Learning Lab provides K-12 teachers and school leaders with comprehensive, project- and STEM-based curriculum that encourages student leadership, environmental literacy, and real-world action.

Discover best-in-class content, training and tools. Access our curated catalogue of lesson plans, interactive projects, assessment opportunities, and other multimedia resources in English and Spanish. Lessons are mapped to meet current educational standards, and were created by educators, for educators.

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The TerraCycle Curriculum Lesson Sets each focus on a particular EfS Standard and its relationship to the materials cycles. In four grade-appropriate lessons (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12), each set includes tailored lessons that have been aligned to The Cloud Institute’s Education for Sustainability (EfS) Standards and Performance Indicators, and that meet the McREL National Standards and Common Core State Standards.

Authored by The NEED Project

NEED curriculum is developed by a national Teacher Advisory Board (TAB) that is dedicated to developing and promoting standards-based energy curriculum and training. The curriculum employs a number of strategies for teaching students about energy. Most NEED modules are inquiry-based, using a Kids Teaching Kids approach. Activities that are not inquiry-based are highly engaging and interactive, helping students to develop and access critical thinking skills. NEED strongly believes in integrating energy education across all subject areas including science, technology, engineering, mathematics, language arts, social studies, and creative arts.

NEED also believes in providing the most recently reported energy data available to our teachers and students. Most statistics and data are derived from the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s monthly or annual reports. Working in partnership with the EIA, NEED includes easy to understand data in our curriculum materials.

In order for students to receive a comprehensive energy education, NEED has developed an eight-step model to help teachers plan a complete energy unit. Each step of the model is outlined below. NEED has designed Basic Curriculum Units for each grade level that follow this comprehensive model for energy education. For more information on these basic units, see page 8. Educators may easily build their own units that follow this eight-step model. NEED’s entire portfolio is available online. If large quantities of a title are needed, please contact NEED for more information on printed titles and requests for printing.

Founded in 2006, the Global Oneness Project offers free multicultural stories with accompanying curricula content for high school and college classrooms.

Their award-winning collection of films, photo essays, and articles explore cultural, social, and environmental issues with a humanistic lens. Aligned to National and Common Core Standards, their curriculum content contains an interdisciplinary approach to learning and facilitates the development of active, critical thinking. Each month, they release a new story and accompanying lesson plan. All of their content and resources are available for free with no ads or subscriptions.
Their films have been featured on National Geographic, PBS, The Atlantic, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and at the Smithsonian, among others. Their educational materials are being used in diverse settings around the country including Chicago Public Schools, MIT, UC Berkeley, and AltSchool.

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The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy’s environmental education initiative, Nature Works Everywhere, connects teachers and students around the globe to lessons, videos, virtual field trips and high-quality educational materials to teach the science behind how nature works to provide our clean air, water, energy and food. To learn more, visit www.natureworkseverywhere.org.

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Sustainable Intelligence is an engaging, ready-to-use K-12 curriculum that builds a foundation of environmental-literacy and sustainability knowledge across seven eco-themes.

The Sustainable Intelligence curriculum cultivates student environmental literacy and encourages youth to become thoughtful stewards of the environment and leaders in their communities. Sustainable Intelligence lessons introduce students to challenges and opportunities surrounding seven distinct eco-themes and engage youth in developing real-world solutions in their communities through project-based activities, design labs, and campus eco-audits.

Lessons are available in both English and Spanish and include instructor Presentations and student worksheets as well as cross-disciplinary connections, assessment rubrics, cultural adaptation suggestions, technology integration, opportunities for differentiation, and community connections and service ideas.

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