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EarthX, in partnership with Big Thought, has created a free, downloadable K-12 STEAM curriculum including environmental educational lessons focusing on the following four areas: Earth, Energy, Cities and Climate.Lessons are written to National Standards as well as to the TEKS (TX).

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K-12 EE Guidelines
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Are you taking your college coursework and workshops online? Here's a resource for you. The K-12 EE Guidelines: Online Teaching Module provides lesson plans, videos/PowerPoint presentations, and handouts ready for you to use on your college course or professional development workshop. It provides a step-by-step introduction to NAAEE's K-12 Environmental Education: Guidelines for Excellence. The module begins with a general welcome session, and then moves into an investigation of environmental literacy and the K-12 Environmental Education Guidelines. Finally, participants complete an Environmental Literacy Self-Assessment and create their own professional development plan.

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The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), an intergovernmental organization established by the governments of Canada, Mexico, and the United States under the auspices of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, developed the Food Matters Action Kit to help educators and youth address the important issue of wasted food in the three countries. The toolkit is loaded with resources and hands-on activities to inspire youth of all ages to prevent food waste in their daily lives. Activities are designed for ages 5-25 and encourage youth to start making a difference right now to prevent food waste by addressing food waste from farm to fork.

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The Greening STEM approach is an adaptable framework for creating a series of integrated and holistic learning activities. The model bridges formal and non-formal approaches to STEM education. Greening STEM combines collaborative partnerships, real-world environmental challenges, and the best practices of place-based, three-dimensional, project-based, and community-based instructional strategies.

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Point of No Return
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A new hands-on environmental STEM enrichment curriculum using the documentary Point of No Return – the gripping story of the first solar powered flight around the world – as a dynamic jumping off point to inspire students to innovate and collaborate towards sustainable solutions. Available for distance learning and classroom use for grades 3-12. Educators at Title 1 schools serving low income students can apply to receive the program for their school at no cost.

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Education resources are distributed across many websites and program offices at NOAA and partner websites. This portal is designed to help educators access these resources from one location. Materials selected for this site are organized by themes, collections, and content types that are aligned with common teaching topics and expressed needs of educators. Linked resources are organized into collections that provide the user with a toolkit of materials and activities suitable for integration into a variety of educational settings. With the exception of Elementary science, collections are not grade specific, but resources are labeled where applicable. Additional NOAA resources that support educator professional development, academic scholarship, career exploration, and education grants are also available. All materials linked from this site are free for use and distribution unless expressly noted.

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With NOAA’s Data in the Classroom, students use real-time data to explore important environmental issues (El Niño, sea level rise, coral bleaching, water quality, and ocean acidification), and develop problem-solving skills employed by scientists. Access online and classroom-ready curriculum activities with a scaled approach to learning and easy-to-use data tools. Teaching resources for each issue area include a Teacher’s Guide, Supplemental Power Point, Student Activity Sheets, and Science Standards Correlations.

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