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

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Resources for Grades 6 – 12

What is the State of Our Commons?

What is the State of Our Commons?

In this lesson, students explore what defines a Commons, categorize spaces and things as examples, and walk their community to discover its visible and hidden Commons. Then, students select one...

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Field Research: Land Ecosystems

Field Research: Land Ecosystems

In this field research lesson, students learn what an ecosystem is, collect and record information on local plants and animals in a Land Journal, compare the natural versus built landscape in their...

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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. Grade Level: 6 -...

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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. Grade Level: 6 - 12 Source: San Mateo County Office of...

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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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