PBS LearningMedia is offering a collection of earth science resources to help teachers and students mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22 by educating themselves about the earth and ways to be environmentally friendly and energy efficient to ensure its health.
The Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms collection, created in collaboration with NASA, contains resources for every grade that are aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards. There also are support materials to help teachers engage their students.
Here are some of the available resources:
- “Mapping Landforms and Water Bodies” – Teach students about different landforms and water bodies and the various characteristics that make them distinct from one another in this lesson plan featuring a virtual island with videos and ground-level and aerial images.
- More resources for grades K-2
- “Reducing the Impacts of Flooding” – One natural hazard that affects many people and places worldwide is floods. Build a city that will keep the Fidgets and their community safe and dry during a flood with this PBS Kids game.
- More resources for grades 3-5
- “Plate Tectonics” – The process of plate tectonics has played a major role in shaping oceans, continents and life on Earth. Use this video to teach students how scientists are studying the origins of tectonic plates.
- More resources for grades 6-8
- “The Ocean: A Driving Force for Weather and Climate” – Earth’s ocean is in constant motion, distributing thermal energy and nutrients around the world. Teach your students how the ocean relates to climate and weather.
- More resources for grades 9-12
In addition, Nova Education will present a virtual field trip at 1 p.m. ET April 22 led by Kirk Johnson, sant director of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and host of Nova’s “Polar Extremes.” The event will include a discussion on reasons for studying Earth and what can be done to protect it.
Visit Nova Education’s Facebook page to stream the event.