Education for Planet Earth


Green Teacher 95, Spring 2012


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Minding Their Minds by Helen de la Maza

Research about how the brain processes information shows educators how important it is to keep learning experiences emotional, relevant, and comprehensible.
Click here for a list of additional neurology and brain compatible resources.

Zero Waste for Schools by Kary Schumpert and Cyndra Dietz

A comprehensive guide to developing a realistic waste reduction program in your school.

Manual Geographic Information System (GIS) Activities by Blessing Igbokwe

How to teach mapping and other GIS skills without having to learn to use computer software.
Click here for an addtional activity on tracking the effects of natural disasters.

The Rio+20 Earth Summit and Youth by Deanna Del Vecchio

The upcoming United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development is a great opportunity to engage teenagers in global environmental policy-making.

Fostering Students’ Water Wisdom by Emily Harris

Bring water awareness into your classroom through lesson plans and activities for students in grades K - 10.

Beyond Disaster Relief by Sandra Kiviaho

Help 12-17 year olds make connections between climate change, international development and their local communities through activities and real-life scenarios.

Reflective Sit Spots by Dave Strich

Give students the time and space to get in touch with their inner thoughts, and connect to the natural world.

The Environmental Impact of Pets by Tim Hammerly and Brianna DuMont

Use the natural affinity of 11-14 year olds for pets to teach concepts such as carbon footprints and composting.

The Pet Waste Project by Cynthia Gardner

Integrate science and language arts in a grade 5 study of local problems with storm water run-off and water quality due to pet waste.

The Power of Cladistics by Matthew R. Opdyke

How to use an effective visual teaching tool that shows teenage students evolutionary relationships between different organisms.

Follow the Light Energy from the Sun by Leah Duran and Katie Frey

An activity in which elementary students learn how greenhouse gases influence climate change by simulatingthe path of light energy from the sun.

A Peaceful Classroom Through Feng Shui by Deena Kara Shaffer

Use simple Feng Shui techniques to create balance in your classroom, helping to make a more welcoming place for students that is conducive to learning.


Educational Resources Reviewed

Catch the Wind, Harness the Sun (Michael J. Caduto)

The Global Forest (Diana Beresford-Kroeger)

The Evergreen Twins Activity Book (Rick Reynolds)

White Water Black Gold DVD (The Video Project)

Tread Lightly Website (TakingITGlobal)

Choice, Control & Change (National Gardening Association)

Young Voices for the Planet DVD (Young Voices for the Planet )

Green Fire DVD (The Aldo Leopold Foundation)

Promoting Health and Well-Being (Randy & Tana Page)

Grow Your Own Tree Hugger (Wendy Rosenoff)

Terra Antarctica DVD (The Video Project)

A Young Activist's Guide to Building a Green Movement & Changing the World (Sharon J. Smith)

The Economics of Happiness DVD (International Society for Ecology and

UN Climate Change Starter's Guidebook (UNESCO)

Mother Nature's Child: Growing Outdoors in the Media Age DVD (Fuzzy Slippers Productions)

Hope Builders DVD (National Film Board of Canada)

What Would Darwin Think? DVD (The Video Project)

Do Something! (Nancy Lublin)

Grow! DVD (Anthony-Masterson)

The Failure of Environmental Education and How We Can Fix It (Charles Saylan & Daniel
T. Blumstein)

School Yard Habitat Project Guide (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)

Call of Life DVD (Species Alliance)

Natural Curiosity (University of Toronto)

Communion CD (Raffi)

Healthy Water, Healthy People (Project WET International Foundation)


Books for Young Readers

Children of the Seventh Fire (Lisa Hart)

Me...Jane (Patrick McDonnell)

River Song: with the Banana Slug String Band (Steve van Zandt & Katherine Zecca)

Where do Recyclable Materials Go? (Sabbithry Persad)

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