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An Earth Day Story
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Games and Activities
Summary: This play by Mary Beth Greene was adapted from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.
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Ask NSDL
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Materials - Database - Web site
Summary: The Virtual Reference Desk Presents Ask an Expert with opportunities to ask questions on many science topics as well as math, education, engineering, health, social studies and technology. They also offer a link for Earth Day Resources.
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Biodiesel Multi-media
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Classroom Materials - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: A variety of press releases, promotional clips and reviews are offered through this website. Windows Media Player is required to view the clips.
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Celebrate Earth Day Every Day
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Materials
Summary: Obviously Earth Day should be observed every day. This resource offers materials for year-round projects that includes: history, online games, crafts, clip art, send an earth day card, earth songs, coloring pages, "learn about our world," earth day activities...
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Chemists Celebrate Earth Day
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Experiment - Holiday
Summary: The Unifying Event for Chemists Celebrate Earth Day 2005 is Kite Flying. Lessons and activities available for teachers include the chemistry of air quality, acid rain, and ozone. Each year has a different theme.
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Day the Trash Came Out to Play, The
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: Fiction

Author,/b> David M. Beadle

ISBN 0972785507

Story and humor combine to teach about litter and community efforts. Lessons focus on rethinking, reducing, reusing and recycling. For a review see

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Discover How Trees Produce and Conserve Energy
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: Students will design an energy wise community using trees and they will be introduced to landscaping for energy conservation.This is a 13-page pdf.
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Dumpster Diver, The
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: Fiction

Author, Janet Wong, Illustrator David Roberts

ISBN 9780763623807

The topsy-turvy artwork keeps things light, but adults will find plenty to talk about with children, from the value of creative conservation to safe modeling of th...

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Earth Day -- Hooray
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Games and Activities - School Projects
Summary: Non-fiction

AuthorMurphy, Stuart J and Renee Andriani (illustrator).

ISBN0-06-000127-5

AbstractA mathstart (place value) book for level 3, this book illustrates a class effort to conduct an earth day project. The author combines le...

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Earth Day Events for Families and Educators in Grayslake, Illinois
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Materials - Holiday
Summary: On April 13 an information-filled, free workshop for formal and non-formal educators (6 CPDU’s) will be offered., including public and private elementary and middle school teachers, as well as community leaders. A poster contest for students is being conducte...
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Earth Day Groceries Project
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Holiday - School Projects
Summary: Suggestions for activities, recycle projects and more for students and teachers as well as links to other Earth Day sites.
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Earth Day Images
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: List - Web site
Summary: Earth Day images (including copywrite free, clip art, and copywrited images)
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Earth Day Kentucky
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Holiday - Web site
Summary: Kentucky's Envirionmental and Public Protection Cabinet is offering a variety of activities across the state in conjunction with Earth Day 2005, including the Environmental Quality Commission's Earth Day Award for Kentucky communities, Earth Day activities for...
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Earth Day Network
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Web site
Summary: Learn about Earth Day 2005, register your event, join the network, check out upcoming events around the world. Locate additional events in your community or where your travels will be taking you. This site is updated throughout the year.
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Earthways, Simple Environmental Activities for Young Children
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons
Summary:

Non-Fiction, Lessons

Authors, Carol Petrash

ISBN 0-87659-156-X

Earthways is full of nature crafts and seasonal activities approporaite for young children and for enhancing environmental awareness in young children....

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Ecological Footprint Quiz
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Checklist - Classroom Games and Activities - Language Options
Summary: This is an interactive quiz designed for 12-16 year olds. Students from international communities are able to take this quiz and variables will differ for each participant.
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Energy Star for K-12 School Districts
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Checklist - Classroom Lessons - Fact sheet - Holiday - List - Web site
Summary: ENERGY STAR is a government-backed program(EPA and DOE) helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. ENERGY STAR provides tools and guidelines for energy management appropriate for school administrators; it pro...
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Environment, The, Saving the Planet
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Materials - School Projects
Summary: Non-fiction

AuthorRosie Harlow and Sally Morgan.

ISBN0-7534-5426-2

AbstractFour sections, Energy and Power, Nature in Danger, Pollution and Waste, and Garbage and Recycling, are supported by brief introductions (2 pages each) to sp...

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EPA Earth Day Take Home Kit
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Materials - Holiday - Language Options - Web site
Summary: The EPA site offers hints for school and home for a variety of earth friendly lessons and tips.
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Exploring the Environment Through Children's Literature: An Integrated Approach
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: Non-fiction

AuthorsButzow, Carol M and John W. Butzow, illustrated by Rhett E.Kennedy

ISBN1-56308-650-6

Fifteen chapters provide suggestions for literature use for topics that include air pollution, solid waste and recycling, effectos o...

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Gateway Area Storm Sewer Stenciling PRoject
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Checklist - School Projects
Summary: This project serves as a model for creating a storm sewer stenciling project. Content includes "how to conduct a stenciling program, organizing a stenciling project in your town," and an "activity guide for the classroom K-12." Organization includes stenciling...
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GLIN Glossary Information Network
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Glossary
Summary: This glossary is appropriate for elementary through high school students, and is continually expanded. The terms address Great Lakes topics (environment, history, geography, pollution, and careers. They include scientific terms and acronyms.
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Greening Our Schools Earth Day Activities
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: Classroom Lessons - Holiday
Summary: Elementary Teachers can begin development of a year's worth of lessons that support the mission of Earth Day. Earth Day IS every day. This list of 20 will expand to include lessons appropriate for each topic and for elementary education.
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Greening School Grounds, Creating Habitats for Learning
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - School Projects
Summary: Lessons

EditorsGrant, Tim and Littlejohn, Gail.

ISBN0-86571-436-3

AbstractThis book of lessons is a compilation of contributions from teachers who are working with middle school students and who are helping students create habitats...

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Greening School Lesson Plan Format (PDF)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: Lesson plans are beginning to appear in the Greening School's Resource list for teachers. Formal lessons will use this format. If you have lessons to submit that meet the greening principles, if they address chemistry, biology, geology, other sciences or art...
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Guide to Storm Drain Marking
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Checklist - Manual/Handbook
Summary: This is a manual and how-to guide for municipalities interested in starting a storm drain marking program to reduce nonpoint source pollution. This is also a valuable resource for school districts and volunteer community groups who wish to implement a storm dr...
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How to Stencil Storm Drains
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Materials - Fact sheet - List
Summary: A two-page PDF on how to stencil storm drains, from getting permission to the event day.
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Illinois Sustainable Living Fair and Earth Day Celebration
Type: Holiday
Summary: Two full days of exploration into sustainability, 40 workshops and 50 exhibitors will promote Earth Day celebrations. The goal of the ISLF is to help business and community members make sustainable choices that are ecologically sound, economically viable, and...
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Journey to Forever
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Materials - Web site
Summary: Journey to Forever is a pioneering expedition by a small mobile NGO involved in environment and rural development work, starting from Hong Kong and travelling 40,000 km through 26 countries in Asia and Africa to Cape Town, South Africa. Available in Spanish,...
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Kool Aid Purses
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - School Projects
Summary: A high school student designs purses from Kool Aid packets.
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Lanuage Arts and Environmental Awareness: 100+ Integrated Books & Activities for Children
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons
Summary: Non-fiction, lesson and activity book

AuthorsRoberts, Patricia L

ISBN0-208-02426-1

Lanugage arts consists of language, listening, folk literature, reading, speaking, and writing and techniques and resources for involving students ages 5...

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Make a Difference in Your School
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Checklist - Classroom Materials - Manual/Handbook
Summary: This is a 34-page PDF, a how-to guide for engaging students in resource conservation and waste reduction. This guide was developed to provide advice, ideas, and inspiration to teachers, school administrators and others for planning a hands-on environmental day...
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Pontiac Storm Sewer Stencil Program
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Case Study - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - School Projects
Summary: Teacher Paul Ritter (Pontiac High School, Pontiac, Illinois) conducts a school-based, community-wide storm sewer stencil program that can serve as a model for other communities. This 34-slide power point presentation offers suggestions for starting your own.
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Quotations for Earth Day
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: A collection of quotes (and sources) appropriate for Earth Day. The last one should be the first (Every day is Earth day--author unknown)
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Recycle Jeopardy
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Holiday
Summary: Complement your current lessons in recycling with this classroom game, or build a research unit around the catagories. Designed for 4-6th grade students, it can be used as a challenge for older students who are confident they know the answers. Almost all of...
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Recycle Lifecycle
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: This lesson connects material use and recycling with physical and earth science concepts. Recycle symbols are provided in a format appropriate for younger elementary.
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Recycling Facts Game (Provided by the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Games and Activities
Summary: Creative people at the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County created an educational game that should be used at anytime during the school year, however, it has been specifically designed for use on America Recycles Day on November 15 and Earth Day on Apri...
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Recycling Lesson Plans/Recycling Thematic Units/Recycling Activities
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons - Web site
Summary: Lessons, printouts, clip art, crafts, books, and internet resources are all recommended at this site. Activities range from K-12, they include science, math, social studies and reading. The site has a commercial source for publications as well as a providing...
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Rethinking Recycling
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons - Manual/Handbook
Summary: Rethinking Recycling contains activities and lesson plans for students in grades K-5. The lessons can be used separately or as a unit. Many of the lessons satisfy Oregon's new Common Curriculum Goals and Benchmarks. Rethinking Recycling was first published in...
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Rustle the Leaf
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Materials - Web site
Summary: Rustle the Leaf is an online outreach that uses syndication-quality weekly comic strips and other tools to communicate essential environmental themese. Their goals are to be encouraging while facilitating the sharing of enviornmental views. They use a blog s...
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School Ground Greening Guide, Ontario, Designing for Shade and Energy Conservation
Type: Article/Report - Checklist - Manual/Handbook
Summary: This publication is the first in a series of EcoSchools greening guides that promote best practices on school grounds and in the classroom. This presents a five-step process the involves the entire school community. This 90-page resource is designed to help...
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School Profiles: Virtual Recycling
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: School Projects
Summary: See what some students have implemented at their schools. Included in the list: collage art contest, annual clothing recycle day, recycle projects and more.
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Science Fair Fun
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Materials - Science Fair Projects
Summary: This booklet is intended to provide students in gardes 6-8 with ideas and resrouces for developing environmental science fair projects, specifically in the areas of reducing, reusing, and recycling waste materials. Environmental terminology and topics in this...
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So Many Cookies...So Much Packaging
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons
Summary: Designed for K-3 to help children understand that when they buy something, they also buy the packaging. Packaging has many important purposes, such as safety, marketing, protecting and transporting the product. This lesson will allow comparision of the differe...
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Storm Drain Marking Manual
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Checklist - Fact sheet - Manual/Handbook
Summary: This 16-page PDF manual provides an introduction, marking methods, the planning process, education, day of the event (and after the event as well as sources for marking supplies and instructions on cleaning the supplies.
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Sustainable Footprint
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Case Study - Classroom Games and Activities - Language Options
Summary: This is an online quiz to calculate individual footprints. Thought provoking questions are presented through the quiz. Participants are called upon to consider their own actions and possible changes and a certificate is available at the conclusion. This is...
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Teaching Green The Middle Years
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: Lessons

EditorsGrant, Tim and Littlejohn, Gail.

ISBN0-86571-501-7

AbstractThis book of lessons is a compilation of the "best of Green Teacher" contributions from teachers who are working with middle school students and who are help...

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Vermicomposting (Making Good use of Garbage!)
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Fact sheet - Language Options - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - Web site
Summary: Vermicomposting fun facts, information, activities, music (including The Littlest Worm), and reasons to consider vermicomposting.
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What is Trash
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: In 1999, Oregon disposed of 2.8 million tons of garbage. (See “Where Is Away?” Background for more details about solid and hazardous waste disposal). The terms “waste” and “resource” are relative and reflect our own needs and values rather than any objectiv...
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Youth Education List of Resources
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Classroom Lessons - Web site
Summary: Topic Hubs are detailed collections of resources and contact information for specific topics or industrial sectors. In this case, the topic is Youth Education. Topic Hubs include narrative sections providing background information, operations involved (if the...
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Youth for Environmental Sanity (YES)
Grade Level: High School
Type: School Projects - Web site
Summary: YES! is a non-profit organization that connects, inspires and empowers young changemakers to join forces for a thriving, just, and sustainable way of life for all. Founded in 1990 by 16-year-old Ocean Robbins and 19-year-old Ryan Eliason, at a time when Nancy...
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