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Canopy In The Clouds

Resource Type:
Curriculum
Lesson Plans
Online Tool
Description: Canopy In The Clouds uses innovative and immersive media from the perspective of a tropical montane cloud forest to serve as a platform for inquiry-based, K-12 earth and life science education. We are particularly excited to offer over 25 lesson plans on themes such as water, weather, soils, ecology and the process of science focused on 6-8th grades. All materials are normed to national science education standards, peer-reviewed by a team of scientists and educators, and made available free of cost via our website. Funding is provided by the National Geographic Society, National Science Foundation and the Tropical Science Center of Costa Rica.
Cost: No
Time: Ongoing
State:
Topic:
Habitat/Ecosystems
Water
Wildlife
Grade:
Elementary (K-5)
Middle (6-8)
High (9-12)

Toymato Green Living Curriculum w/ DVDs

Resource Type:
Curriculum
Green Design Projects
Lesson Plans
Description: The Toymato Green Living Curriculum is a three-unit, highly adaptable program for grades K-4. It can be used to support an existing curriculum, or serve as a solid introduction to any environmental, garden, or nutrition education. The program can be used in any size classroom and with students learning at varying levels. Few external resources are required, and additional activities and support can be found through our online community.
Cost: Yes
Time: 1-3 Classes
State:
Topic:
Energy Conservation
Sustainability
Waste/Recycling
Grade: Elementary (K-5)

Streaming Environmental Films

Resource Type:
Information/Statistics
Online Tool
Description: Green Planet Stream is the companion site to Green Planet Films -- a nonprofit distributor of nature and environmental films from around the globe. We promote environmental education through film. We believe the power of film can be an instrumental catalyst to awareness, education, and behavior change. On Green Planet Stream one can instantly access nature and environmental films by obtaining a 3, 14, or 30 day subscription. Topics include recycling, food, energy, climate change, ecosystem restoration, green building, and more. We created the site to allow easy access to the important content within these green films, in a delivery mechanism which people expect in today’s online world: streaming video.
Cost: Yes
Time: Ongoing
State:
Topic:
Air/Climate
Energy Conservation
Habitat/Ecosystems
Sustainability
Waste/Recycling
Water
Wildlife
Grade:
Elementary (K-5)
Middle (6-8)
High (9-12)

AcquaSaver

Resource Type: Green Design Projects
Description: AcquaSaver is an automatic hydraulically operated mains (town water) to rainwater changeover valve. Ideal for rainwater harvesting which switches from mains to tank whenever tank water is available and automatically defaults to mains in the event of a power or pump failure.
Cost: No
Time:
State:
Topic: Water
Grade:
Elementary (K-5)
Middle (6-8)
High (9-12)

Rainforest Heroes

Resource Type:
Curriculum
Online Tool
Description: This great resource was brought to you by Rainforest Action Network. The site has educational materials for teachers, including a powerpoint presentation, flashcards, book suggestions, and videos. The website is great because in addition to teaching kids about the environment, it also gives them the opportunity to make a difference through artwork, letters,and other actions, hence making them Rainforest Heroes.
Cost: No
Time:
State:
Topic:
Habitat/Ecosystems
Sustainability
Wildlife
Grade: Elementary (K-5)