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: 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

Choosing Earth’s Climate Future

Choosing Earth’s Climate Future

In this lesson, students analyze and predict current and future impacts to Earth’s systems based on three societal choices to address climate change, explore how adaption and mitigation strategies...

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Climate Leaders in Action: Waste

Climate Leaders in Action: Waste

This module consists of four lessons that challenge students to examine issues around waste, waste management, and how everyday actions have an impact on ecosystems.Grade Level: 9 - 12 Source:...

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Project Hero Soil Quest

Project Hero Soil Quest

In this project-based learning experience, students investigate the differences between healthy and unhealthy soil; examine the relationships that has soil with plants, animals, the atmosphere, and...

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How Will We Create a Future Without Waste?

How Will We Create a Future Without Waste?

In this lesson, students learn about the Habits of a Systems Thinker and apply them to articles that explain how places and companies have already achieved “zero waste.” They explore the Material...

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Energy Consulting 101

Energy Consulting 101

In this lesson, students learn about climate change, energy use, and auditing so they can become a remote energy consultant and identify ways to save money and energy. Grade Level: 9 - 12...

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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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