As COVID-19 forces school closures and challenges teachers and parents in continuing to educate students, the Water and Environmental Education team wants to ensure that learning continues for people of all ages. Consider some of these free resources to take virtual field trips, play some fun and educational games or just learn more about the importance of water and taking care of the environment while meeting standards in math, language arts, science and even fine arts. If you have questions or are interested in scheduling distance learning opportunities, please contact email@example.com. Check back weekly for new ideas to keep things fresh. Have fun exploring!
Educational Resources for Parents and Teachers by Grade Level and Topic
https://recyclingsimplified.com/for-educators/ The Recycling Simplified Education Program contains everything you need to teach your children or students about recycling. You’ll find step-by-step lesson plans and supporting materials including activities, virtual field trips, videos, student certificates and handouts for students to use at home. Resources are divided by age appropriate materials for PreK-12.
Nature and Environment Lessons
https://tpwd.texas.gov/education/resources/keep-texas-wild: This Texas Parks and Wildlife site has free, colorful environmental magazine stories, activities and detailed lesson plans. Appropriate for grades 4-8.
https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2013-08/documents/cbook.pdf: This EPA Endangered Species coloring book will introduce you to 21 plant and animal species found in the United States, nearly all of which are either endangered or threatened. Appropriate for grades 4-8.
Water/Waste and Recycling Lessons
http://takecareoftexas.org/teachers/lesson-plans-educators: Download free lesson plans and handouts from the TCEQ’s publications for educators. Suitable for all ages.
https://www.discoverwater.org/: Discover the role of water in our lives through interactive games and activities from Project Wet. These highly engaging resources are appropriate for grades 4-8.
https://marinedebris.noaa.gov/sites/default/files/publications-files/MDP_ActivityBook.pdf: This popular assortment from NOAA includes puzzles, brain-teasers and coloring activities that help children understand the problem of marine debris while having fun at the same time. Suitable for all ages.
https://marinedebris.noaa.gov/protect-our-oceans-coloring-book: Created by the NOAA Marine Debris Program and Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, the Ocean Guardian Activity Book teaches students about the ocean, marine debris and why it’s important through word searches, games and coloring pages. You can also sign the Ocean Guardian Pledge to protect the ocean and all the creatures that live in it. The activity book is appropriate for children in grades K-3.
https://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/education/fun/: These games, coloring pages and fun activities from NOAA to help students and children learn about the national marine sanctuaries. Suitable for all ages