A new school year has begun in Palm Beach County and with it an opportunity for local educators to teach their students the importance of environmental responsibility. Wondering where you can turn for source material or to have your students learn more about environmental stewardship? Try these websites recommended by the West Palm Beach Office of Sustainability (click on links):
- Classroom Earth – This online resource is designed to help high school teachers include environmental content in their daily lesson plans.
- CLEAN – Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network – This site offers a set of climate literacy and energy awareness principles as a framework for teaching the science behind these issues. Each summary links to a more detailed discussion of the topics and offers suggestions for grade-level specific teaching strategies and links to relevant teaching materials.
- Earth Adventure – This site is geared to teachers and students looking for useful information in the subject areas of social studies, geography, science, history, K-12 outreach programs, and the environment.
- Greening Schools – This project is designed to help schools provide a safe and healthy environment, as well as provide teachers with standards-based tools to introduce the concepts of waste reduction and pollution prevention to their students.
- Kids for Saving Earth – The mission of this site is to educate, inspire, and empower children to protect the environment.
- Edutopia – At this site, you can search for lesson plans, Web sites, and educational resources by topic, grade level, cost, or location.
- School Garden Wizard – This site can help your school plan a garden and use it in your curriculum.
- Ology: American Museum of Natural History – This website offers water resources, games, lesson plans, and activities.
The Office of Sustainability also offers lesson plans entitled Water Conservation, Managing Your Energy budget, PBS Global warming, and The Greenhouse Effect for grades 6-12. To access these plans, click here.