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Teacher Inspiring Kids to Go Green

Resource Type: Online Tool
Description: This third grade teacher inspires kids by example. She is incredibly effective.
Cost: No
Time: Ongoing
State: California
Topic:
Energy Conservation
Sustainability
Waste/Recycling
Grade: Elementary (K-5)

Recycling Lesson Plans from Marcal Small Steps

Resource Type:
Curriculum
Lesson Plans
Description: At Marcal, we’ve been making paper from recycled paper since 1950. To help teach others about the importance of recycling, we have developed four free lesson plans that teachers can use to educate and inspire their students to take an active role in living a sustainable life. We have developed four age appropriate lesson plans that can be used for elementary, middle and high school students.
Cost: No
Time: 1 Week
State:
Topic:
Habitat/Ecosystems
Sustainability
Waste/Recycling
Grade:
Elementary (K-5)
Middle (6-8)
High (9-12)

kidEarth: Kids Around the World Sing 12-Year-Old's Global-Warming Song

Resource Type:
Curriculum
Green Design Projects
Online Tool
Service Learning Projects
Description: KidEarth and its "100 Generations" song is an international global-warming music project California sixth-grader Aitan Grossman created for children all over the world to sing to raise awareness about the climate change. Schoolchildren in Africa (Botswana and Ethiopia), Europe (France), South America (Venezuela and Guatemala), and Asia (Taiwan) have joined kidEarth in song already. The more kids who sing Aitan's song, the bigger its impact will be as children everywhere, together, raise the world's awareness about the climate change. Aitan's made it easy -- the song's notes, lyrics, and instrumental tracks are on the Web site. Students can use Aitan's words or write their own and, if they want to join voices together with others around the world, they can post their own "100 Generations" music video next on kidEarth's video page. More information about kidEarth is in "The News" section of the kidEarth Web site, including a feature story posted on Al Gore's Alliance for Climate Protection Web site and an article written when the kidEarth project was designated a Climate Hero by San Francisco Bay Area environmentalists. All Aitan asks is that schools participating send him their names and cities/towns so he can mention them on the site. Email him at kidEarthus@yahoo.com.
Cost: No
Time: 1-3 Classes
State:
Topic:
Air/Climate
Energy Conservation
Habitat/Ecosystems
Sustainability
Waste/Recycling
Water
Wildlife
Grade:
Elementary (K-5)
Middle (6-8)
High (9-12)

GreenHeart Education Curriculum Model

Resource Type: Curriculum
Description: The GreenHeart Education curriculum model maps out a research-based, developmentally appropriate "green" focus for different grade levels, so that educators aren't overwhelmed thinking they have to do it all at once. Foundation - compassion, respect, sustainability Overarching Theme - global warming / climate change Backdrop of Curriculum Model - ecosystem and environmental health Primary - Nature Bonding Grades 4-5 - Ecological Principles Middle Years - Environmental Solutions Senior Years - Sustainable Development
Cost: No
Time: Ongoing
State:
Topic: Sustainability
Grade:
Elementary (K-5)
Middle (6-8)
High (9-12)

National Geographics Environment Page

Resource Type:
Information/Statistics
Online Tool
Description: There's always 5 great articles referenced at the top of this page... these would be good conversation starters or reading assignments. They also have a lot of information about Global Warming, Natural Disasters and Habitats which are part of a long list of environmental topics covered. Start out with this overview of global warming: http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/ environment/global-warming/gw-overview.html
Cost: No
Time:
State:
Topic:
Air/Climate
Energy Conservation
Habitat/Ecosystems
Water
Wildlife
Grade:
Elementary (K-5)
Middle (6-8)
High (9-12)