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Department of Education
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Orange County Stormwater Program - This interactive watershed website teaches kids about water pollution prevention and watersheds. There are many resources for teachers and the community.
Clean Water Challenge Curriculum - Sponsored by the Wyland Foundation
Get to Know your Wild Neighbors - Various environmental activities with the target audience of 4th - 6th grade
National Park Service
Smithsonian's National Zoo Educator Resources
NOAA Activity Book
National Wildlife Federation - Eco-Schools Program
Resources from the Institute of Engineering and Technology
National Environmental Education Foundation Resources - Also includes information about Environmental Education Week (which is in April)
OpenSciEd - Free Curriculum, Middle School will be completed by 2022 with the goal for other grade levels to be added.
Teacher Created - Various free resources along with books available for purchase.
Resources For Conducting Energy Audits
OCDE STEM - Resources, trainings, and events
California Department of EducationOC STEM
National Science Foundation Classroom ResourcesNASA Education Programs
kitchenpantryscientist.com - Simple recipes for real science, some video clipsNat Geo Kids - Many ideas, activities, lessons, images and video clipsReeko's Mad Science Labs - Great science experiments, reference information, and fun stuffPBS Kids - Science projects sent in by kids with comments and reviewsNASA - Great resource for information, images, and lesson ideasMystery Science – K-5 lessons that help support NGSS, many districts have a subscription to this site!Science Bob - Science projects, experiments, and informationScience Buddies - Science projects and lessonsScience Kids - Lessons, experiments, projects, facts, videos and imagesScience is Fun - Some experiments and projects, a lot of information and resourcesSteve Spangler Science - Many great science projects and demonstrations with video clips. Also has a store for supplies.
Babble Dabble Do - Creative art and science project ideas focused on familiesTeach Preschool - projects and lessons from a preschool classroomCrafty Child - Easy crafts, games and activities for toddlers and preschoolersSophie's World - Blog with art projects, games, songs and other fun thingsLearn Play Imagine - Many creative recipes, crafts, science projects, etc.Funology - Games, magic tricks, jokes, science, recipes, arts and crafts designed for parentsSesame Street - lesson plans, art, games, video linksTeachers Pay Teachers
Natural Wonders: A Guide to Early Childhood for Environmental Educators
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