Parents and Educators: find resources for at-home and distance learning

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90 minutes
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Kindergarten / 1 / 2
Science

Superheroes TurfMutt & the Outdoor Powers are on a mission to teach students and their teachers and families backyard science including how to take better care of the green spaces around them and the importance of living landscapes. With the activities in this new hands-on science program, you can help them save the planet one yard at a time.

Understanding how grass can help fight water pollution

90 minutes
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Kindergarten / 1 / 2
Science

Superheroes TurfMutt & the Outdoor Powers are on a mission to teach students and their teachers and families backyard science including how to take better care of the green spaces around them and the importance of living landscapes. With the activities in this new hands-on science program, you can help them save the planet one yard at a time.

Understanding the role grass plays in a healthy ecosystem

45 minutes
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Kindergarten / 1 / 2
Science

Superheroes TurfMutt & the Outdoor Powers are on a mission to teach students and their teachers and families backyard science including how to take better care of the green spaces around them and the importance of living landscapes. With the activities in this new hands-on science program, you can help them save the planet one yard at a time.

Learn all about the life cycle of grass with the help of the Green Ranger and by observing real grass.

135 minutes
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Kindergarten / 1 / 2
Arts, Mathematics, Science

This lesson wraps itself around the reading and discussion of a book about a little girl who learns about the materials cycle. Students are then engaged in a sorting and categorizing exercise to look at the similarities and differences between materials made by nature and materials made by people. The lesson ends in a design opportunity.

50 minutes
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1 / 2
Arts, Civics and Government, Environmental Education

In this lesson, students learn more about public transportation options and how they help people get from here to there, especially in big cities. After getting to know these different forms of transportation, students discuss the benefits and challenges of public transportation and explore how public transportation systems affect life in the students’ own community (or a nearby large community). Finally, they are given the challenge of creating a map to show how people might use public transportation to get to a school. The lesson ends with students explaining their maps and how public transportation systems can help people move around in a city effectively.

50 minutes
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1 / 2
Environmental Education

In this lesson, students build on their knowledge of how less congested roadways can improve communities by focusing on another important reason to reduce traffic: air pollution. Students discuss what air is and why clean air is so important. They learn that vehicle emissions are a major source of air pollution and discuss some of the pollutants that fossil fuel-powered vehicles emit. Students observe traffic near the school and track how many vehicles pass in a given timeframe. They then create an impactful mural of vehicle traffic and emissions near the school to raise awareness and springboard additional discussions about transportation.

100 minutes
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1 / 2
Arts, Civics and Government, Environmental Education

In this lesson, students explore the damaging effects of graffiti on public spaces as well as the value sanctioned public art can bring to a community. They view a presentation in which they see several powerful pictures of both and assess how they feel in response to each. Then they share photos of their favorite public spaces and see how they feel about those spaces after classmates cover them with graffiti. In the second session, students learn that the difference between sanctioned public art and graffiti is respect. They explore the concept of respect and then work together to create a mural for the school to encourage the school community to respect public spaces.

100 minutes
5

1 / 2
Arts, Civics and Government, Environmental Education

In this lesson, students explore the damaging effects that graffiti has on public spaces and the value sanctioned public art can bring to a community space. They view a presentation in which they see several powerful pictures of both graffiti and sanctioned art and assess how they feel in response to each. Then they share photos of their favorite public spaces and see how they feel about those spaces after classmates cover the photos with graffiti. In the second session, students learn that the difference between sanctioned public art and graffiti is respect for the space. They explore the concept of respect and then work together to create for the school a mural that encourages the school community to respect its public spaces.

80 minutes
5

1 / 2
Civics and Government, Environmental Education

In this lesson, students review the qualities that make a public space great and learn how to recognize whether a place is a great or a not-so-great public space. On their own time and with a guardian, students play the role of a public space detective by visiting a public space in their neighborhood and looking for clues of damage, carelessness, dirtiness, value, etc. They take photos of the clues they find and evaluate the public space with a checklist that shows the characteristics of great public spaces. Then they compare their findings with those of their classmates by creating a poster that includes their photos or sketches and then participating in a gallery walk. The lesson ends with students considering how valuable public spaces are to the community and how important it is for everyone to take responsibility for the care of the public spaces.

50 minutes
5

1 / 2
Environmental Education, Science

In this lesson, students learn about their powerful sense of smell. First, they listen to a story about a boy named Robert who dreamed that aliens were trying to rob humans of their noses. As Robert explores the meaning of his dream, his friends help him understand the value of our noses and our sense of smell. Students participate in the story by smelling scents that are mentioned at key points in the story. After the story, students take a moment to apply what they have learned by classifying odors as pleasant, unpleasant, or danger-alerting. Finally, students synthesize what they have learned as they discuss the importance and usefulness of their sense of smell and how it can help protect them from unhealthy environmental conditions.