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Earth Day

Every year, on April 22nd, we celebrate Earth Day.  But Earth Day isn't just about picking up litter in the school yard or turning off the lights for an hour. It needs to be deeper than that. For change to happen we need to instill in our students the importance of developing sustainable practices, resource conservation and the effect of our ecological footprint.  Engage your students in real world problems with the resources available in this collection.
A Collection By Jenn Fowler
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Earth Day
  • Jenn Fowler says:
    If you are looking to take some professional development on how to develop sustainable practices, this resource is a good place to start. The Green Ambassadors offer a variety of PD opportunities that teach you how to integrate the concept of sustainability throughout your programming.
  • Footprint Calculator

    Webtool
    footprintnetwork.org
    footprintnetwork.org
    Jenn Fowler says:
    This calculator is an excellent tool to introduce concept of an ecological footprint. Students complete a series of questions that analyzes their consumption of land and resources and generates an analysis of their foot print on the environment.  Many of my students were shocked to see how many earths they would need to sustain their lifestyle.  Students need to be aware of the resources they are using and begin to practice conservation.
  • edutopia.org
    edutopia.org

    Outdoor Mindfulness Exercises for Earth Day

    Article
    Jenn Fowler says:
    Children are spending less and less time outside connecting with nature.  It's important that we provide our students with opportunities to unplug and teach them to enjoy the outdoors. This blog provides you with six tips to teach students to engage in their senses and be mindful while engaging with the wonder and beauty of the world around them.
  • Enercities

    Website
    enercities.eu
    enercities.eu
    Jenn Fowler says:
    EnerCities employs game based learning to increase student engagement.  In this activity students will create sustainable cities using the EnerCities game technology.  This resource includes a teacher tool box that contains an overview of themes and educational background.  Students will be hooked and begging for more time to work on their sustainable cities.
  • Jenn Fowler says:
    This lesson utilizes a variety of products that students have personal connections to, and uses them to teach the concept of sustainable products and consumer responsibility.  As a culminating activity students are challenged to create a WEEE man to represent the electrical waste that we create as a society.  An engaging lesson that will have students talking and brainstorming sustainable solutions for the future.
  • Jenn Fowler says:
    Dr. Seuss' movie, The Lorax, has long been a favorite amongst teachers to introduce the concept of sustainability.  The 2012 remake of this movie has recharged the Lorax franchise and widened the audience.  An effective method to present a difficult concept in an easy to understand way.  Make it a family affair and acquire the licensing to show it at a school family movie night.  Have a donation box with all proceeds going to green your school yard and create an outdoor classroom.
  • Earth Day Report Card

    Activity
    teacherspayteachers.com
    teacherspayteachers.com
    Jenn Fowler says:
    Students love to play teacher. In this Earth Day Report Card activity students are tasked with grading how green or eco-friendly their school, classroom and home is.  This activity could be used as an introduction to the concept of eco-footprint and sustainability, or as a culminating activity at the end of a unit to see how far your class has come.  Teaching students to be mindful is a way to bring about environmental change.
  • Jenn Fowler says:
    In this documentary, students will learn important lessons about sustainability, natural resources, and consumerism. They will consider the question of why are we buying bottled water and draining a precious natural resource. Another great documentary to show students is the Story of Stuff which goes over the materials economy, also available on this website.