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Air Conditioning: Analyzing the Role of Government Agencies in Climate Research and Environmental Policy    
The New York Times, in partnership with the Bank Street College of Education in New York City has developed a series of "Daily Lesson Plans". In this lesson, students explore the roles that United States government agencies play in weather forecasting, climate control, and other climate-related environmental issues.
 
 
AskERIC   
AskERIC provides lesson plans, ask-an-expert services, and links to an abundance of internet sites and online communities covering topics such as environmental education, geology, meteorology, oceanography and more.
 
 
Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program's Education Center   
Site includes an introduction to the science behind global warming, lesson plans, an archive of questions and answers and information about the ARM Program.
 
 
College and University Global Change Course Links   
Course descriptions, syllabi, and course home pages for global environmental change classes at colleges and universities.
 
 
Earth System Science Education Alliance (ESSEA)   
The Earth System Science Education Alliance (ESSEA) is a partnership among universities, colleges, and science education organizations dedicated to improving Earth science education. The site offers online courses for K-12 educators as well as a number of other Earth Systems Science and education resources.
 
 
Energy Efficiency in Schools   
Hands-on, multidisciplinary lesson plans in the area of energy at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.
 
 
Energy Information Administration Kid's Page   
Online energy education resources -- these include energy activities that kids can do online and materials to help classroom teachers teach about energy.
 
 
Environmental Sustainability: Perspectives on the World   
This online course is a guided exploration of several different topics and viewpoints related to environmental sustainability. Each section features a single contributor, all of whom are faculty members, researchers, or instructors affiliated with Columbia University. All contributors work in areas closely related to issues of environmental sustainability. Throughout the course you will encounter video interviews, reading materials, photographs and other visual aids, and various Activities related to the specific themes discussed by each contributor.
 
 
EPA Explorer's Club   
EPA's web site for kids includes games, pictures, stories and other fun things. There are sections for teachers, middle and high school students, and younger kids.
 
 
Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM)   
The Gateway to Educational Materials is a Consortium effort to provide educators with quick and easy access to thousands of educational resources found on various federal, state, university, non-profit, and commercial Internet sites. It is sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Education and is a project of the ERIC Clearinghouse on Information & Technology.
 
 
GCRIO Global Change Gateway - Environmental Education   
The US Global Change Research Information Office (GCRIO) provides access to data and information on global and climate change research, adaptation/mitigation strategies and technologies, and global warming-related educational resources on behalf of the various US Federal Agencies that are involved in the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP). This collection of resources was selected for its relevance to global change and environmental education. Included is a wide range of resources for educators and students at all levels.
 
 
Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE)   
The GLOBE Program brings together K-12 students, teachers, and scientists from around the world who work together to help us learn more about the environment. By participating in GLOBE, teachers guide their students through daily, weekly, and seasonal environmental observations, such as air temperature and precipitation.
 
 
Global SchoolNet   
Global SchoolNet provides collaborative learning activities that "prepare students for the workforce and help them to become responsible global citizens". The Global SchoolHouse section of the web site has a registry of several hundred projects and online expeditions that students can participate in.
 
 
Government of Canada Climate Change   
This web site from the Government of Canada was developed to inform people about climate change and how it affects our environment. Teacher resources and a student's climate lab are included.
 
 
Great Green Web Game   
The Great Green Web Game, developed by the Union of Concerned Scientists, is based on an analysis of the environmental impact of consumer decisions. Air pollution, water pollution, destruction of natural habitats, and global warming are the main forms of environmental damage caused by consumer-related activities today. The Great Green Web Game shows how you can reduce this damage through effective consumer choices.
 
 
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies   
The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies provides policy analysis, research, strategic planning, training, and educational material development in support of the Earth sciences and related issues. Included on the site are lesson plans and a teacher's guide.
 
 
Magic School Bus   
Based on the television show, The Magic School Bus, the site includes games, lesson plans, and other teaching resources with an environmental theme.
 
 
Metropolitan East Coast Assessment Education Module   
Climate Change and a Global City -- The MEC Educator's Pack is a package of Geographic Information System (GIS) software, datasets and lesson plans designed for educators who are interested in using GIS technology to explore global climate change issues.
 
 
NASA Earth Observatory   
The purpose of NASA's Earth Observatory is to provide a freely-accessible publication on the Internet where the public can obtain new satellite imagery and scientific information about our home planet. The focus is on Earth's climate and environmental change.
 
 
NASA Visible Earth   
The purpose of NASA's Visible Earth is to provide a consistently updated, central point of access to the superset of NASA's Earth science-related images, animations, and data visualizations. These images are considered to be public domain and, as such, are freely available to the interested public-at-large, the media, scientists, and educators for re-use and/or re-publication.
 
 
NOAA Photo Library   
The NOAA photograph and image collection has been produced to help those interested in studying our natural world learn more about our oceans, the atmosphere, and the history of the pioneers who began the study of our environment in the United States.
 
 
One Sky, Many Voices   
Inquiry-based K-12 science programs for the interactive study of current science. Four-week and eight-week programs centered around environmental science themes are provided.
 
 
Schoolyard Long Term Ecological Research   
Schoolyard uses the uniqueness of the Long Term Ecological Research Network to promote learning about long-term ecological processes and the earth's ecosystems. Opportunities for educators and graduate students are announced on the site.
 
 
Sci4Kids - Agricultural Research Service   
Sci4Kids is a series of stories about what scientists do at the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS). Geared to kids about 8 to 13 years old, it is produced by the ARS Information Staff in Beltsville, Maryland. They bet you'll agree that much of what their scientists do is not what you might expect.
 
 
Smithsonian Field Trips and Learning Resources   
Contains lesson plans based on Smithsonian collections, web resources, media resources, and field trip ideas.
 
 
Teachers Experiencing Antarctica and the Arctic (TEA)   
Join teachers as they venture to points north and south and participate in Antarctic and Arctic research expeditions.
 
 

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