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Curricular Resources in the Environment

Below are the CLN "Theme Pages" which focus on specific topics within the study of the Environment. CLN's theme pages are collections of useful Internet educational resources within a narrow curricular topic and contain links to two types of information. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme.

Air Quality Theme Page

Biomes Theme Pages

Endangered Species Theme Page

Global Warming/Climate Change Theme Page

Hazardous Wastes Disposal Theme Page

Hunger Theme Page

Over-population Theme Page

Ozone Depletion Theme Page

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Theme Page

Sustainable Development Theme Page

Water Quality Theme Page

General Environment Resources

Here are a number of links to other Internet resources which contain information and/or other links related to the Environmental. Please read our disclaimer.

Ask an Expert: Environment
CLN's "Ask an Expert" page has about 100 links to specialists in the field who can serve as a valuable source of curricular expertise for both students and teachers. Questions/answers on the Environment may be found in our "All Subjects" section at the top of the page, the "Social Studies" section, as well as the general "Reference" section.

BC Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks
Information on the air, land and water of British Columbia is provided in this site. Topics include: air quality, car emissions, climate change, smoke control, parks, crown land, wildlife, managing waste, land stewardship, protecting habitats, managing pesticides, preventing pollution, water stewardship, water quality, watershed management, water licenses and fisheries.

Bureau of Land Management: Environmental Education Homepage
A large number of curricular/teaching resources on environmental education. Units include: Alaska's Cold Desert; The Big Empty (The Great Plains); The High Plains; units on archeology and history; environmental ethics; fire ecology; minerals; noxious weeds; water; and wildlife. Lesson activities are included in many of the units.

Earth Times Newspaper
The Earth Times is the only independent international nonpartisan newspaper focusing on environment and economic development, and such interrelated concerns of the international system as human rights, population, trade, and women's and children's rights. Its mission is primarily to inform and educate audiences about the pressing issues of interdependence in which the environment plays a central role. Present and back issues are available for browsing or searching.

EarthWatch Institute: Online Resources and Lesson Plans for the Classroom
Resources on the following topics: Origins of our Future, Endangered Ecosystems, Oceans, World Health, Biodiversity, Global Change, and Cultural Diversity.

EE-Link: Environmental Education on the Internet
EE-Link provides free online access to resources of special interest to educators who teach about the environment. These resources include instructional materials, articles, funding sources, and networking opportunities.

EnviroLink is dedicated to providing "the most comprehensive, up-to-date environmental resources available." Their library is a meta-list of links to environmental resources on the web. Users can review them under five major headings (air, water, flora & fauna, fire and earth), alphabetically, or with a search engine. In addition to the library, there are several other resources, including daily news updates on environmental news stories with direct links to all major news services.

Explorers' Club
The US Environmental Protection Agency provides games, pictures and stories for kids aged 5-12.

Fundamentals of Physical Geography
Although this online textbook from Michael Pidwirny, Okanagan University College, is intended for postsecondary students studying introductory physical geography, much of it may be applicable for high school students as well. Contents include over two hundred pages of information, more than three hundred 2-D and animated graphics, an interactive glossary of terms, a study guide, links to other Internet resources, and a search engine. See the Table of Contents to directly access such sections as Meteorology and Climatology, Hydrology, Biogeography and Ecology, Geology, and Geomorphology.

[The] Green Lane
Environment Canada's home page. Included is information about environmental issues and topics, the state of Canada's environment, and links to regional Green Lane sites.

Ozone to Oilspills
Students from a Princeton University chemistry class have constructed environmental science lessons for middle school students. Topics are chosen from a wide range of environmental issues that lend themselves to chemical explanation. Each unit consists of a series of student lessons/activities. Lesson plans for the teacher are also included. To date, two Princeton classes have been involved and have created two separate projects.
  • Spring, 97 Lessons on Brown fields, Global Warming, Lead, Waste Management, Transportation, and Water Pollution.
  • Spring, 98 Lessons on: Energy Production and Utilization, Materials and Recycling, Atmosphere and Air Pollution, Water Pollution and Resources , Food and Toxic Substances.

Towards an Ecozoic Curriculum:
The Ontario Society for Environmental Education has created an environmentally infused curriculum for secondary students. Downloadable units (Acrobat format) are available in Arts, Languages, Math, Science, Technology, Business, Family Studies, Geography, and History. Each activity usually consists of a teacher's guide and student handouts.

[The] Toxicology Study Guide
A seven lesson study unit from the Canadian Network of Toxicology Centres which provides information on basic principles utilized in the science of toxicology. Included in each lesson are background information, teacher information and a worksheet. In addition, there is a list of research topics, a glossary of terminology, and a crossword puzzle.

[The] United Nations CyberSchoolBus
Available at this site are curricular resources that could be used in a wide range of social studies areas. Here are some of the materials available: a curriculum project on "Fighting Disease", a curriculum unit on "Cities", short terms classroom projects (e.g., around United Nations theme days), information on global trends (e.g., population, food production), statistics on countries, profiles of world cities, and pictures from around the world.

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