For the Truffala Trees

23 Nov

Conservation and Preservation

In case you are wondering, there is an amazing plethora of resources out there on conservation and preservation.  In the elementary classroom, this topic beautifully melds social studies, ELA and science.  For your future teaching ease I’ve compiled the following resource center:

Main Concepts:

Online Resources:

For Kids:

Green Tips: http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/stories/spacescience/green-tips/

The Recyclo-Pedia: http://earth911.com/recycling/

Backyard Conservation: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/feature/backyard/

A Forward-Thinking Website About Rethinking the Way We Live: http://www.kidsforfuture.net/index.php

A Super Cute (yet meaningful) Cartoon on a More Eco-Friendly Future: http://www.kidsforfuture.net/mysterious/index.html

For Adults:

NYS educator workshops: http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1913.html

NYS DEC Green Schools – Recycling/Reducing Program Info: http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/41746.html

Keep America Beautiful: http://www.kab.org

Keep America Beautiful Teacher Toolbox: http://www.kab.org/site/PageServer?pagename=pub_toolbox_home

Rochester Museum & Science Center’s

Cumming Nature Center’s School Programs: http://www.rmsc.org/CummingNatureCenter/ForTeachers/

Including:

    • Ecological Communities
    • Intro to Natural Communitites
    • Sensing Nature

Want to Opt Out of Wasteful (and Annoying!) Junk Catalogs? http://www.catalogchoice.org/

How ’bout Passing on Those Redundant (and identity theft encouraging) Pre-approved Credit Offers? https://www.optoutprescreen.com/ (seems sketchy @ 1st – but is legit: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt063.shtm)

My Very Own Senior Paper – https://twebby.wordpress.com/2010/06/02/empathy-and-pro-environmental-behavior/

Primary Resources:

Conservation Photo Searchable Database: http://photogallery.nrcs.usda.gov/

Conservation Photos – Conservation International: http://www.conservation.org/fmg/pages/photos.aspx

Video Compilation (Including speeches, podcasts, newscasts, etc.) : http://environmentvideos.blogspot.com/

Nature Conservancy Press Room: http://www.nature.org/pressroom/

Lesson Plans/ Study Guides

NYS DEC Guided Lessons: http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/55169.html

NYS DEC Curriculum Resources: http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/44122.html

The Man Who Planted Trees: http://www.ocpac.org/home/Media/education_bus_ins/Man_Who_Planted_Trees_Teacher_Guide.pdf

The Great Kapok Tree : http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/go/page.cgi?p=print_lesson&d=0&ID=337

3rd Grade – Natural Resources: http://teacherlink.ed.usu.edu/tlresources/units/byrnes-literature/alleman.html

Environmental Awareness (The Lorax): http://www.klrn.org/planetpatrol/lesson4.pdf

Elementary Ecosystems: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/08/gk2/ecosystem.html

Forest Features: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/14/gk2/fayforest.html

Preserving Biodiversity (Barbaloot Suits): http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/06/gk2/molson.html

National Parks/ Human Impact on Environment: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/14/gk2/parks.html

Ecological Empowerment (includes adult workshop information): http://www.pbs.org/teachers/connect/resources/4012/preview/

NYS DEC Hudson River: http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/36574.html

Literature

Barnes and Noble Kid’s Conservation and Preservation Books: http://browse.barnesandnoble.com/browse/nav.asp?visgrp=children’s&N=704189&Ne=704178+704189

Meaningful environmental books (for adults and children): http://louisville.edu/education/research/centers/environmental-ed/bookRecommendations.pdf

Environmentally Themed Reading List: http://www.eeweek.org/resources/green_reading.htm

Conservation Jeopardy!

My very own creation, a fun and interactive way to learn about (and create awareness of) this critical topic.  Maybe it makes me a nerd but playing this with the fam/friends is a good time! This game is designed for adults, but feel free to modify it to fit your needs.  Please comment if you have questions on playing, use of the file or need an older powerpoint version.

Conservation and Preservation Jeopardy

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