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Check out Earth School, a collaboration between UNEP, National Geographic, WWF, and many other NAAEE partners. During this time of schooling at home, many teachers and parents are looking for top-quality educational resources to help their kids learn about solutions to our most pressing challenges. To meet this demand, UNEP, TED-Ed, and partners have joined forces to offer #EarthSchool—a platform offering quality online environmental education material.

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Available for download to the eePRO community: A systems-based curriculum about interactions between global urban lifestyles and the natural environment. Targeted for middle-grades the full curriculum is 9-weeks but is modular and flexible for use in different cultures/geographies/settings. Inspired from: systems thinking, project based learning, e-STEM, design thinking, game-based learning, Understanding by Design.

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The Fifth Grade Unit Plan is titled, Climate Change—Reducing Food Waste and Composting as a Solution. In this unit, students will learn about environmental problems and how these problems are impacting our world. Students will focus on problems related to food waste and sending food to the landfill. Students will learn about backyard and industrial composting.

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The Fourth Grade Sustainability Unit Plan is titled, Renewable & Nonrenewable Energy Sources & their Impacts. In this unit, students will learn that energy can either come from a renewable or nonrenewable source and learn about the effects that burning fossil fuels has on our planet. Students learn about potential solutions to not burning/using as many fossil fuels in their own lives.

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The Third Grade Unit Plan is titled, Ocean Plastic - The Problem and the Solution. In this unit, students will learn that our oceans are changing, and it is predicted that by 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Students learn about the physical changes of increased plastic pollution into the ocean and how that is affecting ocean life. Students learn about and come up with several solutions to mitigate the problem.

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The Second Grade Unit Plan is titled, Our Melting Oceans, Solid and Liquid Water. In this unit, students will describe that there is both solid and liquid water in the ocean and that ocean ice is melting faster due to climate change. Students will identify and learn about different solutions to mitigate climate change. The unit plan contains five detailed lesson plans. The unit plan includes videos related to the unit's topic, student worksheets, a final project, and a teacher resources section. A PowerPoint that goes along with this unit plan has also been included. Each of the Sustainability for Young Learners Courses allows students to come up with sustainability and climate-related solutions that they can implement into their own life.

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To help parents and educators manage the new reality of weeks at home with the kids, Ocean Wise Conservation Association has launched a free online ocean literacy resource called Online Oceans, bringing ocean-inspired crafts, activities, DIY videos, live-streamed learning, and more, to families around the world. Created by Ocean Wise educators, together with animal experts from the Vancouver Aquarium, these captivating resources are designed for kids and youth of all ages to learn the how and why of caring for the ocean, and all the animals in it.

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