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

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50 minutes
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Environmental Education, Physical Education, Science

In this lesson, students watch a short video to learn the basic components of the respiratory system. Then they use what they've learned to complete a puzzle. Next, students participate in a guided breathing exercise that allows them to feel their respiratory system in action and gives them a tool to reduce anxiety and promote relaxation. Finally, students discuss how important it is for us all to protect the quality of the air we breathe because we—and many other living creatures—rely on having clean, fresh air to survive.

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.

This activity will have students thinking critically about living landscapes and their benefits to communities.

380 minutes
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Kindergarten / 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8
Reading or Language Arts

Developing a sense of place is one piece of the puzzle in making our schools with a focus on sustainability.
– David Sobel, Mapmaking with Children (1998)

In this series of activities, students reflect on their relationship with their community and how their place contributes to the health and safety of all citizens. By completing various mapping and special place reflection activities, students define their neighborhood and community. Students gain a sense of where they live, are prepared to create tools for evaluating their neighborhood, and have the ability to identify problems or concerns that need improvement.

Essential Questions

  • What is special about my place?
  • Why should I care about our place?
  • How am I connected to my place?
  • What can I do to make my place safer and healthier for all citizens?
45 minutes
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Civics and Government, Environmental Education, Science

In this lesson, students learn that, in addition to getting many essential vitamins and nutrients when we eat plants, we humans also derive many other benefits from plants. Students explore how generations of humans have investigated the plants around them through an experimental process of trial and error and have uncovered countless properties that are beneficial to us—as medicines, shelter, clothing, fragrances, landscaping, and more. Students use their senses to discover some of the unique properties of plants and then have a tea party to celebrate what they’ve learned.

45 minutes
5

1 / 2
Science

In this fun, play-based lesson, students learn that food that is closer to nature is healthier for us and for the planet. Students watch a short, engaging video that shows them several ways to think about food—ways that will help them make healthy choices. Then they play the Good Food Game, a living board game that helps them synthesize what they’ve learned. In the game, students select one of two food choices and find that making a healthy choice is both fun and rewarding!

What causes traffic?
40 minutes
3.5

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Civics and Government

In this lesson, students discover that when drivers carpool or use public transportation, they make driving more enjoyable by reducing traffic and creating fewer traffic jams. Each student “drives” a hula hoop “car” through routes set up in the classroom. By following routes that crisscross and pass through tight spaces, students cause traffic jams as they attempt to complete the route as many times as possible in a few minutes. Some students then park their cars and double or triple-up in one hula hoop and try the routes again with fewer cars on the road. Students can also hold two or three hula hoops together to create a “bus” with up to nine students on board. The lesson concludes with a reflection as students consider how having fewer vehicles on the road made the driving experience easier, safer, and more enjoyable.

What is air pollution?
100 minutes
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Reading or Language Arts, Science

In this lesson, students listen to a story about a girl whose city officials have just declared an air quality emergency and cancelled school. Through the story, students learn that air pollution is not always visible to the naked eye but that it can have harmful health effects nevertheless. They also witness an example of personal responsibility and advocacy as the story’s heroine becomes a “clean air guardian” to help address the problem of air pollution in her city. Students reflect on how their own actions might be contributing to air pollution, and they brainstorm ways they can lessen their negative impact. Then they fashion a simple device from a paper plate in order to get a general idea of the air quality in their area. After one week, they work in teams to examine their devices and analyze the results. Finally, students receive blue bracelets to certify their induction into the realm of clean air guardians!

Who owns a public space?