Green Schools National Network

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. On this page, we have assembled a selection of age-appropriate lessons from our PD Collaborative Partners and others that are well-suited for 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.

Resources for Grades K – 5

Field Research: Food Systems

Field Research: Food Systems

In this field research lesson, students learn about our food system, conduct a survey to determine what types of edible plants grow in their neighborhood, trace food origins and calculate food...

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Field Research: Transportation

Field Research: Transportation

In this field research lesson, students learn about different modes of transportation, conduct a home transportation scavenger hunt, and complete a personal transportation journal. Source: San Mateo...

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Field Research: Water

Field Research: Water

In this field research lesson, students learn about water habitats, conduct a home water audit, and reflect on ways they can save water. Source: San Mateo County Office of Education’s Environmental...

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Field Research: Waste

Field Research: Waste

In this field research lesson, students learn how to properly sort waste, study their personal waste habits, conduct a home waste audit, and reflect on ways they can reduce the amount of waste they...

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Field Research: Energy

Field Research: Energy

In this field research lesson, students investigate where energy comes from, conduct an energy walk-through of their home, and come up with a home energy conservation campaign. Source: San Mateo...

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Resources for Grades 6 – 12

Engaging in the Fight Against Extinction

Engaging in the Fight Against Extinction

In this curricular unit (three lesson plans), students research human and environmental drivers of mass extinction and learn how the loss of one species impacts other species and biomes. After...

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Climate Change Challenge

Climate Change Challenge

In this curricular unit (three lesson plans), students examine causes and impacts of climate change on Earth’s atmosphere and oceans, as well as mitigation and adaptation strategies. After...

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Transportation Analyst 101

Transportation Analyst 101

In this lesson, students learn about climate change and modes of transportation, create a sustainable dream vacation, and conduct a personal transportation assessment.  Grade Level: 9 - 12...

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Solar Design 101

Solar Design 101

In this lesson, students learn the basics of solar science and site assessment, conduct research for a solar site analysis, and design a solar array using SketchUp, a computer automated design...

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A Problem is a Solution in the Wrong Place

A Problem is a Solution in the Wrong Place

In this lesson, students consider the idea of “zero waste” and their part in making this a reality. Students go on a waste hunt to survey and document items that are thrown away. Then, using the...

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Knowledge to Action Framework

Knowledge to Action Framework

World Savvy’s Knowledge to Action framework is a design thinking-based process that helps students build knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors for global competency. Students research issues...

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Apps

eBird

eBird

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s eBird app lets you record and track bird sightings in the field, as well as create bird checklists based on location and time of year. eBird data is used by...

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Member Resources

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Green Commuting Challenge

Green Commuting Challenge

By. Duke Davidson   Reprinted with permission from Green Teacher #112, Winter 2017. Learn more about Green Teacher’s nonprofit magazine and books at www.greenteacher.com.

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