Earth Day Should Be Everyday – Earth Day All Year Long

Apr 25, 2008 by

As Earth Week 2008 wraps up around the globe and corporate promotions come to an end, it’s important to help our students understand that caring for our environment and practicing what we’ve learned on Earth Day should be everyday, not just a few days in April. Over the last month I’ve been sharing a few websites and ideas for encouraging environmental education throughout the year, so I thought I’d end my series of posts with a few ways to make Earth Day Everyday. Whether you’re a kindergarten teacher, or a high school environmental studies instructor, there are simple ways to incorporate environmentally friendly activities, videos, and resources on the web in your classroom throughout the year. Below are just a few to get you started. Earth Day, Everyday at Wilderness.org The Wilderness Society has put together a really nice collection of teacher resources in their Teacher’s Lounge that emphasize...

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Earth Day Should Be Everyday – SimCity, Eat Your Heart Out!

Apr 9, 2008 by

I’m a recovering hardcore gamer. In college, I would purchase at least 2 to 3 video games a month, play Mario Kart well past midnight (but then again, who didn’t in the late ’90s), and once stayed up all night with my roommate not because we were at the hottest party on campus, but because we were attempting to build a massive transportation empire that would drive our competitors into bankruptcy. These days, with a family, a 40 minute commute, and having purchased a house worthy of Tom Hank’s Money Pit, there’s little left to purchase games, and thus I’ve been limited in my choices. Which is why I spent a small part of my Spring Break today playing several games of the entirely free ElectroCity. It’s a fabulous city building simulation created for the educational outreach program of Genesis Energy, the largest producer of energy in New Zealand....

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Earth Day Should Be Everyday – Google Earth & Climate Change in the Science Classroom

Apr 2, 2008 by

In an attempt to get a jump-start on providing activities, resources, and other goodies for Earthday 2008, I’ve found a number of really great resources. Alone they provide an interesting discussion, but together, you can really start to create some terrific learning opportunities using real world data for secondary science classrooms! It all started with one of my new favorite blogs for science teachers. The “Science Teacher” (name isn’t provided on the site) over at the St Vrain Science blog was lamenting about a small group of students in an AP Environmental Science class that absolutely refused to discuss the subject of climate change: I am very concerned about a small group of AP Environmental Science students (3) who have taken an aggressive stand opposing my teaching of climate change. I already teach it from the perspective of “here’s the data, figure it out” but they think that I...

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Earth Day Should Be Everyday – Planet Green Game

Mar 26, 2008 by

Many blogs I follow usually provide resources for special days of the year the day before, or on the special date. Which is why I thought I’d run a small series of posts over the next week focused on Earth Day so there’s plenty of time (27 days as of this posting) to prepare how best to turn your students into ecologically minded citizens. Since ideas on how best to protect the environment can sometimes be a difficult debate both politically and personally, I’ll try to be as neutral as I can about the Planet Green Game that was created by Starbucks and Global Green USA. I played through a bit of it, and it’s a really addicting game, rewarding you with (or taking away) points based on how much carbon you put into the environment. As you start the game, it’s evident that decisions you make early on...

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