PBS offers earth science resources for 50th anniversary of Earth Day


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:

Grades K-2

Grades 3-5

Grades 6-8

  • “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

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.