tigerthem...

Curious George Helps Bring Earth Science to Kids    
Leverage Curious George's appeal to bring earth science learning to young kids. PBS has created easy-to-use resources for educators that are free and online. The resources outline how to set up and run hands-on “Curiosity Centers” where children can make their own discoveries about sand, water, soil, wind, and recycling. How-to includes simple materials lists, learning goals, leader notes, and tips for success. Over 80 three-minute video clips showing kids exploring science are also available.
The URL is: http://pbskids.org/curiousgeorge/parentsteachers/a...

The ToxMystery game introduces environmental health hazards sometimes found in a home. Includes activity pages for elementary school classrooms.
The URL is: http://toxmystery.nlm.nih.gov

JungleWalk Lesson Plans    
Lesson plans for grades K-5, addressing various animal related topics created using standard school curriculum. Each lesson plan is accompanied by slide shows with relevant animal photographs, video, and audio clips.
The URL is: https://www.junglewalk.com/classroom/Science-Teach...

Aid To Memory - Mnemonics    
Remember mnemonics? "Every Good Boy Deserves Favor" (notes on the staff) or "Spring Forward, Fall Back" (daylight savings rule)? There's a mnemonics website covering subjects from Astronomy to Weather where you can add your own or look up some old favorites.
The URL is: http://www.aidtomemory.com/

Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS): An Educator's Information and Materials Guide - Grades    
For K-12 teachers and nonformal educators, the AIS Guide is available online or in pdf format. Includes aquatic exotic plants and animals educational materials, multimedia resources and information, and species field guide. From the University of Minnesota Sea Grant College Program.
The URL is: http://www.seagrant.umn.edu/exotics/

North Carolina Museum of Art online educational resource, featuring nature and science activities that can be used in environmental education. Includes K-12 lesson plans and activities searchable by region, subject, and grade.
The URL is: http://www.ncmoa.org/artnc/

AskAsia Teaching Materials    
K-12 teacher's resource site from Asia Society provides background essays, lesson plans, learning activities, maps, annotated links, and more. Lesson plans cover the events leading up to and the hours following the earthquake off the shores of Sumatra and the use of history to learn ways to avert a similar crisis in the future.
The URL is: http://www.askasia.org/teachers/lessons/

Awesome Library      
"The Awesome Library organizes the Web with 15,000 carefully reviewed resources, including the top 5 percent in education." Special sections for students, teachers and parents. Lesson plans for grades K-12.
The URL is: http://www.awesomelibrary.org/Classroom/Science/Ec...

Bridge: Ocean Sciences Education K-12 Resource Center    
A collection of K-12 resources for marine science education on-line (resources are screened by science educators, and content is approved by research scientists as necessary). Resources are organized into topic areas, resource providers, professional development and discussion groups. A project of the Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education (CORE).
The URL is: http://www.vims.edu/bridge/

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.
The URL is: http://www.k12science.org/currichome.html

CONE Education Pack Grades K-3    
A set of educational minibeasts, trees, birds, and habitat resources and activity sheets. (Designed for UK KS1, KS2 and KS3 children.)
The URL is: http://www.workingwithwildlife.co.uk/resource/educ...

Cotton's Journey    
Educational site featuring cotton as a vehicle to teaching Math, Science, Language Arts and Social Studies. Resources, activities, lessons and products are meant to assist educators in giving their students the whole unit experience through an inquiry-based approach, while meeting many National Education Standards.
The URL is: http://www.cottonsjourney.com/teacher/default.asp

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.
The URL is: http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/

DiscoverySchool.com K-12 Curriculum Center    
Site provides a library of K-12 curriculum resources for teachers; study tools, games, and learning adventures for students; education advice, reviews, and study tools for parents.
The URL is: http://school.discovery.com/curriculumcenter/

edHelper.com Grades K-12 Worksheets and Lesson Plans    
Environmental K-12 worksheets and lesson plans from air pollution to water quality. Plus education news, updated daily.
The URL is: http://www.edhelper.com/cat41.htm

Educating Young People about Water - PreK-12 Curricula      
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

Educator's Reference Desk EE K-12 Lesson Plans    
The Educator's Reference Desk K-12 Environmental Education lesson plans and resources.
The URL is: http://www.eduref.org/cgi-bin/lessons.cgi/Science/...

Energy Sourcebooks - Lesson Plans Grades 1-12    
Lesson plans and activities for elementary, junior high, and high school students to explore alternative energy sources. Can be downloaded in one large file (Complete Text), individual chapters, or on three compact discs.
The URL is: http://www.tvakids.com/teachers/sourcebooks.htm

EPA Explorer's Club      
The EPA Explorer's Club is designed like a clubhouse with various rooms. Filled with educational activities in the art room, game room, science room, and pages where kids learn about air, water, garbage & recycling, plants, and animals.
The URL is: http://www.epa.gov/kids/

EPA Water K-12 Sourcebooks    
Created by the EPA, The Water Sourcebooks contain 324 activities for grades K-12. This environmental education program explains the water management cycle using a balanced approach showing how it affects all aspects of the environment. Activities are available online in PDF and are also available on CD-ROM.
The URL is: http://www.epa.gov/safewater/kids/wsb/

Learning Science Interactives    
learningscience.org site offers free, high-quality Web interactives for the classroom in various areas of science studies listed by learning standards for grades K-4 and 5-12. Links to long and short interactive lesson plans, data collection, imaging, and more.
The URL is: http://www.learningscience.org/

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