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Now that you’ve defined energy with your students, you might want to start introducing sources of energy. To help kids understand fossil fuels, renewable energy, and much more, turn to the resources from NEED, the National Energy Education Development Project.

A sample page from the Primary Energy Infobook

Why? Most of their resources are free. They range from Kindergarten to high school, so all teachers will benefit. The material is comprehensive and well organized. It provides a lot or support for teachers, to help the educator feel comfortable with

Some Primary (grades K-2) resources you might love:

  • Primary Energy Infobook: A well-organized, simple introduction to energy. The book covers the many types of energy and the many sources of energy in kid-friendly language. This resource is particularly good for English Language Learners (ELLs) and students with special needs.
  • A sample page from Using and Saving Energy

    Using and Saving Energy: This extensive curriculum covers energy sources, energy tasks, lighting, heating and cooling, appliances and machines, hot water, using energy, trash and energy, and saving energy. Each section has reading cards and activities for the students as well as extensive background material for teachers. This guide covers more material than the Infobook above.

  • Trash Flipbook: Covers everything you ever wanted to know about trash, including how to make less of it.
  • NEED Songbook: Songs are a great way to get kids engage and help them remember information. Check out these songs all about energy, especially “What Do You Do with an Energy Waster”

For the full list of NEED resources, go to their website!

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Welcome to Teach Green in Brooklyn! This blog will serve as a compliment to My Green Community and as a forum for educators to share their expertise in teaching environmental education to young learners.

What is My Green Community? It is a publication produced by the Brooklyn Children’s Museum with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences. The guide is designed for educators working with students in grades PK-2, though many of the activities could be easily adapted for older students. The guide has two main sections, about nature about sustainability. Topics include insects, plants, energy, food, water, and waste management. The guide then concludes with a neighborhood mapping activity, designed to help students evaluate just how green their community is. If you are interested in downloading a free copy of this guide, it will be available soon.

This blog, then, will continue the work begun in that guide, linking early childhood teachers to developmentally appropriate, scientifically sound, hands-on activities to prepare young students to act in environmentally conscious ways. Many of the activities may be appropriate for science teachers, but will also have links across the curriculum, to literacy, math, social studies, and the arts.

The blog will contain new activities, links to resources on the web, field trip suggestions, and more. The goal of this blog is to reduce the amount of time teachers have to spend combing the internet for ideas and resources for their classroom. As such, if you have suggestions of great ideas or activities you would like to share with other educators, please email them to gogreen@brooklynkids.org or add them as comments to the blog entries!

Whether you’re here in New York City, or somewhere else around the world, we hope these ideas will help you in the classroom. Thanks for helping your students develop as environmental stewards and, again, please share with us any suggestions you have for other great learning experiences.kids investigate in the garden

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