is a lesson plan resource for teachers developed by General Motors and Weekly Reader. Teach Green provides teachers with free lesson plans
for teaching about fuel cells, energy, the environment, and vehicle technology. Teachers can browse the collection of lesson plans
by topic, grade level, or national standard. I browsed through the lesson plans earlier today and found that most are available with detailed directions that can be downloaded as PDFs. In addition to the lesson plans GM education provides some simple online games
for K-8 students to play. The games are loosely based on the lessons in the lesson plan collection.
From National Geographic The Hidden Water We Use
is an interactive display of water consumption rates for commonly used products, commonly consumed foods, and commonly consumed beverages. For example, did you know that creating one gallon of beer requires less water than creating one gallon of coffee?
National Geographic has some other great resources for learning about environmental science and Earth Day. On the National Geographic website students can learn about the Green House Effect through an interactive lesson. After learning about global warming in the Green House Effect interactive lesson, students can learn about alternative energy through the Wind Power interactive lesson.
Google offers tours in its Explore Climate Change
series. The tours explore the actions of organizations to prevent or adapt to climate change in different parts of the world. These tours include the World Wildlife Foundation’s
efforts in the peatland swamps of Borneo, Greenpeace’s
actions to prevent deforestation of the Amazon, and Conservation International’s
efforts to reduce deforestation in Madagascar. The tours can be viewed three ways, in Google Earth, in the Google Browser plug-in, or through YouTube.
is an interactive map demonstrating CO2 emissions, birth rates, and death rates globally and by individual countries. From the moment that you first visit Breathing Earth
it starts counting the number of births occurring worldwide. Placing your cursor over any country on the map reveals information about birthrate, death rate, and rate of CO2 emissions. One of the additional resources linked to Breathing Earth is an ecological footprint calculator
. Using this calculator students can calculate their personal footprints, take quizzes, and learn about the ecological footprints of various businesses.
The NEED Project
is an educational program designed to teach students about energy consumption, energy sources, and the energy industry in general. NEED
provides curriculum and lesson plans
for teachers in all grades form elementary school through high school. The educators
section of NEED
makes all of their lessons with require materials available as PDF files. The student section of NEED
offers students science fair project ideas, games, and puzzles.
, the Solar Energy Research and Education Foundation
, has built a couple of tools that could be of interest to science teachers. SEREF has an energy estimation tool
that allows you to estimate the potential solar and wind energy of any location. To use the estimation tool
you have to enter your location using a Google Map and input the size of the solar panels or wind turbine structure. The potential energy is then calculated based on climate, latitude, and typical weather patterns.