Teacher and Educator Resources

Educator Resources


LESSON PLANS
 
McHenry County Schools Environmental Education Program. Lesson library, articles, resources. Grades K-12.
http://www.co.mchenry.il.us/department/MCSEEP/Pages/Index.aspx

U.S. Energy Information Administration site. Games, lesson plans, activities for school children and teachers.
http://www.eia.doe.gov/kids/

Education World. Recycling games and lesson plans. K-12
http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/03/lp308-02.shtml

California Energy Commission. Books, lesson plans, links—all energy education related.
http://www.energyquest.ca.gov/

The Teachers Guide. Links for lesson plans, activities, crafts with a recycling theme.
http://www.theteachersguide.com/Recyclinglessonplans.htm

Education World. More recycling lesson plans, K-12.
http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson308b.shtml

Energy Aware Organization. Links and lesson plans for various alternate energy sources.
http://getenergyaware.org/classroom-projects.asp

Cool Fuel Road Trip. Downloadable lesson plans for elementary and middle school age.
http://www.coolfuelroadtrip.com/school.htm

Earthday Network. Free downloadable lesson plans.
http://www.earthday.net/lessonplans

US EPA Resources for Waste Education. Educational materials for children from Kindergarten through high school.
http://www.epa.gov/osw/education/kids/index.htm

National Energy Education Development. Curriculum guides, activities, area links. All grade levels.
http://www.need.org/

Canadian site. Materials and lesson plans.
http://www.ecokids.ca/pub/index.cfm

Grass Roots Recycling Network. Tools for achieving Zero Waste in K-12 school systems.
http://www.kidsrecycle.org/

Transportation Alliance. Information for increasing bicycling and physical activity K-12.
http://www.activetrans.org/education/teachers
 

GAMES (besides the ones on our game page)
 
US EPA Resources for Waste Education. Educational materials for children from Kindergarten through high school.
http://www.epa.gov/osw/education/kids/index.htm

Roscoe's Recycle Room. Fun games, recycling facts and educational activities.
http://www.recycleroom.org/

U.S. Energy Information Administration site. Games, lesson plans, activities for school children and teachers.
http://www.eia.doe.gov/kids/

Energy Star. Games and links, all ages.
http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=kids.kids_index

City of Seattle. Fun recycling game for grade school students
http://web1.seattle.gov/spu/recyclingIQgame/
 

City of San Diego's game for catching recyclables. Grade school age. Please note: recycling rules are specific to the City of San Diego.
http://www.sandiego.gov/environmental-services/recycling/games/recyclegame.shtml
 

Education World. Recycling games and lesson plans. K-12
http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/03/lp308-02.shtml
 

Touch Stone Energy, Kids Zone. Matching game, energy game, and tour of alternate energies. Interactive site. Geared toward K-6.
http://www.touchstoneenergykids.com/
 
VIDEOS

Beyond the Virtual Tours we offer here

Village of Oak Lawn, IL. Videos of recycling practices.
http://www.oaklawn-il.gov/getdoc/40647e1d-b67d-45ec-bf9bdec55eaa14c4/Videos.aspx
 

Alliance for Climate Education (ACE). Video of unique presentation to students on climate change.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QaE5pQAR-s
 
ALTERNATE ENERGY

KidWind Project. Site devoted to wind power. Lesson plans, activities for students K-12. Also has an online catalog for various demonstration and craft items.
http://www.kidwind.org/

Solar model kits-catalog
http://www.seguetosolar.com/educational-toys.html

Water Bottle Information from Earthsense
http://earthsense.wordpress.com/category/reusable-water-bottle/

Tap Water Promotional Site
http://www.back2tap.com

Solid Waste Association of North America. Booklet describing waste to energy fuel production.
http://www.swana.org/pdf/swana_pdf_634.pdf

Energy Aware Organization. Links and lesson plans for various alternate energy sources.
http://getenergyaware.org/classroom-projects.asp

Post Carbon Institute. Founded in 2003 to lead the transition to a more resilient, equitable, and sustainable world.
http://www.postcarbon.org/


OTHER EDUCATIONAL SOURCES

Illinois Environmental Education Database. Environmental programs and resources.
http://www.illinoisee.org/

Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom.  Contact information for classroom teachers and program descriptions.
http://www.agintheclassroom.org/060605/aitchome.html

Information for Illinois educators.  A joint project between the IL EPA and the Waste Management Research Center.
http://www.greeningschools.org/

A quick and easy guide to Green Cleaning in Schools from the Health Schools Campaign.
http://www.greencleanschools.org

National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Educational programs for students ranging from kindergarten through college. 
http://www.nrel.gov/education/

A series of seminar links offered by the Unv of Illinois - Illinois Sustainable Technology Center
http://www.istc.illinois.edu/about/sustainability_seminars.cfm 

A series of links, for the most part, to various recycling education sites.
http://42explore.com/recycle.htm

GoBeyond. Information on climate change solutions. Calculate your carbon footprint here.
http://go-beyond.ca/

Environmental/Recycling quiz that is great for any age.
http://www.pmenv.com/Environmental-Quiz

Natural Resources Defense Council. An environmental action organization that deals with a wide range of environmental issues.
http://www.nrdc.org/

Natural Resources Defense Council. Learn tips on how to Green Your Event, whether it be a conference or sleepover.
http://www.nrdc.org/cities/living/gevent.asp

Resource Recovery Fund Board of Nova Scotia. Information on recycling programs as well as ways to reduce and recover resources.
http://www.rrfb.com/

MBA Programs and the Shifting Economic Economic Landscape.  A web resource for those seeking information about Masters in Business Administration programs.
http://www.onlinembaprograms.org/
http://www.onlineschools.org/guides/illinois/

Have you ever wondered what you can do with your environmental studies degree?  Check out this chart originally prepared by the University of Tennesee for ideas.  It is arranged by degree areas, possible areas of employment, and strategies.
http://www.lewisu.edu/resources/careerservices/degrees/pdf/environmental.pdf

National Environmental Education Foundation. Information about weather and the environment, originally designed for weathercasters but now with information for teachers, students and parents.
http://www.earthgauge.net/

Recycled art ideas and links.
http://oldjunkcar.com/art-junk-recycled-craft-ideas/

A list of Climate Change Education Sites.
http://www.environmentalsciencedegree.com/climate-change/

 

 
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