Links - English resources for students and teachers
Eco Kids is a Canadian Environmental Education website for children and teachers that offers many different games, activities and material. Teachers can register for free, which gives access to whole lesson plans, work sheets and ideas and downloads for games and activities. There is even a special section with lesson plans and class material for English as a Foreign Language (ESL), which can be useful for bilingual education as their language is easy and simple. Students can also access the website without having to sign in, and are able to take many quizzes and play games revolving around ecology. Although the site is designed for younger kids, it still offers great ideas and links for older bilingual students, since the language is easy to understand.
Homework help section: accessible for students, provides information on topics such as biodiversity, climate change, Earth Day, forests, energy, water, etc.
Eco Calendars: here you can download desktop calendars including the dates for "environmental holidays" such as Earth Day, as well as "Eco-Facts", "Did you know?" questions and other environmental information for each day. The calendars are great for the classroom.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the United States
The EPA offers resources for teachers on topics such a climate change or ecosystems. You will find complete lesson plans as well as ideas and worksheets for class. You will also find a list with webpages that offer ideas for in-class games or quizzes for students (click here).
HippoCampus is a public and free website run by the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (Mite). The site offers a great range of multimedia-based resources, which is supposed to be available to high school students, as well as high school and college teachers. Hippocampus does not only offer numerous videoclips for every subject, but also presentations and online textbooks. The great thing about the website is, that anyone can register for free and create a personalized HippoCampus page on which you can (among other things) create playlists with video clips to a certain topic such as ecology or evolution. Every user receives a URL for his sit, which can be shared with colleagues or students. Navigating the site is a bit difficult, but it is definitely worth it. The User's Guide is rather helpful. The video clips are great for bilingual education, since students can work on their listening comprehension skills. The language in the video clips is very clear and slow, which is perfect for bilingual classes. Especially in biology, you will find video clips and other resources for every topic. Below you can find the URL for my page, which offers a playlist with video clips.
--> Click on "Browse Subjects", then on "Biology" or "Earth Science" and then on "Playlist". You will find great video clips called Conservation Biology (Overview, Definition and Summary), The Loss of Biodiversity, Saving Our Planet, Food Chains and Food Webs, Environmental Degradation and Biomes in Jeopardy.
Ollies World is a webpage that promotes environmental education by offering sustainability resources for kids and teachers. Educators will find curricular lesson plans from the USA, the UK and Australia available for download. Access the Educators Zone to find out more.
Popular Planet Press - Newsletters for children
The Popular Planet Press publishes newsletters for children of the ages 8-12 on environmental topics such as biodiversity, habitats and endangered species. Due to their simple and clear language, they are also suitable for bilingual classes of higher ages. To the newsletters, click here.
National Geographic - Lesson Plans
National Geographic offers lesson plans on environmental and conservation issues. Although most of them are rather designed for geography classes, some are also suitable for biology. Below you will find two links to a lesson plan on wildlife conflicts, as well as on biodiversity.
Wildlife Conflicts lesson plan (grades 9-12)
Biodiversity lesson plan (grades 6-8)