Saving Energy with The Green Team

 
This week’s featured topic is Saving Energy. Teaching students to conserve energy introduces them to the value of energy efficiency. Students can learn how reducing energy consumption can have a positive impact on the environment.

Here are some activities and lesson plans that THE GREEN TEAM has created or collected about saving energy at home:

  • THE GREEN TEAM Light Bulb Energy Efficiency Lesson: Aligned with Massachusetts curriculum standards, this lesson plan, answer key, and pledge card encourage students to calculate the impact of switching to more energy efficient light bulbs as an action to mitigate climate change.
  • Cambridge Energy Alliance Energy Efficiency Lesson Plans: This document compiles a number of activities and lesson plans on energy efficiency, with separation by activity length and topic. Easily adaptable for home use, these lesson plans engage students with hands-on projects on subjects such as wind energy, energy conservation, and insulation.
  • Energy Savings Challenge: Teachers create a list of energy saving tasks and assign a point value to each one: turn off lights (5 points), unplug electronics/appliances while not in use (5 points), switch to LEDs (15 points), electronics free day (10 points), etc. Challenge students to reach 25 points the first week, 50 points the next week, and so on for the entire month of April. Students can also be challenged to create energy saving posters and signs to display around the house.

Presented by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. More at The Green Team

Teacher Professional Development on Climate Change – Summer 2020

As part of Green Newton School Connections efforts to advocate for climate change science in the Newton Public Schools K-12 curriculum, we would like to pass along a list of professional development resources for educators who want to deepen their knowledge in this area. 
 
While we realize many teachers have been feeling overwhelmed by the district’s initial foray into distance learning, we also recognize that many will engage in some kind of professional development experience over the summer.  The list of resources below represent low-cost, flexible options for teachers to earn PDPs or graduate credits while also expanding their toolbox of online and print resources for teaching about climate change.
 
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National Geographic Teaching Global Climate Change in Your Classroom
More information: nationalgeographic.org
Time: Online course that lasts through the summer (weekly June 24 – Aug 11); 45 hours
Cost: free for regular participants; $225 cost if you want 3 graduate credits
Content: covers a lot of the main issues with climate change (see syllabus attached to this email)
 
NAAEE – Mid-Atlantic Climate Change Education Conference 
More information: naee.org
Time: June 29-30, 12:30 – 4 p.m.
Cost: $20
Content: climate science, environmental justice, climate change in classroom, solutions
 
Stay-In-stitute for Climate Change Education
More information: climategen.org
Time: July 22–24, 2020, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm EDT
Cost: $150
Content: 20 Hours of Continuing Education. Climate change solutions are made in the classroom, at home, and within our communities. Let’s make the most out of our current situation by reimagining what education can be and how we can build opportunities for climate change solutions together!
 
Mass Audubon Earth and Human Activity
More information: massaudubon.org
Timing:  starts June 20 (6 session dates), 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Cost: $380 members, $440 non-members
Content: systems thinking, ecological restoration, climate resiliency, adaptation and mitigation, trophic interactions, and global climate trends
 
UNESCO Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development
More information: sustainabilityfrontiers.org
Timing: TBD
Cost: TBD
Content: they have created a guidebook for leading teacher professional development related to climate change education at the secondary level
 
Shelburne Farms Education for Sustainability
More information: shelburnefarms.org
Time:  July 13-Aug 7, online meetings Mondays & Thursdays
Cost: $200; $900 extra for 3 graduate credits
Content: deepen one’s education for sustainability teaching practices (intermediate-level course)
 
Green Schools Green Classroom Professional Certificate
More information: usgbc.org
Time: Starts any time and can be done over a period of 350 days. 2-hours online course + quiz.
Cost: $25 for 5 or more participants
Content: training for educators on how to have a greener physical environment within schools

The Green Team: Activities to teach students about air quality

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This week’s topic is Air Pollution. THE GREEN TEAM has created or collected the following activities and resources to teach students about air quality and the ways that they can make an impact to reduce pollution:

The Green Team: Resources to teach about gardening and pollination

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May 15 is Massachusetts Plant Something Day! By planting just one flowering plant, students can help provide pollen and nectar for pollinators. These beneficial birds and insects pollinate gardens, which allows fruit – like juicy tomatoes, apples, and squash – to grow later in the season.

THE GREEN TEAM has gathered the following resources to teach students about gardening and pollination:

Grants for Educators

Do you have a great idea for professional development that just requires some financial help? Or, now that budgets are closing, did you remember that one amazing science tool that you didn’t purchase yet? There’s still time!!!

The Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers (MAST) is currently accepting applications for the Elaine Adams Professional Development Grant and five Grants for Empowering Teachers (GET). Applications are open until June 15. All science educators are eligible to apply. Check out their grants page or email [email protected] for more information.

Resources – May 2020

Plastic Pollution Webinar for Kids
Do you want your elementary-aged child to learn the basics of plastic pollution and how it relates to climate change? (You’re welcome to participate, too!) Thursday, May 14th at 2:00 PM 40-minute interactive presentation. 

Learning in Places. Learning tools for families, para familias, 对于家庭 
A project with the goal of creating more culturally and community relevant, field-based learning opportunities for students.

TEDed – Earth School.  Daily adventures that will help you understand and celebrate our natural world, while learning about how dependent we are on our planet. Within each lesson, you’ll find fascinating resources compiled by Earth experts and ideas for getting involved in ways that count. Between Earth Day (April 22nd) and World Environment Day (June 5th). 

The CLEAN Network is a professionally diverse community committed to improving climate and energy literacy locally, regionally, nationally, and globally, to enable responsible decisions and actions.

Virtual Learning Resources for Sustainability-Minded Educators. Green Schools National Network remains steadfast in its commitment to provide K-12 schools and districts with the resources and support they need to educate for sustainability during this time of virtual learning. We vetted these lessons against a set of criteria we developed that looks at aspects such as deeper learning, 21st century skill building, authenticity, and sustained inquiry using a real-world context.