Here Comes the Sun


The weather is warming up, the sun is out and it’s starting to feel like spring! Today we celebrate Earth Day, now in its 46th year. All across the world today companies, non-profits, and government agencies alike are hosting events open to the public to raise awareness and spur action for environmental stewardship. Learn more at the Earth Day Network.

This week, we also wanted to share some springtime lessons with you, including a few centered on some upcoming special events – Arbor Day and May Day. And we can’t forget America’s favorite pastime, baseball!

Earth-Day-2014-Green-CitiesEarth Day: Green Cities
ELA & Social Studies; Grades 6-12

The Green Cities Campaign helps cities around the world become more sustainable and reduce their carbon footprint. Guided by the three tenants of Energy, Buildings, and Transportation, students will study real world success stories and research how cities are becoming more green.

Sources-of-Pollution---Rank-&-ReasonSources of Pollution
ELA & Science; Grades 5-12

What are the greatest sources of environmental pollution? Use this critical thinking lesson to discuss pollution and use our Rank and Reason tool to organize a class discussion around the impacts of trash, cars, and factories on the environment.

Arbor-Day-with-Google-EarthArbor Day with Google Earth!
ELA, Science & Social Studies; Grades 5-9

Use Google Earth to experience an interactive look at ecosystems and habitats across the world. Students will work together to make observations about trees and visit exotic places from the comfort of their classroom, then participate in games and writing exercises.

May-Day-Time-to-Celebrate-Spring!May Day: Time to Celebrate Spring!
ELA; Grades 4-6

May Day has been celebrated for centuries around the world on May 1st. This lesson helps students grow their inquiry, research, and summarization skills while researching May Day and incorporating technology to create a comic strip to demonstrate what they learned.