Physical World Links

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This page provides links to an eclectic mix of thought-provoking and information-rich websites relevant to life-based learning.

Many of them are websites with teaching resources for immediate use in the classroom. Others were particularly helpful when putting together this website.

All of them demonstrate an interest in children being involved in life-based learning.

Please note that a link here is not an endorsement of the concept of life-based learning or of MAC.


The Physical World – MAC life-based learning theme 9

United Kingdom: Environmental Issues, Policies and Clean Technology

https://www.azocleantech.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=535

The Physical World: Policy and guidance support for children learning about and experiencing the physical world.

An article setting out 15 major environmental problems:

https://www.conserve-energy-future.com/15-current-environmental-problems.php

Information about persistent organic pollutants (POPs) (USA)

https://www.epa.gov/international-cooperation/persistent-organic-pollutants-global-issue-global-response

Curriculum guidance from the National Association for Environmental Education (UK)

http://naee.org.uk/latest-report-from-naee/

Information about how the Earth’s resources are being depleted (Denmark)

https://www.theworldcounts.com/stories/Depletion-of-Natural-Resources

Weblink to the Environment Agency, which works to create better places for people and wildlife — sustainably (UK)

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/environment-agency

An article setting out six ways that human activity is changing the planet

https://www.smartcitiesdive.com/ex/sustainablecitiescollective/six-ways-human-activity-changing-planet/8612/

The website of the Center for Ecoliteracy, which says that it “supports and advances education for sustainable living” (USA)

https://www.ecoliteracy.org/about

Background information about the seasons from the Live Science website (USA)

https://www.livescience.com/25202-seasons.html

Website of Friends of the Earth (UK)

https://friendsoftheearth.uk/

Advice on how to teach young children about sustainability (USA)

https://www.ecowatch.com/how-to-teach-kids-about-sustainability-1881888830.html

The Physical World: Practical material to use in the classroom.

Resource site aimed specifically at children, packed with environment-related activities (UK)

http://www.ecofriendlykids.co.uk/

Geography resources for children (USA)

https://www.education.com/resources/geography/?referral_url=kidsgeo.com

Information and activities relating to climate change for children to explore — part of the NASA website (USA)

https://climatekids.nasa.gov/menu/air/

Facts and figures from National Geographic about the Earth — a four-minute read (USA)

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/space/solar-system/earth/

More from National Geographic on the environment — useful lesson planning material (USA)

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/

Lesson plans, teacher guides and environmental resources (USA)

https://www.epa.gov/students/lesson-plans-teacher-guides-and-online-environmental-resources-educators

Useful child-friendly information from Fact Monster about the impact of humans on the planet (USA)

https://www.factmonster.com/dk/encyclopedia/earth/human-impact

Interactive site for children exploring energy efficiency and other topics

https://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=kids.kids_index

Horrifying photos (from the Daily Mirror website) show damage done to Earth by humans and over-population (UK)

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/horrifying-photos-show-damage-done-5537329

Help children to learn about the environment with this free collection of teaching and learning materials on the Teaching Ideas website (UK)

https://www.teachingideas.co.uk/themes/the-environment

Link to the child-friendly Ask a Scientist about Our Environment page of the American Museum of Natural History website. Lots of important questions asked and answered (USA)

https://www.amnh.org/explore/ology/earth/ask-a-scientist-about-our-environment