Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Earth Day is April 22, 2009

What do you have planned for your classroom that day?

Here are some resources to help you plan your Earth Day Celebration!
  1. **The Science Spot - one of my favorite places!
  2. Earth Day in a Box
  3. NASA Earth Day Poster
  4. NASA Earth Day Activity Booklet
  5. No Idling Campaign
  6. Earth Day Arts and Crafts
  7. Earth Day Activities, including The Lorax
  8. Earth Day Ideas
  9. National Geographic Ideas
  10. Lesson Plans Page Ideas
  11. The Story of Earth Day
  12. EPA Earth Day

NASA Wants Your Input

Yesterday NASA issued an invitation to vote online for the most important contribution the space agency has made to exploring Earth and improving the way we live on our home planet.

NASA is conducting the survey as part of its celebration of Earth Day. Vote now - the poll closes next Tuesday, April 21.

NASA has selected 10 candidates for consideration as the greatest achievements about planet Earth, including diagnosing Earth's ozone layer, predicting food shortages, and tracking ecosystems worldwide. Poll results will be announced on NASA's website on Earth Day, April 22.

To cast your votes, click here.
For more information about Earth Day and NASA, click here.

Earth Science Week 2009 - Sun Shadows Project

Help your students become “citizen scientists” by taking part in an international research project. The Sun Shadows Project is looking for help in studying the relationship between the seasons and the length of shadows.

Beginning with a science experiment at James Monroe Middle School in Albuquerque, N.M., in October 2007, students hypothesized that their shadows would be longer in winter than in summer. The study has grown since then, using data from both of Earth’s poles and many locations in between. Last year, the project students presented initial results at the American Geophysical Union’s Annual Conference.

The Sun Shadows Project students are looking for fellow scientists to measure shadows and submit findings online. Click here.

Because the Sun Shadows Project offers a great way to begin “understanding climate,” this year’s Earth Science Week (Oct. 11-17) theme. Click here to learn more.