Check out my New York Times post, Ideas for English-Language Learners | Earth Day and the Environment.
Earth Day, a time to recognize and celebrate environmental awareness, is on April 22nd. I thought it might be useful to have a “The Best…” list for that day.
This list isn’t very long since a previous list, The Best Sites To Introduce Environmental Issues Into The Classroom, really has the best environmental-related resources.
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In order to make this list, of course, sites had to accessible to English Language Learners.
Here are my picks for The Best Earth Day Sites (not in any order of preference):
The History Channel has a nice Earth Day feature.
Everyday Is Earth Day is a “talking story” from Starfall for Beginning English Language Learners.
A Florida elementary school has a good description of Earth Day that provides audio support for the text.
The official Earth Day website has plenty of adaptable curriculum ideas for teachers.
Scholastic has an article describing the history of Earth Day.
CBS News has a slideshow showing Earth Day celebrations around the world in 2008.
Earth Day Through The Years is a slideshow from the Atlanta Constitution.
A Colorful History of Earth Day is a slideshow from TIME Magazine.
Earth Day 2009 is a series of photos from the Boston Globe’s The Big Picture.
Celebrating Earth is a slideshow from The Wall Street Journal showing Earth Day activities around the world.
CBS News has a slideshow also sharing 2009 Earth Day images from different parts of the globe.
Earth Day Celebrations is a slideshow from The Washington Post.
ABC News has a slideshow on Afghanistan declaring its first National Park on Earth Day.
Teaching Tolerance is on The Best Places To Find Free (And Good) Lesson Plans On The Internet list, and they just came out with two good lesson plans for Earth Day. Both are related to environmental racism — the fact that low-income communities often have more hazards and pollution than in places that are better — off.
The two lesson plans are:
Fair is Fair: Introducing Kids to the Idea of Environmental Racism
NASA has some amazing multimedia resources related to Earth Day.
CNN has several good videos and slideshows, including:
Earth Day Turns 40 is an article from Scholastic.
“Timeline Of Environmental Milestones” is an interactive from MSNBC that they are adding to each day.
PBS has an Earth Day across America slideshow.
Ten Ways to ‘Go Green’ and Mark Earth Day comes from The New York Times Learning Network.
Timeline: 70 Years of Environmental Change is an interactive from The New York Times.
In Honor of Earth Day: The Earth From Above is a slideshow from TIME Magazine.
Earth Day At 40 is a Wall Street Journal slideshow.
Events Set Around the World as Earth Day Turns 40 is from Voice of America’s Special English, and provides audio support for the text.
Earth Day 2010 is from the Big Picture.
Here are 20 Earth Day lessons for English Language Learners.
Gearing up for Earth Day is a Washington Post slideshow.
Celebrating Earth Day across the world is another Washington Post slideshow.
Earth Day 2012 is a photo gallery from the Boston Globe.
Earth Day and All Days: 10 Ways to Learn About the Environment is from The New York Times Learning Network.
Earth Day Over the Years is a slideshow from The Wall Street Journal.
Earth Day postcards from space is from MSNBC.
Earth Day 2013: Lesson Plans, Reading Lists and Classroom Ideas is from Edutopia.
Five-Minute Film Festival: Earth Day is also from Edutopia.
The Environment’s New Math: How to Look at Earth Day, by the Numbers is from The Atlantic.
ELL Ideas: Learning About the Environment is from Colorin Colorado.
Google has created a pretty need site called Nature’s Engineers.
Earth Day 2014: Lesson Plans, Reading Lists, and Classroom Ideas is from Edutopia.
Natural Heroes are a series of great public television films and educator resources.
As always, feedback is welcome.