With staff and students working from home, we included a few fun online activities students can do with minimal direction to stay safe at home while still exploring topics of sustainability.

NASA Live offers videos and educational activities for students to do at home.

Choose a National Park to take a 360 degree virtual United States National Park Tour.

A Kid’s Guide to Recycling offers printable activities, games and fun facts.

The Watt Watchers provide a range of online activities and information on different sustainable topics.

Teacher Resources

Recycling

Recycling Detectives

  • This activity is written for low-level elementary students. The lesson focuses on the children being detectives and “discovering” materials around the room/school that are recyclable.

The Math of Trash

  • This PBS lesson plan allows students to learn about recyclable objects  and use fractions and proportions to calculate how much waste we can reduce by recycling and composting correctly. 

Waste Free Lunch Activity

  • This activity from King County is written to show elementary aged students the harm of packaged foods and how to reduce the amount of waste they produce when eating lunch.

Energy

Green Schools Investigations

  • Project Learning Tree offers multiple free lesson plans about sustainability in schools and at home. Sign up and download free Green Schools Investigations to explore the energy usage in your school and other sustainable topics.

Energy Competitions for K-12 Students

  • This website offers different energy activities and educational competition opportunities for students to present their energy conserving knowledge.

Renewable Energy Education Resources

  • The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy offers educational videos, lesson plans, activities and coloring pages on the topic of conserving energy.

Green Education Energy Activities

  • The Green Energy Challenge lists a range of activities for students to do either in the classroom, across the school or at home.

Composting

Composting Activities for Students

  • Do the Rot Thing: A Teacher’s Guide to Composting Activities provides several activities for all grade levels to teach how composting works, how worms affect the process, and how students can spread their knowledge of composting with others. 

Composting in Schools

  • Cornell University provides easy-to-understand reasons for composting, waste management plans and tips, including K-12 composting activities.

Worm Composting 

  • In this video, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission demonstrates how worms help to speed up and improve the process of composting.

Outdoor Composting at home 

  • Widely viewed on National Geographic, this video shows how simple it is to compost outdoors. From this video, students and teachers alike can learn how to compost on school grounds or at home.

Water

Groundwater Foundation

  • The Groundwater Foundation provides educational resources for teachers and families in order to educate on groundwater and the importance of protecting our groundwater. 

Water Education Program

  • Downloadable activities, lesson plans and other curriculum are available on the Sonoma Water website to teach students about water and its ecological value.

PBS Water Conservation Lesson

  • This PBS lesson covers freshwater availability, water management tactics and teaches students about ways to conserve water at home.