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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears is an online magazine primarily for K-5th Grade students that integrates science, literacy, and the polar regions.¬†¬†
This is a funky site offers¬†great browsing¬†and ¬†is suited for multiple audiences. It covers a range of environmental issues including¬† eco-friendly food, sustainable technology and green innovation.¬† There also¬†is a¬†comprehensive section¬†that looks at¬† environmental oddities such as natural disasters, fantastic plants and amazing animals.¬†
Best Green Blogs http://www.bestgreenblogs.com/¬† is This family friendly site offer a directory of Green Blogs.¬† Find information on green architecture, green living, and raising environmentally friendly children.
TreeHugger http://www.treehugger.com/¬† ThreeHugger is a fun site with interesting, if at times odd, articles on green living. It offers¬† news feeds on the environment and ¬†helpful links to websites promoting green lifestyles.
Green-Blog http://www.green-blog.org/ Green-Blog offers news feeds and categorized links to environmental sites.
EarthTrends¬† http://earthtrends.wri.org/¬† EarthTrends is a comprehensive online database, geared towards students doing academic research that is maintained by the World Resources Institute.¬† It focuses on the environmental, social and economic trends that shape our world.¬†¬†
The GEO Data Portal¬† http://geodata.grid.unep.ch/¬† The GEO Data Portal is the authoritative source for data sets used by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP)¬†and, the Global Environment Outlook (GEO) report and other integrated environment assessments.¬† This is a strong database that includes maps and charts and is an excellent resource for advanced research.
EnviroFacts database¬† http://www.epa.gov/enviro/¬† The EnviroFacts database offers official reports on pollution levels in the United States.¬† The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maintains the site and which offers¬†the ¬†latest air quality¬†and pollution reports on a region by region basis.
Specially for Teachers
WISE: Web-based Inquiry Science Environment from Berkeley for grades 5-12, with one-week units on real-world evidence and current science controversies, including global climate change, hybrid cars, genetics, and recycling: http://www.wise.berkeley.edu.
Environmental Education on the Internet http://eelink.net/¬†¬†The site is supported by the North American Association for Environmental Education and contains resources for teachers and students. It also¬†offers information on grants and environmental organizations.¬† .¬†
Environmental Education Lesson Plans¬† This site from TeachNology offers¬†a collection of lesson plans, rubrics, printables, and material.¬† This is also a good place to get ideas.¬†
Teacher’s Corner Sponsored by Care2, this site offers links to other websites, tips and news on green living.¬† Especially helpful is the Best Tips section for teachers, where¬†teachers can find information for classroom support, lessons and research ideas.
Environmental Protection Agency¬†(EPA) ‚Äď The EPA supports this site targeted¬†towards¬†educators.¬† The site offers lesson plans, tips, grant opportunities and great ideas.¬† Teaching about Waste and Recycling¬† section is particularly strong and offers lessons on waste and recylcling. This site¬†can be used as a companion to the EPA research database (see above).
The Environmental Education Network¬† This is an informational site and can be browsed by categories.¬† Once you select a category, you are offered a listing of web sites and resources pertaining to that environmental topic.
Educational in Nature -¬†This site¬†¬†is sponsored by Georgia-Pacific, a paper company, and offers environmental education targeting 4th and 5th Graders ¬†including lesson plans and worksheets.¬†
Community Science Action Guides – Teaching units and lesson plans for grades K-12. These lessons deal with water, energy and health sciences. Questions are developed in a style similar to the IB essential questions and thus can ¬†fit nicely into IB lessons.
The Electronic Naturalist – An online program providing a weekly environmental education unit. These units are available in¬†two reading levels, one¬†¬†for K-3 and the other for 4-8. Each unit has activities, a poster and links to related web sites.
Exploring the Environment – This site¬† is sponsored by NASA and offers¬† modules for students to explore various aspects of the environment such as hurricanes, rainforests, the Everglades and the weather. There are teacher help pages too. One feature of the site is Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears, an online magazine for grade k – 5 teachers which integrates science, literacy and the polar regions. There are lesson plans and links to relevant web sites.
The Rainforest Alliance ‚Äď This group works to preserve the rainforest ¬†and the site provides information and activities for kids and teachers.¬†
All About Global Warming ‚Äď This excellent site offers thorough coverage of global warming with scientific explanations and links to articles.¬† There also are links to other environmental issues.¬†
The Rainforest Action Network ‚Äď Similar to the Rainforest Alliance, the Rainforest Heroes section is designed¬†specifically¬†for teachers and students and offers material and information.
Activities to Celebrate Earth Day ‚Äď This is the environmental section of Education World.¬† As such, it offers lessons and material and other information worth browsing.