Subjects: Science

Eco-Gozo Resources

Various resources for schools available here

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Biology Fieldwork – Plastic Oceans and Coastal Fieldwork

The DQSE Biology syllabus indicates the use of diverse fieldworks during the scholastic year. The idea of introducing a coastal fieldwork arose from the need to expose Biology students to the theory and practice of coastal and marine ecosystems.

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CoReflect – Collaboration and reflection

Project CoReflect (Title: Digital support for Inquiry, Collaboration, and Reflection on Socio-Scientific Debates) is a three year (2008-2011) research program, funded by the European Commission, under the FP7 Science in Society program. Bringing together eight diverse and multi-disciplinary teams from seven European states, the project members promoted evidence-based practice in science teaching and learning, by collaborating to iteratively design, enact, critique, and validate problem-based innovative inquiry learning environments.

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A different approach to Global Warming across the curriculum

Is Global warming man made or a natural process? CoReflect provides a set of lesson plans which tackle Global warming through a number of subjects, going across language and debate to chemistry, research skills and observation.  The age group is more aimed at secondary school students.  Below are links to the CoReflect website and the lesson plans

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Consumer Classroom – also in Maltese…

Consumer Classroom is a new collaborative website for teachers about consumer education. It provides free, high quality resources for teachers along with interactive and collaborative tools to help teachers prepare lesson plans to share with students and other teachers from across the EU. Sign Up now on www.ConsumerClassroom.eu

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The Earth Dog Story – Earth Dog returns to Save the Environment

The Earth Dog Story, first published in 1992, returns as an app in iTunes and an eBook as part of the U.S. Department of Energy environmental outreach program with Weekly Reader. Earth Dog is a superhero who teaches kids about taking care of the environment.

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Early Childhood Activities for a Greener Earth

This book by Patty Born Selly, Published by Redleaf Press helps to educate young children about the environment through experience and play. These activities encourage children to develop a sense of wonder, curiosity, and joy for nature.

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Road to Rio + 20 workbook – Activities and Lesson plans

This publication is designed to introduce young people to the issues that will be central to Rio+20, by first providing you with a useful context of the project (Part 1 -Overview) and then moving forward to what you and the young people you work with can do as part of a classroom or youth group activity (Part2 – Activities & Lessonplans).

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Earth Preservers Website

Earth Preservers is an environmental news and information website for kids that relates the environment to a wide-range of current events and topics. Resources include short films and documentaries, interactive quizzes, classroom resources, poll questions, and a monthly newsletter.

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Games Page on the United States Environmental Protection Agency

This webpage contains links to loads of games, videos and quizzes related to the environment, energy, water, mystery solving, science, recycling, waste and much more…

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EPA United States Environmental Agency

This webistes provides loads of resources, games, news and info to students, teachers and parents. Topics included are climate change, sustainable energy, Earth Day, science experiments, environmental games

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Virtual Pond Dip

The Virtual Pond Dip introduces some common organisms and encourages an exploration of the incredible ‘world within a world’ of a real pond. Click on each organism to read the factfile that links to more detail.  

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Lesson Plans on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Energy Works Michigan has just released free downloadable lesson plans on energy efficiency, solar energy, and wind energy.

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Catch the Wind, Harness the Sun: 22 Super-Charged Science Projects for Kids

This entertaining book gives kids, teachers, and parents 22 exciting activities for using sun and wind power to produce and play with renewable energy. Ages 8 to 13 will enjoy environmental science while fighting global climate change.

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Friends Environmental Education Network (FEEN)

In 1999, a group of educators from Friends schools began the Friends Environmental Education Network (FEEN) to further environmental stewardship and green practices in schools. Since then, FEEN share ideas, inspiration, and friendship. FEEN participants firmly believe that a commitment to sustainable living and environmental stewardship needs to be a fundamental component of a Quaker education. This website provides input about various green practices, projects, etc all realted to nature, environment, food, green buildings & spaces, etc.

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Lesson Plans Database: Science & Health Education Partnership

The Science and Health Education Partnership (SEP) lesson plan database provides K-12 teachers reviewed, quality hands-on lessons created by SEP classroom partnership teams and staff.  

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Project Learning Tree Releases New High School Curriculum

Nine activities in PLT’s Exploring Environmental Issues: Focus on Forests teach students about forest health, watersheds, climate change, who owns America’s forests, and more.

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A Student’s Guide to Global Climate Change

This website covers the science, impacts to society and ecosystems, and solutions to climate change. The information is presented in videos, animations, interactive graphics, and “expeditions” where students can explore how climate change affects places around the world.

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Interactive Earth Science Animations

These educational animations contain text, graphics, and video links on earthquakes, volcanoes, and earth structure. Produced by Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

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Mad about Air and more

Designed for 5-10 yr olds, these lesson plans and colourful posters provide useful information and suggestions on how to make a difference. The accompanying lesson plan has curriculum links into geography, maths, citizenship, ICT and English.

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Easy to Be Green: Simple Activities You Can Do to Save the Earth (Little Green Books)

Everyone’s talking about the environment these days, especially kids. But what can kids do? A lot! This book is filled with cool coloring pages, Earth-saving tips, fun facts, and easy activities kids can do to help the environment. It’s just what kids need to be green all by themselves!

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365 Ways to Live Green for Kids: Saving the Environment at Home, School, or at Play – Every Day!

In the greenconscious world we live in today, parents realize the importance of teaching the lessons of green living, early on.

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The Everything® Kids’ Environment Book

Everything we do has an impact on the world around us–from the clothes we wear and food we eat to the gardens we grow and the trash we throw away. And to take the best care of the earth–and ourselves–it’s important to make smart choices.

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Oscar and the Bird: A Book about Electricity

Author: Geoff Waring Beautiful picture book gives enough information to satisfy a thirst for information within pictures that are full of the wonder that lies behind the science.

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Creating Our Future

Using an action-planning model, students visualize their desired future, identify objectives, develop a plan to address local and global issues, and implement their vision through action and service learning. How do we create a just and humane world for ourselves and for future generations? Help students identify and plan what they want their future to look like. Using an action-planning model, students visualize their desired future, identify objectives, develop a plan to address local and global issues, and implement their vision through action and service learning. (All lesson plans, resources and more are available from http://www.facingthefuture.org)

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Buy, Use, Toss? A closer look at the things we buy.

Buy, Use, Toss? A Closer Look at the Things We Buy, is a free interdisciplinary curriculum unit from Facing the Future that leads students through an exploration of the system of producing and consuming goods that is called the materials economy. Students learn about the five major steps of the materials economy (Extraction, Production, Distribution, Consumption, and Disposal) and are asked to analyze the sustainability of these steps to determine how consumption can benefit people, economies, and environments.  (All lesson plans, resources and more can be found from http://www.facingthefuture.org)

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Armenia Tree project

The new edition of the Armenia Tree Project’s (ATP) Plant an Idea, Plant a Tree manual outlines lessons to understand environmental issues and identify practical solutions. The manual was introduced in 2005 when ATP published Armenia’s first teacher’s manual for environmental education, compiled and written by Dr. Karla Wesley. (http://www.armeniatree.org/whatwedo/eea.htm) ATP is developing environmental education as a core program area in order to prepare the nation’s youth for becoming the next generation of environmental stewards. By actively engaging youth in a process to better understand and appreciate the value of a healthy and sustainable environment, ATP seeks to protect the trees we plant today from future exploitation. AS you leaf through the curriculum you will find various related lessonplans for all age levels.  

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Extraction, Production, Distribution, Consumption, and Disposal of Products

Students are surrounded by “stuff” – from blue jeans to the latest cell phone – in their everyday lives. Pique your students’ natural interest in stuff with interdisciplinary, standards-aligned lessons that will build 21st century skills

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PollinatorLIVE: A Distance Learning Adventure

While pollinators may come in small sizes, they play a large and often undervalued role in the production of the food we eat, the health of flowering plants, and the future of wildlife. A decline in the numbers and health of pollinators over the last several years poses a significant threat to the integrity of biodiversity, to global food webs, and to human health. PollinatorLIVE: A Distance Learning Adventure will provide a series of live interactive Web casts, Web seminars, and satellite field trips about pollinators, gardening, and conservation. All resources are free and geared toward grades 4–8.  

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Earth Day Network

Teach about the history of the environmental movement with Earth Day Network’s newest curriculum unit. This online resource for all ages and users provides lesson plans, activity ideas, and digital multimedia resources for the classroom. http://www.earthday.org

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Film About Environmental Education

A Simple Question explores the remarkable STRAW Program — a collaboration among elementary school students, ranchers, government agencies, and environmental professionals to restore habitat and save the endangered California freshwater shrimp.

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