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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Three Earth Day Resources

Earth Day is coming up in a few weeks. Here are a few resources that you might consider incorporating into your Earth Day lesson plans. I'll be sharing more resources later this week.

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.

My Garbology, produced by Nature Bridge, is an interactive game that teaches students about sorting garbage for recycling, reusing, and composting. Students sort garbage into four bins according to where they think each piece of garbage should go. When a piece of garbage is sorted correctly a series of short animations explains why it should be there.  For example, a banana peel should be sorted into the compost bin. When the banana peel is placed into the compost bin students watch and hear a series of animations explaining how composting works.

Storyboard That's Earth Day Activities page offers eleven lesson plan ideas appropriate for elementary school and middle school classrooms. Some of the featured plans on Storyboard That's Earth Day Activity page include creating "cool Earth facts" storyboards, creating comics about how to help the Earth, and creating public service announcements about pollution and pollution prevention.

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Math, Newspapers, Animations - March in Review

March has come and gone. Today was a nice Sunday to play outside with my older daughter. In walking the back edge of our property we found the interesting cluster of trees seen in the picture. I hope that you had a nice Sunday and nice start to your month too.

Every month I put together a list of the most popular posts of the previous 30 days. Doing this is a good way for me to recognize what all of you are interested in. It also gives you a chance to see if there is anything neat that you missed in the previous month.

These were the most popular posts in March, 2018:
1. The Library of Congress Seeks a Teacher-in-Residence
2. 10 Free Apps for Elementary School Math Lessons
3. Newspaper Templates for Google Docs & Word
4. 8 Changes to Google Docs & Slides Menus
5. Three Free iPad Apps for Creating Animated Movies
6. Goo.gl Is Being Shut Down - 5 Alternatives
7. My Top 5 Choices for Making Multimedia Quizzes
8. Why I've Stopped Making My Public Google Docs Printable
9. New Shared File Organization Coming to Google Drive
10. Free Hands-on STEM Lesson Plans and Projects

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