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Text over illustration of sky and clouds - Time4Learning and Fun for everyone: Online education for PreK-12th
Looking for a curriculum that makes learning fun? You'll find it in Time4Learning's PreK-12 grade online homeschool curriculum.
Text Time4Learning and rotating graphics for math, science, social studies, and language arts

Here on Earth  (T)
The purpose of Here on Earth "is to explain the Earth science of every region of the United States. We are beginning with coverage of the northeastern United States, focusing upon upstate New York and western Pennsylvania. This area, known as the “Inland Basin” for the shallow sea that once covered it, shares a geologic history that explains the rock layers and landforms we observe today. The Paleontological Research Institution, which brings you Earth@Home, is based in this region." The website also includes Earth Science and Ancient Life digital encyclopedias for reference, as well as a virtual collection of over 500 interactive 3D models of fossil specimens from their collections and museum exhibits.

Journey 2050  (O,M,T)
How will we sustainably feed nearly 10 billion people by the year 2050? Journey 2050 takes students on a virtual farm simulation that explores world food sustainability. Using an inquiry based approach the program encourages students to make decisions and adjust them as they see their impact on society, the environment and the economy at a local and global scale. The students hear from farmers across the globe. As the student interacts with each family they learn the role of best management practices in feeding the world, reducing environmental impacts and in improving social performance through greater access to education, medical care and community infrastructure. This FREE program was designed for anyone interested in teaching their students about world food sustainability. All resources are provided, designed by agriculture experts and teachers.

Children of the Earth United  (Y, M)
Environmental Education for kids, families and teachers. Learn about Animals, Plants, Ecology, Nature, Environmental Issues, Native Wisdom, Nature Centers, Activities, Books and more.

Games, Quizzes and Other Cool Stuff!   (Y, M)
From the Environmental Protection Agency student resource site.

The World's Biomes  (Y,M,O,T)
Biomes are defined as "the world's major communities, classified according to the predominant vegetation and characterized by adaptations of organisms to that particular environment"

Wetlands: Why Are They Endangered  (M,O)
Students explore the damaging effects of human environment interaction on wetlands. Grade 8-10

Use Dr. Seuss's The Lorax to Explore Environmental Issues  (M)
Students analyze the actions of a fictional character on his environment and suggest possible ways that the character could have made a less harmful impact on his environment. Grade 6-8.

Sea Life Poetry  (Y,M)
Using Internet resources listed with the lesson plan, students discover oceans and sea life and use this material for different forms of poetry. Good way to integrate language arts into an ocean unit study.

Google Earth  (Y,M,O,T)
Want to know more about a specific location? Dive right in -- Google Earth combines satellite imagery, maps and the power of Google Search to put the world's geographic information at your fingertips.

Learning and Teaching about the Environment  (Y,M,O,T)
This website provides K-12 students and educators with access to quality homework resources, lesson plans and project ideas for learning and teaching about the environment. Environmental education (EE) is a multi-disciplinary approach to learning about environmental issues that enhances knowledge, builds critical thinking skills, and helps students make informed and responsible decisions.

"EEK!"- Environmental Education for Kids  (Y)
Welcome to "EEK!" - brought to you by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. This electronic magazine is for kids in grades 4-8. Surf around and learn more about the great outdoors.

Backyard Conservation  (Y,M,O,T)
"Backyard Conservation" shows you how conservation practices that help conserve and improve natural resources on agricultural land across the country can be adapted for use around your home. These practices help the environment and can make your yard more attractive and enjoyable. Most backyard conservation practices are easy to use. America's farmers and ranchers have been using these practices successfully for decades. Backyard Conservation - cover. Download the publication in English.

Oracle State ParkCenter for Environmental Education  (Y,M,O,T)
The purpose of the park is to act as a wildlife refuge and environmental learning center. Educational programs are being developed to focus on basic ecologic principles, and to enhance public awareness of the importance of safeguarding natural resources.

Fun Facts about Renewable Energy  (Y,M,O,T)
From Alliant Energy Kids. Accessed through Wayback archives

Alliant Energy Kids  (Y)
From Alliance Energy, this website helps students learn about electricity and natural gas, how to use them safely and wisely, and the importance of conserving energy. Grades 4-5 Accessed through Wayback Archives

Alliant Energy Kids: Teachers and Parents  (T)
Learn about Alliant Energy Kids lesson plans, classroom presentations, activity ideas and more. Accessed through Wayback Archives

Water Science for Schools  (Y,M,O,T)
From the USGS, this site has information on many aspects of water, along with pictures, data, maps, and an interactive center.

The Water Cycle  (Y,M,O,T)
From the USGS, this site is the most comprehensive Water Cycle Web site in the world and has a wonderful diagram, which is available in 54 languages.

Ocean Surface Topography  (O)
Designed by NASA for older students with critical thinking skills, this site contains a variety of ocean activities relating to many different aspects of ocean life.

Animals of the Tropical Rainforest WebQuest (M)  (M)
Rainforests for Kids

Animals of the Tropical Rainforest WebQuest (M)  (M)
Rainforests for Kids

Disappearing Water  (Y)
Hands-on lesson plan for younger students to use and understand the water cycle.

Water Cycle Poster  (Y,M)
Have students make their own water cycle poster to involve them and help them to retain more of their knowledge about the water cycle.

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