PBS LearningMedia offers free environmental content for Earth Day

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

For Earth Day, PBS LearningMedia is featuring a collection of free resources for classrooms focused on the environment: l <3 Earth. The digital collection includes topics such as recycling, climate change and animal habitats.

Earth Day is right around the corner, and PBS LearningMedia (www.pbslearningmedia.org) is featuring a collection of free resources for classrooms focused on the environment: I <3 Earth. The digital collection includes some of the best environmental content available in PBS LearningMedia that educators can access for free to support lessons focused on everything from recycling to climate change to animal habitats.

The I <3 Earth resources include:

  1. The Dirt on Dirt (Sid the Science Kid): Using this resource group, students learn about what materials make up dirt. Sid and his friends discover that dirt is really important to the Earth because it helps things grow, and it's also filled with tiny rocks, pieces of leaves, and even living things like bugs and worms! For grades PreK-1
  2. Think Garden (KET): This engaging video collection helps teach elementary students about the art and science of growing food, with an emphasis on biological and environmental concepts. It also addresses topics related to nutrition and economics. For grades 3-5
  3. NATURE Collection (WNET): This collection of science videos and media-enhanced lesson plans draws upon the powerful documentaries of public television’s award-winning natural history series, Nature. Lesson plans incorporate hands-on activities, online resources, and video. For grades 4-12
  4. Sink or Swim? (SciGirls): Plastics are everywhere: from car parts to drinking bottles to sports equipment. Plastics are classified #1 through #7. Students learn that though all plastics with the recycle symbol are recyclable, some recycling centers only accept certain numbers. For grades 5-8
  5. Waste Deep (America Revealed): This video features a landfill in South Jersey and examines the state of food waste in America today. The accompanying lesson plan, "Making Mountains Out of Landfills: Telling a Visual Story of Waste," prepares students to visually track and document different kinds of trash in their community. For grades 7-13+