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

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

An article setting out 15 major environmental problems:

Information about persistent organic pollutants (POPs) (USA)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Website of Friends of the Earth (UK)

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

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

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

Geography resources for children (USA)

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

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

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

Lesson plans, teacher guides and environmental resources (USA)

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

Interactive site for children exploring energy efficiency and other topics

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

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

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)