The environment is a hot topic – in the news, in politics, and in schools, especially in STEM. Since many aspects of environmental issues are practical, everyday things that even younger students can see, the topic lends itself well to a variety of teaching methods like Project Based Learning and Challenge Based Learning. We recently stumbled upon a great resource that will give you some great ideas and lesson plans relating to the environment that can work regardless of how you’re planning on integrating the information into the curriculum.
Classroom Earth (which is a program of the National Environmental Education Foundation) is a site that serves as a virtual library for useful web sites, videos, and lesson and unit plans. They offer much more than just environmental stuff, too – they have resources relating to everything from math and chemistry to foreign languages and the arts, too. We’ve picked out a couple of our favorite resources from the site to share with you here, but take a look for yourselves. We’re sure you’ll find a number of awesome tools and resources for your classroom. The site is updated regularly, and offers users the ability to upload their own great resources to share with other educators – so don’t forget to share your favorite sites and great tools with other educators, too!
This is a list of great environmental reads. There is a wide variety of types of books appropriate for a variety of levels.
The Project Learning Tree website offers a number of assessment forms, tools, and other resources for conducting quantitive research in your school on environmental topics. Investigations focus on five different topics: Energy, Water, Waste and Recycling, School Site and Environmental Quality. The investigations help students learn about environmental issues in their school and on their school grounds. Information gathered from the investigations will inform school staff and students of areas where they can make improvements and help to generate ideas for developing an action plan for the school.