PreK-5th Grade Classroom Resources

  • Green School in a Lunchbox
    "Green School in a Lunchbox" is a web-based, vibrant, and animated "lunchbox" which introduces concepts of sustainable building to K-5th grade students. Through grade-appropriate, hands-on educational activities young students will be introduced to concepts of sustainability within the built environment and how daily choices affect our environment, community and world. For educators and administrators, the site provides information to enhance awareness and educate participants about the value of sustainable building from a financial perspective, implication of healthy schools, and the contribution to the teaching environment. Activities are correlated to the Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations. Please visit the Green School in a Lunch Box Web site.
  • 3M Free Virtual Labs
    Spark students' interest in a scientific career. Make real world connections by designing a new electrical circuit, designing a heat resistant skillet handle or building an interactive wind turbine.
  • Bill Nye's Climate Laboratory
    Formally known as Bill Nye the Science Guy has recently become Bill Nye the Climate Guy. Courtesy of Chabot Space & Science Center of Oakland, California, Bill Nye has been able to complete his out Climate Lab creating awareness of environmental issues. Accompanying Bill's Climate Laboratory is an educational Web site created for elementary and middle school teachers, students, and families. Join Nye on fun missions and activities to reduce energy consumption and prevent climate change. You'll hunt down energy vampires, design a "green" home, grow a virtual garden, and compete to become a climate champion!
  • CLEAN SWEEP USA
    Six lessons for grades 4-8 focusing on waste in the environment. Lessons include source reduction, recycling, composting, landfills, and waste to energy.
  • Dirty Air is Hard to Bear (pdf)
    DEQ Booklet describing the history of air pollution and Michigan's efforts to control air pollution.
  • Early Childhood Science from Grades PreK-2
    Early childhood science teachers, in grades PreK-2, need their own place to find resources and get support. This online site allows PreK-2 teachers to interact with colleagues and share the joys and challenges of your classroom.
  • Edheads - Activate Your Mind!
    This site offers a variety of flash learning programs and lesson plans designed to meet state and national learning standards.
  • Energy Hog Campaign
    The Alliance to Save Energy's Energy Hog campaign is educating teachers, kids and parents about energy efficiency. Why? Saving energy lessens our dependence on foreign oil, improves our air and water quality, and reduces our energy bills. To help spread energy efficiency in the classroom, print out our Student and Teacher Guides.
  • Explorations Into Water
    Explorations Into Water teaching curriculum is ideal for educators and/or parents to use as an engaging resource to teach students about the properties of water and the importance of water conservation in an easy-to-understand, educational, fun and interactive way. The curriculum is well organized, self-explanatory and easy for teachers, parents and students to use for related course work, projects or research in natural history, ecology, biology, physics and chemistry.
  • Great Lakes Education Program
    The Great Lakes Education Program is a fourth-grade classroom and field educational opportunity focusing on Great Lakes and Detroit River resources. The program consists of three segments, each integrating elements of physical, chemical and biological sciences, history, geography, mathematics, literature and the arts. The program includes field experience, with pre-field learning activities, and post-field classroom activities.
  • Great Lakes in My World: K-8 Curriculum
    The Great Lakes in My World (GLIMW) curriculum offers 80 indoor and outdoor activities for K-8 students. Topics covered include lakes, sand dunes, wetlands, human communities, history and geology. The Great Lakes in My World curriculum was developed to help students instill a sense of place and promote problem-solving. The curriculum includes a 480 page book with 80 activities, assessment rubrics, student journal pages, Creature Cards featuring 66 Great Lakes plants and animals and a CD with additional resources. For more information please visit www.greatlakes.org/glimw or contact Katie Larson, Education Coordinator, Alliance for the Great Lakes at KLarson@greatlakes.org
  • HippoWorks Helps Teach Kids about Global Warming
    HippoWorks has recently introduced a 12-part cartoon series that was designed to help children learn what they can do to stop Global Warming. "One by One, Ton by Ton, Let's Stop Global Warming" was formed to give kids an idea of how important environmental issues are. This is a great teaching tool for teachers and can be used to help promote energy conservation, awareness about endangered animals and other important environmental issues.
  • How Mother Nature Collection
    This is a book by Tom Schwartz, Reagent Press, Publisher. How Mother Nature Flowered. The Fields of Earth and Mars is a collection of three original Mother Nature stories: Flowering Fields of Earth; Saving Flowering Fields; and Flowering Mars! This collection is recommended for young readers transitioning from picture books.
  • Learn about the Moon through Games
  • NASA is sponsoring this online game initiative to increase science education. Game players will be assessed on how much they are learning by how they play the game. This game is free and designed for students 9-18 years of age.
  • Marcie the Marvelous Tree: An Autobiography
    Marcie is a tree, planted in 1987 and was the inspiration for the founding of Tree Musketeers. "Marcie the Marvelous Tree: An Autobiography" is a touching yet educational children's book in both English and Spanish about the power of kids and trees to change the world. In her story, Marcie talks about standing in the nursery fearing that no one would want her, the horrors of being vandalized, and how trees and humans help each other.
  • Learn How Much You Weigh And How Old You Are If You Lived On Another Planet
    From NASA!  Use the Astro-Matic 3000 to learn how much you would weigh or how old you would be if you lived on another planet.  Students also learn facts about each planet.  Grades K-8.
  • Moon Munchies Educator Guide for Grades K-4
    Plant growth will be an important part of space exploration in the future as NASA plans for long-duration missions to the moon. NASA scientists anticipate that astronauts may be able to grow plants on the moon, and the plants could be used to supplement meals. In anticipation of the need for research into lunar plant growth, NASA and the International Technology Education Association, or ITEA, present the NASA Engineering Design Challenge. Students design, build and evaluate lunar plant growth chambers -- while engaging in research- and standards-based learning experiences. The lesson plans in this guide encourage students to participate in the engineering design process and learn how to conduct a scientific experiment. The Moon Munchies Educator Guide is available as a complete guide or can be downloaded in easy-to-use individual lesson plans.
  • NASA's Kids Club Activity: Window to Earth
    This website allows you to experience the spectacular view of Earth that Astronauts have from space. Move through the pages of Window to Earth and see images taken from space of these geographical features: peninsula, glacier, lake, desert, cape, island, upheaval dome, strait, waterfall, reef and volcano. To take a peek and see how Earth looks from space, visit www.nasa.gov/audience/forkids/kidsclub/flash/clubhouse/Window_to_Earth.html.
  • Pathfinder Science Ozone Project
    Each fall students from all over the country participate in the Pathfinder Science research area, exploring ground-level ozone.  Ozone is a toxic gas, which is formed by a reaction between air pollutants and sunlight.  This research area is design for upper elementary through high school age students with two easy to follow, network-wide, standardized protocols are offered.
  • "Pee Wee's Family in a Nutshell" by Larraine Roulston
    The third book in the children's adventure series in composting, tells the tale of the endearing little red wiggler and friends who have adventures with composting. It follows "Pee Wee and the Magical Compost Heap" and "Pee Wee's Great Adventure: a guide to Vermicomposting."
  • Solar and Wind Energy Production at Schools
  • A total of 34 renewable energy systems have been installed at 28 schools statewide participating in Energy Works Michigan's Renewable Energy Program. The Renewable Energy Program provided incentives for schools that installed one or both of the solar PV or wind systems. Students can compare the daily performance of the solar PV or wind systems that were installed at different schools throughout the state. The performance data is collected by a data logger and weather station that are installed at each school.  For more information or to view the live production, visit the Energy Works Michigan Solar and Wind Systems Web site.
  • The GREENS Activity Guide
    MeetTheGreens.org kids' guide to looking after the planet has just added a new activity guide. It pairs hands-on activities to deepen kids' understanding of topics like recycling and global warming with campaigns to reduce junk mail and get drivers to stop idling cars. This innovative, Web-only project comes from WGBH in Boston, the producer of shows like ZOOM, ARTHUR, Frontline, & NOVA.
  • Theo and the Giant Plastic Ball
    The story of Theo and his quest to improve at football by making a ball out of discarded plastic bags, leading him to work with his community to maintain a cleaner, more healthy environment. 2005. 30 pp.
  • Tree of Life: The Incredible Biodiversity of Life on Earth by Rochelle Strauss. Published by Kids Can Press.
    Tree of Life: the Incredible Biodiversity of Life on Earth (ages 8 and up) shows how living things are classified into five kingdoms -- and how each has much to tell us about all aspects of life on our planet. Awards include the ASPCA Henry Bergh Children's Book Award and the 2005 Skipping Stones Honor Award Winner (Ecology/Nature Books). It was also named a Green Earth Book Award Honor Book and named as one of the Best of the Best Books 2004, by the Chicago Public Libraries. 2004, 40 pp. ISBN 1-55337-669-2. $16.95
  • Water Filtration Challenge - Teacher's Guide
    Earth provides the air we breathe, the water we drink, and other conditions that support life. On the International Space Station, the Environmental Control and Life Support System provides these needs. The functions of an ECLSS include atmosphere revitalization; atmosphere control and supply; temperature and humidity control; water recovery and management; waste management; and fire detection and suppression. The activities in this guide, for grades 5 - 8, focus on water recovery and management. The challenge is to design and build a water filtration device using commonly available materials. To meet this challenge, students build, test and measure the performance of the filtration device, analyze the data collected, and use this information to work towards an improved filtration design!
  • Water Science Experiments & Projects
    This site offers many useful classroom tools for conducting water-related science experiments. Included are many tips for teachers and opportunities to purchase cost effective and educational equipment. Project ideas include water testing for pollution and water treatment for drinking purposes.
  • Wetland Education
    Ducks Unlimited site provides a variety of resources on wetland education. Three new units developed for grade levels 4-6, 7-8, and 9-12, in wetland ecosystems series consists of an educator's guide and accompanying student journal, experiments, and activities.