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  • Energy Vampires 101
    Read this blog: Highlights on this energy saving site include a table summarizing average, minimum, and maximum power levels observed on common devices while in standby mode.
  • Vampire Energy - Video
    This brief (2:17min) and engaging video explains the dollar and environmental costs of wasting energy and suggests how everyone can help reduce wasted energy
  • Adopt an Acre of Rainforest
    Prep for Earth Day with this project-based activity in which students learn about the effects of deforestation and educate others in the community. Does your class want to adopt an acre?
  • Recycled Waste Paper Project
    This fun spring project gives students real experience with recycling and reusing common classroom waste and helps them understand the importance of keeping the environment clean and safe.
  • Eco Boys and Girls
    The Eco Boys and Girls are illustrated characters who teach children the value of respecting their environment and respecting other people and creatures who inhabit the earth.
  • Light It Right!
    In this game, students earn points by turning lights on and off when someone enters or exits a room.
  • EELink Compiles Environmental Education Lesson Plans
    We review a website offering free compilation of preK-12 lessons, activities and other curriculum resources that focus on environmental education.
  • Endangered Species Program
    Search for information about and photographs of endangered species by state or species. Listen to an audio interview with experts.
  • The Dynamic Earth
    This website offers interactive information about the dynamic forces that formed and continue to form the Earth and the solar system.
  • Wildlife Gardens
    Learn how to build your own wildlife gardens: pond, rotting log, and three more.
  • 366 Community Service Ideas
    Here are fourteen categories of community service ideas from the 4-H Club. A PDF version is available.
  • Green Foundation Curriculum
    Environmental education lessons that provide step-by-step instructions and assessment strategies.
  • Energy Vampires 101
    Read this blog: Highlights on this energy saving site include a table summarizing average, minimum, and maximum power levels observed on common devices while in standby mode.
  • 100 Ways to Save the Environment
    The site suggests ways everyone can help the community and the planet. A PDF version can be downloaded.
  • Think Green Resources Guide
    Looking for ideas and resources to inspire environmental awareness and action in your classroom? This guide from Edutopia is full of succinct and practical ways to prepare students for 21st-century success.
  • Vampire Energy - Poster
    Download and print this poster that shows the yearly cost of common electronic devices in passive and active standby modes.
  • Freecycle
    People from all over the world post books, CDs, electronics, and toys they're giving away. All you have to do is arrange to pick up the items.
  • It's a Blue, Blue, Blue, Blue World
    Using Jonathan Bird's Blue World in the classroom is easy with amazing study guides and resources for educators.
  • Facing the Future
    Standards-based resources related to global issues and sustainable solutions. Designed by teachers for teachers.
  • Terracycle
    Released three times a year, the TerraCycle Curriculum Lesson Sets each focus on a particular topic and its relationship to the materials cycle.
  • Welcome to the USGS - U.S. Geological Survey
    A huge repository for earth and life science resources, USGS features educational materials and many multimedia resources.
  • Kratt’s Creatures
    Choose a creature adventure or visit the clubhouse and learn about creatures from around the world. Make a creature movie and submit it to the Kratt’s Brothers website or just watch those in the library. PBS requires registration.
  • Recycling Fact Sheet/Posters
    Show your students the benefits of thinking green. Print these materials and hang them in your school. Materials also for sale on this site.
  • Peace Corps Coverdell Word Wise Schools
    This site offers lesson plans on arts and music, cross-cultural understanding, mathematics and more, stories, multimedia (ed videos, slide shows, posters, podcasts) and information on service learning.
  • The Greens: Energy Vampires
    In the web episode, students learn how to identify energy vampires, electronic devices that continue to drain energy even when you’re not using them.
  • National Geographic Kids
    Read kids’ stories and interviews with scientists, watch videos, look at facts and photos of animals, try activities and games. Find out what everyone’s reading about on the site.
  • The Rainforest Alliance
    Curricula and resources to help students understand how rainforests contribute to our collective well-being.
  • "Unplug Me" Reminder Cards
    Students create original reminder cards to unplug appliances for their schools and homes.
  • YES! Magazine
    YES! Magazine is offering classroom teachers and school librarians a free one-year introductory subscription to the magazine. The independent, ad-free magazine covers sustainability, peace and social justice, happiness, climate change, and more.
  • National Geographic Kids
    Read kids’ stories and interviews with scientists, watch videos, look at facts and photos of animals, try activities and games. Find out what everyone’s reading about on the site.
  • The Roof is Growing!
    A classroom program developed by the American Society of Landscape Architecture to engage and educate middle school students about green roofs and their environmental benefits.
  • Nature Rocks
    Get your family back to nature! This site offers easy tools and tips for planning a family nature adventure. Enter the age of your kids, how much time you have, and the location and the website gives you ideas for activities and events.
  • Endangered Species Program
    Search for information about and photographs of endangered species by state or species. Listen to an audio interview with experts.
  • EekoWorld
    EekoWorld, a Web site from PBS Kids, informs K-4 students about the role they play in taking care of Earth. Colorful, engaging interactives are perfect for young students; teachers will appreciate the how-to guide and lesson plans.
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  • Energy vampires: Is it worth it to unplug your electronics?
    Read this blog: Unplugging isn’t the only way to save energy. Follow these simple tips and save energy and money.
  • Climate Classroom Kids
    Access climate change lesson plans, fun volunteer activities, guidelines, and tips for discussing climate change with children.
  • Cool the Earth
    Resources designed to engage kids and their families in climate change by motivating them to take simple actions to conserve energy.
  • Clorox: Clean Up the Classroom
    This website offers lesson plans, games, and a classroom poster.
  • Weather: Extreme Weather 101 Teaching Resources
    A collection of lesson plans, videos, podcasts, interactives, and supporting reading and websites for educators.
  • Light It Right!
    In this game, students earn points by turning lights on and off when someone enters or exits a room.
  • Teaching Students About Carbon Emissions
    Helping students understand "carbon footprints" and how to reduce environmental impact.
  • Butterfiles - Free Learning Resources
    Butterfiles really are free in this rich respository of lessons, media, tools, exhibits and many other free things for learning about butterfiles.
  • Urban Bird Sounds Project
    Created BY students FOR students, this audio guide is a way to help others learn about and study birds in their own communities. Listen, download materials, and learn how to make your own.
  • National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Photo Library
    The NOAA Photo Library was built to capture the studies of the world’s oceans and atmosphere —throughout centuries of scientific thought and observations—from the surface of the sun to the bottom of the sea.
  • Facing the Future
    Standards-based resources related to global issues and sustainable solutions. Designed by teachers for teachers.
  • KidWind
    Find 18 interdisciplinary lessons on wind energy; science fair experiments and projects; information on colleges, training programs and careers in wind energy; and, professional development workshops for teachers.
  • Eco-Tips from GEF - Poster
    Download and print this poster, in color or in blackline for students to color. From Green Education Foundation.
  • Public Alert Radios for Schools
    NOAA is distributing these radios to schools to help safeguard children.
  • Vampire Energy - Video
    This brief (2:17min) and engaging video explains the dollar and environmental costs of wasting energy and suggests how everyone can help reduce wasted energy

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