Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Podcast Episode 013: Earth Day 2018 Resources

Podcast Episode 013: Earth Day 2018 Resources 

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As of the publication of this episode, we are about a week or 2 away from Earth Day, April 22, 2018. This is an opportunity to raise awareness to environmental issues threatening our planet and the organisms that inhabit it, including ourselves, and inspire action to change the behaviors that contribute to those threats. 
The theme of Earth Day 2018 is End Plastic Pollution. As the use of plastics in everything from food packaging to computer components continues, waste from the use and creation of these products continues to build up in landfills and waterways around the world. As educators, we can help future generations learn about these issues and adopt behaviors that help can ease these environmental pressures and perhaps even help provide solutions in the future. 

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Educators can find a whole week’s worth of Earth Day lesson plans and resources at www.earthday.org. Scroll down a bit and you’ll find a tile that asks “Are You An Educator” - just click the green “Get Started” button. This will take you to a page with resources for K-12 and Colleges & Universities, as well as other engagement activities. 
Find “Primary and Secondary Schools” and click “Download Climate Education Week Toolkit.” I had to disable the Chrome pop-up blocker to make this work - just click the icon in the right side of the URL window to allow it and you’re good to go. This will download a 22-page PDF loaded with ready -made lesson plans and activities for you and your students to use every day of the week, April 16-20, leading up to Earth Day on April 22.  These resources are divided into K-5, 6-8, and 9-12 sections, and each of those sections is divided into 3 parts: Understand, Analyze, and Act. Lessons include clickable links to jump to other web resources, so using the electronic version will be much more valuable - and earth-friendly - than printing it out. 
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Back at the EarthDay.org website, you’ll also find ways to share your activities with a global audience. Please keep in mind, though, that educators should always talk with your building principal and check the school’s Do Not Publish List before sharing images of students online. 

I hope you and your students will find these resources helpful and decide to utilize these to make a positive change in the world. Thanks for listening today! 

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