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Cool the Earth

Resource Type:
Curriculum
Service Learning Projects
Description: Cool the Earth is a K-8 school-to-home climate change program that educates students about global warming and inspires them, and their families, to take action. Through it's main elements of: an educational, friendly assembly featuring an original play presented by teachers and students; energy-saving coupons that inspire kids and their families to take action; ongoing monthly spotlights highlighting an energy-saving action; and an on-campus banner tracking the actions taken and energy saved, the program raises awareness about climate change throughout the school community and is successful in teaching kids and their families responsible, energy-saving behavior.
Cost: Yes
Time:
State:
Topic:
Air/Climate
Energy Conservation
Sustainability
Waste/Recycling
Water
Grade:
Elementary (K-5)
Middle (6-8)

They Write the Songs

Resource Type: Lesson Plans
Description: This lesson plan utilizes the “writing-to-learn” instructional strategy in which students explore and acquire deep understanding of informational texts through creative writing and reflection. Students will participate in a collaborative group effort to research the environment’s impact on human health. Then they will write new lyrics to one of their favorite songs to create a new song designed to persuade listeners to help solve the problem.
Cost: No
Time: 1 Week
State:
Topic: Energy Conservation
Grade:
Middle (6-8)
High (9-12)

Kids-In-Nature

Resource Type:
Curriculum
Field Trip
Information/Statistics
Description: We provide natural science education to K-8 classrooms in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. We offer classroom-based programs and field trips to local nature preserves. All programs are linked to state standards.
Cost: Yes
Time: 1-3 Classes
State: California
Topic:
Energy Conservation
Habitat/Ecosystems
Sustainability
Water
Wildlife
Grade:
Elementary (K-5)
Middle (6-8)

Rainforest Alliance Learning Site

Resource Type:
Curriculum
Information/Statistics
Lesson Plans
Online Tool
Service Learning Projects
Resource List
Description: Because we believe that children are our biggest stakeholders, the Rainforest Alliance created the Rainforest Alliance Learning Site filled with free, standards-based lesson plans, stories (available in English, Spanish and Portuguese), presentations and much more. These free educational resources aim at connecting children to conservation and help them understand the role we all play in protecting our precious natural resources.
Cost: No
Time: 1 Month
State:
Topic:
Habitat/Ecosystems
Sustainability
Water
Wildlife
Grade:
Elementary (K-5)
Middle (6-8)

Project Learning Tree's Focus on Forests Module

Resource Type:
Curriculum
Lesson Plans
Description: The Project Learning Tree module Exploring Environmental Issues: Focus on Forests uses forest-related examples to help students better understand the complexity of environmental issues. Students examine issues objectively, collect and analyze data, and become involved in decision-making experiences. They learn how to present arguments clearly and how citizens can play a role in forest-management decisions. To receive a copy of the guide, attend a PLT workshop. Visit http://www.plt.org/your-state-project-learning-tree-program to identify your PLT state coordinator and contact him or her to find out about PLT workshops near you.
Cost: No
Time:
State:
Topic:
Habitat/Ecosystems
Sustainability
Wildlife
Grade: High (9-12)